THS falls on road

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Josh Richert Sports Ed­i­tor

MESQUITE, Texas—Af­ter Texas High played West Mesquite on even terms in the first half, it was all Wran­glers af­ter in­ter­mis­sion.

The home team turned a pair of sec­ond-half in­ter­cep­tions into two TDs and rat­tled off 28 unan­swered points af­ter half­time for a 49-21 win over the Tigers on Fri­day at Memo­rial Sta­dium.

It was the sea­son fi­nale for both teams.

Texas High fin­ishes at 3-7, 1-5, and West Mesquite ended at 4-5, 3-3.

Texas High run­ning back Chris Sut­ton eclipsed 100 yards rush­ing with 21 car­ries for 111 yards and a touch­down, and Coltin Clack and Chris Lyles each threw a TD pass for the Tigers, who fin­ished with 415 yards of to­tal of­fense.

Kobe Web­ster had seven catches for 126 yards and a touch­down for the Tigers, and Clack was 15-of-34 pass­ing for 248 yards with a TD and three in­ter­cep­tions.

The Wran­glers, who re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a score in the third quar­ter and added an­other touch­down fol­low­ing the sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion of a tipped pass, fin­ished with 549 yards of to­tal of­fense—400 on 38 rushes.

Ty Jor­dan had 20 car­ries for 168 yards and scored twice for West Mesquite, Neal John­son threw for 149 yards and three scores and added a pair of rush­ing TDs— one on his 99-yard romp late—and 11 totes with 207 yards. Re­ceiver Dy­lan Wright added seven grabs for 103 yards and two scores.

The Tigers scored with six sec­onds left be­fore half­time to go into the locker rooms dead­locked with West Mesquite, 21-all.

Texas High piled up 285 yards of to­tal of­fense in the open­ing half on 40 snaps. The Wran­glers had 276 yards on 27 plays, rush­ing 18 times for 191 yards.

West Mesquite got a steady dose on the open­ing drive of Sut­ton, who had car­ries on six of the first eight of­fen­sive plays, rac­ing 6 yards to pay­dirt for the score at 8:32.

On the Tigers’ sec­ond drive, a 35-yard field goal at­tempt into the light wind was short. It took six plays for the Wran­glers to get even on the score­board, Jor­dan dart­ing 7 yards to the end zone with 1:04 left in the first.

Ma­son Jones’ 25-yard re­turn on the en­su­ing kick­off gave THS the ball at the 28. It took seven plays for Texas High to get in the end zone, again, with Kobe Web­ster snag­ging a 27-yard strike from Clack for the TD on a play-ac­tion pass.

Jor­dan broke free on a 55-yard jaunt on the third play of the en­su­ing West Mesquite pos­ses­sion, Lyles chas­ing him down and forc­ing a fum­ble, which rolled out of bounds. John­son hit Wright on a slant route for the 9-yard TD on the next snap.

Jones brought the kick­off back 63 yards to give the Tigers the ball at the 33. How­ever, on the third play, Aaron Lowe picked off a pass at the Wran­gler 10 to thwart the scor­ing chance.

West Mesquite put to­gether an 11-play drive, chew­ing up 4:15 off the clock, with John­son toss­ing a screen pass to Jor­dan, who took it 37 yards to pay­dirt.

Texas High got the ball with 2:14 re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter, and on the eighth play, Clack threw a lat­eral across to Lyles in the right flat. Lyles threw the dou­ble-pass to a wide open Rian Cellers for the touch­down in the wan­ing sec­onds of the first half.

Photo by Kevin Sut­ton

■ Texas High wide re­ceiver Rian Cellers goes air­borne to pull in a pass un­der heavy de­fense by a West Mesquite player Fri­day in Mesquite, Texas.

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