Tigers notch win over Lib­erty-Ey­lau

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Josh Richert Sports Editor

Texas High's first-year head coach Gerry Stan­ford has preached im­prove­ment ev­ery day and ev­ery week, and that showed Fri­day against Lib­er­tyEy­lau as the Tigers notched their ini­tial win of the sea­son.

Texas High had 403 yards of to­tal of­fense, rush­ing for 198 and 205 through the air, and the THS de­fense halted the Leop­ard run­ning at­tack dur­ing the Tigers' 37-23 vic­tory at Tiger Sta­dium in Grim Park.

Both teams en­tered 0-2 on the sea­son, and the Tigers were av­er­ag­ing just 3.5 points per game in losses to Bishop Lynch and Arkansas High.

“The kids' men­tal char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship has been phe­nom­e­nal,” Stan­ford said. “We made a few ad­just­ments; Lib­erty-Ey­lau showed us some things de­fen­sively, that we hadn't seen them do.

“We made some ad­just­ments to our game plan, but ul­ti­mately it was just our kids. They got out there and played their tails off, played hard ev­ery snap, and we im­proved in so many ways tonight.”

Ju­nior quar­ter­back Coltin Clack paced the Texas High of­fense with 109 yards rush­ing and con­nect­ing on 17 of 23 passes for 205 yards, four touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions. Clack also ran 5 yards for a touch­down af­ter Elias Thur­man's 46-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn.

Thur­man fin­ished with two picks, and the Tigers had three take­aways.

Deco­rian Phillips ran for 58 yards and a score for the Leop­ards and com­pleted 23 of 36 passes for 277 yards and a 63-yard score to Mahleik Darty.

“We'll look at what we didn't do well and work to im­prove in those ar­eas,” Leop­ard coach Steve Wells said. “We'll come back Mon­day and get to work, put this one be­hind us and get ready for At­lanta, an­other tough op­po­nent.

“We have to play ev­ery play to the best of our abil­ity, and hope­fully we'll re­bound next week.”

Te­vailance Hunt had two touch­down re­cep­tions—orig­i­nally it was re­ported that Jaqualen Brown had a TD catch

for Texas High.

Hunt fin­ished with 91 yards on seven grabs. Brown caught three for 60 yards, and Chris Lyles (11 yards) and Von­deric Stan­ley (30) yards also had scor­ing catches.

Darty had six catches for 106 yards and his TD for the Leop­ards, and El-Amin Greer had seven grabs for 90 yards, Cedric Dick­er­son added a 1-yard TD run late in the third quar­ter to cut the deficit to 30-23.

The Tigers had 66 of­fen­sive snaps, and Lib­erty-Ey­lau 63. The Leop­ards fin­ished with 363 yards of to­tal of­fense but lost a fum­ble go­ing in in­side the 3 to go along with Thur­man's two in­ter­cep­tions.

Texas High have their fi­nal District 16-5A tuneup at Kil­gore next week, and Lib­erty-Ey­lau trav­els to At­lanta to wrap up a 3-game road trip.

Staff photo by Evan Lewis

n Lib­erty-Ey­lau de­fen­sive end Ger­ald Web­ster snatches Texas High run­ning back Chris Sut­ton to make the stop dur­ing Fri­day night's game at Tiger Sta­dium. THS got the first win of the sea­son beat­ing the Leop­ards, 37-23.

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