High School Sports

Whitmire rallies past Lewisville, 20-19

WHITMIRE -- The Whitmire Wolverines drove 89 yards in eight plays and scored with 1:15 remaining in the game to claim a come-from-behind victory over the Lewisville Lions in a contest completed Saturday at Wolverine Stadium.

Desmond Hart passed to Josh Pressley for 15 yards for the touchdown that left Lewisville with a 19-18 lead. Hart then hit David Reed with the deciding two-point conversion.

The Lions (1-3) moved down the field on their final possession. An interception by Reed with four seconds remaining in the game halted the drive.

Whitmire (4-1) scored on its first two possessions in the game, which began after a 30-minute lightning delay Friday night. Quarterback Michael Ruff scampered 66 and 52 yards for scores on the Wolverines' first two plays. In between, Lewisville was three-and out. With 9:13 remaining in the first quarter, Whitmire led 12-0.

Lewisville fought back. Iwanza Colvin capped a 61-yard drive with a 2-yard run, and Travis Hempton's PAT cut the deficit to 12-7 with 6:06 left in the first period.

With 5:42 remaining in the second period, the Lions struck again. Elijah Johnson got the touchdown on a 5-yard run, but Hempton's PAT attempt was wide, which left Lewisville with a 13-12 advantage.

With 30 seconds remaining in the half, lightning again called a 30-minute halt to the game. The decision was then made to finish the game on Saturday afternoon.

Lewisville took charge in the second half. On its opening possession, the Lions stormed 60 yards on 12 plays to score.

Colvin capped the drive with a 3-yard run. Hempton's PAT attempt hit the right upright, leaving Lewisville with a 19-12 cushion with 6:01 remaining in the third period.

Whitmire was three-and-out, and the Lions moved 52 yards in 8 plays before losing the ball on downs at the Wolverines' 36-yard line. The Lewisville defense forced another three-and-out, and the Lions started again from their 25-yard line.

They moved to the Wolverines' 6-yard line, where they had first and goal. On third down, Ulysses Johnson swept left end for an apparent touchdown, but it was nullified by a holding penalty.

A down that lost yardage and another penalty forced the Lions to give the ball back to Whitmire with 3:31 remaining.

"The team that wanted to win today did so," Lewisville coach Floyd Drum said. "We did not play with much enthusiasm today. We did some good things, but we could not make plays when we needed to make them."

Lewisville 7 6 0 6 -- 19

Whitmire 12 0 0 8 -- 20

TEAM STATISTICS

LHS WHS

First downs 17 8

Rushes-yards 53-205 21-142

Comp-Att-Int 5-9-1 7-16-0

Passing yards 126 101

Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-0

Penalties-yards 10-55 5-38

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