By THOMAS COOK
For the second straight season, the Lewisville High School football team is sitting at 1-1 two weeks into the season. A week after an impressive road win over Rowlett, the Farmers fell 14-34 to Lake Highlands.
The Farmers struggled offensively, defensively and on special teams, and quickly fell behind Lake Highlands amidst a 17-point second quarter from the Wildcats.
Early on it looked like the Farmers were going to have another successful game. Following a three-and-out by Lake Highlands, running back Demodrick Hunter, on the Farmers first offensive play of the game, ran the ball untouched up the middle for an 88-yard touchdown run.
“I think we got too cocky,” Hunter said of his touchdown run’s impact on the game. “We got too big headed after that run.”
Hunter’s run accounted for almost a third of the Farmers yards for the entire game. Hunter finished the game with 150 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 carries. Aside from his opening carry, Hunter struggled to find running room, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry for the rest of the game.
After another punt by Lake Highlands, the Farmers had a second promising drive early in the game. After picking up three first downs and moving the ball well, quarterback Tyler Urban threw an interception to Wildcats linebacker Brandon Anderson, an interception that led to a Wildcat field goal.
The following three drives from Lake Highlands all led to points. Short touchdown runs from Corey Fulcher and Quinton Freeman capped off back-to-back drives, giving Lake Highlands a 17-7 advantage. Freeman finished the game with 11 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown and Fulcher had 81 yards and 3 touchdowns on 10 carries.
The two Lewisville drives during the Wildcats scoring stretch were both three-and-outs resulting in a total of -4 yards.
A last second field goal before halftime extended the Wildcats lead to 20-7.
Despite the deficit, Lewisville had chances to regain some momentum in the second half. Lake highlands’ opening two drives resulted in turnovers, but the Farmers were unable to turn those mistakes into any points. A week after turning two Rowlett turnovers into ten points, the Farmers failed to get any points off of three Lake Highland turnovers.
By the time the Farmers started moving the ball again, the Wildcats had stretched the lead to 34-7. Midway through the fourth quarter, Urban hit wide receiver Isaiah Bennet on a pair of big plays, including a 41-yard touchdown. Bennet ended the game with 65 yards and a touchdown on three catches. Urban finished the game 9 of 18 for 104 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
The farmers struggled to control the Wildcats run game all night. Despite not surrendering a rush over 33 yards, the farmers still allowed the Wildcats to average over 7.3 yards per carry. There weren’t many chunk plays; Lake Highlands was just consistently running the ball.
Due to the offense for the Farmers only having two sustained drives all game, the defense was left on the field for a significant portion of the game. It became clear as the game went on that the defense was beginning to tire, and Lake Highlands simply continued to run the ball.
“When you leave them out there for that long,” Farmers head coach Michael Odle said of his defense. “Its just hard to play defense when you can’t find a rhythm on offense and you keep putting [the defense] in bad situations.”
All three sides of the ball had issues. Special teams struggled to win the field position battle, the offense couldn’t move the ball for long stretches and the defense was run all over. Defensive back Kevin Anderson thought that much of those issues came from a lack of focus and too many players thinking about last week’s impressive road win.
“During the week we weren’t mentally prepared,” Anderson said. “Practice was bad.”
The Farmers football team will need to address and correct the issues from tonight’s game with the district season starting on Sept. 29 against Euless Trinity.
The Farmers football team will wrap up its out of district schedule Thursday Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at McKinney Boyd, before having a bye week, and then beginning district play. Tickets for the Boyd game are available at McKinney ISD for $4 for students and $6 for adults through preorder. Tickets will also be available at the gates for $8 at game time.
For more information on the Lewisville High School Football team, as well as previous game recaps visit The Lewisville Texan Journals football page.