TYLER, Texas—John Tyler’s mastery over Texas High in the two teams’ long football history continued Friday night at Earl Campbell Field.
But it took most of four quarters before the Lions salvaged a 16-0 victory over the Tigers, who moved the ball at will between the 20’s but could never put it in the end zone.
The District 7-5A, Division I opener was a physical battle throughout, and in the end the defending champion Lions persevered for their first win in five starts this season. Texas High (3-2) had a 3-game winning streak snapped.
The Tiger defense shut down Tyler’s running game, but junior quarterback Cameron Ford connected on two big pass plays to set up a first-half field goal and fourth-quarter touchdown.
Cooper would have made Earl Campbell proud
Meanwhile, Texas High sophomore quarterback Brayson McHenry never got the passing game untracked, and the Tigers had to depend on the ground game. Senior tailback Tracy Cooper had 140 yards rushing, but needed 33 carries to do it.
McHenry threw only twice in the second half, completing both to Kobe Webster for 27 yards He finished 4-of-12 for 36 yards with two first-half interceptions.
Both JT touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, Ken’Yontae Pinkard beating a Tiger run blitz on a 14-yard burst with 9:10 remaining. That completed a 9-play, 75-yard drive.
The final TD came on a 14-play, 63-yard march with Jakryon Lacy getting the score on a 3-yard run after an interference call in the end zone kept the drive alive.
Texas High’s first two possessions ended in interceptions as the Lions pressured McHenry, forcing him to throw on the run. But the Tiger defense kept the Lions at bay, holding JT to 81 yards rushing in the first half.
But, as has been the case in earlier games, the defense was jolted by the big play setting up the half’s lone points.
Lions pull away late with two touchdowns
Facing 3rd and 7 at the JT 32, the slippery Ford hurled a bomb to wideout Frank Turner running open in the secondary. By the time the Tigers corralled him the ball was at the Tiger 15 following the 53-yard play, the longest by JT this season.
But a holding penalty moved the Lions back to the 25, and when a wide-open receiver dropped a pass in the end zone on third down, Victor Leon came on the split the uprights from 35 yards out with 2:40 left in the half.
It turned out there was not enough time for the Tigers to score, although McHenry’s best throw of the half ticked off the fingers of Kobe Webster in the end zone on fourth down.
Texas High hosts McKinney North next Friday for Homecoming, while John Tyler goes on the road for the first time this season against Wylie East.
Texas High 0 0 0 0 — 0
John Tyler 0 3 0 13 — 16 SECOND QUARTER
JT-Victor Leon 35 FG, 2:40 FOURTH QUARTER
JT-Ken’Yontae Pinkard 14 run (Leon kick), 9:10
JT-Jakryon Lacy 3 run (kick blocked), 0:36
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