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Thursday's bidistrict football playoff roundup: DeMarcus Ayers runs wild as Lancaster crushes Jacksonville; Birdville holds off furious Azle rally
FORNEY — DeMarcus Ayers had 285 total yards and two touchdowns as Lancaster routed Jacksonville 34-2 Thursday in a Class 4A Division II Region II bi-district playoff at City Bank Stadium.
Ayers, who has committed to Washington State, opened the scoring with a 48-yard pass to Nick Harvey and closed the game with a 15-yard pass to Nick Alexander.
In between, Ayers had 155 yards rushing, 111 passing, and 19 yards on a pair of receptions from Harvey. Harvey had 163 total yards and scored in all three phases of offense with a 17-yard scoring pass to Alexander and a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Lamar quarterback Charlie Baird passed for four touchdowns, wide receiver Kavonta Mayweather scored two touchdowns and Ryan Jacobs kicked three field goals as Arlington Lamar (9-2) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Justin Northwest (5-6) 37-30 in a 5A Division II bi-district playoff game at Cowboys Stadium. Cameron Smith also rushed for 100 yards on 26 carries for Lamar. Dakota Chavis scored two touchdowns to lead Northwest. Lamar advances to face the winner of Saturday's bi-district contest between Abilene and EP Montwood.
Both teams scored on their opening possession. Northwest took the opening kickoff, and drove 61 yards in 7 plays. Dakota Chavis finished off the drive with a 1-yard run. Lamar countered with a 13-play, 62-yard drive finished by an 8 yard pass from Charlie Baird to Andrew Johnston.
Senior linebacker David Pate intercepted a Draze Lawless pass on Northwest's next possession. Set up on the Northwest 36 yard line, Lamar needed just 6 plays to score the go ahead touchdown. Charlie Baird connected with Kavonta Mayweather from 13 yards out to give Lamar a 14-7 lead.
Northwest tied the game when Dylan Stubbe gained 46 yards on a pass from Draize Lawliss, and then scored on a 1-yard run from the wildcat formation. Lamar regained the lead on a 30-yard field goal by Ryan Jacobs. The drive leading up to the field goal was kept alive when a Andra Lemon-Hicks caught a 16-yard pass from Andrew Johnston on a fake punt.
Dakota scored on a 47-yard run midway through the second quarter to stake Northwest to a 21-17 lead. With Lamar driving for another score, Derrick Benson intercepted a tipped Charlie Baird pass, and returned it 65 yards to the Lamar 21. From there, Northwest scored a controversial touchdown. Dylan Stubbe grabbed a 16-yard pass from Draze Lawless near the goal line. Stadium replays seemed to indicate that he lost possession before crossing the line. The officials ruled a touchdown despite the protestations from the Lamar sideline. The ensuing extra point attempt was blocked, and Northwest led 27-17 with just 13 seconds left in the half.
Following the kickoff, Lamar started on their own 35 yard line. A perfectly executed hook-and-lateral from quarterback Charlie Baird to wide receiver Andrew Johnston to wide receiver DaQuan Thomas resulted in what appeared to be a 65-yard scoring play to end the half. Lamar was flagged for an illegal formation on the play, however, nullifying the score.
Lamar opened the second half with an 8-play, 70-yard drive. Kavonta Mayweather scored his second touchdown of the game with a leaping grab of a 22-yard Charlie Baird pass in the corner of the end zone. The Lamar defense then stopped Northwest and forced the game's first punt. Taking over at their own 43 yard line, Lamar drove to the Northwest 3 yard line. The Northwest defense stiffened, forcing Lamar to settle for a Ryan Jacobs 20-yard field goal on the first play of the 4th quarter that tied the score at 27-27.
Once again, the Lamar defense forced a Northwest punt. From their own 42 yard line, Lamar drove 58 yards to score the go ahead touchdown with 8:54 remaining. Charlie Baird threw his fourth touchdown pass, this one good for 22 yards to DaQuan Thomas. Ryan Jacobs added the extra point to give Lamar a 34-27 lead. For the third consecutive possession, Northwest was forced to punt. Lamar then held the ball for 5:25 before Ryan Jacobs third field goal of the game, this one from 43 yards gave Lamar a 10-point cushion.
Northwest did manage to get a 36-yard field goal from Cayden Ihrig with 0:20 left to play. Their ensuing onside kick attempt failed to travel the necessary 10 yards before in was touched y the kicking team. Lamar took a knee on their next play, and the game was over.
Prentavious Moorehead caught five passes for 131 yards, including two touchdowns, to lead Kimball (9-2) to a win over Bryan Adams (6-5) in a 4A Division I Region II bi-district game at Wilmer-Hutchins Stadium.
Moorehead’s first touchdown came on a 26-yard strike on fourth down late in the second quarter. The second came on a 41-yard pass on a third-and-32.
Next week, Kimball will play the winner of the game between Frisco Centennial and West Mesquite.
Kimball’s defense stiffened on several occasions. Late in the first quarter, Ja’Rodrick Smith stopped an 11-play Bryan Adams drive when he recovered a fumble inside the 20. Late in the first half, Bryan Adam’s Nikolas Tijerina recovered a fumble on a punt return inside Kimball territory, but Kimball’s defense once again thwarted a scoring opportunity by forcing Bryan Adams to turn the ball over on downs after only yielding 10 yards on the possession.
Kimball iced the game in the third quarter scoring three touchdowns. Teriyon Gipson scored two of his three scores in the frame and now has 22 TDs on the year.
RICHARDSON — Chris Smith passed for 237 yards and five touchdowns to lead Melissa over Wilmer-Hutchins in a Class 3A Division II Region II bi-district playoff game at Wildcat-Ram Stadium.
