Tigers fall to Po­teet, 46-28

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Josh Richert Sports Ed­i­tor

Texas High’s de­fense was able to thwart the top rush­ing at­tack it’s faced this sea­son.

How­ever, Mesquite Po­teet quar­ter­back Dal­ton Dale ex­tended plays by scram­bling and con­nected for three touch­downs to help the Pi­rates pick up their fifth con­sec­u­tive win, this one putting pres­sure on the Tigers’ play­off hopes with a 46-28 loss to Po­teet Fri­day at Tiger Sta­dium in Grim Park.

THS’ de­fense held four-star ju­nior re­cruit Seth Mc­Gowan to 130 yards—41 on the only play he got free on—15 car­ries and a pair of short touch­downs. Dale fin­ished 8-of-15 pass­ing for 202 yards and his three scores, two com­ing on busted plays.

“De­fen­sively, this was the best game we’ve played at stop­ping the run,” Tiger head coach Gerry Stan­ford said. “At some point, it had to come to­gether, and tonight it clicked for them a lit­tle bit against a great rush­ing at­tack. They’ve got mis­matches in the se­condary—all their re­ceivers are 6-4, 6-5— but the kids were bat­tling; they just got beat a cou­ple times.”

Coltin Clack threw for 171 yards and a TD on 14-of-25 pass­ing for Texas

High, and Chris Sut­ton and Col­lius Zach­ery com­bined for 137 rush­ing yards. Sut­ton had 12 rushes for 79 yards, and Zach­ery eight for 58 and a 9-yard sprint to the end zone with 11:28 left in the game. Tiger backup quar­ter­back Con­ner Allen also ran for a touch­down to cap a 9-play, 61-yard drive late, and Myles Wash­ing­ton fin­ished with five catches for 111 yards and a score.

Dale threw a 13-yard slant to Devon Mar­tin for a TD with 8:39 left in the third quar­ter, start­ing a string of three scores in 31 sec­onds of game clock, for a 39-7 lead.

The en­su­ing kick­off was muffed, and Ma­son Jones gained pos­ses­sion at the Tiger 1. The se­nior found a seam to the left side­line, where he got a car­a­van of block­ers, tak­ing the kick­off back for a crowd-pleas­ing 99-yard re­turn at 8:22.

The THS kick­off was fielded by Do­rian Mor­ris at the Po­teet 20, and he also raced to the left side­line, break­ing free and knif­ing his way for an 80-yard kick­off re­turn at 8:08. The next kick­off landed 9 yards deep and bounced out of the back of the end zone for a touch­back.

De­quar­rieon Col­lier had a fum­ble re­cov­ery for Texas High in the sec­ond half, and Au’Dar­rius White in­ter­cepted a pass.

“We talked about how we had great prac­tices all week, and we played well—our kids bat­tled all night,” Stan­ford said. “We’ve got our­selves in a spot, but the kids are play­ing for each other and did a great job of that (against Po­teet).”

The Pi­rates com­piled 278 yards of to­tal of­fense in the first half, with 189 com­ing through the air. Po­teet only had 118 yards of of­fense in the sec­ond half.

Dale con­nected with Tris­tan Go­lightly for a 38-yard TD late in the first quar­ter to make it 15-7 at the first break, and he hit Cam Lamp­kin on a 49-yard bomb with 1:19 left be­fore in­ter­mis­sion.

Go­lightly also had a 61-yard re­cep­tion to set up Mc­Gowan’s 1-yard plunge, his sec­ond TD of the half.

The Tigers stopped Po­teet on its first two pos­ses­sions, but muffed the punt af­ter the sec­ond drive and Ni­cholas Deville re­cov­ered for the Pi­rates at the THS 39.

Five plays later, Mc­Gowan darted in from the 4 to cap the short pos­ses­sion. Lamp­kin raced around the right end for a 2-point con­ver­sion.

Texas High re­sponded with a 6-play drive, Clack con­nect­ing with Wash­ing­ton for a 26-yarder and then for 32 yards for the TD with 2:51 left in the first quar­ter.

The Tigers crossed mid­field once more in the first half, us­ing an 11-play drive to get into Pi­rate ter­ri­tory be­fore turn­ing the ball over on downs.

Texas High had 147 yards of to­tal of­fense on 30 snaps.

Po­teet 15 17 14 0 — 46 Texas High 7 0 7 14 — 28

First Quar­ter

MP-Seth Mc­Gowan 4 run (Cam Lamp­kin run), 4:31. THS-Myles Wash­ing­ton 32 pass from Coltin Clack (Diego Mata kick), 2:51.

MP-Tris­tan Go­lightly 38 pass from Dal­ton Dale (Dy­lan Brown kick), 0:53.

Sec­ond Quar­ter

MP-Mc­Gowan 1 run (Brown kick), 9:59. MP-Brown 20 FG, 0:00.

Third Quar­ter

MP-Devon Mar­tin 13 pass from Dale (Brown kick), 8:39.

THS-Ma­son Jones 99 kick­off re­turn (Mata kick), 8:22. MP-Do­rian Mor­ris 80 kick­off re­turn (Brown kick), 8:08.

Fourth Quar­ter

THS-Col­lius Zach­ery 9 run (Mata kick), 11:28. THS-Con­ner Allen 3 run (Os­car Her­nan­dez kick), 1:13. Po­teet Texas High

First Downs 15 16

Yards Rush­ing 27-184 31-125

Yards Pass­ing 202 171

Passes A-C-I 23-8-1 27-16-0

Fum­bles-Lost 5-1 3-1

Penal­ties 8-75 8-50

Punts-Avg. 4-39.0 7-32.1 IN­DI­VID­UAL STA­TIS­TICS RUSH­ING—Mesquite Po­teet, Mc­Gowan 15-130, Jai­lyn Gra­ham 4-21, Dale 6-26, Austin 1-7, Moore 1-0. Texas High, Chris Sut­ton 12-79, Zach­ery 8-58, Allen 3-18, Clack 8-(mi­nus 30).

PASS­ING—Mesquite Po­teet, Dale 8-15-0-202, Sean So­yars 0-7-0-0, Lamp­kin 0-1-0-0. Texas High, Clack 14-25-0-162, Allen 2-2-0-9.

RE­CEIV­ING—Mesquite Po­teet, Go­lightly 2-99, Lamp­kin 3-86, Devon Mar­tin 2-17, Mc­Gowan 1-0. Texas High, Wash­ing­ton 5-111, Rian Cel­lars 3-15, Kobe Webster 4-23, Ma­son Jones 1013, Reg­gie Ste­wart 2-9, Sut­ton 1-0.

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