By Jack Walker
Van Alstyne Leader
FARMERSVILLE — The Farmers rebounded from their last minute loss in Pottsboro last week with a 55-13 victory against Howe in District 6-2A (I) action on Friday night.
Farmersville (4-3, 2-1) scored on six of its seven first-half possessions and took advantage of five Bulldog turnovers.
Howe (2-4, 0-2) got 100-yard rushing games from Anthony Hawthorne and Zach Lea, but mistakes kept the Bulldogs stringing together much offensively.
“We moved the ball well on offense. We’re just not good enough to put the ball on the ground that many times and be successful,” Howe head coach Zack Hudson said.
Farmersville quarterback Cole Anderson capped the 72-yard opening drive with a 20-yard scoring run. The Farmers rushed for 251 yards and passed for 214 more.
Anderson scored on a short run and then had touchdown passes to Jaelon Clark and Caleb Tyford by the middle of the second quarter.
Trailing 28-0, Howe needed just three plays to get on the board late in the first half.
Lea, who finished with 116 yards, scored on a 27-yard run on the right side. Farmersville answered with a pair of touchdowns to close out the first half for a 42-7 lead.
The last Farmersville scoring drive came after Lea had first-down runs of nine and 24 yards to move the ball to the Farmersville 25-yard line. Another Howe fumble ended that series and the Farmers quickly capitalized on the break.
Anderson connected with Clark from 36 yards out with just 10 seconds left in the half.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over on their first two possessions of the second half and Farmersville scored off both. Tyford had an 11-yard touchdown run and Darren Pennington scored from four yards out after the second Howe miscue.
“It’s another game where penalties and turnovers hurt us and Farmersville is too good to give them that many chances,” Hudson said.
Howe was pinned at its four-yard line after a fourth-quarter punt but needed just four plays to score. Hawthorne picked up nine yards on first down and then broke free on the right side and raced 80 yards before being chased down at the Farmersville three-yard line.
With time running out Hawthorne, who carried nine times for 117 yards, punched it in for the touchdown.