Decorian Phillips + Liberty-Eylau Run All Over North Lamar in 38-14 Victory
[By Josh Richert, Special to ETSN]
TEXARKANA — Liberty-Eylau rushed for 350 yards and thwarted North Lamar in the second half, claiming a 38-14 win Friday at Harris Field.
Decorian Phillips rushed for 123 yards and a score and threw for 135 yards and another TD, and Kevin Florence ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns on just seven totes. The Leopards scored 38 points in a row between the two Panther TDs.
Sam Cowling rushed for 126 yards and a score for North Lamar, which was limited to just 11 yards of offense in the second half prior to its final drive, capped by Javon Franklin’s 3-yard scoring run.
Kameron Levingston also had a 26-yard TD run to start the scoring onslaught for L-E.
The Leopards took advantage of two North Lamar fumbles and scored 20 unanswered points in the first half after throwing an interception in the Panther end zone just three plays into the game.
North Lamar covered 87 yards on 16 plays after Austin Allison's interception three yards deep, Cowling racing in from the 1 with 2:26 left in the first quarter.
It only took 1:15 for the Leopards to respond, Levingston going 26 yards untouched around the left side. Steven Goben's PAT gave L-E a 7-6 lead. Goben later booted a 24-yard field goal.
The next Panthers drive ended on a fumble, which DeAndre Johnson jumped on at the L-E 23, but the Leopards punted four plays later. However, on the first play of the ensuing drive North Lamar fumbled again, and Triston Brooks recovered at the 34.
Five plays later Florence walked in from the 1. The next L-E drive covered 81 yards in 15 plays and lasted 4:08 on the clock. Darian Walker caught a fade pass from Phillips in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown, making it 20-6 with less than a minute left before the half.
Liberty-Eylau piled up 485 yards of total offense, and North Lamar had 228.