DE LEON - Dublinís balanced offensive attack tallied 454 yards here Friday, as the Lions overpowered De Leon 55-8 in the Bearcatsí homecoming game.
The Lions picked up 204 yards on the ground and 250 more through the air. Quarterback DeWayne Keith led the way with 179 yards passing and 86 more via the run. Derek Reeder caught four passes for 136 yards, while Aaron Teague recorded three receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Sami Lopez had best all-around night for the Lions. Lopez returned a punt 81 yards for a score and added 51 yards on the ground on eight carries. He would have run for over 100 yards, but a 70 yard touchdown scamper was called back for holding.
Dublin Head Coach Dwayne Ross continues to praise his defense, led by coordinator Keith Owen. The stop troops are surrendering only 13 points per game this fall in leading the Lions to a 3-1 start.
De Leon (0-4) managed 160 rushing yards against the Lions, but passed for just 94 yards.
"They played extremely well again last night," Ross said of the Dublin defense.
Colt Dipple had a hand in
13 stops, while AJ Parent was in on 12. Logan Morton had eight tackes, four of them behind the line of scrimmage, with one sack. DJ Sani also added eight stops.
Dublin wasted no time getting ahead of the Bearcats, as Keith hit Teague with a 23-yard scoring strike on the Lionsí initial drive. Keith added another first quarter score on a four-yard run, and Dublin led 13-0 heading into the second quarter.
The Lions put the game away before the halftime break, thanks to a pair of scoring runs by Sani and Lopez to stretch the lead to 27-0.
The big punt return by Lopez put the icing on the cake early in the third, and Keith added another score on a one-yard keeper for a 41-0 advantage.
Wesley Leyendekker came in at QB in the fourth and connected with Mike Gonzales on a 24-yard touchdown pass, and Dipple scored from a yard out to make it 55-0 before De Leon finally got on the board in the waning moments.
After three consecutive games on the road, the Lions make their return to Memorial Stadium in Dublin Friday. DHS hosts Moody for its 2007 homecoming game with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.