Kenneth Lacy + Tray Epps Lead Kilgore to First Victory
TEXARKANA—Kilgore found it’s groove, and to no surprise, it came in the running game.
The Bulldogs rushed for 314 yards and six touchdowns, breezing past Texas High on Senior Night, 42-14, Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Kenneth Lacy led the charge with 164 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and sophomore Tray Epps turned in a workhorse effort of 23 rushes for 124 yards and a TD.
The Bulldog defense also bottled up the Tiger ground attack to the tune of 26 yards on 19 carries. THS’ success came through the air, with 247 yards and a pair of long scores coming from the arm of Coltin Clack.
Damien Parker had just three carries and three yards for Kilgore, and he scored twice. Along with Epps and Lacy, quarterback Gus Witt and Jerrick Ervin also had TD runs for the Bulldogs, those coming in the fourth quarter to finish off long drives that limited the Tigers to just three drives in the second half.
Witt’s 6-yard keeper capped a 13-play drive that used 8:24 of the game clock, and Ervin’s 1-yard plunge was the 12th play and ate up 6:06.
Clack threw scores to Rain Cellars and Myles Washington, covering 71 and 70 yards. Clack finished 17-of-26 passing for 247 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Washington had four catches for 115 yards and the score.
Cellars’ touchdown tied the game in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the second half to take a 28-7 lead into the locker rooms.
Washington’s TD cut the deficit with 7:47 left in the third quarter, but Texas High’s next drive covered 11 plays and ended at the Kilgore 22 with a turnover on downs. Texas High didn’t get the ball back again until just 2:17 remained on the clock.
The Tigers open District 7-5A, Division I play next week at home against John Tyler, and Kilgore hosts Pittsburg for Homecoming.