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Football roundup: Liberty Christian defense leads way in win over Trinity Christian

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ARGYLE — Wide receiver Cole Groce caught five passes for 88 yards for Liberty Christian as they defeated Addison Trinity Christian 24-14 on Friday night.

In a night where the two offenses combined for a mere 229 yards, both defenses found the end zone for their teams. For Liberty Christian, defensive back Grant Sawyer had a 30-yard interception returned, and linebacker Connor Payton returned a fumble 41 yards, both for touchdowns.

Trinity Christian's defensive back Sam Clare had a 65-yard pick six in the third quarter.

Liberty Christian (5-2, 3-1) running back Kade Johnson totaled 29 yards and the lone offensive touchdown on nine carries. Trinity Christian's running back Cody Henson picked up 69 yards on 20 carries.

While Trinity Christian (1-6, 0-4) doubled the total yardage of Liberty Christian, three interceptions and three fumbles proved to be too much to overcome.

Liberty Christian travels to Bishop Lynch next Friday.

Aubrey 45, Bonham 31

BONHAM — Aubrey running back Spencer Neumann scored three touchdowns to help pace the Chaparrals at Warrior Stadium.

Neumann scored two of his touchdowns on runs of 18 and 5 yards in the second half for the deciding margin.

Aubrey is now 2-0 in District 5-4A and 6-1 overall. Bonham is 2-5 and 0-2.

Aubrey running back Will Dow opened the scoring for the Chaparrals with a 5-yard run with 3:10 left in the first quarter to give Aubrey a 7-0 lead. The scoring drive was kept alive by a Bonham personal foul on quarterback Taylor Swarbrick on a third down.

Bonham kicked a field goal early in the second quarter and took an 11-7 lead on a scoring drive that came after an Aubrey fumble. But Nuemann scored from the 1-yard line to put Aubrey back on top 14-11 with 5:25 left in the second quarter.

After Bonham regained the lead at 18-14, the Chaparrals scored the last two touchdowns of the half on a Swarbrick 51-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dylan Brown and a Pablo Vera's 7-yard scoring run. Aubrey led 28-18 at halftime.

Aubrey is at home next week to face Caddo Mills.

Sanger 49, Burkburnett 21

BURKBURNETT —  Sanger kept itself in the playoff race in District 4-4A with a dominating win at Bulldog Stadium. 

"This was a big win for us," Sanger coach Cole Ford said. "We now can control our playoff destiny." 

Sanger's dominance started early as they took a 7-0 lead two minutes into the game. C.J. Jackson  finished the opening drive with a 30-yard jaunt through the middle of the Bulldog defense. He then threw for three more scores in the half to lead the Indians to a 35-0 advantage at intermission. 

He hooked up with Dameon Moser on a pair of swing passes, the first from 23 yards out and the next a 31-yard catch-and-run that ended the scoring in the half. 

Sandwiched in between was a Gavin Brown 5-yard rushing touchdown and a scoring catch from 23 yards out by Hank Lemons, who Jackson found in the back of the end zone with a well-placed throw. 

The Indian defense certainly did their part as they limited the Bulldog offense to two first downs in the first half and forced four Burkburnett turnovers. They also sacked Burkburnett quarterback Westin Priddy five times and held the Bulldogs to only 38 total yards in the first two quarters. 

Brown led the Indians with 158 yards on 19 carries while Jackson had 131 yards through the air and 68 yards on the ground. Moser was his favorite target with six catches for 102 yards. Marcus Jackson was Burkburnett's offensive leader with 87 yards  on 18 carries.

Sanger will be at home next Friday to host Argyle.

Bridgeport 21, Krum 14

BRIDGEPORT -- Following almost a two-hour delay waiting for the officials to arrive, the late start didn't hurt the Bridgeport Bulls as they jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead en route to a 21-14 victory over the Krum Bobcats.

Krum trailed 14-7 at halftime after Bryson Lightfoot got the Bobcats on the scoreboard with a 18-yard second quarter TD run. Krum (1-7, 0-2) scored again in the fourth quarter on a 40-yard run by Larenzo Tystad. 

Whitesboro 21, Pilot Point 12

PILOT POINT — The Whitesboro Bearcats used an arsenal of big plays and rolled in a District 5-3A matchup.

Whitesboro (4-3, 2-0) scored on a 33-yard touchdown run by Brooks Barker with 10:12 left in first quarter to take a early 7-0 lead. Then with 0:17 seconds left in the first quarter, Scout Sanders found Noah Greisen behind the Pilot Point secondary for a 68-yard touchdown and a 14-0 Whitesboro lead.

Pilot Point (2-5, 1-1) struck back quickly as Quincy Kemp scampered 68 yards for a touchdown with 11:04 left in the second quarter to make the score 14-6. Pilot Point then stopped Whitesboro on a fourth-and-1 at the Pilot Point 49. Kemp then found Jacob Pitts for 37 yards on a throwback play, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Reigan Gochis to cut Whitesboro's lead to 14-12.

In the third quarter, Whitesboro receiver Weston Hickman got behind the Pilot Point secondary on a fourth-and-long play for a 51-yard touchdown reception for the final score of the evening.

Pilot Point goes on the road next week to face Pottsboro.

Ponder 26, Boyd 20

PONDER — The Ponder Lions rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns to pick up a key victory in District 4-3A.

Ponder's ball control offense and stingy defense that paved the way for the victory. The Lions (3-4, 1-1) trailed 13-12 at halftime and went into the fourth quarter trailing before Kaden McEwen scored on a 5-yard run. Later, Noah Bean scored on a 3-yard run to seal the victory.

Ponder finished the night with 329 yards of offense while the Lion defense limited Boyd to 187 yards.

Carlos Zepeda, who finished the game with 121 yards rushing on 12 carries, scored Ponder's first touchdown on a 57-yard run in the first quarter. Mason Durrett got Ponder's second touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. 

McEwen finished the night with 66 yards rushing on 13 tries, and Durrett had 64 yards on 18 carries.

Ponder travels to Paradise next Friday.

Greenville Christian 40, Calvary 38

The Calvary Lions have experienced both ends of the winning and losing spectrum in just one week.

Last week, Calvary scored late to take a 58-57 victory against Oville Christian. Friday night, Greenville Christian scored with three seconds remaining, handing Calvary a 40-38 loss.

It was another huge night for Calvary quarterback Jacob Helzer. The sophomore signal-caller rushed for 301 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries and passed for another score. Helzer scored on runs of 3, 15, 50, 44 and 12 yards and threw a 12-yard scoring strike to Luke Westland.

Helzer's 12-yard scoring run with 1:29 remaining in the game gave the Lions a 38-34 edge in a game that had eight lead changes. But Calvary left too much time on the clock, and Greenville drove the length of the field and scored the game-winner with three seconds remaining.