COMMERCE — It was just like old times, almost.
Instead of wearing the blue and gold of Sulphur Springs, Tyrik Rollison was wearing the same colors for Texas A&M-Commerce University and playing quarterback.
Rollison threw four touchdown passes leading the Lions to a 51-6 win Saturday over Sul Ross State University at Memorial Stadium in Commerce.
The former all-state quarterback had a slow start with one drive halted by Sul Ross at the one-yard line. Rollison had another possible touchdown passes batted away in the end zone.
But when he got in gear, fans could see the talent he has and how Rollison led the Wildcats to the 2008 state championship.
At exactly 6:47 p.m. Saturday, it all came together.
Rollison connected with Hayden Marsh for a 21-yard touchdown pass. The fans could tell this was going to be a good night, The win over the Lobos would equal the win the team had in 2012.
“I had a slow start, but it came together,” Rollison said. “A quarterback has to have a short memory. I am surrounded by good players, I knew we could win. The whole team seemed to get better as the game went on.”
Rollison threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Aaron Wingfield to make the score 24-6. He added a 37-yard pass to Taylor Peasha. Rollison also threw a 26-yard scoring dart to Stacy Howard.
“I feel like I fit in well here. It is great to be back on the field and playing with a good team and coaches,” Rollison said.
Rollison’s night was over and he had thrown for 346 yards, completing 25 of 38 passes with one interception. He also ran for 42 yards. He did not play in the fourth quarter due to the huge lead.
“We have to come out and play well every week,” Rollison said. “The guys expect me to play great, but it takes the whole team. We have to do it together. I know from the players we have we will do better than the one win they got last year. They’ll be a lot more wins this season.”
Former Sulphur Springs standout Shane McQueen is a member of the scout team for the Lions, officials said.
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