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5A roundup (Week 9): Kyler Murray (walking boot) sits out but Allen rolls; Arlington, Hebron, Lamar clinch playoff berths
Arlington 24, Arlington Bowie 21
ARLINGTON — Needing a victory to clinch a District 3-5A playoff berth, Arlington shut out Arlington Bowie in the second half to pull off the upset, 24-21, Friday night at Wilemon Field.
Just before halftime, Michael Gray found receiver Mason Shaw in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown reception to pull Arlington (5-4, 4-2) within 21-14.
In the third quarter, Gray led a six-play 70-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Gray with 9:58 to play in the quarter, tying the score at 21.
Gray finished with 103 yards rushing on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Gray also completed 12 of 37 passes for 157 yards and a score. Arlington’s defense forced eight fumbles and recovered three. Arlington Bowie was forced to punt the ball on three straight possessions in the third quarter.
On Bowie’s first possession of the fourth quarter, which started at Bowie’s 7-yard line, Arlington forced a punt from Bowie’s 28 with 8:40 to play. Gray then led his team 56 yards on 10 plays to set up a 42-yard field goal by Brendan Conn with 5:44 left to play that proved to be the difference.
Arlington Lamar 42, Weatherford 10
ARLINGTON — Cameron Smith scored twice in the first quarter and Arlington Lamar (7-2, 5-1) clinched a playoff spot in District 3-5A by beating Weatherford (2-7, 2-4).
Lamar started fast when Cameron Hines blocked a Weatherford punt on the first possession of the game. Smith scored on the next play. He added a 4-yard touchdown later in the quarter to put Lamar up, 14-0.
Lamar’s Andy Guinn completed 18 of 36 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. His first touchdown, to Andra Lemon-Hicks, came in the first quarter. Guinn added a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jaries King in the third quarter.
FW Paschal 21, North Crowley 20
FORT WORTH — Running back Kelly Darrough caught an 18-yard pass from quarterback Gibson Duwe as time expired to carry Fort Worth Paschal (6-3, 3-3) past North Crowley in District 3-5A.
It was Darrough’s only catch of the game. Paschal remained in the hunt for the final playoff berth in 3-5A.
The final drive was set up when Paschal’s defense forced North Crowley to punt with 42 seconds left. Duwe then hit Justin Woodard on a 20-yard pass to get to the North Crowley 23. After an incomplete pass, Darrell James caught a 4-yard pass to inch Paschal closer to the goal line.
After another incomplete pass with three seconds left, Duwe tossed the game-winning strike.
Keller 31, Keller Timber Creek 13
KELLER — After a sluggish first half, Keller (5-4, 2-4 District 4-5A) scored two touchdowns in the first three minutes of the third quarter to pull away from Keller Timber Creek (2-7, 1-5).
Timber Creek took a 7-3 lead into the half on Amon Lindsey’s 7-yard touchdown run. Dalton Mills put Keller back in front when he broke free for a 39-yard touchdown run three plays into the second half.
Keller needed only one play to score on its next series as Hunter McEachern took a pitchout from Mills on a flea-flicker and found Cameron Johnson open for a 53-yard touchdown pass with 9:15 to play in the third. Mills finished off a nine-play scoring drive with a 3-yard touchdown run on Keller’s next series for a 24-7 lead.
Keller Central 24, Haltom 15
HALTOM CITY — Keller Central defeated Haltom and clinched a District 4-5A playoff spot with Richland’s loss to Justin Northwest. Haltom was eliminated from playoff contention.
Justin Manuatu led Keller Central with 109 yards rushing and a touchdown. Quarterback Jake McClurg threw for 108 yards and ran for a score.
Justin Northwest 42, Richland 14
JUSTIN — Justin Northwest (7-2, 4-2) clinched a District 4-5A playoff berth by trouncing Richland (3-6, 2-4) at Northwest ISD Stadium.
Northwest quarterback Jesse Drummer and receiver Emmanuel Moore hooked up on three first-half touchdowns.
Reggie McDaniel picked off two Richland passes as the Northwest defense came up with six turnovers.
Northwest’s Quintin Thorpe, who took over at running back after Dennis Adrole was injured in the first quarter, rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Martin’s appeal to be heard Tuesday
Given that the playoffs are right around the corner, the UIL has acted quickly on Arlington Martin’s appeal of the 3-5A District Executive Committee’s decision that Martin forfeit three games for use of an ineligible player.
The UIL has scheduled an emergency session of the State Executive Committee to meet Tuesday at the UIL’s offices in Austin.
