RICHBURG — A 27-point second-quarter explosion, highlighted by a 109-yard interception return to end the first half, was more than enough for the Lewisville Lions, who cruised past Eau Claire 49-0 on Friday night.
Defensive back Malcolm Means brought the homecoming crowd in Richburg to their feet by picking off a desperation “Hail Mary” pass in the end zone. He retreated near the end line, and suddenly found a convoy of blockers.
He proceeded down the sideline nearly untouched before trotting into the Shamrock end zone as time expired with a 36-0 Lion lead.
“At first, I thought about taking a knee,” to end the half, said Means. “But then, I saw all of that green grass in front of me. I looked down when I caught the ball and saw I was near the end of the (end zone) line. But then, I just decided to take off when I looked and saw the open space.”
The interception return, which at least tied a state record, was the exclamation point on a dominant Lion performance on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, Lewisville moved the ball effectively with 422 total yards, 209 passing and 213 on the ground.
Quarterback Laquavious Walls gained 80 yards on nine carries and scored three touchdowns, while Means accounted for 69 yards and a score. Walls also had a hot passing night, completing 18-of-24 for 210 yards and a touchdown.
The victory, the Lion final non-region tune-up, provides the school with their best start in 12 seasons with a 5-1 record, including a four-game win streak since losing in week two against Chester.
“This was the best that we looked coming out of the half,” Lion coach Will Mitchell said. “We do not only want to prepare and play this week just to beat Eau Claire; but to also prepare ourselves for bigger games down the road.
“And tonight, give credit to our defensive coaches, especially with us being without four starters who were either hurt or injured. It was good to get the shutout.”
Lewisville will open region play next week against McBee.
EAU CLAIRE 0
LHS — Laquavious Walls 2-yard run (Michael Spence run)
LHS — Malcolm Means 12-yard run (Allen Jordan kick)
LHS — Walls 1-yard run (Jordan kick)
LHS — Walls 8-yard run (Jordan kick)
LHS — Means 109-yard interception return (Jordan kick)
LHS — Walls 17-yard pass to Allen Jordan (Jordan kick)
LHS— Jaris Elder recovered fumbled punt snap in end zone (Jordan kick)
RUSHING — Eau Claire: Takari Robinson 14-26, Keith McNeil 4-10, Michael Diggs 9-39, Tierrell Brown 1-0;. Lewisville: Malcolm Means 8-69, Laquavious Walls 9-80, Dre Bailey 3-2, Jaris Elder 2-(-4), Tony Gaston 4-56, Rontavious Lawhorn 2-10.
PASSING — Eau Claire: Keith McNeil 3-4-0-28; Michael Diggs 1-7-1-2. Lewisville: Laquavious Walls 18-24-0-210; Tony Gaston 1-2-0-(-1).
RECEIVING — Eau Claire: Nicholas Vanover 2-18, Jamil Thompson 1-10, Christopher Taylor 1-2. Lewisville: Christian Cok 2-29, Allen Jordan 5-52, Jaris Elder 3-46 , Michael Spence 2-26, Tony Gaston 2-13, Malcolm Means 2-31, Cody Montgomery 1-6, Jacob Taylor 2-0.
RECORDS — Lewisville 5-1, Eau Claire 1-4.