Lewisville looked every bit the part of a team ranked third in the state. The freshman-laden C.A. Johnson Hornets looked very much like the young group it is.
The result was a 52-0 Lewisville homecoming victory Friday night.
Lewisville’s smothering defense led by juniors Josh Belk, Jaylen McFadden and Tyrus McCullough held C.A. Johnson to minus-19 yards of total offense, including minus-52 on the ground.
“They all play real hard all the time,” Lewisville coach Will Mitchell said. “I never question how hard we’re going to play Friday night.”
Lewisville, which has won six of seven against the Hornets (1-4), had things rolling from the start. After forcing a three-and-out on Johnson’s opening series, the Lions (6-0) went on a nine-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by Johnny Courtney’s 2-yard run.
While Lewisville was in control from the start, Courtney’s 38-yard punt return late in the first quarter set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Quentin Sanders, who ran for 21 yards on eight carries and added a 35-yard reception. The touchdown gave Lewisville a commanding 22-0 first-quarter lead.
Lewisville blocked two C.A. Johnson punts, including one in the first quarter. The blocked kick was returned for a touchdown by Darryl Manning, but called back because of a block in the back. It didn’t matter much because two plays later, Lions quarterback Trey Keels hit senior receiver Mike Hill, who sprinted 54 yards and dove to the pylon for a touchdown to give Lions a 16-0 lead with 2:17 remaining in the first quarter.
Courtney and Hill did most of the damage for Lewisville. Courtney finished with 31 rushing yards on three carries and had three receptions for 43 yards. He also added a remarkable 40-yard punt return for a one of his three touchdowns on the night. Courtney ran left and was stopped by a swarm of Hornets, but reversed field to get out of the pack, then got a seal of blockers and darted to the end zone.
Hill had 102 receiving yards on just three receptions, including the 54-yard run and catch in the first quarter.
Mitchell knows very well the growing pains felt by C.A. Johnson, which fields a team with 12 freshmen and only nine seniors.
“We’ve got a group of kids who had to play when they were freshmen and sophomores, and we took some beatings,” Mitchell said.
“It’s refreshing to get to this point.”