On most occasions, when a football team has two 100-yard rushers in a game, that team will win.
Friday night in Farmersville was not one of those occasions.
Howe Bulldog running backs Anthony Hawthorne and Zach Lea each ran for more than 100 yards in a 55-13 loss to the Farmers. The main culprit in the loss? Turnovers.
Howe lost five fumbles and gave up an interception and on most occasions that will get you beat.
The Bulldogs fumbled on their first two possessions of each half and Farmersville capitalized on each mistake to put points on the board.
Howe did not pick up a first down until early in the second quarter after the Farmers had built up a three-touchdown lead.
On their second possession of the period, Lea got some running room with cutbacks and scored on a 27-yard run with just over five minutes left in the quarter.
Late in the period, Lea found an opening on the right side and gained 24 yards, moving the ball to the Farmersville 31 yard line. That drive ended with another Bulldog miscue, and Farmersville drove 62 yards in just four plays, scoring with just 10 seconds left in the half to put the visitors down, 41-7.
Farmersville came into the game still smarting over a last minute loss to Pottsboro the week prior and, with homecoming festivities on the calendar, the Farmers were pumped.
Howe got outstanding defensive play from Joseph Hawthorne, Tanner Ford and Tyler Nicholson, but could not overcome those mistakes.
“We are not good enough to give the ball away that many times and hope to have success,” Howe Head Coach Zack Hudson said.
Howe finally got a break early in the fourth period when Kevin Covington jumped on a Farmersville fumble at the Howe 24 yard line.
The Bulldogs could not convert on that opportunity, however, but they did add a late score on the running of Anthony Hawthorne.
Starting a drive at the Howe 4 yard line, Hawthorne pounded the ball inside. On his second down run, Hawthorne broke free for an 80-yard scamper to the Farmersville 3 yard line. His blast into the end zone came at the final horn as the Bulldogs were handed their worst loss of the season.
With two district losses, Howe needs to dig in over the next four games to keep any playoff hopes alive. That stretch starts Friday at Bulldog Stadium as the Caddo Mills Foxes come to town.
Howe 0 7 0 6 — 13
Farmersville 14 27 14 0 — 55
F: Cole Anderson 20 run (Eric Patino kick) 9:30
F: Anderson 1 run (Patino kick) 4:18
F:Jaelon Clark 24 pass from Anderson (Patino kick) 11:52
F:Caleb Tyford 57 pass from Anderson (Patino kick) 7:10
H: Zach Lea 27 run (Tyler Nicholson kick) 5:49
F: Tyford 4 run (Patino kick) 4:33
F:Clark 36 pass from Anderson (kick failed) 0:10.
F: Clark 11 run (Patino kick) 10:15
F:Darren Pennington 4 run (Patino kick) 4:02
H:Anthony Hawthorne 3 run 0:00
First downs 6 15
Rushes-yards 26-225 27-251
Passing yards 12 214
C-A-I 2-5-1 9-12-0
Punts-average 3-38 1-36
Penalties-yards 3-15 5-50
Fumbles-lost 5-5 2-1
Rushing—Howe::Anthony Hawthorne 9-117, Zach Lea 15-116, Triston Matthews 2-(-8). Farmersville: Darren Pennington 9-90,Cole Anderson 7-68,Caleb Tyford 9-61, Andrew Simmons 2-32.
Passing—Howe: Triston Matthews 1-4-1 8,Zach Lea 1-1-0 4. Farmersville: Cole Anderson 9-12-0 214.
Receiving—Howe :Joaquin Lopez 1-8, Tanner Ford 1-4. Farmersville: Caleb Tyford 4-98,Jaelon Clark 3-63,
Darren Pennington 1-49,Drake Anderson 1-4.