CARROLLTON — The Kemp Yellowjackets got hot at just the right time. Now they’re bi-district champions.

The Yellowjackets (6-5) ran up a 17-0 halftime lead and made it stand up for a 24-21 win over the Farmersville Fighting Farmers Friday night at Standridge Stadium. Farmersville was playing its first season in Class 3A after winning a 2A state championship a year ago.

They just happened to run into a Kemp team that has now won six of its last eight games after starting 0-3.

Kemp moves on to the area round of the playoffs to face the Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks next week in Marshall.

Farmersville (6-5) came into the game ready to key on ’Jacket fullback Josh Carr. With that game plan in mind, running back Korey Henderson made them pay.

Henderson, a senior, continually got outside the Farmersville defensive ends for long runs. In fact, he had 93 yards rushing on just eight carries at halftime.

Kemp never trailed, but it was greatly threatened in the fourth quarter. Farmersville cut the lead to 24-21 with 4:05 left in the game on a 13-yard run by running back Jared Lane — a freshman.

Then the Farmers’ defense stiffened and forced a Kemp punt.

That punt put Farmersville 53 yards away from the end zone. But four plays later, from the Farmersville 33, James Trim stepped up and won the game for the ’Jackets by intercepting quarterback Travis Thomas’ pass just 16 yards in front of the Kemp end zone with 1:04.

Kemp quarterback Jeremy Quick was soon after able to take a knee and preserve the win.

The ’Jackets opened the game by driving 81 yards in 10 plays, capped by Henderson’s 13-yard touchdown reception from Quick. Bryan Fivecoat’s PAT made it 7-0 Kemp with 7:02 left in the first quarter.

After the Kemp score, Farmersville drove to the ’Jackets’ 8 before fumbling the ball away and ending a 53-yard drive. The fumble was recovered by Wesley Kerr.

Kemp then put together a 94-yard drive that found the end zone in 11 plays. Henderson made it 14-0 on a 13-yard touchdown run with just 30 seconds into the second quarter.

The final Kemp drive in the first half ended with Fivecoat booting a 40-yard field goal to end a 13-play drive and give his team a 17-0 halftime lead.

Farmersville began its charge back on the opening series of the second half. They took the opening kickoff and ran off with a 55-yard, nine-play drive that culminated with a Jared Lane 2-yard run over right guard. He set up the touchdown with a 34-yard gain earlier in the drive.

John Cates had runs of 15 and 19 yards on the Farmers’ next offensive series, which again ended with a score — a 4-yard run by Lane to cut the lead to 17-14 with 11:18 to go.

Henderson broke loose on a 52-yard touchdown run to end a five-play, 77-yard drive later in the fourth quarter to put the ’Jackets back in control at 24-14 with 8:58 left.

Farmersville continued to plug away, scoring with 4:05 left on Lane’s 13-yard touchdown run.

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