LONGVIEW, Texas — Texas High was living on edge Thursday night at Pine Tree’s Pirate Stadium. Javari Johnson scored on a 16-yard run with 1:19 left as the Tigers survived 16-13 to win their third consecutive District Championship.
The Tigers got help from Marshall, which rallied in the second half to beat Whitehouse, 35-17.
Tigers pass their way past Pine Tree
Texas High (8-2, 5-1) scored early on trickery when Traderion Ball caught a backwards pass from quarterback David Potter. Ball then found T.J. Grey for six points.
Potter completed 10 of 18 passes for 166 yards. Grey caught three passes for 92 yards. Brandon Hall led the Tigers with six receptions for 101 yards. Johnson led Texas High’s ground game with 12 carries for 53 yards.
Pine Tree (2-8, 2-4) gave Tiger fans a scare when Jordan Taylor caught a touchdown pass with 46 seconds left in the game. There was a wild scramble for an onside kick afterwards, with the Tigers gaining possession.