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Playoff roundup: Rockwall holds on against Naaman; Lovejoy's huge comeback erases 22-point deficit
Rockwall 41, Gar. N. Forest 31
ALLEN — Sophomore quarterback Will Reed completed 28 of 33 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns to lead Rockwall (6-5) over Garland Naaman Forest (5-6) in a Class 5A Division II Region II bi-district playoff game.
Xavier Castille caught two of Reed’s touchdown passes. The first was a 28-yarder in the second quarter to give Rockwall a 10-0 lead. The second was the game-clincher with 2:40 to go in the fourth, restoring Rockwall’s 10-point lead. Castille finished with 13 catches for 161 yards. He also scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter.
Justin Walker threw three touchdown passes for Naaman Forest before leaving with an injury on Naaman’s last possession of the game. Marcus Perkins Jr. was Naaman’s leading receiver with 144 yards and two scores on five catches. Michael Nelson gained 103 yards on the ground, scoring once.
Rockwall ran 82 offensive plays to Naaman Forest’s 41. After punting on its first possession, Rockwall ran 18 plays and used up 7:58 on the clock on its next possession, ending with Tony Pecora’s 21-yard field goal. Rockwall will play Jesuit in the area round.
Lovejoy 55, Hallsville 51
ATHENS — Lovejoy trailed Hallsville, 48-26, midway through the third quarter Saturday night but stormed back to stun Hallsville, 55-51 at Bruce Field.
“Our kids never quit,” Lovejoy coach Matt Green said. “I’ve coached in three state championships and none of them could match the intensity, excitement and stress that I experienced in this game. I’m just proud of our kids.”
MaCailyn Wilder and Kha’lil Sneed combined to rush for 373 yards and six touchdowns to stake Hallsville to a 48-26 lead. Lovejoy appeared to have no answer in slowing down the duo, but all that changed late in the third quarter as Lovejoy began to mount acomeback.
A short touchdown run from third-string quarterback Chochy Luce cut the deficit to 48-33. Lovejoy’s defense came up with a big stop late in the third quarter that led to another offensive score when Grant Jarvis scooped up a fumble for a 2-yard touchdown to make the score 48-40.
Hallsville (6-5) answered with adrive deep into Lovejoy territory, but defensive back Tate Locklear stepped in front of a receiver to intercept a pass and return it 95 yards for a touchdown. Aaron Fuller ran in the 2-point conversion to tie the score 48-48 midway through the fourth quarter.
Lovejoy’s defense forced a Hallsville punt, which Lovejoy fumbled at its own 10 yard-line. Once again Lovejoy’s defense stepped up to hold Hallsville to a field goal.
Lovejoy again fumbled the ball away on its next possession, but its defense forced a three-and-out to give Lovejoy one final chance. Injured quarterback Dakota Michaels returned and delivered a 63-yard scoring strike to Fuller to give Lovejoy a 55-51 lead.
Hallsville moved the ball into Lovejoy territory but was turned away when Locklear reached up to deflect a long pass that landed in the arms of Stephen Bennett and Lovejoy held on for a thrilling 55-51, Class 4A Division II Region II victory.
Lovejoy advances to play Ennis Friday at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie.
Mansfield Timberview 28, Killeen Shoemaker 14
WACO- Tevin Muse rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another as Mansfield Timberview cruised to a 28-14 win over Killeen Shoemaker in a Class 5A Division I Region I bi-district playoff game at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Mansfield Timberview (8-3) struck first when they marched 70 yards in 14 plays on a scoring drive that was capped by Tevin Muse who snuck it from three yards out on a fourth-and-two from the Killeen Shoemaker three yard-line.
Killeen Shoemaker (7-4) answered with an 11-yard scoring run from Ziere Banner to tie the game, 7-7, late in the first quarter but it would be all Mansfield Timberview after that.
Mansfield Timberview took a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter when Muse delivered a long pass that hit Myron Gailliard on stride for a 63-yard touchdown. Mansfield Timberview's defense which collected nine sacks forced a three-and-out on Shoemaker's next possession then took advantage of a short field to take a 21-7 lead when Muse busted through the line for an 11-yard touchdown run.
Mansfield Timberview put the game away for good late in the third quarter on another short touchdown run from Muse. Mansfield Timberview advances to the area round of the playoffs where they will play Euless Trinity next Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
Longview 46, Rowlett 21
Rowlett quarterback Logan Bonner threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, but Longview was too much in a 46-21 victory in a Class 5A Divsion II Region II bi-district game at Kincaide Stadium.
Longview (10-1) will face McKinney Boyd in the area round of the 5A playoffs.
Longview used a 21-point second quarter to take command of the game, turing a 7-7 contest into a 28-14 halftime edge.
Longview’s defense started the crucial quarter with a score on a 43-yard interception return by Travin Howard, while quarterback Dezmond Chumley added a pair of touchdown passes in the period for Longview.
Chumley finished with 226 yards passing and three touchdowns while the Longview defense forced six turnovers to keep the Rowlett offense in check.
