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Thursday football roundup: Garland Naaman Forest rushes past Rockwall; Keller escapes Prosper in final seconds
ROCKWALL — Rockwall’s Chris Warren and Naaman Forest’s Michael Nelson each had 300-yard rushing games Thursday night as Garland Naaman Forest defeated Rockwall, 52-42, at Wilkernson-Sanders Stadium in the opener for both teams.
Nelson rushed for 304 yards on 37 carries and five touchdowns. His last touchdown with two minutes remaining to play helped seal the win.
Warren was just as strong for Rockwall (0-1), piling up 353 yards on 32 carries and four touchdowns. He had a pair of 75-yard scoring runs, including one that put Rockwall up 35-34 late in the third quarter.
However, Naaman Forest answered with a 2-yard score from Nelson and a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to grab a 45-35 edge and never trailed again.
McKinney North 34, Carr. N. Smith 17
MCKINNEY — Junior running back Ronald Jones gained 209 yards on 23 carries and scored three times in the second half, leading McKinney North over Carrollton Newman Smith.
North held a 10-3 lead at the half, on JoMarr Davis’ 32-yard interception return in the second quarter.
Keelan Stone caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Garrett Brown early in the third quarter as Newman Smith tied the score.
Five minutes later, the kicking game turned the tide for North. Newman Smith attempted a punt from its own 26. The snap eluded the punter, and the ball was downed on the 1. Jones carried the ball in on the next play for a 17-10 North lead.
With North facing fourth-and-3 at midfield on its next possession, Jones carried for 12 yards on a fake punt. Raul DelaRosa kicked a field goal early in the fourth to extend North’s lead.
Jones scored on a 42-yard run with 7:17 remaining for a 27-10 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Tyler Files recovered a pooch kick at the Newman Smith 28. Jones scored his final touchdown 90 seconds later to secure the win.
Keller 24, Prosper 23
KELLER — Prosper’s 35-yard extra point sailed wide left with 15 seconds left as Keller hung on to win.
The kick was backed up because of a celebration penalty after a 1-yard touchdown pass from Chase Dawkins to Chris Jackson. Dawkins finished 23-of-30 for 274 yards and two scores as he led his team back from a 17-0 deficit.
Prosper ran 80 plays to Keller’s 51 outgained the home team 503 yards to 317. Keller was led by Dalton Mills, who gained 190 yards on 25 carries and two scores. He scored the winning touchdown with a 7-yard run with 5:16 left to play.
Irving Nimitz 36, North Garland 6
GARLAND — Sophomore running back Jordan Henry scored on touchdown runs of 6, 21, 43 and 38 yards to lead Irving Nimitz over North Garland at Williams Stadium.
Henry totaled 196 yards on 24 carries. Junior quarterback Jimmy Clark completed 16 of 23 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown for Nimitz.
Pinkston 34, FW Car.-Riverside 13
Pinkston dominated both sides of the ball in a victory over Fort Worth Carter-Riverside at Sprague Stadium.
Quarterback Deion Higgins rushed and passed for two touchdowns apiece, and running back Jamall Davis added 92 yards on the ground.
Hillcrest 20, Molina 0
Arico Evans passed for 90 yards and two scores and rushed for 56 more as Hillcrest shut out Molina at Franklin Field.
Hillcrest held Molina to 33 total yards and four first downs.
The teams committed six turnovers and 20 penalties totaling 170 yards.
Carr. Ranchview 20, Glen Rose 14
CARROLLTON — Dominique Carter’s interception, with 1:11 remaining helped seal the victory for Carrollton Ranchview over Glen Rose at Standridge Stadium.
Carter finished with 60 yards and one touchdown rushing, and his 50-yard touchdown on a screen pass late in the first half proved to the game winner.
Keller F. Ridge 45, Grapevine 7
GRAPEVINE — Keller Fossil Ridge capitalized on four first-half turnovers to cruise past Grapevine at Mustang-Panther Stadium.
Linebacker Lee Sudduth recovered two fumbles in the first quarter, resulting in a pair of touchdowns to give Fossil Ridge a quick 14-0 advantage.
The Fossil Ridge offense rolled up 475 total yards of offense, including 310 yards passing.
Senior wide receiver Ryan Parker, who had not played football since his freshman year and has been a point guard for the basketball team the last two years, had three receptions for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also threw a 30-yard pass that set up another score.
Celina 33, Melissa 29
ALLEN — Celina survived three fumbles to win a game in which 37 points were scored off seven turnovers.
After Melissa took a 29-26 fourth quarter lead on a 95-yard touchdown drive, Celina quarterback Nathan Elliott threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Cash Conder for the winning score with 41 seconds remaining. Melissa was unable to regain the lead after getting the ball to the Celina 14-yard line with two seconds remaining.
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