COMMERCE, Texas — Carandal Hale, J.T. Smith, and Koby Leavatts scored at least two touchdowns each for the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team, who scored a program-record nine rushing touchdowns on their way to a 72-6 win over Fort Lauderdale on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium. The Lions defense held the Eagles to 92 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers.
The lopsided win helps the Lions move back to a winning record of 3-2 overall, the Eagles are now 0-3 in the first year of their football program.
The nine rushing touchdowns by the Lions break the previous high of seven, which happened twice during the 2014 season. The Lions as a team rushed for 301 yards.
The Lion defense forced a three-and-out on the first drive of the game. The snap on the ensuing punt was botched and the Lion offense took the field at the doorstep of the endzone. Hale (Greenville) ran it in from the four-yard line for his first touchdown of the game.
After an interception by Dominique Ramsey (Converse – Judson) stalled the next Eagles drive. Kenedy Snell (Waxahachie) rushed in a 39-yard touchdown on the Lions’ second offensive play of the night. Ramsey totaled 130 return yards in the game, 75 in kickoff, 44 in punts and 11 in the interception return.
Smith (Klein – Klein Oak) rushed in a touchdown from the four-yard line to give the Lions a 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Smith ran in a 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter as well as a 26-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He totaled 60 yards in the game.
Quarterback Jaiave Magalei (Tacoma, Wash.) just threw five passes in the game, completing three, but did have one interception, which was returned by Fort Lauderdale’s Elijah Volitore for a 68-yard touchdown, the lone points on the night for the Eagles. Magalei rushed in a one-yard touchdown himself in the second quarter.
Leavatts’ (Cy Falls) both touchdowns came in the second half, first was a one-yard run and the second was a 23-yard run.
Defensively, Stewart had five tackles for loss, falling 0.5 tackles for loss away from tying the program record. He had a sack as did Justice Williams (Detroit, Mich.) and Anthony Hayes (Panama City, Fla.) had two. Hayes also forced a fumble.
A total of 59 players appeared in the game for A&M-Commerce.
A&M-Commerce is in the midst of a three-game homestand and hosts Saginaw Valley State next Saturday, October 9 at 4 p.m.