The Lone Grove Longhorns used a big-play offense and a stubborn defense to defeat the Madill Wildcats 42-3 in a key District 3A-4 game played at Alumni Field Thursday night.
Lone Grove (6-1 overall, 4-0 in district play) spotted Madill a 3-0 lead and then scored 42 unanswered points to remain in a two-way tie with Plainview in the district race. Madill fell to 2-5, 0-4.
The Wildcats drove 53 yards on their opening possession. The Lone Grove defense stiffened and forced a field goal. Madill's Carlos Torres nailed a 33-yarder for a 3-0 Wildcat lead five minutes into the game.
Neither team was able to move offensively, and Madill was forced to punt from deep in its territory later in the quarter. Lone Grove's OShay Harris gathered the punt in at the Longhorn 25 yard line and raced untouched 75 yards for a touchdown, giving Lone Grove a 7-3 lead.
Early in the second quarter, the Longhorns took over at their 24 yard line following a Wildcat punt. On the first play from scrimmage, halfback Jeremy Lewis broke free and streaked 76 yards for a touchdown to give the 'Horns a 14-3 lead.
Lewis finished the game with 176 rushing yard on 10 carries and two touchdowns.
Another Lone Grove defensive stop gave the Longhorns the ball back at the Madill 27 yard line. Following a 5-yard penalty that set them back, quarterback Grant Harmon skirted left end and tip-toed down the sideline 32 yards for a touchdown to give Lone Grove a 21-3 lead.
Harmon had 14 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore signal caller was 6 of 10 passing for 76 yards.
With 2;24 left before intermission, Lewis scored on a 3-yard run to cap a six-play drive that had the 'Horns on top 28-3 at halftime.
The second half started with another big play by the Lone Grove offense. Adanis McGee took the kick-off at the 5-yard line and rambled 95 yards for another big-play Longhorn touchdown and a 35-3 Lone Grove lead.
On their next possession the Longhorns put an 8-play, 82-yard drive together to finish the scoring. Harmon took the ball around left end seven yards on the quarterback keeper for the game's final score.
Lone Grove ran 42 plays and out-gained Madill 369-158 in offensive yardage. It was the big plays by the Longhorns that made the difference.
Madill quarterback, Colton Clement, had 22 carries for 39 yards and was 12-of-20 passing for 67 yards to lead the Wildcat offense.
Lone Grove will entertain the Purcell Dragons next Friday night at Longhorn Field. The Wildcats will head to Agee Field to take on the Sulphur Bulldogs