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Week 6 HS football 3A-2A roundup: Princeton overcomes 18-point deficit; Madison tops Ferris
BONHAM — Princeton overcame an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Bonham, 33-25.
Princeton (7-0, 1-0) was led by Marquis Thomas, who rushed for 64 yards, including the deciding 39-yard touchdown with 3:04 left in the game. Princeton used a smothering defense in the second half and closed the game with three sacks in the final four plays.
Greg Moses led Bonham (1-6, 0-1) with 137 yards receiving on four catches.
Farmersville 46, Howe 29
HOWE — Chris Stanley threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns to lead Farmersville (3-4, 1-2) past Howe (2-4, 0-2) in District 6-2A play.
Stanley threw touchdown passes on successive plays in the first quarter to give Farmersville a 21-7 lead.
Farmersville built a 46-9 lead before Howe rallied for three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Howe led early, 7-0, on quarterback Ryan Haines’ 27-yard touchdown run on Howe’s first possession.
Commerce 28, Sunnyvale 10
SUNNYVALE — Commerce (4-2, 2-1 District 6-2A) forced four turnovers and blocked a punt in the first half to roll past Sunnyvale (5-2, 1-2) in a key early district contest.
Sunnyvale succumbed to a relentless pass rush and netted just 64 rushing yards in the contest — 23 in the first half.
Commerce quarterback Sam Wells passed effectively in the opening 24 minutes, with a pair of touchdown strikes before intermission to D’Lance Sharp and Kalyn Smith.
Sunnyvale quarterback Ryan Cottingame threw a pair of first-half interceptions and never got into the rhythm of the game. Sophomore running back Abdul Khalaf, who had rushed for 410 yards and four touchdowns entering the contest for Sunnyvale, was held to 64 yards for the game after gaining 39 yards on his first two carries.
Commerce’s do-it-all wideout-punter Buck Wilson made four catches in succession on the opening drive, averaged 40-plus yards on punts and had an interception.
Pilot Point 26, Ponder 7
PILOT POINT — Quarterback Travis Garrett ran for one score and passed for another, and teammate Tristan Jurecka ran for two more as Pilot Point powered past Ponder for a homecoming victory.
Pilot Point improved to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in District 5-2A play. Ponder slipped to 2-5, 0-3.
Jurecka ran 5 yards at the end of a 12-play, 65-yard drive with 4:18 left in the game to score the second half’s only points after Pilot Point took a 20-7 halftime lead.
Jurecka finished with 75 yards rushing on 15 carries. Garrett rushed 18 times for 98 yards and passed for an additional 120.
Ponder was led by quarterback Reid Sanders, who completed 18 of 34 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
Christian Worthington’s 61-yard kickoff return left Ponder needing to go only 22 yards for an early 7-6 lead, with the touchdown coming via a 5-yard Sanders pass to Austin Leveridge with 2:55 left in the first quarter.
Pilot Point bounced back to recapture the lead at 14-7 on its next possession, going 58 yards in six plays and scoring on a 2-yard Garrett sneak to open the second quarter. Garrett ran it in for the two-point conversion.
Garrett ran for 39 yards and passed for 32 more on a 14-play, 78-yard drive for a 20-7 Pilot Point lead with 1:36 left in the half. Pilot Point’s sophomore quarterback had a 22-yard run, passed to Creed Bright for 20 more and saw a 14-yard run by Jurecka en route to the 6-yard payoff pass to Steven Castorena.
The drive had to overcome three penalties for 25 yards but was helped by a pass interference call on Ponder on third-and-20.
Ponder went for it on fourth down the first time it had the ball, and the Pilot Point defense held to turn the ball over at the Ponder 45-yard line. Pilot Point’s offense converted a fourth-down try with a 17-yard run by Jarren Alexander. Jurecka capped the seven-play drive with a 2-yard run for a 6-0 lead with 5:01 left in the first quarter.
Sanders completed his first eight passes of the game and was 12-of-16 for 85 yards in the first half. Garrett had 53 yards rushing on 12 carries and hit 4-of-7 for 67 by halftime.
Madison 40, Ferris 7
Ferris didn’t have an answer for Madison running back Alex Gallegos, who rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, or for quarterback Randall Johnson, who threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Kennedale 48, Springtown 17
Anna 42, Nevada Community 13