Garland Lakeview Centennial running back Camar Wheaton powered his way to five rushing touchdowns despite briefly leaving the game with an injury, leading the Patriots to a season-opening 48-8 road win over Arlington Seguin at sultry Wilemon Field on Thursday night.
Game was over when: Lakeview Centennial converted a fumble recovery deep inside Seguin territory into a 12-yard touchdown run by Wheaton, his fourth of the first half, to increase the Patriot advantage to 31-8 with 1:46 remaining in the second quarter.
Play of the game: Garland Lakeview Centennial junior linebacker Makii Lewis made an ankle tackle on Seguin running back Jalon March to stall a first-quarter drive for the Cougars deep inside Patriots territory. The Cougars, trailing 7-0 at the time, got a 24-yard pass play and a 36-yard run from Jalon March to move the ball into the red zone. The Patriots defense took over from there with Lewis tackling March at the line of scrimmage following a short pass from quarterback Xavier Gordon.
Offensive player of the game: Wheaton was a touchdown threat every time he had the ball in his hands. He finished with 172 rushing yards on just 17 carries.
Defensive player of the game: Garland Lakeview Centennial sophomore defensive lineman Jon Brown. Brown fell on top of a fumble in the second quarter and helped to thwart another Seguin drive in the second half when he tackled a Cougar running back inside the Patriots 5-yard line.
Unsung hero of the game: Patriots senior Jason Sauceda made all five extra-point tries and booted field goals of 32 yards and 31.
Moment of the game: Garland Lakeview Centennial junior Caleb Ferguson fell on top of a fumble on a botched punt by Seguin, which set up the first of four first-half touchdowns for the Patriots.
Stat of the Game: The Patriots rushed for 305 yards.
Big picture outlook: Lakeview Centennial starts the season with a 1-0 record while Seguin starts at 0-1.
What’s next? Garland Lakeview Centennial hosts North Mesquite, 7 p.m. on Sept. 7. Seguin travels to Mansfield Timberview, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.