Lewisburg High School has become the latest DeSoto County football team to reach the 4-0 mark this season, following Olive Branch, which achieved that record in a win against previously-unbeaten Kirby (Memphis) but had this weekend off before heading into MHSAA 5A district play next week for the first time since reclassification.
Not only did Friday’s convincing 35-7 victory over Fayette-Ware, Tenn. keep the Patriots unbeaten, it put them at that 4-0 record for the first time in school history ahead of next week’s game at Lake Cormorant to start the district season.
The win was convincing in the numbers for the Patriots, which held the Wildcats to just 98 yards total offense while amassing 391 yards. Wideout Hakeem Vance scored three touchdowns, quarterback Bryce Brock threw for four scores and 241 yards on 15 completions, plus he ran for 74 yards on the ground.
Fayette-Ware did find a way to stop running Chester King, however, who was held to just 32 yards on the ground after getting 215 two weeks earlier in a win at Clarksville, Tenn.
Lewisburg coach Matt Gehrke said afterward he still saw places where he’d like to see improvement from his team.
“I felt like we left a lot on the field,” Gehrke said. “Fayette-Ware came in with a good game plan to stop Chester (King). We felt we knew they would do that, so we were ready to pass the ball. Bryce (Brock) did a good job of taking care of the ball for the most part.”
Touchdown passes to Vance and Jacob Walker in the first quarter and a Tanner Gillis field goal gave Lewisburg a 17-0 first half leaf.
But Fayette-Ware opened the second half scoring with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Tabarius White to get within 17-7 in the opening moments of the third quarter.
The Patriots rallied from the third quarter jolt as Brock hit Vance for two more scores, one of 46 yards and the other of 27 yards for a 29-7 lead heading into the final quarter.
Two fourth-quarter field goals clinched the win for the Patriots.
Gehrke said the season doesn’t get easier with the start of division play next week.
“We play in probably one of the toughest divisions in the state, so we have to be ready each week, no matter who we are playing,” Gehrke said. “We’ve got a Lake Cormorant team next that’s going to be hungry and tough to beat.”
In other Friday night football action involving DeSoto County:
Horn Lake 48, Lake Cormorant 14. In the inaugural Lake Bowl rivalry trophy contest, it was Horn Lake all the way to improving to 3-0 for the season, while Lake Cormorant, at 1-3 lost for the third straight week.
Horn Lake controlled the game from the very start, heading out to 35-7 lead after just one quarter and a 41-7 advantage at halftime. The game was noted for the appearance late in the contest of senior placekicker Jeanette Valdez, who kicked the extra point after a touchdown. Valdez, who also plays soccer, joined the Horn Lake roster after approaching Eagles’ coach Brad Boyette to ask for a tryout. Her story is featured in a separate story in the DeSoto Times-Tribune.
Briarcrest Christian 34, Hernando 28. Hernando was hoping to remain in the ranks of the unbeaten, but Briarcrest Christian had other ideas, posting a 34-28 comeback victory one season after Hernando derailed the Saints from the unbeaten ranks in a game at Hernando. Briarcrest scored 21 fourth-quarter points against the Tigers after Briarcrest trailed 21-13 heading into the final 12 minutes of the game. Quarterback Jackson Walker threw five touchdown passes for the Saints in the victory, which kept Briarcrest undefeated for the season.
DeSoto Central 31, Memphis Central 7. The Jaguars took a convincing win from one of the Memphis city’s top football teams on homecoming night in Southaven. London Bowers keyed the attack for the Jaguars, returning an interception for a touchdown and adding another score when he took the opening kickoff of the second half back for a touchdown.
Germantown, Tenn. 27, Southaven 21. Southaven was benefitted by a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown by Demario Boyland, a 32-yard touchdown run and a 42-yard pass play for a score in the contest.
Northpoint Christian 31, First Assembly Christian, Tenn. 30. In one of the wilder contests of the evening, Northpoint Christian won a TSSAA Division II-AA district contest on the Crusaders’ field in Cordova, Tenn. Wade Martin kicked a 28-yard field goal with 3:13 left in the game to put Northpoint Christian ahead to stay in the back-and-forth contest. A blocked extra point after the Crusaders final touchdown kept the lead at just 30-28, allowing Martin to win it with the field goal try.
Starkville Academy 21, Magnolia Heights 0. The Volunteers posted the shutout victory on the Chiefs’ home field Friday night.
Crockett County, Tenn. 42, Center Hill 7. The Mustangs remained winless for the season on a road trip to Crockett County High School. Despite trailing just 7-0 after one quarter, the Mustangs saw Crockett County take control with a 20-0 lead at halftime and the Cavaliers led 34-0 after three quarters of play.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.