The Texas High Tigers wrangled in the Marshall Mavericks with a 28-0 victory on Friday night. This win makes the Tigers’ record 6-0 after a dominating performance against Hallsville last week. Texas High is now 3-0 in district play and looks to play their fourth district game next week versus Pine Tree.
Texas High Wrangles Mavericks, 28-0
The Tigers received the ball to start the game. They began by successfully running the ball down the field until a questionable trick play led to an interception by the Mavericks.
The Mavericks were also unsuccessful in their first offensive possession. Marshall went 3 and out and were forced to punt.
Texas High’s next possession was about as sloppy as it gets. The Tigers started at their own 33 yard line. The first play was a short run by Braylon Stewart. Afterwards, Brayson McHenry threw a pass into the ground that was intended for Rian Cellers. Then, the Tigers ran the same play again with a pass intended for Cellers. However, this time Cellers dropped the pass. Texas High went 3 and out and gave the ball back to Marshall.
Once again, the Maverick offense couldn’t jumpstart their offense. A potential missed defensive holding call on Texas High saved the Tigers on third down. Marshall went 3 and out and were forced to punt.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the punt was muffed and the Mavericks received the ball at the Texas High 31 yard line where they remained until the first quarter game clock ran out.
The first quarter brought with it a mere 61 yards of total offense; 42 yards for Texas High and 19 yards for Marshall.
The Mavericks began the second quarter where they left off in the first. Their offensive drive had a net gain of three yards. Marshall was forced to attempt a 45 yard field goal which was blocked by Texas High.
The Tigers seemed to gain momentum after the blocked field goal. They started their next drive at their own 28 yard line and ended it with a 7 yard touchdown run by Stewart. The PAT was successful by Oscar Hernandez, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Texas High kicked a pooch kick on the next kickoff. Marshall appeared to call for a fair catch, but forgot to actually catch the ball. The Mavericks’ no-catch on the kickoff was recovered by the Tigers at the Marshall 30 yard line.
Texas High had a short-lived drive on their next possession. McHenry threw a 30 yard touchdown pass to Cellers on the first play. This score increased the Tigers’ lead to 14-0.
Nothing seemed to change for the Maverick offense as they went 3 and out yet again. Their drive ended in a punt.
Texas High received the ball at their own 33 yard line. A few plays later, Stewart broke off a 57 yard touchdown run giving the Tigers a 21-0 lead with 4:38 left in the half.
Marshall appeared to have gotten their offense going with a deep pass that flipped the field. Even so, they failed to do anything with their temporary success and punted the ball away.
The Tigers received one more chance to score before the half. They received the ball at their own 10 yard line with a little over two minutes left in the second quarter. The clock ran out before the Tigers added more points to the scoreboard despite a pass downfield from McHenry to Clayton Smith.
Texas High notched 147 rushing yards and 118 passing yards for a total of 265 total yards in the first half. The Tigers had 10 first downs to the Mavericks’ 2 first downs. Also, McHenry went 7/12 for 118 yards and 1 touchdown.
Texas High received the ball coming out of the half. After only a few plays in Stewart busted out a 69 yard touchdown run for his third touchdown of the night. Stewart’s score put the Tigers ahead 28-0.
Both teams only had one more drive in the quarter. Both drives resulted in nothing more than a punt and a significant amount of time drained off of the clock.
Stewart’s score in the third quarter would turn out to be the last scoring play of the night. The fourth quarter was filled with conservative play by the Tigers and many failed offensive attempts by the Mavericks.
Although, one drive by Marshall led them all the way to the Texas High 11 yard line. Two pass interference calls on the Tigers led to the advancement of the ball for the Mavericks. One of the Tigers’ pass interference calls negated a pick-six by Caleb Arnold. Even with the advancement of the ball, the Mavericks failed to convert on a 4th and goal play.
Texas High received the ball and ran out the clock to secure the win. The final score was 28-0.