Greg Ward, John Tyler on Point All Night to Shut Out Lindale, 35-0
[By Anthony Hawthorne, Special to ETSN.fm]
LINDALE -- The No. 3 John Tyler Lions went to an unfamiliar place Friday night at Eagle Stadium, but came out with a very familiar result. The Lions dominated Lindale from the start, winning their first-ever matchup with the Eagles, 35-0, to improve to 2-0 in District 16-4A.
The Lions (6-1, 2-0) scored on four of five first-half possessions to race out to a 28-0 halftime advantage while keeping the Eagles from crossing midfield.
JT quarterback Greg Ward was once again accurate all night, going 21 of 25 through the air for 238 yards and a touchdown, while carrying the ball nine times for 84 yards and a score. Ward spread the ball around to seven different receivers, with Fred Ross making seven grabs for 72 yards and Justice Liggins hauling in six catches for 57 yards.
The Lions' first three scores of the night came on the ground, however, as DeQuante Woods found the end zone twice early. After forcing an Eagles three-and-out on the opening possession, the Lions moved the ball down the field through the air before Woods was able to break free for a 27-yard score.
A fumble by Ward on the next Lions' possession -- one of three JT turnovers on the night -- gave the Eagles a chance. But JT returned the favor by picking off a Cody Slice pass three plays later. The Lions once again worked the ball down the field with ease, this time finishing it off with a 1-yard run by Woods.
Woods finished the night with 84 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
The Lions covered 82 and 61 yards on their next two scoring drives before the half, with Ward getting in the end zone on a 1-yard sneak, then he found Flowers on a 21-yard strike with just under a minute before the half.
The only score of the second half came on the Lions' first possession as Ross finished off a 54-yard drive with a 6-yard run for the Lions' 35th point of the game.
The Lions defensive front was troublesome all night for the Eagles, with Tyus Bowser making several tackles behind the line as well as a sack. The Eagles managed just 26 yards on the ground on the night.
Lindale (1-6, 0-2) will travel to Corsicana next Friday, while the Lions will play host to Jacksonville.