Tigers take district lead with win over Rains, 51-8

Attempting to capture the District 4-6A, Division II championship for the second year in a row moved one step closer to becoming a reality Friday night as the Wills Point Tigers dominated the Rains Wildcats, 51-8, in Emory.

Coach Greg Cranfill’s Tigers captured their fourth consecutive victory to even their season mark at 4-4 but more importantly, they are now 3-0 in district play all alone in first place after previous co-leader, Dallas Lincoln, suffered a surprising 22-20 home defeat Friday night at the hands of the Ferris Yellowjackets.

Wills Point can capture the District 6-4A, Division II title outright if they defeat Dallas Lincoln at home in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday and win at Ferris Nov. 10 in the regular season and district finale. Rains is now 1-7 overall and 0-3 in district action.

Against Rains, the Tigers registered 382 yards of total offense including 271 yards rushing while the Wildcats were held to 192 total yards by a stingy and opportunistic Wills Point defense.

Tiger running back Brandon Smith led Wills Point offensively with 144 yards rushing on 12 carries and three touchdowns while teammate Vernon Morrow contributed 94 yards rushing on 20 carries and two TD’s.

Wills Point quarterback Tyler James completed seven out of nine passes for 101 yards and one TD against the Wildcat defense.

The Tigers received the opening kickoff and put together the first of four consecutive TD drives in the opening half as Wills Point moved 65 yards in 14 plays (13 running).

James ended the opening time-consuming TD march by firing a 10-yard TD pass to tight end Jacob Moore on third down and goal with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point attempt hit the crossbar and bounced back onto the field of play.

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