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5A roundup (Zero Week): Plano West overcomes Marcus; Horn overwhelms Boyd; Bowie rolls over Mansfield
McKINNEY — Mesquite Horn saw McKinney Boyd’s defense and knew the line of scrimmage should belong to the Jaguars. Horn’s offensive line, averaging 271 pounds, made itself comfortable in the trenches in a 38-20 victory while going up against an out-sized and inexperienced Boyd front.
“We wanted to have a 20-snap differential,” Horn coach Rodney Webb said. “We probably beat that by a little bit. We executed the plan about as well as we could have expected to.”
Horn ran 84 plays throughout the game, 34 more than Boyd managed. Six of those snaps resulted in scores, including Horn receiver Jarrison Stewart’s 35-yard run seconds before halftime. The sophomore took a hand-off around the left end and broke three tackles on his way to the end zone for the deciding score. Following a Jay’lyn Lynch two-yard touchdown run and a Brian O’Bannon 24-yard touchdown reception, Stewart’s score sent the Jaguars into the locker room leading 21-7.
“The thing we didn’t have in our scrimmage last week was explosive plays,” Webb said. “We were able to weave in some explosive plays tonight.”
Horn senior running back Treyvon Marsh powered in for the Jaguars’ fourth score, and junior quarterback Destri White found senior receiver Darrell Bullocks for a 35-yard touchdown to close the scoring. Senior kicker Michael Sylvester sent in a 30-yard field goal to separate the touchdowns.
Boyd senior running back Bryan Driskell did his best to keep the Broncos in the game, accounting for two scores. Driskell racked up 88 yards on 11 carries in the first half, including a 40-yard touchdown run. Horn then bottled up his scampers in the second half, limiting Driskell to 34 yards on eight carries, though he added a 15-yard touchdown.
“He’s going to make his plays,” Webb said. “It’s just a matter of fitting, proper alignment, proper assignments, and then wrap him up.”
Boyd junior quarterback Curtis Ladd supplemented Driskell’s performance, completing 10-of-18 attempts for 86 yards. Ladd found senior receiver Kevin McCormick for a 34-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, though the subsequent extra-point was deflected and no good.
Mesquite 27, Lake Highlands 9
MESQUITE — A near-perfect performance from quarterback Alex Cooper powered Mesquite to a 27-9 win over Lake Highlands in the season opener for both teams at E.H. Hanby Stadium.
Mesquite, No. 10 in SportsDay’s Class 5A area rankings, scored all of its points in the first half as Cooper threw four touchdown passes.
Cooper completed his first 17 attempts and was 20-of-22 overall for 331 yards. Cooper’s completion string was broken by an interception by Lake Highlands’ Hayden Huey just before halftime. At that point, Cooper was 17-of-18 passing for 309 yards and four touchdowns.
Mesquite dominated the first half, outgaining Lake Highlands 375-113, before the teams fought to a scoreless stalemate in the second half.
Lake Highlands briefly led, 9-6, in the first quarter after Trent Jones connected with Tyree Britton for a 70-yard touchdown. Jones was 6-of-13 passing for 92 yards and also rushed 12 times for 56 yards.
Mesquite took the opening kickoff and drove 82 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cooper to Junior Session. Lake Highlands struck back quickly with a one-play scoring drive.
After stopping a fake punt by Mesquite, Lake Highlands took a 9-6 lead on its next possession when Mitchell Henton booted a 25-yard field goal.
Mesquite then scored on its next three possessions of the half. Cooper found Rashard Higgins for a 41-yard touchdown then hit Jordan Bracy in the end zone for a 12-yard score. Cooper then connected with Dameon Gamblin deep down the middle of the field for a 43-yard score.
Higgins finished with six catches for 143 yards and a touchdown. Session rushed for 95 yards in addition to catching three passes for 50 yards.
Mesquite wound up with 455 yards of offense to 214 for Lake Highlands.
Plano West 35, Flower Mound Marcus 25
PLANO — Zero Week typically brings out the flaws in young football players who have yet to experience the rigors of a varsity game.
