CELINA — Jon Copeland accounted for five touchdowns Friday night, throwing for three and rushing for two as Argyle downed Celina 49-34 on the road. Copeland finished with 331 yards on 16-of-25 passing.
While the Eagles (3-0) racked up 479 total yards, the Bobcats (1-2) also lit up the scoreboard. Celina finished the game with 474 yards of total offense, with almost all of it coming exclusively on the ground. The Bobcats rushed for 444 yards in the loss, led by junior quarterback Noah Ross.
Ross was unable to get anything going through the air, finishing with 30 yards and two interceptions. But what Ross lacked in the passing game he made up for in rushing, accounting for 221 yards on the ground and two touchdowns on 31 carries. Ross left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury.
After being outscored 42-20 in the first half, Celina flipped the script on Argyle in the final two quarters, outscoring the Eagles 14-7 in the second half. The Bobcats' 22-point first-half deficit was too much to overcome, however. Despite recording a safety in the opening minutes of the second half, Celina was unable to capitalize on the momentum, with their ensuing drive stalling in Argyle territory.
Copeland then put the finishing touches on things, scampering for a 44-yard touchdown to give the Eagles their largest lead of the night at 49-22 late in the third quarter.
Argyle wide receiver Wes McCollum finished the game with 138 yards and two receiving touchdowns in the victory.
Big plays carry Gilmer by Liberty Christian
GILMER — Gilmer quarterback Aaron Brown passed for 348 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 60-7 victory over the Liberty Christian Warriors.
Gilmer, the state's No. 2 ranked team in Class 4A, used an arsenal of big scoring plays to get touchdowns of 74, 46, 40, 67 and 46 yards to totally overwhelm Liberty Christian.
Most of the damage was done from the second quarter on as Gilmer held just a 14-7 lead after the first quarter. Liberty's lone scoring drive was highlighted by a 39-yard reception by Garrett Moran to the Gilmer 3. Freshman running back Tye Strickland capped the drive with a 3-yard run.
The Buckeyes scored 25 second-quarter points to take a 39-7 halftime lead.
Gilmer finished the evening with 524 yards in total offense while Liberty had just 146 yards.
The Buckeyes will be at home next week to face No. 1-ranked Carthage while Liberty Christian has a bye week.
Ponder falls to Holliday
PONDER — The Ponder Lions' hopes of carrying over the momentum from last week's overtime win against Wichita Falls City View didn't pan out against Holliday on Friday.
The Eagles racked up 28 second-quarter points and cruised to a 49-7 victory over Ponder.
The Lions trailed 7-0 after the first quarter when Holliday, now 3-0, erupted for 28 points to take a 35-0 halftime lead.
Holliday's Tristin Boyd was the big weapon for the Eagles, rolling up 126 yards on just six carries with scoring runs of 36 and 27 yards. The Eagles finished the night with 345 yards in total offense while Ponder was limited to 177.
Carlos Zepada scored Ponder's lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run. He finished with 31 yards on 14 carries while Kaden McEwen was Ponder's top rusher with 35 yards on 14 attempts.
Ponder, now 1-2, will travel to Sadler S&S Consolidated next Friday.
Calvary wins second straight
Calvary's quarterback Jacob Helzer put up career-high numbers to lead the Lions to a 32-30 victory over CHANT Home School.
Helzer rushed for 202 yards on 21 carries and scored all five Calvary touchdowns. The sophomore quarterback scored on runs of 30, 4, 55, 16 and 9 yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, Helzer scored two of his touchdowns in the second quarter when the Lions took a 12-8 lead at halftime.
Calvary pulled out to a 32-22 lead after three quarters and held off CHANT in the final quarter.
The Lions will take its 2-1 record on the road next week to Savoy.