Melissa (9-2), the District 12-3A champion, advances to a Region II Area playoff matchup next weekend against the winner of Friday night’s Argyle-Bridgeport game.
Smith also rushed for 75 yards and two more touchdowns on just eight carries for Melissa, which overcame a nine-point second-quarter deficit. Marcus Ellis added 94 yards rushing on 16 carries.
LaDrayleon Battie led Wilmer-Hutchins (5-5) by completing 14 of 26 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns. Keshawn Henderson had eight catches for 179 yards and four touchdowns.
Wilmer-Hutchins seemed to be in control after Battie hooked up with Henderson for their third touchdown pass, this one for 37 yards, to put them ahead 21-12 with 7:33 left in the second quarter.
But Melissa battled back, scoring 35 consecutive points. Smith scored on a 20-yard run with 4:18 remaining in the second, and connected with Cameron Hunter on a 38-yard TD pass with 49 seconds on the clock to give Melissa a 26-21 edge heading into halftime.
Wilmer-Hutchins wasn’t even supposed to be here. After Roosevelt was discovered to have used an ineligible player, Wilmer-Hutchins’ 27-26 loss to Roosevelt on Oct. 19, a game they led 26-14 in the fourth quarter, was overturned, allowing them to squeeze into District 11-3A’s last playoff spot.
LITTLE ELM — Randall Johnson threw for two touchdowns, and Derrick Smith also found the end zone twice for Madison (5-5) in a win over Bonham (3-8) in a Class 3A Division II bi-district game at Little Elm Athletic Complex.
Johnson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jamon Brewer in the opening quarter and a 50-yard strike to Smith in the second. Smith, who finished with five catches for 78 yards, also returned a kickoff 69 yards for another score late in the third quarter.
But the story of this game might have been the Madison defense, which sacked Bonham junior quarterback Tra Smith seven times and held Bonham to 3-of-11 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth down. Madison also got a late defensive touchdown when junior defensive end D’Marcus West intercepted a pass from Smith and returned it 22 yards for the final score.
Smith ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns while going 13-of-22 passing for 130 yards and one interception in a losing effort. Madison junior running back Trey Gardener rushed for 122 yards on 18 carries. Madison will face Celina next week.
DENTON — Deshawn Davis rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns and the Celina defense pitched a shutout in the second half en route to a win over Krum in a Class 3A Division II bi-district playoff game at Denton’s C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.
Celina (9-2) advances to face Madison next Friday night.
Both Davis touchdowns came in the second half when Celina (9-2) took advantage of four turnovers to break open what had been a back-and-forth offensive struggle.
Quarterback Nathan Elliott added 101 yards rushing and Willie Sims had 69 and three scores as Celina rolled up 443 yards on the ground, most of it by consistently beating the Krum defense on the edges.
Elliott’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Cash Conder with 27 seconds left in the second quarter gave Celina a 31-27 lead in a wild first half that saw the two teams combine for more than 500 yards in offense and nearly 200 yards in penalties.
It took Celina four plays — including a 22-yard run by Davis — and 51 seconds to drive 59 yards for the lead after Krum (9-2) went ahead 27-24 on Jake Fleckenstein’s 33-yard touchdown run.
The lead changed hands four times in the second quarter as each team scored three touchdowns.
SAGINAW — Xavier Turner rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns as Birdville survived a frantic fourth quarter comeback from Azle to hold on for a victory in a Class 4A Region I Division I bi-district playoff game at Ranger Stadium.
Azle defensive back Aaron Brazell was taken away by an ambulance with an apparent upper body injury. Trainers took every precaution necessary as they mobilized his head and carefully strapped him to a stretcher.
Azle (7-4) took an early 7-0 lead when Corbyn Koiner delivered a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nolan Harris, who finished the night with 13 catches for 224 yards. Birdville stormed back to score 24 consecutive points as Azle fumbled away back-to-back kickoffs which led to a pair of touchdowns.
Birdville (11-0), the No. 5 ranked team in SportsDay’s Class 4A appeared to have put the game away late in the third quarter when Turner rushed for his second touchdown to give Birdville a 41-24 lead but Koiner helped Azle stage a fourth quarter rally by throwing a pair of touchdowns and rushing for another as Azle cut Birdville’s lead to 48-45 late in the game.
Birdville recovered an onside kick then Turner delivered a punishing blow when he reeled off a 41-yard touchdown to put the game away for good.
ROYSE CITY — CJ Bryant led Princeton (10-1) to a victory over Ferris in Class 3A Division I bi-district game at Royse City ISD Stadium.
Bryant rushed for 127 yards on 14 carries and had one touchdown. Trey Jackson’s 3-yard run with 8:56 left in the fourth quarter was the game-winner. Jourdan Blake had 136 combined yards with one passing touchdown.
Javaughn Thurman had 219 combined yards and all three touchdowns for Ferris (5-5). His 3-yard touchdown run tied the score at 21-21.
Princeton ended the game with more than 350 yards of offense, despite five fumbles. It will play the winner of Gainesville and Frisco Lone Star in the area round next week.
JUSTIN — Marshall Dominy passed for 61 yards and a score and accounted for 103 yards as Lake Dallas shut out Fort Worth Boswell in a Class 4A Division II Region I bi-district game at Northwest ISD Stadium.
Both defenses dominated throughout. Lake Dallas (7-4) began two drives in Boswell territory in the second quarter and took control of the game.
Boswell (8-3) appeared to be on its way to scoring first when it drove to the Lake Dallas 2. Antoine Stevenson fumbled on first-and-goal, and Lake Dallas linebacker Jacob Jones recovered. The turnover ended a nine-play drive by Boswell.