The No. 9 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team got back on the winning path Saturday, rolling to a 68-6 victory over visiting Lock Haven University at Ernest Hawkins Field at Memorial Stadium.
The Lions move to 4-1 overall on the season, while the Bald Eagles fall to 1-4.
A&M-Commerce returns to Lone Star Conference action next weekend with a Top 10 matchup at MSU Texas. Kickoff at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 6.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Lions dominated the game from start to finish, outgaining the Bald Eagles 612-268. A&M-Commerce had 26 first downs to Lock Haven’s 12.
– Quarterback Kane Wilson (New Orleans, La.) completed 20-of-31 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns. Preston Wheeler (Austin – Bowie) and Matt Childers (Henderson) also each completed touchdown passes. Wilson also rushed for a score.
– Marquis WImberly (Duarte, Calif.) had 195 receiving yards on nine catches with touchdown receptions of 31 and six yards.
– Ryan Stokes (St. Louis, Mo.) had four receptions for 107 yards, with three of those going for touchdowns of 44, 40, and 10 yards.
– Chance Cooper (Leander – Rouse) had a touchdown catch and Nate Davis (San Antonio – Madison) had a 43-yard touchdown carry.
– Kristov Martinez (Edinburg) made a 37-yard field goal and was a perfect 8-for-8 on PAT attempts.
– Josh Reynolds (Paris) returned a PAT attempt blocked by Reggie Kincade (Everman) for two points.
– Dominique Ramsey (Converse – Judson) had four punt returns for 82 yards, including a 71-yarder to set up a score.
– Mark Westbrook (Schertz – Clemens) was the leading tackler for the Lions with eight stops.
– Kader Kohou (Euless – Trinity) had six tackles and forced two fumbles.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions scored on their opening drive of the game, converting on a pair of third downs to extend the drive. Wilson’s 44-yard touchdown strike to Stokes with 10:00 left on the first quarter clock capped an eight-play, 97-yard drive and made it 7-0.
A&M-Commerce’s defense set up a short field after a pair of Bald Eagle punts, and Wilson’s three-yard touchdown carry with 4:18 left in the first quarter pushed the lead to 14-0.
Martinez drilled a 37-yard field goal on the first drive of the second quarter to make it 17-0. After another quick LHU drive, Ramsey returned a punt 71 yards to the Bald Eagle 6. Carandal Hale (Greenville) scored on the next play to make it 24-0 with 10:58 left in the first half.
An LHU three-and-out resulted in another one-play scoring drive, as Childers found Stokes from 40 yards out for paydirt, extending the lead to 31-0 with 8:39 left in the first half.
Wilson and Wimberly hooked up for two long passes on the Lions’ next scoring drive, with a 31-yarder counting for six points on the third play of an 80-yard drive. A&M-Commerce took a 38-0 lead into halftime.
The Lions received the opening kickoff of the second half and converted it into points just two minutes later. A five-play, 57-yard drive ended on a 10-yard Wilson-to-Stokes connection to make it 45-0. Wimberly had a 38-yard completion on the drive.
A&M-Commerce went two drives without scoring, but after the defense stopped the Bald Eagles on fourth down at the TAMUC 50, the Lions needed only five plays to traverse the 60 yards. Wilson completed the 6-yard touchdown strike to Wimberly, extending the lead to 52-0.
The Bald Eagles got on the board late in the third quarter. A three-and-out resulted in a punt, but a bounding ball struck a Lion and LHU recovered with only 30 yards needed to score. Cameron Tobias completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chantz Swartz. Kincade blocked the PAT attempt and Reynolds took it to the house, making the score 54-6 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Wheeler lead a touchdown drive of 47 yards over the course of four plays, ending on a 13-yard scoring pass to Cooper. Chase Pemberton (Wills Point) led the Lions’ final scoring drive, as Davis scored on a 43-yard rush with 2:27 to seal the runaway.