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5A-4A bi-district playoff roundup: Arlington Martin mauls Midland
ARLINGTON — Kyle Hicks rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns as Arlington Martin broke open a tie game with a 30-point fourth-quarter explosion to defeat Midland 37-7 in a Class 5A Division I Region I bi-district playoff game at Cowboys Stadium.
Martin advances to face the winner of Saturday’s game between San Angelo Central and El Paso Coronado.
Martin (10-1), which averaged 45.3 points per game in the regular season, trailed 7-0 at the half as the offense sputtered with just 145 yards and six first downs.
Hicks tied the game with a 17-yard touchdown run on 4th and 2 on Martin’s second possession of the third quarter. He broke the game open with a 62-yard scoring run after a failed fake punt attempt by Midland with 8:14 left in the game.
Midland was led by Jacoby Webster’s 109 yards on 28 carries. Connor Beck, who played the majority of the game for injured starter Tanner Culp, passed for 156 yards and scored on a 2-yard bootleg for a 7-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first quarter.
DeSoto 54, A&M Consolidated 10
DESOTO — DeSoto quarterback Raheem Wilson threw for 186 yards — almost all in the first half — and two touchdowns as DeSoto (10-1) cruised past A&M Consolidated (5-6) in the bi-district round, 54-10.
DeSoto got the scoring started early, as Wilson found receiver Rickey Daniels down the sideline with a 38-yard pass on the game’s opening play, setting up Devin Rushing’s 2-yard scoring run. After Consolidated fumbled on the ensuing possession, Wilson hit Dontre Wilson over the middle with a 35-yard scoring strike, putting the Eagles up 13-0 with less than two minutes gone.
The quick start proved to be a sign of things to come, as DeSoto racked up 333 yards in the first half en route to a 40-0 lead at the break.
With the win, the Eagles moved on to the area round of the playoffs next week, where they’ll play Dallas Skyline at Irving Schools Stadium.
Abilene 35, Arlington 30
ABILENE — The Abilene Eagles out-dueled the Arlington Colts in bi-district playoffs Friday night at Shotwell Stadium 35-30.
Arlington was unable to secure an onside kick that bounced off an Abilene player before squirting out of bounds ending the Colt’s shot at what would have been an impressive fourth-quarter comeback.
The Colts fell behind early after they committed the only turnover of the game in the first quarter when wide receiver Dontha Robinson fumbled the ball inside the Abilene 10-yard-line.
Both teams put up big numbers offensively, with most of them coming on the ground. Abilene’s duo of Paxton Grayer and Marcell Porter scored two touchdowns each and combined for 325 yards on the ground. Arlington’s Tavarreon Dickerson set the pace for the Colts with 176 yards on the ground and two scores. He added another score through the air.
The Eagles will face El Paso Montwood next weekend in the area finals.
Mesquite 35, Belton 23
CORSICANA – Mesquite defeated Belton 35-23 at Tiger Stadium.
Belton’s first drive ended with an interception by Mesquite, which took advantage of the turnover with a drive that ended with quarterback Alex Cooper throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kavaski Ervin. Belton answered with a field goal. On its next possession, Mesquite scored on 31-yard touchdown pass from Cooper to Dameon Gamblin.
On Belton’s first drive of the second half, Peter Shelburne threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Bates. Belton failed on the ensuing 2-point conversion.
Mesquite would then score three touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 52-yard interception return for a score by Anthony Canady.Mesquite’s Cooper finished with 306 passing yards and two touchdowns. Junior Sessions rushed for 42 yards on 10 attempts and scored two touchdowns. Ervin caught 13 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown
Mesquite will play Garland on Nov. 19.
Mansfield 55, Grapevine 27
MANSFIELD — Mansfield (10-1) took care of business, jumping out to a 34-13 lead in the first half en route to a 55-27 win over Grapevine (6-5) in a Class 5A Division II bi-district game at Vernon Newsom Stadium on Friday night.
Mansfield faces the winner of Denton Guyer and Hebron at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Guyer and Hebron play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.
Kenneth Burks put Mansfield on the board midway through the first quarter on a 10-yard run to complete a 10-play, 51-yard drive. Mansfield linebacker Chad Whitener intercepted a Brett Harbin pass and returned it to the Grapevine 20 on the ensuing possession. Six plays later, Bryan Shanklin hauled in a 3-yard pass from Jerod Evans to put Mansfield up 14-0.
Early in the second, Lance Evans hauled in a 40-yard pass from Jerod Evans to give Mansfield a 21-0 advantage. On Grapevine’s next possession, Mansfield’s Moufadhil Adebo intercepted Harbin and returned it 52 yards for the score. A missed extra point made it 27-0.
Adebo wreaked havoc on Grapevine all night. He finished with five sacks, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, including the one for a touchdown.
Mansfield finished with 388 yards of offense, including 202 rushing yards and 186 through the air. Shanklin led the way with 100 yards on five carries.
Arlington Bowie 42, Odessa Permian 7
SAN ANGELO — Kolby Listenbee accounted for 233 yards and gave Arlington Bowie a halftime cushion with an electrifying touchdown run, leading Arlington Bowie to a 42-7 win against Odessa Permian on Friday night in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff at San Angelo Stadium.
Listenbee, a TCU commitment, rushed for 100 yards on 10 carries and also completed 16-of-20 passes for 133 yards. With Bowie leading 14-0 during the final minute of the first half, he scrambled up the middle, darted around defenders and broke free for a 59-yard touchdown run.
