TEMPLE Temple football coach Larry VanBeber had high hopes for Friday night's District C-2 opener with Grandfield here Friday night.
"We needed a good night," said VanBeber. "And we got one out of our kids. The coaches and players came together and the kids played lights out."
Behind the dynamic duo of Billy Johnson and Jonny Holden, the Tigers jumped to a 22-0 first quarter lead on the way to a decisive 54-20 win over the Bearcats.Holden and Johnson scored all seven Temple touchdowns and all six two-point conversions to account for all 54 points.
VanBeber was excited about the plays of his two stars.
"Billy Johnson is quite an athlete," VanBeber said. "He just needs the ball and someone in front of him. Jonny Holden just took over our offense. He really has taken charge out there."
Johnson finished the night with 185 yards rushing on 13 carries and two touchdowns on the ground. He also caught eight passes for 135 yards and two TDs. Holden rushed 15 times for 76 yards and three touchdowns. He was 9 of 17 passing for 143 yards and two TD passes.
The Tigers started early, scoring on the first possession of the game. Facing a fourth-and-11, Holden hit Johnson in the left flat and Johnson took over from there. He moved down the sideline, running through two would-be tacklers and racing all the way to the end zone for the score. The conversion pass failed, making the score 6-0 with 10:31 to go in the first period.