Kilgore uses impressive ground game to grind out 24-10 win over Frisco

FORNEY — Dondra Halton and LD Anthony each ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown as Kilgore ended Frisco’s season with a 24-10 Class 4A Division II regional semifinal playoff win at City Bank Stadium.

Kilgore (9-4) faces the winner of Friday night’s Corsicana-Frisco Centennial game next week at City Bank Stadium.

Halton (26-175), Anthony (17-115) and quarterback Riley Toler (5-24) combined to rush 48 times for 314 yards. Toler did not complete a pass.

All but 25 of Halton’s yards came in the second half. His 15-yard touchdown run with 1:10 to play sealed the win after a late rally had pulled Frisco within seven.

Trailing 17-3 with 9:55 to play, Frisco (10-3) mounted its best drive of the game, marching 80 yards against an 18 mph wind in 16 plays. Derek Deiter capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Key plays included a 27-yard Eric Allen pass that Carlos Harris wrestled away from a defender at the Kilgore 49 and a 14-yard Allen-to-Harris pass to the Kilgore 14.

After Halton recovered Frisco’s onside kick at Kilgore’s 48, it took just four plays — all Halton rushes — to get the clinching score.

Anthony’s 32-yard scoring run at 4:31 of the first quarter capped a four-play, 66-yard drive that started after the Kilgore defense stopped Allen on a fourth-and-1 sneak.

Frisco moved to the Kilgore 34 in five plays after Drake Hardy intercepted a Riley Toler pass at the Frisco 46.

That was as close as Frisco would get until an 11-yard Kilgore punt against the wind set up a 43-yard field goal try from Kyle Fischer that just missed wide right.

But Frisco used its three timeouts wisely, forcing another Kilgore punt that traveled only 27 yards with 1:27 left in the half.

Harris carried for 7 and 9 yards on a six-play drive to give Fischer another chance, and this time he was true from 44 yards out.

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