Richland hurt by miscues in loss to Lewisville

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Lewisville rolled up 278 yards of offense and took advantage of early miscues in knocking off Richland 47-21 on Thursday at the Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex.

Running back Carl McGhee had 18 carries for 68 yards and two scores to lead the Farmers (1-1).

Richland (0-2) struggled offensively despite an ability to move the ball early in the game.

The Rebels, who finished with 284 yards of offense, had 161 yards in the first half. But a fumble led to one Lewisville score, and the Farmers added another on a 36-yard punt return on the ensuing possession.

By then, the air quickly came out of the Rebels’ sails.

Richland answered the bell early, cutting into a 14-0 lead with a 42-yard touchdown run by quarterback Eddie Thomas.

The Rebels then gained more momentum after recovering the onside kick.

But a five-play drive stalled, and Lewisville went back to work. The Farmers scored again to make it 21-7 before linebacker Nick Patton scooped up a fumble and returned it 19 yards for a 27-7 lead.

On the following possession, Richland’s Colton Curtis lined a punt off a Lewisville defender and into the hands of linebacker Caleb Walker, who took it 36 yards for another Farmers’ score and a 34-7 lead.

Thomas bounced back for the Rebels, moving the offense 81 yards in four plays. He hooked up with Morgan Pendleton up the left sideline for a 46-yard scoring strike to make it 34-14.

Thomas finished with 13 completions for 156 yards and a touchdown. Running back Aveion Shanklin also had a score late for Richland.

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