Geovari McCollister’s Four Touchdown Passes Ignite John Tyler’s 49-17 Win Over Lindale
TYLER -- In the final analysis, Lindaleʼs Eagles had too many turnovers and saw too much of John Tyler quarterback Geovari McCollister, which added up to a 49-17 rout delivered by the Lions Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in District 16-4A action.
McCollister tossed four touchdown passes on the night and completed 11 of 18 attempts for 249 yards.
Lindale (1-6, 0-2), meanwhile, was having trouble holding onto the ball as Eagles quarterbacks were picked off four times. Lindale also had a fumble to add to the turnover mess.
While McCollister was eventually able to penetrate the Lindale defense, he and the Lions (5-2, 2-0) had a difficult time on their first couple of possessions as the Eagles defensive line chased him out of the pocket and caused several incompletions.
But John Tylerʼs size advantage, specifically 6-4 wide receiver Rodney Bendy, began to take its toll on the Lions' third possession of the first period. McCollister, starting at the Lindale 47, hit Bendy twice in the drive with the second being a 16-yard score.
A few moments later, Jason Lawless booted a 27-yard field goal to trim the Lions lead to 7-3, but that was as close as Lindale would get the rest of the night. The Lions posted two touchdowns in the second quarter to expand their lead to 21-3 at the half.
In the third period, Lindale put together its best drive of the night, marching from its own 13 to the payoff, which came on a 2-yard run from running back Aaron Jackson.
John Tyler kept its foot on the gas and built its lead to 35-10 on an 11-yard pass from McCollister to Duntavion Gross.
The Eagles registered their final score of the night on a 14-yard pass from David Slice to Micah Walker.
John Tyler's season resumes next week at Jacksonville, while Lindale hosts Corsicana.