Arlington Bowie (8-3), which will face El Paso Franklin (10-1) in the area playoffs, increased the lead to 35-0 within the first four minutes of the first half when Eric Rivers completed a halfback pass to Jordan Versey for a 54-yard score.
Abilene Cooper 27, Arlington Lamar 24
ARLINGTON — Sophomore receiver Lorenzo Joe caught a 22-yard touchdown pass as time expired to lift Abilene Cooper over Arlington Lamar in a Class 5A Division II Region I bi-district playoff game at Cowboys Stadium. Cooper (8-3) had led the entire game behind the arm of Clayton Nicholas, who passed for 245 yards and four touchdowns.
Lamar (6-5) took its first lead of the game when quarterback Connor Berry engineered a 9-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Kavonta Mayweather on 4th-and-2 with just 1:05 remaining. Mayweather finished with six catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Conrad 30, South Oak Cliff 23
LaDarius Valentine returned a blocked field-goal attempt 85 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:47 left in the game as Conrad stunned unbeaten South Oak Cliff in a Class 4A Division II bi-district playoff game Friday night at Kincaide Stadium.
South Oak Cliff (10-1) took a 16-0 lead after one quarter and led, 23-13, at halftime. But Deandre Jones caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Silas Jefferson to pull Conrad (6-5) into a 23-23 tie with 9:52 left in the game. The completion was the second of the night for Conrad.
Jefferson led Conrad’s running attack, rushing 37 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns.
Conrad will play Frisco Centennial in the second round.
Frisco Centennial 45, McKinney North 16
PLANO — Lamar Jordan threw for two scores and rushed for another, and Darion McMahon caught one of the scoring passes and added two rushing touchdowns as Frisco Centennial (11-0) overwhelmed McKinney North in 4A Division II.
The teams combined for three penalties before Centennial took its first offensive snap. Jordan fumbled on that first play, and North took over at Centennial’s 35. North turned the ball over on downs a yard short of a first down. Jordan made up for the fumble, racing 74 yards for the game’s first touchdown on the second play of the possession.
Denton Ryan 43, Amarillo Caprock 21
WICHITA FALLS — Denton Ryan (11-0) defeated Amarillo Caprock (8-3) in a 4A Division I bi-district game. Ryan scored 36 first-half points after Caprock scored first.
Ryan’s offense was led by quarterback Kevin Carpenter, who threw for only 81 yards but ran for 30 with a touchdown. Reynal Caldwell was the biggest contributor, with 87 yards and a touchdown rushing.
Woodrow Wilson 49, Molina 0
HUTCHINS — Shaquille Dottin rushed for 168 yards and scored three touchdowns as Woodrow Wilson (10-1) defeated Dallas Molina (6-5) in a 4A Division I bi-district clash at Wilmer-Hutchins Stadium. Woodrow faces Highland Park next week.
“It all starts with our defense and our offensive line,” Woodrow Wilson coach Bobby Estes said. “We came out and set the tone with both of those, and we are a good football team when we can do that. We had a balanced offense all night as well.”
Dottin started with a 53-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 less than two minutes into the game. He made it 14-0 on a 41-yard scoring jaunt with 6:11 left in the opening quarter.
Woodrow Wilson’s defense also scored twice en route to a 35-0 halftime lead, as Sterling Turner returned an interception for points and Sam Keeter returned a fumble for a score.
Mansfield Summit 46, Waco 31
WAXAHACHIE — Calvin Burns had 202 yards rushing, 101 yards receiving and six touchdowns as Mansfield Summit (10-1) pulled away from Waco High (7-4) in the second half of the teams’ 4A Division II bi-district matchup.
Waco’s Darrell Harris amassed 252 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries. The Summit defense held Waco to three points in the second half and forced two fumbles.
Summit faces Aledo next Friday night.
Pflugerville Hendrickson 34, West Mesquite 20
WACO — The rushing attack of Pflugerville Hendrickson (10-1) proved too strong for West Mesquite (5-6) in the teams’ 4A Division I contest, as Daje Johnson and Samaje Perine combined to rush for 363 yards and four scores.
All 20 of Mesquite’s points came after turnovers, and Hendrickson scored 21 points off turnovers.
Fort Worth Boswell 41, Fort Worth Southwest 38
WHITE SETTLEMENT — Jerrell Fisher hauled in his third touchdown pass of the game from Zach Files with 4:22 left as Boswell (7-4) rallied to defeat Fort Worth Southwest (9-2) in a 4A Division I playoff.
Boswell finished with 448 yards as Fisher hauled in eight passes for 121 yards and three scores. His other two scoring receptions were from 12 and 17 yards. Running back Jonathon Epps added 132 yards on 22 carries and Files completed 19 of 35 passes for 262 yards and five scores.
.Southwest missed five of six extra-point attempts. Boswell meets Waco Midway next.
Corsicana 53, Manor 36
WACO — Cameron Washington rushed for 307 yards and five touchdowns to carry Corsicana (10-1) past Manor (5-6) in 4A Division II. He had three touchdowns of 50-plus yards. Devontay Bell added two touchdowns and 138 yards for Corsicana.
Canyon Randall 35, Little Elm 21
ABILENE — Canyon Randall (10-1) all but sealed its 4A Division II victory over Little Elm (6-5) with an interception, and Kaleb Barber scored a clinching 33-yard touchdown moments later.
Stephenville 49, Everman 23
WEATHERFORD — Stephenville (9-2) took advantage of three turnovers by Everman (6-4) in the third quarter to roll to a 4A Division II bi-district playoff at Kangaroo Stadium. Stephenville, which held a tenuous 15-12 halftime lead, put up 28 points in the third quarter.