Not so much for Plano West sophomore running back Sotonya Jamabo, who played in his first varsity game Friday night.
Jamabo carried the ball seven times for 153 yards and scored a touchdown, including a 24-yard run late in the fourth that set up the game-sealing touchdown in a 35-25 Plano West win over Flower Mound Marcus.
“The feeling was unreal,” Jamabo said. “To go out there with your brothers and go win a football game against a team you lost to last year — it’s just a great feeling.”
Both teams started hot, scoring three touchdowns in under three minutes.
Plano West tacked on the first score on a 70-yard catch and run by Connor Doyle.
Marcus responded with a 3-yard run by Wyatt Verret, but Marcus failed to make the extra point.
West struck twice more in the quarter on a 75-yard dash from Jamabo and then a 51-yard score by quarterback Travis Korry.
West finished the first quarter with 267 total yards of offense.
Both teams traded blows in the third. Marcus managed to narrow the margin to three, but Auston Anderson’s late 2-yard touchdown run sealed the victory.
Korry was 13-for-18 for 169 yards and a passing touchdown and finished second on the team in rushing yards with 96 and a touchdown.
Hours before the game, it was announced that Marcus quarterback Cole Erwin would miss the season with an ACL injury.
Sophomore Cade Erwin filled in for his brother, going 21-for-36 for 207 yards passing and two rushing touchdowns.
Jesuit 30, Loyola Academy (Ill.) 29
DUBLIN, Ireland — Cody Wicker made a 28-yard field goal with 49 seconds remaining to lift Jesuit to a 30-29 victory over Loyola Academy of Wilmette, Ill., on Friday.
In addition to the pressure of trying to make a game-winning kick in Jesuit’s season opener, Wicker faced a stiff breeze and the goal posts were set at the rugby width of 18 feet instead of the standard high school width of 24 feet.
Wicker missed an earlier extra-point attempt, and Loyola’s kicker missed two extra-point tries. All three misses would have been successful under normal circumstances.
Loyola (1-1), from a suburb of Chicago, won 13 games last year before falling in the state final in 8A, Illinois’ highest division.
Jesuit clinched the win when Jordan Mastrogiovanni, who has committed to Oklahoma, stopped Loyola quarterback Peter Pujals just short of a first down on fourth-and-2 with 15 seconds to play.
All-state receiver Jake Oliver, who has committed to Texas, caught 13 passes for 163 yards. That included a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jack Brezette late in the first half.
Arlington Bowie 59, Mansfield 43
ARLINGTON — Keaton Perry threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns as Arlington Bowie’s offense overwhelmed Mansfield at Wilemon Stadium.
Bowie put up 460 yards in the first half on the way to a 49-35 halftime lead.
Bowie’s biggest play came just three minutes into the game as Perry found Tony James for a 95-yard touchdown pass to give Bowie a 14-7 lead. James finished with seven catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
George Baltimore returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown midway through the second quarter to pull Mansfield within seven points, but 16 seconds later Brican Crossley scored on a 60-yard run to put Bowie ahead, 42-28.
Plano 14, Lewisville 7
PLANO — Richard Lagow threw for 184 yards on 7-of-13 passing and overcame an early interception to lead Plano.
Plano’s defense limited Lewisville to fewer than 100 yards in the second half and had a key interception with three minutes remaining.
Mitchell Hanson scored the go-ahead touchdown with 27 seconds remaining in the third quarter on a 21-yard reverse.
Lewisville jumped to a 7-0 lead on quarterback David Vasquez’s 3-yard run with 3:06 left in the first half.
Rowlett 31, North Mesquite 14
GARLAND — Tyler Hogan and Chris Heath combined for 16 catches and 260 yards to help lead Rowlett to a season-opening win over North Mesquite.
Rowlett’s Carson Hyles completed 20 of 26 passes for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
North Mesquite’s Ta’Varius Luke had the biggest play of the night, breaking through for an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Abilene 13, Hebron 10
CARROLLTON — Hebron gave Abilene all it could handle but twice missed on game-tying field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter as Abilene held on at Hawks Stadium.
