High School Sports

Football: Lewisville at Ben Lippen

Site: Hathaway-Weeber Stadium. Time: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Lewisville notes: The Lions (1-1) opened the season with a 47-16 romp over Carolina Pride, a North Carolina independent school before being thrashed 48-7 last week by neighboring Chester. Lewisville had no answers for Chester sophomore quarterback Tony McNeal, who completed 19 of 34 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns … Isaiah Johnson has been Lewisville’s most productive offensive player to date. He ran for 74 yards and one touchdowns last week, and opened the season with a 91-yard, two-touchdown performance vs. Carolina Pride … The Lions return six starters on offense and five on defense off a team that went 7-4 last season and won the Region 3-1A championship. But the campaign was not considered a great success because Lewisville was expelled from the 1A Division I playoffs in the first round for the second year in a row.

Ben Lippen notes: The Falcons hammered defending 2A SCISA champion Hilton Head Prep 54-16 last week to improve to 1-1 and give Reggie Shaw his first win as a head coach … BL jumped out to a 20-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and expanded the advantage to 40-0 by halftime … Junior Joey Carter had another big game at quarterback, connecting on 17 of 29 passes for 246 yards and five touchdowns. For the season, Carter is 35-for-59 for 452 yards and seven TDs … But Carter wasn’t the only offensive headliner. Xan Mangum caught five passes for 90 yards and three TDs, Robert Keen ran for 159 yards on 15 carries and Drew Stokes had one running score and one TD catch ... Mangum leads the team in scoring with five touchdowns in two games … Carter has spread the wealth. Taylor Wilson has 10 receptions to date with 141 yards, Mitch Deter had 10 catches for 124 yards and Mangum has eight grabs for 121 yards … Gabe Smith had the defensive highlight – a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown. Mic Shoemaker led the team with eight tackles vs. HHP and has a team-high 19 stops on the books.

Series history: The last time the teams met was in 1996 in Ben Lippen’s final season as a member of the High School League. The Lions are 2-0 vs. the Falcons with both wins coming in Region 3-1A outings. Lewisville prevailed 34-0 in 1995, and scored a 48-7 win in 1996 on the way to the 1A state title.