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Week One Thursday roundup: Keller stuns Mansfield; Plano notches second shutout; Irving, North Dallas roll
Keller 24, Mansfield 7
KELLER -- Dalton Mills scored two touchdowns and ran for 83 yards, and Keller Indians opened the 2013 season with a dominating defense effort in a 24-7 route of Mansfield at Keller ISD Stadium.
Keller (1-0) went three-and-out on the opening drive of the game and then proceeded to let the Mansfield offense go 60 yards down the field. However, Mansfield elected to go for it on fourth down instead of attempt a field goal. Keller stopped Mansfield short of the marker, took over on downs and drove the field for a touchdown. From there, the home squad never looked back.
Keller took advantage of turnovers, picking up a pair of fumble recoveries in the game.
On paper, neither team dominated -- Keller out-gained Mansfield in yardage by less than 100 -- but Mansfield turned the ball over on downs three times during the game, giving Keller excellent field position all evening.
Besides Mills, Brandon Poyser gained 24 yards on the ground to go along with 11 yards receiving. The Indians also got 21 rushing and 74 passing yards from senior quarterback Hunter McEachern.
Brian Williams scored Mansfield's lone touchdown with 41 seconds remaining.
Irving 58, Grand Prairie 28
IRVING -- Antonio Franklin rushed for four touchdowns and quarterback Christian Garcia passed for a pair of scores as Irving rolled past Grand Prairie, 58-28, in a non-district contest at Irving Schools Stadium.
Irving (2-0) overcame a sluggish start by scoring 37 unanswered first-half points to seize control of the contest. Franklin, who rushed for 128 yards on just 10 carries, started the onslaught with a seven-yard run before adding scores from 21 and 1 yard, respectively. Garcia, who completed 12-of-14 passes for 226 yards, contributed to the charge with touchdown passes of 78 and 16 yards to Michael Coley as Irving entered halftime with a 37-7 advantage.
Quarterback Jaylen Fails paced the Grand Prairie (0-2) attack with four touchdowns, two passing and two rushing, and 260 total yards.
Denton Ryan 42, Wichita Falls Rider 10
WICHITA FALLS -- Ryan scored on five of its first six possessions and cruised to a 42-10 victory over Wichita Falls Rider at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night. Ryan posts back-to-back victories to start the season and avenged a loss to Rider at home in 2012.
Ryan senior wide receiver Trent Willis had a career night. Willis finished with five catches for a career-high 143 yards and three touchdowns. Willis did not play in the second half.
Ryan senior quarterback Mitchell Bridges completed 10 of 15 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball six times for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Plano 28, Irving MacArthur 0
MURPHY -- Plano's defense recorded its second shutout in as many games in the young season, as Plano (2-0) blanked Irving MacArthur (0-2) 28-0 at Kimbrough Stadium Thursday night.
Drew Grant started the scoring with a 1-yard run early in the first quarter, and Parker Meyers caught a 25-yard scoring strike from Mitchell Hansen four minutes later as Plano built a quick 14-0 lead.
But, neither offense could cross the goal line until Brandon Stephens scored on a 12-yard run with 8:29 to go in the game. Stephens gained 132 yards on 20 carries for the game.
Plano's defense held MacArthur to 129 yards of total offense and only 11 yards on 13 carries. Last week the defense gave up only 2 yards on the ground and 37 yards of total offense.
Little Elm 38, Carrollton Newman Smith 21
CARROLLTON -- Caleb Chapman ran for 314 yards and four touchdowns for Little Elm (1-1) in a 38-21 win over Carrollton Newman Smith (0-2) at Standridge Stadium on Thursday night.
Chapman, a senior, scored on touchdowns of 11, 32, 3 and 1 yard and had six runs of at least 20 yards on 32 carries. His longest run of the night came in the second quarter when he scampered 53 yards to set up Little Elm's second touchdown, which came when senior quarterback Christian Bourdo punched it in from 1 yard out 16 seconds before halftime to make it a 17-13 game at the break.
Newman Smith led 7-0 early after senior quarterback Garrett Browne connected with Trevor Blackmon with 4:48 left in the first quarter. However, Little Elm would score 38 of the game's final 52 points, including 21 unanswered before a 2-yard run by Carrollton Newman Smith's Davonte Gilbert made it a 31-21 game with 7:57 remaining in the fourth.
After the Gilbert touchdown, Little Elm then proceeded to chew up 6:44 of clock with a nine-play, 72-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard run by Chapman with 1:13 remaining to clinch the victory. On that final drive, Chapman carried the ball seven times. It was nice bounce back performance by Chapman, who was limited to 60 yards on 24 carries in a 31-14 loss to Sherman last Friday.
North Dallas 50, Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis 26
FORT WORTH -- North Dallas running back Geovioni Manning totaled more 300 yards on the night, with 5 touchdowns, four rushing, as North Dallas defeated Diamond Hill-Jarvis, 50-26, at Farrington Field.
With only about two minutes gone in the first quarter of play, Manning took a handoff and scampered 25 yards for the first score. His flashy running was seen all night, taking balls sidelines to sidelines to evade would-be tacklers throughout the entire contest.
Credit to Hill-Jarvis though as they responded on their first possession of the night, with running back Sammy Gonzalez' 27-yard score, but the two-point conversion failed and North Dallas still had the lead at 7-6. The lead would increased to two scores, as only 17 seconds later, quarterback Jason Medellin found Manning for a 45-yard score to give North Dallas the 14-6 lead after the first quarter of play.