Martin beat Arlington Sam Houston, 52-13, on Thursday but will need a win over Arlington Bowie, and perhaps some other help, to make the playoffs if the forfeits are upheld.
Hebron 37, Lewisville 24
CARROLLTON — Treyvon Hughes carried 28 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns as Hebron (6-3, 3-1 in District 5-5A) clinched a playoff spot with a win over Lewisville (3-6, 1-3).
Braelen Evans added 111 yards on four rushes, including a 90-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter after a fumble stopped Lewisville inside the Hebron 1.
Lewisville trailed only 13-3 when defensive back Kori Williams stripped the ball from Hebron’s Antony Owens and returned it 27 yards to the Hebron 2. But Hebron recovered a Lewisville fumble at the 1 on the first play of the second quarter. Two plays later, Evans broke free for his 90-yard score.
Jamal Adams added two touchdowns for Hebron, including the game’s first score on a 27-yard run and a 26-yard scoring pass from quarterback Carson Proffitt.
Lewisville quarterback Adrian Villarreal threw touchdown passes of 23 yards to Trinity Benson and 18 yards to Mauricio Acosta. Montrel Marshall added a late 44-yard touchdown run for Lewisville.
Flower Mound 30, FM Marcus 27
FLOWER MOUND — Andrew Hitscherich kicked a 22-yard field goal in the third overtime to give Flower Mound (2-7, 1-3) a dramatic win over District 5-5A rival Flower Mound Marcus (2-7, 1-3).
Both teams had chances to win in the first two overtimes. In the first overtime, Marcus quarterback Taylor Gibbs connected with Kaden Smith on a 23-yard pass to set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Mark Demery. But an attempted two-point conversion failed.
On its possession in the first overtime, Flower Mound answered with a 14-yard scoring pass from quarterback Connor Wanhanen to Logan Davis. Flower Mound lined up for the potential game-winning PAT, but it was blocked, sending the teams to a second overtime.
In the second OT, Flower Mound was unable to move, and a 42-yard field goal attempt missed wide. On its possession, Marcus moved to the Flower Mound 17, but Nate Hopkins fumbled and Flower Mound’s Branson Roberts recovered. It appeared Roberts might return the fumble for a game-winning touchdown. But he was chased down at the Marcus 8-yard line, sending the game to the third OT.
Euless Trinity 42, Irving 7
IRVING — Christian Hammack and Ja’Ron Wilson paced a strong running attack in Euless Trinity’s easy 6-5A victory over Irving. Trinity (7-2, 6-0) totaled 373 rushing yards and its defense limited Irving (5-4, 3-3) to one touchdown and forced two fumbles.
Hammack finished with 92 yards and two touchdowns, and Wilson had 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Antonio Franklin rushed for 111 yards for Irving.
Hurst L.D. Bell 30, Irving Nimitz 0
BEDFORD — L.D. Bell will get a taste of the playoffs after defeating Irving Nimitz at Pennington Field.
The loss eliminates Nimitz from playoff contention and assures Bell and Colleyville Heritage spots in the postseason.
Bell started strong, holding the Vikings on their first offensive drive, then driving 60 yards for a 29-yard touchdown pass from Colson Romano to Billy Cooper.
With Bell leading 13-0 in the second quarter, Nimitz’s Jarod Velasquez took a kickoff at his 7-yard line and returned it 93 yards for a touchdown. But a holding call brought Nimitz back to its 21.
Chad Williams intercepted Jimmy Clark in the third quarter and returned the ball 30 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 Bell lead.
Bell’s Colson Romano threw three touchdowns and finished with 230 yards passing.
Irving MacArthur 31, Grapevine 29
GRAPEVINE — Irving MacArthur (3-6, 2-4 District 6-5A) slipped past Grapevine (1-8, 1-5) at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
MacArthur took an early 18-0 lead on Artiss Henderson’s 91 yards and a touchdown rushing in the first quarter.
MacArthur hung on as Grapevine cut the lead to 31-29 with 4:04 left in the fourth. Irving sealed the victory with a late fourth-and-1 conversion and ran out the clock.
Henderson and Dwayne Johnson combined for 308 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
DeSoto 67, Grand Prairie 7
GRAND PRAIRIE — Desmon White threw for 404 yards and five touchdowns as the state’s second-ranked Class 5A team cruised to victory.
Akile Davis was on the receiving end of three of White’s touchdown passes, and Lamont Johnson and Chris Lacy each caught one for DeSoto (9-0, 6-0 District 7-5A).
DeSoto outgained Grand Praire, 636-245, and forced two interceptions and recovered a fumble.
