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Week 2 HS football 5A roundup: Allen, Coppell, Jesuit roll; Lake Highlands wins on last-second FG
ALLEN — Allen senior quarterback Oliver Pierce ran up the middle for 19 yards, then again for 23 yards. A play later, he threw his first of two touchdown passes. By the end of the game, he ran routes as a receiver and slipped away from tacklers as a punt returner. Simply put, Pierce added running back, receiver and punt returner to his position description during Allen’s 45-10 victory over Richardson on Homecoming.
Though both teams claim winged-status with Eagles as their mascots, only Allen and Pierce managed to fly. Pierce — who will wrestle at Oklahoma next year — ended the night with 113 yards and two scores on nine carries as well as 18 more yards through the air on three completions, the first two for touchdowns as well.
“He didn’t rush the passer tonight,” Allen head coach Tom Westerberg said. “Last Friday he had a sack, so he does a little bit of everything … We’re going to use him as much as we can.”
Pierce directed Allen’s first two drives into the end zone, needing only four plays and zero huddles on each drive, with each concluding on short touchdown passes from the 5-foot-9 do-everything. Contrarily, Richardson’s first three drives ended in three-and-outs.
“We wanted to kind of set the tone early,” Westerberg said. “But we kind of let up in the middle of the second quarter.”
Allen junior cornerback Mayomi Olootu provided a bit of defensive scoring to complement Pierce’s offensive display. Richardson quarterback Tristian Cockrell was hit as he threw a ball downfield, and Olootu intercepted it. Fifty yards and a few broken tackles later, and Olootu had raised Allen’s lead to 31-10.
“We’re just pretty physical up front and do a great job with our front seven on defense,” Westerberg said. “Our secondary was able to be in man coverage and blitz a little bit. That’s what gets the job done.”
Richardson’s first touchdown came on a far more obscure play, as running back Cameron Booty took the first snap of the second half 28 yards, only to be stripped at the goal line. Just before the ball rolled out of bounds in the end zone — a touchback — Troy Davis dove on the ball for a touchdown. Cockrell dove into the end zone from one yard out in the fourth quarter to finish the night’s scoring.
If both Cockrell and Pierce were on the sideline, Allen sophomore Kyler Murray was directing the blue-clad Eagles offense. He finished the night with 77 rushing yards of his own, on only five carries, as well as a touchdown on two completions for 53 yards.
ROCKWALL — Quarterback Colby Mahon threw three touchdown passes and the Coppell defense was again dominant.
Coppell led 14-0 after the first quarter behind a pair of 42-yard scoring plays. Cameron Smith snagged a reception on an out pattern and shedded the tackler at the 30-yard line for the first points, and junior running back Gavin McDaniel went untouched up the middle one possession later.
Smith struck again on Coppell’s third possession, tight-roping the sidelines on a perfectly thrown fade route from Mahon. It was the fifth touchdown of the season for Smith, who is averaging more than 43 yards per score. He finished with 67 yards on four receptions. Mahon completed nine of 14 passes for 153 yards.
Hou. Strake Jesuit
HOUSTON — Jesuit (3-0) scored on six of its first seven possessions in dominating longtime rival Houston Strake Jesuit (0-3).
Jack Brezette threw for five first-quarter touchdowns. Jake Oliver was the recipient of three of Brezette’s tosses, and John Berend caught the other two strikes. Oliver finished the night with seven catches for 123 yards.
Jesuit took the opening kickoff and drove 62 yards in six plays, culminating in a 1-yard TD pass to Berand. Jesuit’s defense stopped Strake, and Jesuit’s Orion Salters returned the ensuing punt 53 yards down to the Strake 7-yard line. Oliver scored on the next play.
GARLAND — Mitchell Henton made a 44-yard field goal with 2 seconds left as Lake Highlands (2-1) defeated Rowlett (1-2) at Homer B Johnson Stadium.
