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Mansfield Legacy relies on performances from backup RB and QB to advance
Mansfield Legacy stood on the edge of an epic collapse.
Its 28-0 first quarter lead against McKinney North on Friday night was gone, replaced by a 42-point tie late in the third quarter at Kincaide Stadium. Legacy coach Chris Melson’s offense was without its starting running back and quarterback.
“I was worried,” Melson said. “In a game like this, you never know what’s going to happen.”
Behind gutsy performances from key backups — junior quarterback Sheldon Hogan and senior running back Kenton Mayberry — Melson’s team rallied for a 70-49 victory. Mansfield Legacy will play Highland Park in the regional semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium.
Mayberry carried the ball 37 times for 340 yards and six touchdowns. Hogan added another 140 yards rushing and a score.
“It was unbelievable,” Melson said. “Sheldon gets reps every day and we knew he was a good player. Mayberry is a really good running back and we’re blessed to have him.”
Legacy held off the North charge without its top senior playmakers — running back Kijana Amous and quarterback Terrance Ivery.
Leading 13-0 with less than three minutes left in the first quarter, Ivery went down with a left leg injury. He was taken off the field on a cart and did not return. Ivery carried the ball five times for 54 yards and a touchdown to that point.
Amous didn’t play a single snap, sitting out with an ankle injury he suffered during last week’s 35-14 bi-district victory against Tyler John Tyler.
“I know [Ivory’s leg] hurts real bad, they wanted to go and see if it might be broken,” Melson said. “[Amous] couldn’t get all the swelling out. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. We’re hopeful he’ll get to play next week.”
Legacy charged to a 28-0 first quarter lead. Three offensive touchdowns from Mayberry, Ivery and junior wide receiver Gentry Ivery were followed by senior linebacker Everett Williams returning a North fumble 45-yards for a score with 7 seconds left in the quarter. That’s when North flipped the script.
North junior running back Ronald Jones finished with 23 carries for 282 yards and five touchdowns, and senior quarterback Ben Dutze added two scores through the air. But after tying the game at 42, Legacy used three Mayberry touchdowns and a Sheldon rushing score to put it away.
Third-round playoff information:
5A Division I: Southlake Carroll vs. winner of Euless Trinity vs. Mansfield Timberview, 4 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium
5A Division I: Allen vs. winner of The Woodlands vs. Round Rock, 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco
4A Division I: Highland Park vs. Mansfield Legacy, 12:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium
4A Division II: Mesquite Poteet vs. Whitehouse, 1 p.m. Friday at Allen