Somebody – don’t know who – sneaked over to Great Falls High School in the wee hours of Friday morning and painted “#TrickOrTreat” on the school rock.
Friday night, it was Lewisville that took all of the Red Devils’ candy in a 40-13 rivalry game blowout. Running back D.J. Robinson must have had the biggest sweet tooth, scoring three times to help the Lions to their second straight win.
“It was bittersweet moment to know this was my last time playing the county rival,” he said after the game, steam billowing off his head. “I just wanted to give it my all at the end.”
Lewisville will have a whole extra week to savor its second straight win. With the high school football season extended a week, the Lions will now work on getting a couple of key contributors healthy before the playoffs commence Nov. 13.
“It’ll be good to go into the playoffs healthy, have everybody back,” said Robinson.
Lewisville missed injured standouts Josh Belk and Mike Hill, but had enough firepower left in Robinson. After Xavier Wesley returned the opening kick 81 yards for a touchdown, Robinson drove into the end zone from 15 yards to make it 14-0 with just three minutes lapsed.
Great Falls struggled to move the ball, but, with the help of a slew of 15-yard flags on Lewisville, kept a drive alive and then scored when Pierce Funderburk lobbed to Raheem Bowers, who pulled down the catch before pin-balling off two defenders to score a 37-yard touchdown and cut the lead in half.
But Robinson bulled in for another touchdown, a 3-yarder with about 10 minutes left in the half to push the lead back to 21-7.
Lewisville blew past the visitors in the third quarter, rendering the rivalry contest’s fourth quarter largely inconsequential.
Three Great Falls fumbles in the third quarter cost the Red Devils. Lewisville produced 19 points off the takeaways and stiff-armed Kenneth Schofield’s team.
“Managed to create them and take advantage of them back to back,” said Mitchell, wearing cowboy boots given to him by his father.
Lewisville’s defensive line gave Great Falls nothing in the trenches, even without Belk, one of the nation’s top-rated sophomore defensive linemen. Great Falls finished with 122 yards rushing, but 81 of those came on two late carries with the game already sewn up, and the Lions also sacked Red Devils QB Pierce Funderburk enough times that he finished with negative-42 yards rushing.
“Outstanding job,” said Mitchell. “We had a mix of guys, bunch of underclassmen and some seniors that have been injured and haven’t had much time jumped in there and did real good. I can’t say enough about the defense.”
Robinson did his thing on Senior Night in likely his last game at home, and his last game against Great Falls, smashing when needed, or dashing when that was the move to make. The hard-running Robinson finished with 159 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, a crucial contribution on a night when the Lions never got their passing attack in sync.
“That’s one advantage of being able to do both,” Mitchell said.
“It was a good statement win,” said Mitchell. “We’re improving as a team every week. I really believe that.
If we continue to improve, we’ll be a hot mess for somebody in two weeks.”
Great Falls and Lewisville will both get a much-needed week off – the high school football season extended because of disastrous flooding earlier this month – before beginning the 1A playoffs on Nov. 13.
Lewisville 40, Great Falls 13
LHS – Xavier Wesley 81 kickoff return (Jesse Branham kick), 11:49
LHS – D.J. Robinson 15 run (Branham kick), 9:03
GFHS – Raheem Bowers 37 pass from Pierce Funderburk (John Hall kick), 7:38
LHS – Robinson 3 run (Branham kick), 10:12
LHS – James Peeler 4 run (Branham kick), 9:23
LHS – Robinson 15 run (kick failed), 7:18
LHS – Peeler 42 pass from Trey Keels (kick failed), 3:05
GFHS – Aaron Rice 61 run (pass failed), 0:37
RUSHING: Lewisville: Johnny Courtney 1-28; Trey Keels 3-12; Aaron Cabbagestalk 3-20; Jene Thompson 1-5; Kamari Davis 2-1; D.J. Robinson 15-159; Keilan Renegar 2-(-2). Great Falls: Cody Spires 1-(-3); Rajean Perry 3-5; Deandre Perry 13-53; Pierce Funderburk 10-(-42); Aaron Rice 8-99; Gage Spinks 2-3; Raheem Bowers 2-7.
PASSING: Lewisville: Keels 6-19-0, 125 yards. Great Falls: Funderburk 5-13-0, 61 yards.
RECEIVING: Lewisville: Courtney 2-59; Thompson 1-8; Peeler 2-53; A.J. Robinson 1-5. Great Falls: Zac Roberts 1-8; Bowers 4-53.
RECORDS: Lewisville 3-7, 2-2 Region 3-A; Great Falls 1-9, 1-3 Region 3-A