HALLSVILLE — Quarterback Clay Price threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns to lead state-ranked Lindale to a come-from-behind 25-12 victory against Hallsville, spoiling the Bobcats’ homecoming festivities at Bobcat Stadium on Friday night.
Price’s scoring strikes covered 14 yards to Josiah Johnson and 22 yards to Trenton SirLouis. Johnson wound up with 10 catches for 154 yards as the Eagles improved to 3-0. Another one of Price’s top receivers, Aaron Smith, enjoyed a big night of his own with five receptions for 100 yards.
The Eagles, though, coming off a big win a week ago against Carthage, started slowly and trailed 5-0. A late second quarter drive of 50 yards in four plays got Lindale on the scoreboard and into a three-point halftime lead as Price teamed with Johnson for the score. Johnson handled the conversion run, giving Lindale its first lead of the contest, 8-5, with 34 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Lindale outgained Hallsville in total yardage 466-233 in the game.
Lindale’s Trey Acy led the ground assault (28-138) for Lindale against the Bobcats with 66 yards on nine carries. He also scored on a 3-yard run. Besides his passing statistics, Price ran for 62 yards on 15 carries.
The Eagles wrapped up the scoring with a 41-yard Luc Swimberghe field goal with 9:01 remaining in the game.
Hallsville took the second-half kickoff and put together its most impressive drive of the night – 12 plays for 85 yards. The touchdown came on a 10-yard Josh Warbington completion to Darrian Gilmore, giving the Bobcats a momentary 12-8 lead after Austin Lightle added the extra point.
Warbington was 10 of 26 for 102 yards, although he did throw an interception. Coming away with the pick for Lindale was Johnson. Ronnie Gideon was 1 for 1 for 65 yards.
The Bobcat defense can take credit for getting Hallsville on the board to open the scoring as J.C. Daily, a rover, tackled Price in the end zone for a safety, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter with 11:55 remaining in the first half.
Hallsville’s Lightle came to rescue with a 31-yard field goal after the Bobcats’ drive stalled at the Lindale 13 yard line.
Lindale turnovers were a factor early in the contest as the Eagles lost two fumbles and Price suffered an interception. Gideon and Stephen Godwin recovered fumbles for the ’Cats. Daily had the first half interception.
Price was 15 of 22 for 216 passing yards at the break. Johnson was his favorite receiver with eight receptions for 150 yards at the break. Next week, Lindale visits Kaufman and Hallsville faces Chapel Hill on the road.