KILGORE -- Caleb Medford scored three of Henderson's four touchdowns Friday night as the Lions dealt Kilgore a potentially-damaging blow in the District 10-4A Division I playoff race.

The longtime rivals played in the steady rain in front of a sea of umbrellas at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, but Kilgore's offense was largely ineffective in the second half, and the Lions pulled away from the Bulldogs, 28-7.

Henderson is now 5-2 this season and 2-0 in district competition. Kilgore fell to 2-5 overall and is 1-1 in district.

Henderson hosts Chapel Hill next Friday night, while Kilgore will visit Van.

Kilgore scored first in the game on a dynamic 84-yard touchdown run by Tray Epps, who finished with 165 yards. But that was the only score the Bulldogs got.

Henderson tied the game at seven on the opening play of the second quarter, a 44-yard pass from Sevastian De Leon to Medford, served up courtesy of a flea-flicker.

The Lions went up 14-7 on an 87-yard run by Medford, and that score held up at half.

Henderson added a pair of second-half touchdowns — a 6-yard run by Medford and a 14-yarder by Eli Jones.

Medford led the way for Henderson in yardage, too. He had 166 rushing yards and 54 receiving yards. De Leon's only two completions were both to Medford. De Leon threw just four passes. 

Gus Witt was 6-of-13 for 28 yards for Kilgore. Three of the six catches were made by Colby Powe.

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