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Week 7 5A roundup, part one: Trinity keeps unbeaten streak alive
Cedar Hill, Colleyville Heritage rack up convincing victories
IRVING — Six different players scored touchdowns and five ran for more than 30 yards each as Euless Trinity went on to beat Irving Nimitz, 49-9, in a District 6-5A game Friday night.
Running back Brandon Reeves led the Trojans with 54 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 16 yards.
Trinity quarterback Matt Hawkins led his team to its first score less than two minutes into the half. The Trojans (8-0, 6-0) marched down the field and Hawkins capped the drive with an 11-yard run into the end zone.
The No. 3-ranked team in SportsDay’s area Class 5A rankings, Trinity would score four touchdowns before the end of the first quarter.
Trinity led 28-0 after one quarter and would make it 35-0 after Reeves found the end zone on a 17-yard gain nine seconds into the second.
Nimitz got on the board with about six minutes left in the first half and Trinity led 42-6 at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half. Nimitz tailback Christian Granados fumbled on his own 30 and Trinity recovered and would go on to score its final touchdown to start the third quarter.
Granados led Nimitz with 46 yards on 17 touches and Austin Huckaba threw for 49 yards and ran for Nimitz’s only touchdown in the loss.
Cedar Hill 63, Midlothian 13
CEDAR HILL— It was business as usual Friday night for Cedar Hill (5-2, 4-0) as it ran away from Midlothian (2-5, 0-4).
Cedar Hill got off to a quick start, scoring three times before getting creative. Quarterback Damion Hobbs threw a backwards pass to wide receiver Andre Anderson who then found all-purpose back Laquvionte Gonzalez streaking down the field and ending up in the end zone.
Midlothian answered with a touchdown drive of 63 yards, capped off by running back Justin Seeton’s 2-yard rush.
Midlothian just didn’t have an answer for Cedar Hill’s rushing attack as it ran for 512 yards and totaled seven touchdowns on the ground.
Colleyville Heritage 42, Irving 7
COLLEYVILLE — Junior quarterback Cody Thomas picked the Irving defense apart in a resounding 42-7 win for Colleyville Heritage at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
With 9 minutes remaining in the second quarter, Thomas had already recorded four touchdown passes to four different receivers — Will French, Landon Sherman, Daniel Farrington and Nolan Brown. By the end of the first half, Colleyville was up 28-7 and Thomas had already amassed 234 yards.
Thomas finished with 354 passing yards.
Irving quarterback Jerred Tennell-Hickey showed his ability as a dual-threat quarterback with 34 rushing yards and 33 passing yards, but turnovers and penalties doomed Irving.
Mansfield Timberview 45, Grand Prairie 13
GRAND PRAIRIE — Quarterback Charles Taylor ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as Mansfield Timberview stayed in the thick of the District 5-5A playoff picture with a win over Grand Prairie.
The teams exchanged early touchdowns before Timberview (5-2, 2-2) came alive in the second quarter, scoring 24 points in a span of nine offensive plays.
Taylor started the rally with a 62-yard sprint, soon followed by a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rickey Gross, a 38-yard field goal by Nick Cannon, and a perfect delayed pitch to Edward Paris, who raced 67 yards to make it a 31-6 margin at halftime.
Taylor’s second rushing touchdown, midway through the third quarter, covered 11 yards and put him over 1,000 yards for the season. He finished with 105 yards on six carries and now has 1,028 yards this year.
Grand Prairie (0-7, 0-4) was led by Devante Lacy, who caught a pair of touchdown passes and finished with seven catches for 176 yards.
Weatherford 35, Fort Worth Paschal 10
FORT WORTH — Weatherford scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Brandon Benson, launching it to a win over Fort Worth Paschal.
Weatherford (2-5, 1-3) added a second touchdown with 50 seconds left in the first half to take a 14-3 lead.
Weatherford came out strong in the second half with the defense recovering a fumble in the end zone. The offense then went on to score two more touchdowns.
