North Crowley quarterback Caleb Leake passed for 338 yards and four touchdowns while the Panthers’ defense was key on two early scores in a 53-35 victory over winless Cleburne.
After an opening-possession score, the Panthers used a 56-yard fumble recovery by Tra Kennel to go ahead 14.0. On Cleburne’s next drive, North Crowley intercepted a pass in the end zone then marched all the way down the field for another score and a 20-0 lead.
Key players: North Crowley’s Julian Ortega-Jones caught three of Leake’s four touchdown passes.
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Key stat: North Crowley averaged 9.6 yards per play for the game after averaging 14 yards in the first half. Cleburne’s defense didn’t force the Panthers into a single punt.
Records: North Crowley 2-1, Cleburne 0-3