DUBLIN - Dublin scored early, and then scored often, while Maypearl had to wait until the fourth quarter to score at all.

The Lions built a 52-0 lead en rout to a 59-20 defeat of the winless Panthers in District 11-2A football action Friday.

The defense stepped up big, for Dublin, and even scored the game’s first points.

Mark Williams, who was fighting for playing time two weeks ago, picked off a pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to end Maypearl’s game-opening possession.

“A couple weeks ago, Mark didn’t play much at all,” Dublin Head Football Coach Dwayne Ross said. “He played a lot against Rio Vista last week, and now he’s playing safety and outside linebacker.”

The interception return gave Dublin the early momentum, and the Lions never gave it back.

Sam Lopez ran for a one-yard touchdown and Mike Gonzales scored from 34 yards away to make it 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Quaterback DeWayne Keith, who finished with 207 pasing yards and three touchdowns, connected on his first scoring pass early in the second, hitting Eli Caldera on a four-yard throw.

Edgar Rodriguez then kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 31-0 at the half. Rodriguez also hit eight PATs.

Dublin kept rolling in the second half, with Keith hitting Gonzales and Caldera for with touchdown passes, and Lopez and Wesley Leyendekker running for scores.

Lopez finished with 131 yards rushing on nine carries, while Keith had 67 on 12 runs.

The Dublin defense held Maypearl to only 43 yards during the first three quarters, while the Lions racked up 554 yards of offense on the night.

“There was a focus and an excitement present on our team last night,” Ross said. “I could tell in pre-game that we were ready to go.”

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at brad.keith@empiretribune.com.