Decorian Phillips Throws Four TDs in Liberty-Eylau’s 48-35 Win
[By JOSH RICHERT, Special to ETSN.fm]
PARIS -- Liberty-Eylau got even in District 7-4A, Division I play with a 48-35 win over North Lamar Friday at R.L. Maddox Stadium.
El-Amin Greer had six catches for 120 yards and a spectacular scoring catch just before halftime for the fourth touchdown pass by quarterback Decorian Phillips, who missed the final 18 minutes of play after suffering an injury on a quarterback keeper.
Phillips threw for 203 yards in two-and-a-half quarters and tossed four touchdowns in the first half. Isaiah Cross took over the offense and ran for a late TD to put the game out of reach, his second TD of the night.
Ralph Crabtree also scored twice for Liberty-Eylau, which had almost 400 yards of total offense.
Jeremiah Guenther rushed for 223 yards and a pair of scores on 38 carries, and QB Jay Walters scored twice on the ground and threw for another.
Phillips threw for 197 yards and four touchdowns before halftime. Greer, who had four catches for 109 yards at intermission, caught a 45-yard bomb from Phillips while in full stride to give the Leopards a 34-21 lead with just two seconds left in the first half.
Phillips also connected with Dazawion Cooper for an 8-yard strike, Cross for a 25-yard TD and Crabtree, who took a screen pass and slashed his way to a 31-yard touchdown. Crabtree ran 20 yards for a fourth-quarter TD, and Cross added a 1-yard scoring run with 1:17 left in the game.
Liberty-Eylau rolled up 241 yards of total offense before intermission and scored on 5 of 6 drives. The Leopards recovered a pair of Panther fumbles and scored 14 points off the takeaways.
Kelston Joseph also had a rushing touchdown, giving L-E a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Guenther rushed for a 4-yard TD for the Panthers with 3:25 left in the first period, Walters raced 19 yards with 5:49 remaining in the second to make it 21-14, and Seybian Holt hauled in a Walters pass and just got inside the pylon for a 37-yard TD with 46 seconds left.
The Leopards responded with a 5-play drive covering 61 yards that lasted only 35 seconds, Greer racing through and out of the back of the end zone for the touchdown.