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TAMUC – Sports

Defense holds off late charge for 27-18 win in Fall Game.

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team held its 2020 fall scrimmage Saturday as the showcase for the Lions’ progress in the fall practice segment. 

In a special scoring system that rewarded both offensive and defensive performance, the defense earned a 27-18 victory.

After a scoreless first quarter, Jake Viquez (Rockwall) gave the offense a 3-0 lead on a 20-yard field goal after a long drive highlighted by a Shun’Darion Ward (DeSoto) pass to Gus Charles (Aldine – Davis) to set up a goal-to-go situation. 

The defense controlled the scoring for the rest of the first half with two sacks, two three-and-outs, an interception in the end zone by Kyevon Rider (Whitehouse, Texas), and a 65-yard pick-six by Sean-Krystoff King (Humble – Summer Creek). The defense had a 19-3 lead at the break. 

Ward led a touchdown drive in the third quarter capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass to Colton Waters (Bridgeport), and the Viquez PAT cut the lead to 19-10. 

Mekhi Roberson (Dallas – South Oak Cliff) had a fourth-quarter interception, and a three-and-out gave the defense more points before the offense rallied. 

Eric Rodriguez (Fort Bend Travis) had a 23-yard completion to Michael Phoenix (Conroe), and a 33-yard completion to Devlen Woods (Tyler High), and Koby Leavatts (Cy Falls) had a 22-yard carry to get into scoring position. Tyson Oliver (Royse City) completed a 21-yard pass to Cameron Macon (Dallas – Carter) and a 28-yard strike to Phoenix before finding Phoenix once again for a 16-yard touchdown, setting up a one-score game in the final minutes. 

However, the defense put the clamps on late with a pair of sacks to clinch the win. 

The Lions will wrap up fall practice next week before breaking until the spring semester.