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After an undefeated regular season last year, North Crowley has burst back onto the scene in the 2023-24 Texas High School Football season. The team is gearing up for district play with another 3-0 start to their season after a 43-20 victory over Lucas Lovejoy in week three. VYPE DFW takes a closer look at the Panthers' victory:
Lovejoy took an early lead in the Friday night matchup with two touchdowns in the first quarter from Dante Dean and Khalin Williams. Setting the tone, the Leopards looked to be favorites early. Midway through the second quarter, the Panthers' momentum picked up as Cornelius Warren scored a touchdown on a 3-yard rush. With the decision to go for two, Chris Jimerson found Mason Ferguson to put the first 8 points of the night on the board for North Crowley.
Bad weather caused a 75-minute delay in the game as both teams headed into the locker room for a chance to reset, regroup, and focus on what was to come; Lovejoy ahead 20-8 after a late second-quarter touchdown from Payton Pierce.
Coming back to the field following the weather delay, the Panthers were poised for success as they put up 35 unanswered points. Closing out the first half with a Warren rush for a touchdown set the new tone for the game and gave North Crowley a new fire. Warren went on to score one more touchdown in the game. LaMarcus Davis (31-yard reception, 33-yard reception) and Jimerson (29-yard rush) were the other scorers for North Crowley in their come-from-behind victory.
As the team enters district play, they boast an undefeated record. Having outscored their opponents by a combined 134 points so far this season, the North Crowley offense has proven its ability to continue fighting through challenges while the defense has shown their work and dedication to putting up timely stops against opponents in order to secure big victories. The team opens district play against Forth Worth Paschal on Friday, September 15th with kick-off slated for 7:30 p.m.
Usually strong Lucas Lovejoy Lady Leopards are back at it this season. Looking to show up all of their competition, Lovejoy is geared up and ready to showcase their talent on the court once more. Last season, the team posted a great record (27-17 overall) with a playoff run to be proud of and this season they're looking to dominate the floor once again. VYPE DFW dives into their season so far
So far, the team has posted a 14-9 overall record through non-district play. Using each moment to prepare for the next, the Lady Leopards have been powering over their opponents-- outscoring other teams by a combined 16 sets. With big victories over the likes of Denton Guyer, Glen Rose, Hawaii's Baldwin, Fort Worth Boswell, Grapevine, and more, athletes like Kennedy Adcock, Shelby Burriss, McKenna Brand, Anna Barr, Morgan Vanvoorhis, Nicole Cornell, Kalin Carlson, and others are prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure more Lucas Lovejoy success this season. On a three-game win streak, Lovejoy plays their final non-district game on Tuesday, September 5th on the road against Keller.
Prepped for district play, Lucas Lovejoy opens their district schedule on Friday, September 8th on the road against a tough Melissa team. As the athletes gear up for what could be a dominant district-run, they are also preparing for dominance through playoffs. Lucas Lovejoy is no stranger to tough competitors. With plenty of state titles on their resume and athletes who have already played on the biggest stage in Texas high school volleyball, fans can expect this squad to succeed with passion and a drive to finish the season strong.