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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Tajae White, Gravette quarterback, looks downfield for one of his receivers early in the third quarter of the Gravette-Cascia Hall football game at Lions Stadium in Gravette Aug. 24. White ran for the Lions' only touchdown in the first quarter.

GRAVETTE -- For Lion fans, the night was full of promise as Gravette took the field at Lions Stadium for the opening game of the 2018 football season against the Cascia Hall Commandos from Tulsa, Okla., on Friday. But, by the end of the evening, the Lions fell to the Commandos 44-7.

Taking the helm at quarterback for the Lions was senior Tajae White. Behind White at the running back position was Isaac Dann, and at wide receiver were Tristian Flournoy and Caleb Brown.

Junior Jaxon Henderson started as quarterback for the Commandos. Zach Uhren and Broc Kelley were the wide receivers for Cascia Hall with Jamon Sisco at the running back position.

Just minutes into the first quarter, the Commandos were the first to find the end zone for six. The point after was good, giving Cascia Hall the early lead. A few minutes later, the Tulsa team made its second touchdown of the night, extending its lead to 14.

With 4:55 left in the first quarter, Gravette's White broke free from several tackles at the line of scrimmage to run 60 yards into the end zone for the Lions' only touchdown of the night. The point after split the uprights to put the Lions behind by seven.

One more score gave Cascia Hall a 20-7 lead. The point after was blocked by Gravette and the first quarter ended with Cascia Hall holding a 20-7 lead over the Lions.

Late in the second quarter, Gravette's Rob Barrios intercepted the ball near the Commando 35 yard line, giving the Lions a chance at a score. White was unable to drive the ball over the goal line. The Commandos were able to score one more touchdown and a field goal to take a 30-7 lead going into the locker room.

Two more scores in the second half cinched the deal for the Cascia Hall Commandos, giving them a 44-7 win over the Gravette Lions.

The Lions will travel to Farmington Sept. 7 to take on the Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.

Sports on 08/29/2018

Print Headline: Lions fall short, lose to Commandos in opening game

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