Kason Davis + Carthage Take Down Liberty-Eylau in Battle of Premier Programs
[By Josh Richert, Special to ETSN.fm]
TEXARKANA — Kason Davis threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 5 Carthage withstood a second-half surge by No. 11 Liberty-Eylau Friday at Harris Field.
Davis finished 23 of 32 passing with no interceptions, with two of his receivers going over the century mark, and Keaontay Ingram tacked on the insurance score late during a 34-20 win over the Leopards.
Dee Bowens hauled in eight passes for 109 yards and two scores, and Roderick Calloway had five grabs for 105 yards, including 66 on a bomb from Davis on the Bulldogs’ first play of the second half. Ingram finished with 21 rushes for 172 yards.
Decorian Phillips led the Liberty-Eylau charge in the second half, the Leopards scoring 20 straight points after Calloway’s big play down the middle of the field.
Phillips threw a dart to Aaron Bruce for a 14-yard strike with 19 minutes remaining, and after Darian Walker had a 40-yard catch, DeAndre Hoof bulled his way in from the 1 to start the fourth quarter.
Phillips, who was 17 of 28 for 171 yards, capped the next drive with a 15-yard keeper to pay dirt.
Davis threw touchdowns on the Bulldogs' first three possessions. He capped off an 11-play, 60-yard drive with a 12-yard toss to Bowens, who made a one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone for the score.
After forcing a three-and-out by the Leopards, Carthage marched 88 yards on 11 plays. Davis found tight end Josh Gradberg on a crossing route and a 6-yard score on the first play of the second quarter.
The Leopards turned the ball over on downs at the Bulldog 32, and Carthage drove to the Liberty-Eylau 15. Davis and Bowens hooked up for the second time to finish off the 10-play scoring campaign with 4:35 left.
The Bulldogs were driving for another possible score but fumbled inside the Leopard 10, and linebacker Donald Caldwell came up with the loose ball for L-E.
Davis was 17 of 22 for 158 yards in the first half, and Bowens caught seven of those for 100 yards.