Rowlett scored with 1:48 left on a Jalen Rhodes 3-yard run to put the Eagles ahead.
Trent Jones led Lake Highlands on the game-winning drive. Jones finished with 119 passing yards, and Elbert Landry had 67 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Lake Highlands.
PLANO — Sotonya Jamabo and Auston Anderson rushed for a combined 244 yards and three scores to lead Plano West (2-1) to a nondistrict win over South Garland (1-2) at Clark Stadium.
West quarterback Travis Korry started the scoring halfway through the first quarter on a 3-yard plunge. Branden Moore countered for South Garland with a 30-yard pass from Isaiah Harris five minutes later to tie the game.
Anderson bolted 76 yards on West’s next scrimmage play to West the lead again. He scored again four minutes into the third quarter, and Jamabo finished the scoring for West with two minutes left in the third, giving West an insurmountable 31-7 lead.
GARLAND — Bryan Driskell ran for 221 yards and a touchdown and also had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to lead McKinney Boyd (1-2) past Garland (0-3) at Williams Stadium.
Garland’s Carvontez Gates completed 15 of 26 passes for 225 yards and two passing touchdowns, but he and the Garland offense hurt themselves with turnovers. Garland fumbled six times and lost three.
Garland running back E’Lon Green ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
MESQUITE — Lakeview Centennial took its first and only lead of the night with two minutes to play, and it proved to be the only lead it would need as the Patriots topped North Mesquite at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
Nursing a 24-21 lead, the Stallions (1-2) pinned the Patriots at their own 9 with just 3:41 left in regulation. Lakeview (3-0) was able to cover 91 yards in only six plays, with Demarcus Hall running in from 6 yards to put the Patriots ahead for good.
North Mesquite had two minutes to drive down for a potential winning score, but Cody Williams had his pass tipped and then intercepted by Lakeview’s Michael Allen at the Stallion 9 to seal the deal.
Gar. N. Forest
MESQUITE — Quarterback Alex Cooper was nearly perfect in the first half to help stake Mesquite (3-0) to an early lead against Garland Naaman Forest (0-3).
Cooper finished with 304 passing yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-32 passing. He still hasn’t thrown an interception this season.
Mesquite receiver Rashard Higgins averaged more than 19 yards per catch, including beating single coverage on a deep 45-yard pass from Cooper to set up a second-quarter touchdown. Jordan Bracy added 82 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
Hurst L.D. Bell
KELLER — Hurst L.D. Bell (3-0) struggled offensively through three quarters but found another gear in the final period, scoring 17 points to rally past Keller (0-3) at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
Dalton Mills’ 8-yard touchdown run gave Keller an early lead. Keller maintained the 7-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. L.D. Bell got on the scoreboard with 10:12 left to play after Colson Romano threw a 7-yard touchdown to Daniel Dorsett.
On L.D. Bell’s next series, Bryan James ran untouched up the middle on a draw play for a 25-yard touchdown. Nate Kelley later connected on a 41-yard field goal to put Bell ahead 17-7 with 3:49 left in the game.
FORT WORTH — Richland racked up more than 300 yards, led by running back Ken’Travious Richardson’s 96 yards, but needed a stop late in the game to prevail over Rockwall-Heath at The Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.
Quarterback Chase Schultz gave Rockwall-Heath a 7-0 lead with just under a minute gone, thanks to a 17-yard run. The bad news came after the score when Schultz was unable to return because of a concussion.
The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle, as only one score was allowed, Jeremy Adams scampered 39 yards with just two minutes gone in the quarter for the final touchdown.
JUSTIN — Midlothian held Justin Northwest to 64 yards rushing en route to an easy at Northwest ISD Stadium.
Midlothian (3-0) drew first blood on a 48-yard touchdown run from Justin Seeton to make it 7-0 late in the first quarter.
Second-half touchdowns from Brendan Cornell and Patrick Hernandez helped seal the victory for the Panthers, who did not have a single turnover in the game.