MADILL — Lone Grove’s Sheldon Brown rushed for 244 yards on 36 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lead the Longhorns to a 27-14 victory over the Madill Wildcats Thursday night at Blake Smiley Stadium.

MADILL — Lone Grove’s Sheldon Brown rushed for 244 yards on 36 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lead the Longhorns to a 27-14 victory over the Madill Wildcats Thursday night at Blake Smiley Stadium.

The win helps keep the Longhorns’ playoff hopes alive as they improved to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in District 3A-4. 

The Wildcats fell to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in District play.

Lone Grove used a punishing running attack that finished with 329 yards on 53 rushing plays. 

The Longhorns took the lead on their first offensive possession in a drive that would typify the rest of the game. Lone Grove moved from its own 23-yard line for a touchdown that used 15 plays and 7:34 of clock time. Brown scored on a 14-yard run up the middle to give the Longhorns a 7-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter Madill was able to rally back to tie the game. 

The Wildcats drove from their own 15-yard line for a touchdown that came when tailback Dekevis Jordan broke free over right tackle and sped 68 yards for a score.

On their next possession, the Longhorns took the lead for good. A mishandled kick-off by the Lone Grove special teams resulted in the Longhorns taking over at their own 5-yard line.

A 68-yard pass from quarterback Montana Stafford to Kenyon Sophus moved the ball to the Wildcat 7-yard line. Two plays later Brown scored on a 6-yard run around right end to give the Longhorns a 14-7 advantage at intermission.

Lone Grove finished the game with 63 offensive plays to just 41 by Madill. 

The Longhorn offense dominated along the offensive front and used large chunks of time moving the Wildcats and keeping Madill on their heels most of the game.

LGHS got an important insurance touchdown on their second possession of the third quarter. It took  just seven plays to move 58 yards for a touchdown that upped the lead to 21-7. 

Brown headed around left end, then reversed his course and took it around right end for the touchdown with 3:37 left in the third.

Madill then engineered a powerful drive of  its own. 

The Wildcats took possession at their own 24-yard line following the Longhorn kick-off. From there Madill used 14 plays and 7:09 of clock time to drive for a score that pulled them to within 21-14.

 The touchdown came when quarterback Colton Jones hit Trevor Goff with a 5-yard scoring toss to make it a 21-14 game with 8:28 remaining.

On the next Lone Grove drive, the Longhorns took more than six minutes of clock time but ended on a fourth down interception by Goff inside the Wildcat 10-yard line.

But this time the Longhorn defense would not bend, as they held the Wildcats to four plays and took over at the Madill 20-yard line with 2:49 remaining.

It took Lone Grove just five plays to make it a 27-14 game with Caleb Neilll scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run over right guard with sixteen seconds remaining in the game.

The Longhorn defense came up big a number of times to keep Madill bottled up offensively. 

The Wildcats managed just 94 rushing yards on 20 carries against the stout Lone Grove defenders.

Jones finished the night 7-21-2 passing for the Wildcats for 79 yards and one touchdown.Lone Grove will return to Longhorn Field for their final two games. They will entertain Bridge Creek next Friday in a non-district game. 

They will then finish the regular season on November 3 when they host the Pauls Valley Panthers, in a game which could possibly have postseason implications for both teams.

Madill will be on the road for their final two games. Next Friday they head to Pauls Valley and end the season on November 3 at Plainview.