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Week 8 Thursday roundup: Naaman Forest ends playoff drought; Plano West, Poteet roll
Naaman Forest 21, Rowlett 16
GARLAND — Michael Nelson rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns Thursday as Garland Naaman Forest clinched its first playoff berth in five years with a 21-16 victory over Rowlett at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.
Nelson, who entered the game as the leading rusher in area Class 5A with 1,285 yards, had 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first half. His 9-yard TD run with 2:56 left in the second quarter gave Naaman Forest (5-3, 4-0 District 11-5A) a 14-3 lead.
Rowlett (2-6, 1-3) lost starting quarterback Logan Bonner midway through the first quarter, but he returned in the second half to throw fourth-quarter touchdowns to Andrew Harrison and James Motes.
The game was delayed 25 minutes with 1:46 left in the game when junior linebacker Jacob Johnson was carted off the field by ambulance.
Plano West 38, McKinney 20
MCKINNEY — Logan Williams threw for two touchdowns to lead Plano West (5-3, 1-2 District 10-5A) past McKinney (3-5, 0-3) at Ron Poe Stadium.
Williams hit Josiah Dixon on a 50-yarder for West’s first score midway through the first quarter. Malik Rochelle scored five minutes later on a 36-yard run.
McKinney countered on the first play of the second quarter on Tyree Johnson’s 1-yard plunge. But West added two more scores in seven minutes to grab a 25-7 lead.
West’s Sotonye Jamabo rushed for 149 yards on 11 carries, with 89 coming on West’s final offensive play for his only score of the night.
Mesquite Poteet 46, Terrell 18
MESQUITE — Lane Novy connected with Kody Edwards on a 58-yard scoring strike on the first play from scrimmage to power Poteet (7-1, 4-1).
Novy passed for 241 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Deandre McNeal, who caught six passes for 140 yards. Smith added an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Terrell (2-6, 1-4) forced four turnovers by Poteet, one a 50-yard interception return by Dylon Wieland.
West Mesquite 33, Carrollton Newman Smith 19
CARROLLTON — Running back Le’Billie Hunter ran for a 67-yard touchdown to start the first quarter and a 62-yard touchdown run to start the third for West Mesquite.
Hunter finished the night with 193 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Newman Smith scored 19 fourth-quarter points to narrow the gap. Justin Hughes had two touchdowns and 50 yards receiving.
Carrollton’s first two red zone trips ended with a fumble on the 3-yard line and an unsportsmanlike penalty that moved the ball from the 6-yard line to the 20 in the third quarter. After two consecutive false starts, West Mesquite’s Dionta Valentine intercepted Cayde Williams.
Justin Northwest 49, Keller Timber Creek 10
Northwest (6-2, 3-2 District 4-5A) relied on its running game to roll past Keller Timber Creek (2-6, 1-4) at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
Northwest picked up 354 yards, 246 on the ground behind Dennis Adrole who had 17 carries for 107 yards and two scores, and Chase Morrison who added two scores and 95 yards on six carries.
Morrison scored on a 32-yard run in the third quarter, and Adrole added an 18-yarder to make it 42-3.
Timber Creek’s touchdown came on a 32-yard pass from Konner Pittman to Recie Saunders.
South Oak Cliff 63, Adamson 0
Quarterback Kenneth Arthur passed for four touchdowns and ran for another and Jordan Stevenson added a pair of scores for South Oak Cliff at Sprague Athletic Complex/Jones Field.
South Oak Cliff (7-1, 4-1 District 11-4A) seized control on its opening possession with Arthur’s 8-yard run. He added touchdown passes of 12, 6 and 5 yards to Malik Brown, JF Thomas and Fonzale Davis, respectively, as SOC raced to a 35-0 halftime advantage.
Adamson (3-5, 0-5) was limited to 32 total yards and five first downs.
Carter 50, North Dallas 0
Corey Avery rushed for 129 yards on five carries and scored three touchdowns as Carter stayed undefeated.
Carter (8-0, 5-0 District 11-4A) scored on its first three possessions to take a 21-0 halftime lead.
Jordan Ingram caught a 39-yard TD pass, his 11th of the season, and the first of three TD passes for Kenneth Spencer.
After starting the season with two win, North Dallas (2-6, 0-5) has lost six straight.
Woodrow Wilson 38, Samuell 12
Tracy James rushed 29 times for 205 yards and two scores to lead Woodrow Wilson.
James scored his second touchdown less than a minute into the second half to give Wilson a 16-0 lead.
Samuell (4-4, 3-2) scored with 4:04 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 16-6 on Bobby Whitaker’s 9-yard TD pass to Jeremy Johnson.
Wilson (7-1, 5-0 District 12-4A) on quarterback Da’Montae Bright’s 9-yard run to end a nine-play, 71-yard drive.
Wilson put the game away when John Olvera picked up a Samuell fumble and returned it 50 yards a touchdown to make it 31-6.