Lions trounce Lock Haven 68-6

Tyler McDonough, Senior Sports Reporter

Ryan Stokes opens the game against Lock Haven with a touchdown. | Photo by Jessie Cunningham

Tyler McDonough | Senior Sports Reporter

The No. 9 A&M-Commerce Lions trounced the Bald Eagles 68-6 with a total of nine touchdowns at Ernest Hawkins Field Sept. 29, a week after their heartbreaking loss to CSU-Pueblo.

Kane Wilson made his first career start for the Lions and had himself quite the game. The junior transfer went 20-31 for 373 yards and accumulated for five total touchdowns (four passing, one rush).

Wilson was not the only one for the Lions dishing out touchdown passes. Quarterbacks Preston Wheeler and Chase Pemberton relieved Wilson in the fourth and combined for an efficient 78 yards with a touchdown. Wide receiver Matt Childers even got in on the action as the wideout threw a 40-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

The Lions took an early lead and never looked back, leading wire to wire as Wilson hit Ryan Stokes on a 44-yard pass on the opening drive. Wilson’s 44-yard pass capped off a 97-yard drive on eight plays. After a couple of Lock Haven punts, the Lions were able to set up another drive that ended in six after Wilson scored on a 3-yard rush in the first quarter.

The ever-so reliable kicker Kristov Martinez knocked in a 37-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make the score 17-0. After another Bald Eagle drive stalled, the reigning LSC Special Teams player of the week Dominique Ramsey returned a punt 71 yards to the Lock Haven 6-yard line. Carandal Hale punched it in on the next play to make the score 24-0.

Marquis Wimberly and Ryan Stokes scored the final two touchdowns of the half for the Lions to extend the lead 38-0 at halftime.

Wimberly had a stellar performance leading the Lions with nine catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Stokes had a fine game as well hauling in four catches for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

With a big lead going into the second half the Lions looked just as impressive as the first half. The offense scored thirty more points in the half, while the defense only allowed 6 points to cap off a 68-6 win.

The Lions return to Conference play as they travel to Wichita Falls Oct. 6 to take on the No. 5 Midwestern State Mustangs. Oct. 13 the Lions will return to Memorial Stadium to host the Tarleton State Texans.