Rowlett (4-7) got touchdowns from Andrew Harrison, Anthony Wagner and Tyler Hogan in the loss. Hogan finished with 10 catches for 114 yards, with Harrison hauling in 7 catches for 75 yards.
Waco Midway 58, Mansfield 35
MIDLOTHIAN — Junior quarterback Ben Hicks passed for 373 yards and five scores as Waco Midway dominated Mansfield, 58-35, in a Class 5A Division II Region II bi-district affair at Midlothian ISD Stadium. Hicks completed his first six passes and 13 of 16 in the first half. Mansfield outscored Midway 29-27 in the second half but could never get closer than 16 points.
Mansfield (5-6) didn’t have an answer for the potent Midway offense, which scored on five of its first six possessions and never trailed.
Midway (9-2) scored on its first drive of the second half, as well, but appeared to lose focus thereafter.
Big plays on defense and special teams gave Mansfield some life late in the third quarter. Troy Walker blocked a Midway punt to set Mansfield up with first and goal. Two plays later Emmanuel Esukpa scored on a 7-yard run. Noble Leake intercepted Hicks on the next play from scrimmage and returned it to the Midway 16. Julius Lewis scored on a run on the next play to make it 38-20 with 3:05 remaining in the third quarter.
Hicks’s final scoring pass came on the second play of the fourth quarter when he and Devonte Stricklin hooked up on a 43-yard touchdown.
Mansfield finished with 258 yards rushing and 307 total yards. Lewis finished with 129 yards rushing and four scores to lead Mansfield.
Midway will face Denton Ryan in the area round Saturday at 11 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Prestonwood Chr., 51 EP Cathedral 7
PLANO — Ryan Bradberry ran for three touchdowns and Ryan Cash hooked up with Hayden Clark on a pair of touchdown passes as Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy rolled over El Paso Cathedral, 51-7, in a TAPPS Division I bi-district playoff game at Lions Stadium.
Prestonwood (10-1) advances to meet the winner of Brownsville St. Joseph’s Academy and Tomball Concordia Lutheran.
Bradberry carried seven times for 77 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as Prestonwood held a 51-0 halftime lead before turning the game over to reserves.
Cash was 8-of-10 for 153 yards, including scoring passes of four and 86 yards to Clark. Twayne Blackwell, who alternated with Cash at quarterback in the first half, added a 13-yard touchdown pass to Michael Irvin.
Cathedral (4-7), which managed only three yards of offense in the first half, avoided a shutout when Michael Alcala stripped the ball from a Prestonwood runner and returned it 45 yards for a defensive touchdown late in the third quarter.
First Baptist 35, McKinney Chr. 21
Justen Tatum had 115 yards and two touchdowns as First Baptist defeated McKinney Christian 35-21 in a TAPPS Division III bi-district game.
First Baptist (11-0) had 201 yards rushing. Jaylin Nelson had 115 yards and two touchdowns. Garrett Black caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Max PartloMcKinney Christian (6-5) finally got going with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Reese Shaw to Jamie Greenwell. Sky Walker had 103 yards rushing and a touchdown, which tied the score at 21-21 in the fourth quarter. Connor Doyle had 244 total yards and a touchdown.
First Baptist will play Colleyville Covenant at Bishop Lynch on Friday.
Arg. Liberty Chr. 52, SA Central Cath. 6
ARGYLE — Argyle Liberty Christian turned three turnovers in 21 points during a 35-point first half as it cruised to a 52-6 TAPPS Division I first-round victory over San Antonio Central Catholic.
Liberty Christian (7-4) will face Austin St. Michael’s in a state quarterfinal playoff game.
Liberty defensive back Drew Hunnicutt picked off SA Central Catholic (4-7) quarterback Joseph Nava at the Liberty 30 and rumbled 70 yards for a touchdown return to make it 14-0 with 2:17 left in the first quarter. Hunnicutt intercepted another pass later in the first half that led to a score and helped Liberty to a 35-6 halftime lead.
Liberty quarterback Colby Moore threw for 315 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 40 yards and two touchdowns, which were part of five rushing touchdowns for Liberty.
Drake Bergeron scored SA Central Catholic’s only touchdown on an 11-yard run. Bergeron finished with 94 yards rushing.
Aus. St. Michael’s 45, John Paul II 38
AUSTIN — Merek Pierce rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns, but Plano John Paul II lost to Austin St. Michael’s 45-38 in the first round of the TAPPs Division I playoffs.
Pierce’s final touchdown tied the score at 38-38 with 2:39 remaining, but St. Michael’s regained the lead 19 seconds later on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Reed Carlton to John Schneider.
The Cardinals (1-10) couldn’t pick up a first down on the ensuing possession, but forced a Crusaders (9-2) fumble at the 2-yard line with 24 seconds remaining. John Paul II advanced the ball to the 33-yard line but it’s desperation lateral play fell short at the buzzer.
Pierce also caught seven passes for 68 yards, while Austin Barnes returned a second quarter kickoff for a 74-yard Cardinals touchdown.