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Week 8 4A roundup, part two: Highland Park, Rockwall-Heath remain undefeated headed into showdown
Wylie East clinches playoff berth in its second season of play
HIGHLAND PARK — Preston Miller ran for three touchdowns as Highland Park cruised past McKinney North, 31-0.
Miller ran 47 yards for the first touchdown on a Statue of Liberty play. But it was Highland Park’s defense that shined the rest of the way, holding McKinney North (4-4, 2-3) to 130 yards and forcing five turnovers, including Mark Gottsacker’s 62-yard interception return for a touchdown just seconds before halftime.
Highland Park (8-0, 5-0 District 10-4A), ranked No. 2 in SportsDay’s Class 4A area rankings, struggled to get much going through the air, as senior quarterback Brady Burgin threw for just 138 yards and was intercepted three times. Highland Park scored its final 24 points off McKinney North turnovers. Highland Park controlled the clock with a steady ground game that accounted for 165 yards.
Wylie East 42, Rockwall 14
ROCKWALL — Junior Jabari Anderson rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns as Wylie East, in just its second season, clinched a playoff berth in a District 10-4A rout of Rockwall at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.
Anderson, who entered the game as the area’s Class 4A rushing leader, opened the scoring with a 43-yard burst up the middle and closed the scoring with a 58-yard scoring run in a 28-point third quarter. Anderson has 1,619 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.
Wylie East (7-1, 4-1), Class 4A’s top-ranked offense compiled 519 yards. Quarterback Garrett McCain passed for 263 yards and a touchdown. Marcell Ateman had seven catches for 168 yards and scored on a 54-yard slant two plays into the second half.
Wesley Davis finished with 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Rockwall (3-5, 2-3). Receiver Coan Calabrese finished with three receptions for 93 yards and a 78-yard touchdown.
Mesquite Poteet 56, Ennis 43
MESQUITE — Steven Hicks rushed for 230 yards and scored six touchdowns — one receiving, five rushing — as Mesquite Poteet (6-3, 4-3 15-4A) beat Ennis (2-6, 1-5). Hicks had 274 total yards, 230 of which came on the ground on 20 carries.
Hicks had touchdown runs of 1, 28 and 14 yards in the first half and 148 yards rushing as Mesquite Poteet led 28-14 at halftime.
Terence Williams capped a 10-play Ennis drive coming out of halftime, and Jahshawn Johnson intercepted Mesquite Poteet quarterback Tanner Ramsey for a 26-yard interception return to narrow the score to 28-27.
Up 42-27, after forcing a turnover on downs, Hicks scored from 88 yards out and added another 13-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Molina 10, Carter 7
Matthew Doniguez kicked a 33-yard field goal with four minutes left, and Molina defeated Carter for the first time. Senior quarterback Miguel Ortega orchestrated two fourth-quarter drives for Molina (6-2, 4-1 District 11-4A).
Ortega drove Molina 65 yards on 16 running plays, the last a 3-yard score by Thomas Hughes for a 7-7 tie with nine minutes left.
Three plays later, Cameron Smith recovered a Carter fumble. It took Molina seven plays to move into position for Dominguez’s field goal.
Richardson Pearce 38, McKinney 37
McKINNEY— Corey Coleman stepped in at quarterback and rushed for 175 yards with two touchdowns along with a receiving touchdown in Richardson Pearce’s come-from-behind win.
McKinney (0-8, 0-5 10-4A) led 30-14 at halftime but was held to one touchdown in the second half. Robert Somborn completed 21 of 32 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns. McKinney’s JJ Johnson had a 95-yard kickoff return, and TV Williams had 108 total yards and one touchdown.
Adamson 35, North Dallas 20
Adamson (3-5, 2-3 11-4A) overcame seven fumbles, including two that it lost, and kept alive its playoff hopes while spoiling homecoming for North Dallas (1-7, 0-5).
Adamson used two big plays — a 66-yard interception return by Frank Mata and a 55-yard “lonesome end” touchdown pass from Keith Jackson to Christian Conde — to take a 21-14 halftime lead.
Seagoville 35, Kimball 7
Kailion Hughley rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns to lead Seagoville, which held Kimball to 222 total yards.
Hughley capped a 41-yard drive on Seagoville’s first possession with a 13-yard run. Wyllyam Stokes and Roland Hyder each added rushing touchdowns in the second half.
Seagoville (6-2, 5-0 11-4A) clinched a playoff spot. Kimball dropped to 6-2 and 3-2.
Jaalen Adkins played wide receiver and quarterback for Kimball. He rushed for 60 yards and threw for 27.
Bryan Adams 24, Conrad 17
Corey Walker rushed for 155 yards and one touchdown to lead Bryan Adams (4-4, 3-1 12-4A) past Conrad (4-5, 2-3), 24-17 in a showdown at Forrester Field.
Conrad quarterback Silas Jefferson had 295 yards of total offense, which included one touchdown pass.
The teams combined for 26 penalties, which resulted in 190 penalty yards.
Woodrow Wilson 49, Thomas Jefferson 0
Shaquille Dottin rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns, and Woodrow Wilson (7-1, 4-0 12-4A) recorded its seventh shutout of the season.
Piers Christian was 11-of-15 passing for 225 yards, including touchdown strikes of 13 and 65 yards to Andre Plata, who had three receptions for 124 yards.
Thomas Jefferson (1-8, 0-5) managed 4 yards of offense.
Corsicana 49, Red Oak 10
RED OAK — Cameron Washington ran for 274 yards and three touchdowns as Corsicana (8-1, 6-1 15-4A) routed Red Oak (4-4, 3-3). Washington scored on runs of 10, 54 and 50 yards.
Corsicana’s second score came on a 30-yard interception return by Jacob Greyson. Red Oak committed five turnovers. Corsicana quarterback DeVontay Bell rushed for 111 yards.
West Mesquite 27, Terrell 10
TERRELL — Kameron Miles scored touchdowns on offense and defense as West Mesquite handed Terrell its sixth straight loss.
Miles scored on a 55-yard run in the second quarter to help West Mesquite (3-5, 3-3 15-4A) rally from a 3-0 deficit. In the fourth quarter, he put the game away with a 96-yard interception return for a score.
Shea South scored on a 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 14-10 for Terrell (2-6, 0-6), but he left the game after the play with an apparent head injury and did not return.
Rockwall-Heath 26, Wylie 21
WYLIE — Senior receiver Amaris Fields scored on a 6-yard pass from Cody Court with eight minutes left to lead No. 3 Rockwall-Heath at Wylie ISD Stadium. Heath (8-0, 4-0 District 10-4A) couldn’t pull far ahead of Wylie (3-5, 1-4) which had taken a 21-20 lead late in the third quarter on an 85-yard kickoff return by sophomore TK Rockwell.
Heath jumped to a 14-0 lead on Court’s touchdown passes of 38 yards to Fields and 39 yards to Jacob Granstaff. Court completed 13-of-16 passes for 232 yards with three touchdowns. Court had 136 yards rushing.
Wylie’s Terrell Burt, a defensive back who has committed to Baylor, scored on a 72-yard run to make it 14-7. Wylie sophomore quarterback Kameron Kelly tied the score on a 1-yard touchdown run before halftime.
Sherman 49, Denison 24
SHERMAN — Braylon Mitchell ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for another score, leading Sherman (6-3, 4-1) to a playoff-clinching 49-24 win against Denison (1-7, 1-3) on Friday night in the 113th Battle of the Ax.
Gus Daniel threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns for Sherman, and Elijah Butler added 84 rushing yards and one TD each rushing and receiving. J.T. Luper finished with nine catches for 106 yards and added a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown.