FORNEY — There was no Thanksgiving hangover and nothing Black about Kilgore's performance in a resounding 56-21 Class 3A, Division I Region II semifinal victory over Frisco Lone Star at City Bank Stadium.
Dominating describes it offensively, defensively and on special teams here Friday afternoon before a partisan Ragin' Red Nation crowd as the Bulldogs (12-0) punched their ticket to next week's regional final against either 16-3A rival Chapel Hill or Decatur.
Lone Star finished its season with an 8-5 record.
Kilgore quarterback Benny Colbert enjoyed a career afternoon, rushing for 205 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 68 and 8 yards.
This also marked the first time this season three Kilgore players eclipsed 100 yards rushing as Kevrin Justice and JuJu Brown joined their quarterback topping the century mark. Justice finished the day with 120 yards and two touchdowns and Brown added 109 and three touchdowns.
Justice's scoring dashes covered 26 and 2 yards, while Brown went 24, 3 and 2 for his points.
For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs got a return for a touchdown. Last week against Kaufman it was Justice breaking a punt return for the distance. This one, against Lone Star, was Aaron Foy returning a kickoff 81 yards, answering a string of 21 unanswered points by the Rangers had cut Kilgore's lead to 14 points, 35-21.
The Kilgore defense was stellar, coming away with 10 sacks on Lone Star freshman quarterback Jason Shelley, who threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns to Austin DeLeon. He also scrambled 35 yards for the only other Ranger touchdown. He finished with 75 yards rushing on 25 carries.
D.Q. Scott had three sacks, Caleb Wood and Kris Haynes added two each, and Chad Bornes, LaDarrin Anthony and Jacobie Wafer completed the afternoon game with one apiece.
The Lone Star quarterback suffered two interceptions, though, one to Aaron Foy and the other to Jeffery Sanders. Foy's was a one-handed catch by the Kilgore senior at the Bulldogs' two yard line, stuffing Lone Star's impressive first possession of the contest and setting the stage for Kilgore's initial touchdown, coming six plays later on a 26-yard Justice run.
The Rangers managed just 78 yards rushing on 42 carries. Kilgore scored on five of its six possessions and ground out 393 yards rushing in the first half.
If you wondered if the Bulldogs had a holiday hangover, you knew early on that was not the case.
Colbert had a career afternoon in the first half, rushing for 160 yards, scoring on a 68-yard dash. Jordan Jones led the Frisco Lone Star receivers with 10 catches for 123 yards.
Kilgore fullback Jack Johnston and Foy had the Kilgore receptions.
Class 3A Division I
Region II Semifinals
Kilgore 56, Frisco Lone Star 21
At City Bank Stadium, Forney
Frisco Lone Star 0 7 14 0 — 21
Kilgore 14 21 714 — 56
KIL — Kevrin Justice 26 run (Christian Galvan kick), 8:16
KIL — JuJu Brown 24 run (Galvan kick), 2:37
KIL — Justice 2 run (Galvan kick), 11:10
KIL — Brown 3 run (Galvan kick), 5:48
KIL — Benny Colbert 68 run (Galvan kick), 3:10
FLS — Austin DeLeon 3 pass from Jason Shelley (Cameron Scott kick), 1:18
FLS — Shelley 35 run (Scott kick), 7:37
FLS — DeLeon 13 pass from Shelley (Scott kick), 2:40
KIL — Aaron Foy 81 kickoff return (Galvan kick), 2:29
KIL — Brown 2 run (Galvan kick), 7:47
KIL — Colbert 8 run (Galvan kick), 4:24
First Downs 14 18
Rushing yards 42-78 46-485
Passing yards 24 29
Passes (C-A-I) 19-27-2 2-5-0
Punts (No.-Avg.) 5-34.0 2-19.5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 3-15 6-36