Hebron led midway through the third quarter on a field goal by Joel Carlos.
Hebron’s defense scored the team’s only touchdown on a 57-yard interception return by Jamal Adams in the first quarter.
Hebron’s offense was paced by tailback Dezmond Wortham with 158 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Flower Mound 33, Keller Central 8
FLOWER MOUND — Flower Mound bottled up Keller Central running back Malcolm Burris in the second half and scored 16 unanswered points in the third quarter.
Burris had more than 120 rushing yards in the first half as Keller Central stayed within 17-6, but he was held to negative yardage the rest of the way and finished with 119 yards on 17 carries.
Connor Wanhanen’s 11-yard touchdown run and a 27-yard scoring pass from Matt Hirst to Finn Foster sandwiched around a safety on a poor punt snap put the game out of reach.
South Grand Prairie 54, Arlington Lamar 34
GRAND PRAIRIE — Elijah Wright passed for 217 yards and accounted for five touchdowns as South Grand Prairie defeated Arlington Lamar at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
Wright utilized his legs in the third quarter, scoring on runs of 5 and 2 yards, which helped SGP take a 40-20 lead into the final quarter.
SGP also got a huge day on the ground from running back Laquinton Bailey, who rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
SGP capitalized on three first-quarter turnovers by Arlington Lamar.
Irving MacArthur 55, Richardson 26
RICHARDSON — Sebastian Taylor rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two more, and Darius Moore added a pair of scores as Irving MacArthur rolled past Richardson at Eagle-Mustang Stadium.
Moore opened the scoring for Irving MacArthur with a 68-yard punt return before adding a 61-yard touchdown reception from Taylor.
Taylor, who completed 11 of 16 passes for 175 yards in addition to rushing for a game-high 200 yards, added scoring runs of 23 and 69 yards as MacArthur compiled 358 first-half yards.
South Garland 28, Richardson Berkner 14
LAKE HIGHLANDS — South Garland scored 28 unanswered points en route to a victory over Richardson Berkner at Wildcat-Ram Stadium.
South Garland running back Marquel McNac led all rushers with 187 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
Quarterback Trey Porter added 74 yards through the air on 4-of-6 passing.
W.T. White 46, Irving 42
IRVING — Cameron Goodlett scored on a 1-yard run with 21 seconds left to give W.T. White a victory over Irving.
Goodlett rushed for 101 yards on six carries, including three touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 124 yards.
Jacobi Perry scored five touchdowns for Irving, totaling 119 yards on 20 carries.
Hurst L.D. Bell 41, North Crowley 12
CROWLEY — Aaron Dixon caught three touchdown passes in L.D Bell’s rout of North Crowley.
North Crowley kept the game close in the first half, but multiple turnovers gave Hurst L.D. Bell the chance to score three second-half touchdowns, two of which were scored on fourth down.
Dixon and Ryan Newsome led L.D. Bell with a combined 181 yards.
Grapevine 16, Keller Fossil Ridge 13
KELLER — Brett Harbin threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Marcus Dempsey at the front corner of the end zone with 26 seconds left to play as Grapevine rallied at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
Grapevine took a 6-0 lead when Dempsey took a reverse and lofted a 40-yard TD pass to Bryson Cook. Nik Grau’s 31-yard field goal gave Grapevine a 9-0 halftime lead.
Fossil Ridge got on the scoreboard when Jacob Gnacinski connected with Adonis Ramos on a 5-yard TD pass.
Richland 35, Weatherford 21
WEATHERFORD — Richland’s special teams unit triggered a quick start, and the Rebels staved off a fourth-quarter rally.
Richland scored twice before taking an offensive snap, building a 14-0 lead on two early Weatherford miscues.
Richland linebacker Hayden Davidson grabbed a fumbled fourth-down snap and trotted in for a 1-yard score.
Then, after Weatherford’s second drive stalled, Richland’s Kumani Armstead scored on a 50-yard punt return.