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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Longhorns topple Sulphur with second-half spurt

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  • The shot heard throughout District 3A-4 Friday night came courtesy of Jeremy Turner's Lone Grove Longhorns.
    Opening district play against Sulphur, the Longhorns broke open a 22-22 halftime tie with 26 points in the second half for a runaway 48-22 win. The ground game was dominant for Lone Grove, as Jeremy Lewis rushed for 156 yards and Grant Harmon added 135.
    As a team, the Longhorns piled up 19 first downs and outgained the Bulldogs in total yards, 377 to 242.
    The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with big plays keeping both teams neck and neck. Ryan Rackley got Sulphur on the board early with a 71-yard touchdown run, and added a 17-yard scoring run following a Lewis touchdown.
    Lone Grove's Harmon answered with a six-yard run and a 53-yard scoring strike to Tanner Vernon. Trailing 22-15, Sulphur answered immediately as Nick Magruder took the kickoff 85 yards to tie the game.
    In terms of scoring, Magruder's return would be the high point of the game for Sulphur. Lone Grove put a dagger in Sulphur's hopes with two quick scores midway through the third quarter. Harmon scored on a two-yard run, and 15 seconds later, Terry Rowe returned a fumble 21 yards for another score.
    The Longhorns sealed the game with a Harmon 31-yard scoring run and a three-yard touchdown run by Lewis in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
    Rackley led the Sulphur offense, rushing for 160 yards on 26 carries and completing 7-of-12 passes for 45 yards and no interceptions. Magruder had three receptions for 24 yards and one interception.
    Harmon was 8-of-15 passing for 86 yards and the one interception. Vernon had four receptions for 63 yards and a score, as well as the fumble return. O'Shay Harris also had a fumble recovery for the Longhorns, who improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in district play. The loss dropped Sulphur to 1-3 and 0-1.
    Lone Grove will have its first road game of the season Friday when it travels to Atoka. The road will not get any easier for Sulphur, as it hosts Plainview. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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