Texas High remains undefeated in their district opener against the Mount Pleasant Tigers. The final score was 42-24. This win by Texas High comes after a bye week which followed a significant victory versus the Forney Jackrabbits. Texas High looks to play the Hallsville Bobcats at Grim Stadium for next week’s matchup.
Texas High Remains Undefeated in District Opener
Mount Pleasant got the ball to start the game. They started with great field position after a run back on the kickoff to the Texas High 46 yard line. Texas High almost had an interception, but a questionable pass interference call kept the ball in Mount Pleasant’s possession. Their first drive ended in a field goal to make the score 0-3.
Texas High’s first possession did not go in their favor as a dropped pass resulted in an interception by Mount Pleasant. The interception was returned to Texas High’s 35 yard line.
Texas High played strong on defense despite their previous mistake. A strong defensive showing highlighted with a sack from senior Jaylen Green led to a punt for Mount Pleasant.
Texas High’s next possession ended in a phenomenal 46 yard touchdown run by junior Braylon Stewart, making the score 7-3 after a successful PAT by senior Oscar Hernandez. However, Mount Pleasant struck back quickly with a kickoff return for a touchdown. The score was 7-10 with Mount Pleasant in the lead at the end of the first quarter.
Texas High received the ball after their special teams mishap only to score another rushing touchdown with Stewart. Stewart’s second rushing touchdown of the night made the score 14-10 with Texas High ahead.
The very first play of Mount Pleasant’s next possession resulted in an interception by junior Darin Finley after senior Clayton Smith pressured the quarterback.
Finley’s interception gave Texas High the ball deep in Mount Pleasant territory. Mount Pleasant folded under pressure as junior Brayson McHenry threw an 18 yard touchdown pass to senior Caden Miller to make the Tigers’ lead 21-10.
Mount Pleasant continued to fight as they marched down the field with ease on their next drive. This resulted in a 24 yard touchdown pass for Mount Pleasant. The score was then 21-17 with 5:23 left in the half.
Texas High marched back on the field and Stewart was ready to roll. Stewart ran a 64 yard run from Texas High’s 33 yard line to Mount Pleasant’s 3 yard line on yet another fantastic play. But Stewart didn’t stop there as they gave him the ball again, this time for a 3 yard rushing touchdown. Stewart ended the first half with 113 yards on six carries and three touchdowns.
Texas High got the ball to start the second half. However, their drive was very time consuming and took up about half of the third quarter. Even so, they capitalized with a 3 yard touchdown run by senior Vontrey Anderson to further the Tiger lead to 35-17 with 6:21 left in the quarter.
Mount Pleasant looked strong early in their next drive, but failed to convert on fourth down later on. This resulted in a turnover on downs which gave Texas High possession once more.
The fourth quarter started off with very little action until Texas High junior Derrick Brown forced and recovered a fumble on Mount Pleasant’s side of the field. Texas High’s following offensive drive was an ugly one riddled with penalties. Ultimately, Texas High was forced to punt despite Brown’s noteworthy defensive play.
Mount Pleasant started their next drive from their own 14 yard line. Early into their drive, Texas High senior Deshun White got himself an interception and returned it for a touchdown. This pick-six made the score 42-17 with 5:00 left in the game.
Mount Pleasant was forced to punt on their next possession. Texas High ended their next next drive the same way.
Mount Pleasant got the ball at Texas High’s 28 yard line for their final possession of the game. Mount Pleasant tossed one up to the endzone and succeeded, making the score 42-24 with 14 seconds left in the game. Unfortunately for them, it was far too late to make a comeback.