Paschal (0-7, 0-4) scored on its last drive to make the score 35-10.
Arlington Martin 36, North Crowley 19
ARLINGTON — Arlington Martin used a conservative and balanced offensive attack to hold off the big plays of North Crowley at Cravens Field.
Martin (6-1, 3-1 District 4-5A) was led by Kyle Hicks who rushed for a team-high 140 yards and a score. Hicks also made the most of his lone reception, taking a screen pass from Brodie Lambert 21 yards for a third-quarter score. Lambert also found the end zone on the ground with a 21-yard keeper to give Martin an early lead it would never give up.
North Crowley (2-5, 2-2) countered with big plays on offense, none more impressive than a fourth-quarter trick play. On the play, reserve quarterback E.J. Speed skipped the ball laterally to the sidelines where starting quarterback Josh Price scooped it up and threw it to a wide-open Xavier Matthews for an 89-yard touchdown.
Matthews hauled in one more score, this time from Speed with 57 seconds left to bring North Crowley within 17.
Haltom 40, Irving MacArthur 28
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Running back James (J.J.) Gibbs motored for 201 rushing yards on 26 carries in the first half alone as Haltom downed Irving MacArthur 40-28 in a District 6-5A showdown.
Gibbs finished the evening with a career-high 45 rushes for 309 yards to raise his season’s total to s 1,182.
Haltom (3-4, 2-3) kept itself in contention for a playoff spot in one of Texas’ toughest 5A districts while MacArthur fell to 2-5, 2-3.
Haltom quarterback Travis Danford connected on his first two completions of the evening for touchdowns to Roman Gordon and Deonte Thorns.
MacArthur quarterback Justin Chavez paced MacArthur with 140 yards rushing, but MacArthur fell victim to three fumbles.
Hurst L.D. Bell 25, Richland 17
BEDFORD — Hurst L.D. Bell (5-3, 4-2) used a fourth quarter drive and two late interceptions to hold off Richland (2-5, 1-4).
James Toh came off the bench for three big gains, the last one a 9-yard touchdown run with 7:22 to play to cap Bell’s key 77-yard drive.
Dylan Egloff’s interception stopped Richland at midfield. Gavin Gregory later made a diving interception at Bell’s 17 yard line with 1:24 to play.
Bell quarterback Kyle Romano had a 70-yard touchdown pass to Denelra Dorsett on a well-executed screen pass and a 1-yard touchdown run, both in the first quarter.
Romano finished with 149 yards passing and 94 rushing.
Walker Burns helped Richland pull within one point twice in the second half, rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Duncanville 20, South Grand Prairie 16
DUNCANVILLE — Duncanville scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, as it beat South Grand Prairie. Duncanville improves its record in District 5-5A to 5-2 overall, and 3-1 in district play.
Duncanville was led by running back Jaquan Cole, who rushed for 170 yards on 24 carries. Cole also scored from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter. Place kicker Hector Sifuentes kicked two fourth quarter field goals, including the go-ahead score, a 26-yard field goal.
South Grand Prairie (2-5, 1-3) was led by running back Leonard Aikens, who rushed for 86 yards on 20 carries. Defensive back Aaron Belt recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, as the defense forced two turnovers.
Mansfield 45, Mansfield Legacy 14
MANSFIELD — Mansfield’s running game and defense was just too much for rival Mansfield Legacy as it rolled to a victory.
Mansfield ran up 334 yards on the ground to remain unbeaten.
Mansfield quarterback Jerod Evans broke the game open late in the third quarter with Mansfield leading 24-7. Facing fourth and long, Evans took the snap on a fake punt and ran 51 yards for the score.
The Mansfield defense managed to hold back Legacy for the majority of the game, allowing just 7 points and approximately 100 yards of offense in the first half.
Evans also did it through the air for Mansfield, throwing for 174 yards and a couple of touchdowns, while rushing for 108 yards. Teammate Kenneth Burks had 171 yards on the ground and a touchdown.