Sumrall leads Kingwood past Lions

Kingwood's Montez Haynes finished 192 yards in the Lions' win at Evangel Christian in Montgomery. (Contributed)

By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Kingwood Christian Lions’ Gavin Sumrall led his team to a 40-26 win over Evangel Christian Academy of Montgomery Sept. 21 for their second straight victory.

The junior quarterback threw two third quarter touchdowns while completing 10-of-17 of his passes for 173 yards.

Tyler Harrell kicked off the scoring for Kingwood when he threw a 35-yard pass to Montez Hayes for a 6-0 early score. Micah Wallace added a 5-yard touchdown run later in the period to extend the Lions’ lead to 13-6 following an Austin Dowdy point after touchdown.

The Lions captured a two-touchdown lead when Jonathan Faulkner ran in for an 11-yard touchdown for a 20-6 halftime score.

Sumrall took his turn in scoring by connecting with two receivers for big plays. Hayes scored his second touchdown of the game when he caught an 85-yard pass from Sumrall.

The junior quarterback then found Titus Adams later in the period for a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 33-16 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

Evangel Christian scored twice in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. Jacob Bussey added a 1-yard touchdown run in the final period to seal up the 40-26 win.

In addition to Sumrall’s 173 yards passing, Harrell added 73 yards in the air with a touchdown.

Faulkner led the Kingwood rushing attack with 67 yards. The Lions totaled 201 yards on the ground.

Hayes led the Kingwood receiving corps with 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior defensive lineman Tyler Mills led the Lions with 14 total tackles including two sacks.