The Willis Wildkats pulled away from the Lake Creek Lions in the 4th quarter to record Michael Wall’s first victory as head coach of the Wildcats.
JerMichael Dickerson stared for the Wildkats totaling 3 touchdowns – two rushing and one passing.
Ty Sexton stared for the Lions totaling 3 touchdowns – two passing and one rushing.
Lake Creek took the opening kickoff down the field with a methodical drive. The drive started at the Lake Creek 15-yard line before stalling out 12 plays later at the Willis 12-yard line. Brandon McGaha banged home a 29-yard field goal to give the Lions and early 3-0.
After exchanging possessions, Willis scored on a 4-play 72-drive capped by a JerMichael Dickerson 47-yard touchdown run. A high snap on the extra point attempt resulted in holder Ben Irvine running the ball in for a 2-point conversion to give the Wildkats the lead 8-3.
Lake Creek responded with a quick-strike drive of their own. The Lions capped a 5-play 59-yard drive with a 20-yard pass from Ty Sexton to Zachery Hazelwood. The Lions moved back into the lead 10-8.
After forcing a Willis punt, the Lions pushed their lead to 15-8 on a 3-play 66-yard drive when Ty Sexton connected with Bryce Linscomb for a 53-yard score.
After Lake Creek turned the ball over on downs, the team exchanged punts. A short punt by Lake Creek coupled with a horse-collar penalty gave the Wildkats the ball at the Lake Creek 18-yard line with 1:10 remaining in the half. JerMichael Dickerson connected with Bryce Linscomb on the first play to make the score Lake Creek 17, Willis 15.
Willis received the 2nd half kickoff and quickly drove 78 yards in 7 plays capped by a 1-yard Clayton Sprayberry run to give the Wildkats a 22-17 lead.
Lake Creek responded with Ethan Harper returning the ensuing kickoff to the Willis 3-yard line. Back-to-back quarterback sneaks resulted in a 1-yard Ty Sexton touchdown. The attempted two-point conversion was no good and the Lions leads 23-22.
The teams exchanged punts before Willis capped a 10-play 79-yard drive that extended into the 4th quarter with a 4-yard JerMichale Dickerson run. The Wildkats were successful with a two-point conversion to take the lead 30-23.
Lake Creek was forced to punt twice around Willis turnover before Willis ended the scoring on the night with a 10-play 61 yard drive capped by a D’Mari Marks 2-yard run.
The final score was Willis 37, Lake Creek 23.
Willis (1-1) will play New Caney (1-1) next Friday night at home. New Caney beat Houston Heights 38-14 in Week.
Lake Creek (0-2) will play Fulshear (1-1) next Friday night at home. Fullshear beat Hargrave 42-26 in Week 2.
Lake Creek, Brandon McGaha, 29-yard field goal – Willis 0, Lake Creek 3, 7:23 1st
Willis, JerMichael Dickerson, 47-yard run, 2-point conversion good – Willis 8, Lake Creek 3, 1:14 1st
Lake Creek, Ty Sexton to Zachery Hazelwood, 20-yard pass – Willis 8, Lake Creek 10, 10:47 2nd
Lake Creek, Ty Sexton to Bryce Linscomb, 53-yard pass – Willis 8, Lake Creek 17, 7:25 2nd
Willis, JerMichael Dickerson to Ben Irvine, 18-yard pass – Willis 15, Lake Creek 17, 1:05 2nd
Willis, Clayton Sprayberry, 1-yard run – Willis 22, Lake Creek 17, 9:59, 3rd
Lake Creek, Ty Sexton, 1-yard run, PAT no good – Willis 22, Lake Creek 23, 9:10 3rd
Willis, JerMichael Dickerson, 4-yard run, 2-point conversion good – Willis 30, Lake Creek 23, 11:26 4th
Willis, D’Mari Marks, 2-yard run – Willis 37, Lake Creek 23, 1:47 4th