FERRIS — The Ferris Yellowjackets opened the 2017 football season with a loss to the Bonham Warriors, 54-19.
The Warriors started their scoring frenzy with an 87-yard touchdown run by Hayden Stevenson. Damian Edwards returned the favor with a 51-yard touchdown run for the Yellowjackets, but the two-point conversion pass was no good.
In the second quarter, quarterback Tyler Rodriguez ran for a two-yard touchdown to give the Warriors a 13-6 led following a failed two-point conversion. Stevenson went on to score two more times in the second quarter for Bonham with runs of 11 and 66 yards.
Ferris quarterback Kobe Lankford capped the half with a 5-yard run to send the teams into the half with Bonham leading 26-12.
The second half didn't go well for the Ferris Yellowjackets.
After the Warriors kicked off to start the third quarter, the ball was fumbled. Bonham recovered and Rodriguez capitalized with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stevens. On the ensuing Yellowjacket possession, the Warriors held the Ferris offense and forced them to punt. Bonham running back Azyon Dunlap capitalized with a 28-yard touchdown. He later added 1-yard touchdown run to put the Warriors ahead 47-12 at the end of the third quarter.
In the 4th quarter, Daylin Ross provided the Warriors another touchdown on a 23-yard run to put the Warriors ahead 54-12.
Xavier Garcia added a touchdown for the Ferris Yellowjackets on a 5-yard run to end the game well in Bonham's favor, 54-19.
Bonham accounted for 487 yards of offense to Ferris' 234 yards — despite just 38 yards passing for the Warriors. Ferris finished with 78 yards passing between Kobe Langford and Riley Fagan.
Ferris' Damon Edwards added 87 yards rushing on 10 carries, while Langford carried the ball 12 times for 27 yards and Williams added 22 yards on six carries. Xavier Garcia also had 20 yards on three carries and Riley Fagan accounted for 18 yards on four carries.
Matthew Nunez led the Yellowjackets with 60 yards receiving on three receptions, while Devonte Williams notched one catch for 10 yards.
Bonham had 19 first downs to the 15 of Ferris but was penalized 16 times for 109 yards, whereas Ferris was only penalized four times for 26 yards. The Yellowjackets also had four turnovers.
Second-year coach Brandon Layne said he hopes to improve on his 4-6 record from last year and noted the Yellowjackets will have some significant adjustments to make as they get ready to face Fort Worth Castleberry next Friday night in Fort Worth.