In the second quarter, Diamond Hill-Jarvis' running back Tim Robinson would tie the game at 14 apiece with a five-yard scoring run. Robinson finished the game with three scores and 128 rushing yards.
McKinney 28, Frisco Heritage 14
FRISCO -- McKinney earned its first win of the season on the back of Antonio Oliver, who ran for 189 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown to lead McKinney (1-1) to a 28-14 non-district win at FC Dallas Stadium.
Frisco Heritage (0-2) had just tied the score at 7-7 to start the third quarter but yielded field position with an ensuing failed onside kick attempt. McKinney turned to Oliver, who gained 44 yards on the short drive before scoring on a 19-yard run. McKinney pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring twice on plays by Tyree Johnson. The first came on a short Johnson run, and the second came on a 24-yard, fourth-down catch-and-run after quarterback TV Williams had scrambled across the field to find him. Williams scored on an earlier fourth-down pass that gave McKinney a 7-0 halftime lead.
Heritage tied the game at 14-14 near the end of the third quarter when Chris Baez ran under a wild fourth-down pass from Malik Walker. Walker evaded three tacklers in the backfield and set up just in time to launch a pass to Baez, who had slipped behind the defense. Walker threw for 170 yards, and Sean Jones led Heritage in rushing with 94 yards on 16 carries.
Pinkston 49, Fort Worth Polytechnic 19
FORT WORTH -- Deion Higgins threw for 313 yards and four scores and then added 50 yards on 15 carries and two more scores to lead Pinkston (2-0) to a 49-19 victory over Fort Worth Polytechnic (0-2) at Handley Field.
Higgins helped lead his team to 42 unanswered points after Poly took a 7-0 lead on their opening drive. He finished the night completing 10 of 14 passes for 313 yards. He threw touchdowns of 67, 51, 17, and 43 yards in the first half.
Wayne Perry hauled in two of the scoring passes from 67 and 17 yards. His 67 yarder tied the game on the play for Pinkston from scrimmage. His other came early in the second to make it 21-7.
Sachse 42, Richardson Pearce 16
GARLAND - Sachse defeated Richardson Pearce 42-16 Thursday night behind a dominant aerial attack led by quarterback Kent Myers.
He finished the night with 346 passing yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Devin Duvernay caught two touchdowns, Tyrique Edwards had two and Bruce Brookins had one touchdown catch.
Sachse had most of its offensive success with the deep passes. Eight of Myers' passing completions were for 25-plus yards, with the longest being a 65-yard pass in the second half.
One of Richardson Pearce's lone highlights was a diving, acrobatic 37-yard catch by Jared Mayden after the ball was tipped in the air by a Sachse defender. Running back Gjordan Dumas then ran for a 33-yard touchdown on the ensuing play.
Rockwall 66, Rowlett 34
GARLAND--Running back Chris Warren rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns and Xavier Castille added three scores as Rockwall rolled past Rowlett, 66-34, in the second half at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.
Rockwall (1-1) held a one-point lead at halftime before coming up big defensively, forcing three punts and recovering a fumble on the kickoff, all in the third quarter as Rockwall outscored Rowlett 35-7.
With the focus on Warren, who had 350 yards and four scores last week, sophomore quarterback Will Reed fooled the defense with a play-action slant to Castille, who went 79 yards untouched on the game's first play. Castille would take a direct snap in the wildcat formation and score on a pair of touchdown runs in the third quarter and finished with 113 yards on three receptions.
Warren, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, needed just 24 carries for his 169 yards, highlighted by a 53-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-1 to give Rockwall a 28-20 lead late in the first half. Reed finished with 166 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns to give new head coach Rodney Webb his first victory since coming over from Mesquite Horn.
Rowlett looked unstoppable the first half, scoring on their final six possesions behind sophomore quarterback Logan Bonner. He had 211 of his 281 passing yards in the first half and added 39 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Overall, he was 23-of-38 and connected with Tyler Hogan for 91 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions. Kicker Aspen Hulme added field goals of 36 and 43-yards for Rowlett (0-2).
North Mesquite 49, Arlington Sam Houston 24
ARLINGTON -- Ta'Varius Luke and Corey Hunt combined to rush for 483 yards and four scores as North Mesquite dominated Arlington Sam Houston at Wilemon Field.
North Mesquite (2-0) moved the ball on all six of its first half possessions but led by only four at half because of two lost fumbles and a missed field goal.
Sam Houston (1-1) took a 17-14 lead with 1:15 remaining before half when Alexiz Alvarez kicked a 32 yard field goal. The lead would only last 59 seconds, however.
Cody Williams passed 21 yards to Pat Mobley with 16 seconds remaining before half as North Mesquite went ahead 21-17.
Sam Houston scored first. Bernard Lewis recovered a fumble at the North Mesquite 45 on the opening series of the game. Two plays later Darrion Flowers scored on a six yard run to give Sam Houston a 7-0 lead with 7:59 remaining in the first quarter.
North Mesquite answered with an 11-play, 75 yard drive and tied the game at 7 with 3:08 remaining in the first quarter when Luke scored on a 23 yard run.
North Mesquite went ahead 14-7 with 9:27 remaining in the second quarter when Hunt scored on an 11-yard run.
In total, North Mesquite rushed 56 times for 532 yards and amassed 699 total yards and 34 first downs. Hunt rushed for 187 yards and three scores. Hunt finished with 296 yards rushing. Williams completed 11 of 18 passes for 166 yards and two scores.
Hill accounted for 262 of Sam Houston's 368 total yards.