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Turnovers plague Mesquite Horn in 35-30 loss to Tyler John Tyler
MESQUITE — Mesquite Horn had more yardage and first downs than Tyler John Tyler on Friday night. But the Jaguars also had more turnovers.
Those mistakes — two fumbles and one interception — made the difference in John Tyler’s 35-30 victory over Horn at Hanby Stadium.
One week after a fourth-quarter fumble led to a loss to Duncanville, the Jaguars (2-2) lost a close one in which turnovers played a major role.
Horn took the lead in the fourth quarter on Destri White’s 9-yard pass to Jacob Meyer with 6:52 left.
But the Lions matched that just 18 seconds later. Quarterback Greg Ward returned from an ankle injury to throw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tyus Bowser. Then Ward scrambled for a 31-yard touchdown for a 35-24 lead with 2:08 left.
White led the Jaguars to another score — his 6-yard pass to DelMichael High with 27 seconds left. But Horn’s onside kick did not travel far enough, and John Tyler ran out the clock.
Ward completed 16 of 20 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. White was 19 of 29 passing for 219 yards with three touchdowns but one interception.
The Jaguars seemed in control as they tried to run out the clock at the end of the first half with 17-14 lead. But White got hit as he was tucking the ball away, and the Lions took over at Horn’s 27 with 11 seconds left.
Ward’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Fred Ross gave John Tyler a 21-17 lead and momentum entering halftime.
Horn finished with 396 yards to John Tyler’s 349. The Jags had 21 first downs to the Lions’ 14, and the quarterbacks threw for the same amount of yards.
But the biggest number for John Tyler was zero. Horn lost the turnover differential 3-0.