TATUM — The Texas Xtreme rolled to a 24-7 victory over the East Texas Outlawz in their season opener Saturday at Tatum High School’s Eagle Stadium.

The Xtreme are scheduled to return to action Saturday against the East Texas Wolves. Game time at Bear Stadium in Brownsboro is 6 p.m.

The news wasn’t all good for the Henderson County-based semi-pro football team. Xtreme owners and coaches Gary Craig and Larry Anding were very disappointed that starting quarterback B.J. Kennimer was lost for the season in the second quarter of the game. Hospital X-rays revealed that Kennimer’s left ankle was dislocated, compounded by two broken bones.

Xtreme tailback Brandon Thompson and fullback Brandon Dillard also left the game in the second quarter after sustaining injuries and did not return.

Statistically, the game was far more lopsided than the score revealed. In the first half the Xtreme defense held the Outlawz offense to no first downs and minus 38 rushing yards on 12 carries.

In the second half, the Outlawz offense was held to a minus 10 rushing yards on seven carries and completed 2-of-12 passes for 21 yards and three interceptions. The Outlawz totaled four first downs in the second half, three of which were via penalties.

The Outlawz lone score came after returning an Xtreme fumble 98 yards.

Defensive standouts were Jason Anding, Kailan Vinson and Dontay Richardson with one interception each, Terry Bonner two sacks, Donnie Drake two sacks and Lontario Osburn one sack and a 20-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown.

Other defensive standouts were Isaac Johnson, Kerry Yarbrough, Billy Small, and Jimmy Wade.

Despite over 350 total yards offensively, the Xtreme were their worst enemy with costly turnovers.

Fullback Brandon Dillard added one touchdown on a 55-yard run and Eric Wren also added a touchdown run.

Other offensive standouts were Greg Lawson, Marvin Hopkins, Johnny Morgan, Eric Williams, Jerry Martin, Willy Bristow, Billy Bigger, Vic Moore, Joel Hagler, and Chris Prescott.

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