Coming off a 42-3 loss the Pottsboro on Oct. 11, the Howe Bulldogs ran away from the Lone Oak Buffaloes last week at home.
On their way to the 42-6 victory, the Bulldogs gained more than 400 overall yards, with that total nearly split evenly on the ground and in the air. Howe spread the team’s points throughout the game and scored all 42 before Lone Oak returned a kickoff for a touchdown near the end of the fourth quarter.
Lone Oak’s former head coach Vince Taylor, who was in his first year leading the program, resigned on Saturday before the game against Howe, following his team’s loss to Van Alstyne.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 3-5 on the year and 2-2 in district play, which is Howe’s most district victories in three seasons and more than the past two seasons combined. The Bulldogs currently sit in fourth place in District 5-3A (I) and go into Friday’s game in Commerce looking for a playoff seed.
Pottsboro 61, Bonham 6
In Bonham, Cy Shope had nine carries for 191 yards and four touchdowns and also threw a TD pass as first-place Pottsboro clinched a playoff spot with a victory against Bonham in district action.
Jett Carroll had 14 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Jasek Hooker returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown and Jacob McDonald kicked a 36-yard field foal for Pottsboro (8-0, 4-0), which hosts third-place Emory Rains on Friday.
Nick Rhinehart kicked a pair of field goals for Bonham (1-6, 0-3), which travels to Lone Oak on Friday.
District 9-3A (II)
Bells 35, Chisum 7
In Bells, Wrangler Priest had 16 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns as first-place Bells defeated Paris Chisum in district action.
Kaden Pyle returned the second-half kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, Bo Baker ran 11 times for 77 yards, Grady Waldrip chipped in eight carries for 49 yards and a score and Blake Rolen added a rushing TD for Bells (4-3, 3-0), which is the only remaining undefeated team in the district standings. The Panthers play at second-place Blue Ridge on Friday.
Trentyn Ortega had 26 carries for 103 yards and five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown for Chisum (2-6, 1-3).
Whitewright 28, Cooper 13
In Cooper, Marshall Mangrum completed 15-of-22 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns and had 10 carries for 36 yards and two touchdowns as Whitewright defeated Cooper in district action.
Kayden Carraway had five catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns, Ryne Godbey added four catches for 66 yards and Dylan Cordell ran 12 times for 112 yards for Whitewright (4-3, 1-2), which hosts Leonard on Friday.
Jayden Limbaugh had 19 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown and a 61-yard TD pass to Tristin Weathers for Cooper (3-5, 2-2), which has the district bye on Friday.
District 5-2A (I)
Tom Bean 22, Collinsville 14
The Tom Bean Tomcats stayed hot with a win in their district opener, holding off the Collinsville Pirates for a 22-14 victory in 5-2A (I) action.
It was the third straight victory for Tom Bean (3-4, 1-0), which can clinch a playoff spot with a victory against Celeste on Friday. The Tomcats opened district play with a win for the fourth time in five years.
Collinsville (3-5, 0-2) lost its fourth straight contest going into its bye week before returning to action with a key game at Celeste on Nov. 1.