Mansfield Timberview 12, Midlothian 6
MIDLOTHIAN — Brandon Garner intercepted a pass in the end zone with 1:59 in the game to go to preserve a win for Mansfield Timberview (7-2, 4-2 District 7-5A), the area’s 14th-ranked 5A team. Tevin Muse led Timberview by passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
S. Grand Prairie 15, Duncanville 8
DUNCANVILLE — Jason Hall intercepted a pass at the goal line as South Grand Prairie survived Duncanville in a District 7-5A game.
Hall gave South Grand Prairie (3-6, 1-5) a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter by returning an interception 62 yards for a touchdown. Duncanville, (4-5, 2-4), started its final drive from its 19-yard line and moved to the South Grand Prairie 35 before Hall clinched the win with an interception.
Jesuit 37, Sunset 0
Jesuit clinched a playoff spot as it rushed for 234 yards, led by Matt Miller’s 95 yards.
Jesuit (6-3, 5-1 District 9-5A) amassed 507 yards of total offense. Starting quarterback Bo Schneider, in limited playing time, threw first-quarter touchdown passes of 43 yards to Garrett Amy on the second play of the game and 13 yards to Kellen McAlone. Backup quarterback Kyle Muller was 14-for-14 passing for 190 yards and a touchdown.
Defensive lineman Nick Lanpher and linebacker John Wheeler anchored a Jesuit defense that limited Sunset (0-9, 0-6) to 61 yards and five first downs.
Richardson Berkner 41, Richardson 38
RICHARDSON — Quarterback Calvin Jones rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns as Richardson Berkner (4-5, 3-3) rallied past Richardson (3-6, 2-4) in District 9-5A.
Berkner led 38-31 when Jones guided his squad on a fourth-quarter drive which ate up nearly six minutes. Tanner Lange finished the drive with a 33-yard field goal.
The teams combined for 628 yards in the first half.
Lake Highlands 42, Richardson Pearce 28
Brock Jones rushed for 106 yards and two scores and threw three touchdown passes to Jamarice Preston to help Lake Highlands clinch a District 9-5A playoff spot.
Jones, who finished 8-of-10 with 202 yards passing, connected with Preston for a 66-yard score with 5:49 left in the third quarter to give Lake Highlands (4-5, 4-2) a 42-7 lead to put the game away. Preston finished with six catches for 190 yards.
Allen 56, McKinney 7
ALLEN — Even with starting quarterback Kyler Murray on the sideline in a walking boot, Allen scored 49 first-half points in a 56-7 win against McKinney on Friday night.
Heading into the game, Allen backup quarterback Ryan Hoogerwerf had thrown for 133 yards. He eclipsed that mark in the first half, with the aide of a 52-yard completion to Grant Finney on the first play of the game. Hoogerwerf finished the game with 165 passing yards and accounted for two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).
Allen (9-0, 4-0 District 10-5A), the state’s No. 1-ranked Class 5A team, led 14-0 after one quarter and then scored five consecutive touchdowns in the second quarter to put the game away.
McKinney (3-6, 0-4) had only 68 yards rushing on 33 carries and was eliminated from playoff contention.
Sachse 41, South Garland 26
GARLAND — Sachse clinched at least a share of the District 11-5A championship as Kent Myers passed for 370 yards and four touchdowns.
Sachse improved to 5-0 in 11-5A play and 9-0 overall. It can claim the outright 11-5A title with a win over Garland Naaman Forest next week.
Sachse trailed 7-6 after the first quarter, but it scored 29 points in the second quarter to take command of the game. Myers tossed three scoring passes in the quarter, while tailback Devine Ozigbo added a 22-yard scoring run. Ozigbo rushed for 138 yards and had 105 yards receiving.
Rockwall-Heath 35, North Mesquite 6
ROCKWALL — Senior R.J. Williams rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns as Rockwall-Heath stopped a four-game losing streak with a win over North Mesquite, the area’s 15th-ranked 5A team.
Williams entered the game as the team’s leading receiver but has been forced into the quarterback role as Heath (5-4, 1-4 District 12-5A) has lost two quarterbacks this season. Williams, who had 105 yards rushing on the season coming in, rushed for 89 yards and all three of his touchdowns in the first half to give Heath a 28-0 lead.
The Heath defense shut down one of Class 5A’s leading rushing attacks in North Mesquite (6-3, 2-3), which was averaging 320.8 yards per game behind the senior running back duo of Ta’Varius Luke and Corey Hunt. The two had combined for 2,225 yards and 23 touchdowns but were limited to just 89 yards on 23 carries by the Heath defense.