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Fast Start Fuels Liberty-Eylau’s 51-14 Rout of Pittsburg

Liberty-Eylau’s D.Q. Steels tries to evade Pittsburg’s Markevius Traylor (6), Quinton Edney (22), and Tre Nelms (3) during L-E’s 51-14 win Friday night at Harris Field in Texarkana. (Evan Lewis,

TEXARKANA — Liberty-Eylau scored 25 first-quarter points and built a 37-point halftime lead en route to a 51-14 victory against Pittsburg in District 13-3A action Friday night at Harris Field.

Liberty-Eylau (5-3, 3-0) got two touchdowns apiece from Baylor-bound Davion Hall, Donelle Hoofs, and D.Q. Steels, the trio that spearheaded the Leopards’ offensive attack.

Liberty-Eylau’s Ricky Johnson (left) and Jalen Handie close in on Pittsburg’s Teriyan Cuba during L-E’s 51-14 home win Friday night. (Evan Lewis,

Hoof carried five times for 115 yards and scored on first-quarter touchdowns of 12 and 74 yards. Steels ran for 101 yards on nine carries, including a 39-yard first-quarter touchdown. Before that, he returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown to give L-E a two-score lead within the game’s first four minutes.

Hall ran for a two-yard touchdown and caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Javon Rigsby for 37-7 lead with 1:15 remaining in the first half. Liberty-Eylau stretched its lead to 44-7 with seven seconds left in the half when L.T. Hawkins returned a Pittsburg fumble 31 yards for a touchdown.

Hall caught two passes for 70 yards and ran three times for 18 yards. Rigsby completed 7 of 11 passes for 145 yards, while Malcolm Gant caught four passes for 54 yards, including a 16-yard fourth-quarter touchdown for the 37-point victory margin.

Liberty-Eylau held Pittsburg (3-5, 1-2) to 201 total yards. Carl Leonard led Pittsburg with 66 yards on 14 carries, while Teriyan Cuba ran seven times for 43 yards. Markeith Thompson caught a 25-yard first-half touchdown from Billy Kimble. John Warrick caught a 28-yard third-quarter touchdown pass from Garrett Truitt, who completed 7 of 19 passes for 36 yards.

Liberty-Eylau’s Ricardo Lockett tackles Pittsburg’s Markevius Traylor during L-E’s 51-14 win Friday night at Harris Field in Texarkana. (Evan Lewis,

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