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Liberty-Eylau Thrashes Pleasant Grove 56-7 in District 13-3A Opener

Liberty-Eylau running back Donelle Hoof breaks away from a gang of Pleasant Grove defenders during L-E’s 56-7 home win Friday night at Harris Field. (Evan Lewis,

TEXARKANA — Liberty-Eylau recorded four touchdowns of 58 yards or more and built a six-score halftime lead in a 56-7 blowout of Pleasant Grove in Friday night’s District 13-3A opener at Harris Field.

Rashaan Donelson hit Baylor-bound receiver Davion Hall for an 80-yard first-quarter touchdown, while Hall added a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown during the Leopards’ 41-point first half.

Liberty-Eylau’s Javon Rigsby connected with Michael Carr on an 85-yard touchdown for a 48-0 lead less than a minute into the third quarter before Lamont Byrd’s 58-yard touchdown run capped the Leopards’ scoring, 56-0, later in the period.

Donelson completed 3 of 5 passes for 99 yards before leaving the game with what appeared to be a potentially severe leg injury, according to the Texarkana Gazette. Donelson was carted off the field. Rigsby threw for 139 yards on 3-for-6 passing in relief of Donelson, who is a three-year starter and a senior.

Hall caught three passes for 128 yards as L-E (3-3, 1-0) outgained Pleasant Grove 495-181 despite running only 25 offensive plays. Donell Hoof ran six times for 143 yards and a touchdown to lead the Leopards’ ground game, which gained 257 yards on only 14 attempts.

Hunter Hatfield’s 45-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Connor Lemmerhirt was the only score for Pleasant Grove, which fell to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in 13-3A.

[Stats courtesy Texarkana Gazette]

Pleasant Grove’s Kentrun Pemberton (7) runs the ball as Liberty-Eylau defenders close in during Friday’s game at Harris Field. Liberty-Eylau won 56-7. (Evan Lewis,

District 13-3A

Liberty-Eylau 56, Pleasant Grove 7

Harris Field, Texarkana

Pleasant Grove — 0 0 0 7 — 7
Liberty-Eylau — 20 21 15 0 — 56

First Quarter
LE-Donelle Hoof 19 run (kick fails), 10:41
LE-Davion Hall 80 pass from Rashaan Donelson (run fails), 7:12
LE-Ricky Johnson 3 run (Javon Rigsby pass to Hall), 2:00
Second Quarter
LE-Hall 75 fumble return (pass fails), 7:32
LE-Corey Braxton 15 pass from Rigsby (Hoof run), 4:44
LE-Hoof 38 run (Alex Norwood kick), 1:31
Third Quarter
LE-Michael Carr 85 pass from Rigsby (Norwood kick), 11:01
LE-Lamont Byrd 58 run (Kayde Richard run), 3:04
Fourth Quarter
PG-Connor Lemmerhirt 45 pass from Hunter Hatfield (Dalton Hinton kick), 8:58

                                     PG                  L-E
First Downs                     11                  13
Yards Rushing               38-127          14-257
Yards Passing                  54                 238
Comp.-Att.-Int.             2-12-3             6-11-0
Fumbles-Lost                  3-3                  1-1
Penalties                        3-40                2-20
Punts-Avg.                     4-42.0            1-48.0

RUSHING: PG, Kentrun Pemberton-Haley 5-7, Kayin Cooks 10-19, Hunter Hatfield 13-35, Ty Everett 3-33, Makale Hawkins 7-33, Carson Craytor 1-14. LE-Hoof 6-143, D.Q. Steels 5-53, Ricky Johnson 1-3, Lamont Byrd 1-58, Garyco Witcher 1-1.
PASSING: PG, Hatfield 2-12-3-54. LE-Rashaan Donelson 3-5-0-99, Javon Rigsby 3-6-0-139.
RECEIVING: PG, Dylan Silvey 1-9, Connor Lemmerhirt 1-45. LE-Davion Hall 3-128, Hoof 1-10, Corey Braxton 1-15, Michael Carr 1-85.

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