Byron Nelson 45, Keller 17
It’s been a while since Byron Nelson took on a challenge this year, and against Keller — ranked No. 5 in the Fort Worth-area standings — the Bobcats came through with flying colors in a 45-17 run.
Aaron Darden racked up 212 total yards with three quick scores to help guide the region’s No. 4-ranked 6A Bobcats to victory.
Darden started the scoring with a 12-yard first-quarter run in a low-scoring first half. Byron (7-0, 4-0 in the 4-6A district) trailed just 17-3 at the break due to three turnovers.
The second half is where the offense came to life as Jake Wilson, who completed 21 of 26 passes for 365 yards, threw for two touchdowns as the Bobcats scored on four of his five possessions in the second. halftime and edged Keller (5-2, 2-2) 28-14.
Jayden Hart scored both of the Indians’ touchdowns on the night and had 16 carries for 77 yards. Amarion Henry had three catches for 121 yards.
South Grand Prairie 44, Arlington 30
D’Arius Carmouche was a one-man take-out machine for South Grand Prairie in a 44-30 win over Arlington at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
Carmouche had all three interceptions for the Warriors (3-5, 3-1 in the 8-6A district) and also had a two-run attempt, returning it for two runs to end Arlington’s comeback (4- 3, 2-1) bid and place SGP 37-30 with 2:48 remaining in the fourth.
South Grand Prairie capped the win with AJ Newberry’s fourth rushing touchdown of the night with 2:07 left in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors a 14-point lead. Newberry finished with 149 rushing yards on 16 carries.
The win puts the Warriors in second place in the standings 8-6A and a half game ahead of the Colts, who entered Game 9 in the Zone 6A standings and are now tied at three for third place with Arlington Bowie and Arlington Lamar.
Duncanville 38, Mansfield 3
Duncanville’s defense was too much for Mansfield to overcome as the Panthers cruised to a 38-3 win in an 11-6A battle of unbeaten sides.
The Panthers (6-0, 4-0), who were No. 3 in the state in 6A, held Mansfield to 52 yards in the first half and kept a Mansfield team (6-1, 3-1) averaging 37.7 points a game entering Friday night out of the end zone.
Duncanville forced three takeaways on the night, including a pick six on the game’s first possession that set the tone for the rest of the game. Mansfield, ranked No. 6 in the zone in 6A, had a single field goal in the second quarter after earning an interception of his own to set up a short field.
Caden Durham led the Panthers with 142 yards rushing on eight carries and three touchdowns while Dakorien Moore had five catches for 114 yards and a score.
James Johnson led the way for the Tigers with 82 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Eaton 38, Timber Creek 31
It’s not often a team finds itself in a 3rd-and-34, let alone converted, but that’s exactly what happened for Eaton as Noah Lugo’s 46-yard pass to Talan Holmes made the difference in a 38-31 victory with 88 seconds to go. in the fourth.
The Eagles (3-4, 2-2 in District 4-6A) fought back from a 17-0 hole with 21 points in the second quarter to trail only 24-21 at the break, then edged Timber Creek ( 2-5, 1-3) 14-0 in the fourth quarter to steal the win.
Lugo had 334 yards and four touchdowns in the win, including his two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
Eaton tied the score midway through the third quarter after forcing a takeout, but the Falcons responded on the ensuing drive with an Anthony Joe Parks touchdown to go up 31-24.
Lior-jire Mendji led Timber Creek with 392 passing yards and two touchdowns with Maddox Allbritton as the favorite target. Allbritton had nine passes for 137 yards.
Boswell 20, Bell 13
In a defensive struggle between two teams trying to stay in the playoff bracket, Boswell used a 13-point fourth quarter to edge LD Bell 20-13.
Boswell (6-1, 3-1 in District 3-6A), ranked No. 7 in the zone in 6A, held a 7-3 lead after the first quarter, and the lead would remain there as both offenses experienced difficulties in the second quarter. to support any reader.
Bell (5-2, 2-2) regained the lead in third on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Landen Garcia to Roderick Hale. Early in the fourth, the Pioneers regained the lead for good on a 4-yard touchdown by Ezra Carter to give Boswell a 14-10 lead.
The Blue Raiders took that lead with a field goal midway through the fourth quarter, but on the ensuing possession, Boswell scored another touchdown to move up 20-13. A fourth save by the Pioneers in their 15th with Bell at the wheel sealed the comeback victory.
Carter led the Pioneers with 139 rushing yards and a score while Hale had 164 total yards and a touchdown to lead Bell.
DeSoto 86, Lake Ridge 26
He never even came close Friday night as the state’s No. 11 ranked team DeSoto scored at will on Lake Ridge to go for an 86-26 win.
Johntay Cook, Texas’ 5-Star Commitment, had 10 passes for 230 yards and five touchdowns as DeSoto (6-1, 4-0 in District 11-6A) led 35-6 after the first quarter and 56- 26 at half.
DeSoto scored on the game’s opener as Jamarion Ravenell returned the ball 73 yards to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. Lake Ridge (2-5, 1-3) scored a touchdown on its first possession of the game to make it 7-6.
From there, DeSoto scored on seven of nine offensive possessions in the first half to open the game. In the third quarter, it was more or less the same as DeSoto added 23 more points to lead 79-26.
Darius Bailey completed 19 of 27 passes for DeSoto for 331 yards and seven touchdowns. Kennen Miller had 91 rushing yards and a score for Lake Ridge.
Brock 39, Whitesboro 35
Brock outlasted Whitesboro 39-35 on Friday night, making a crucial goal-line save in the dying seconds of the game to eliminate the previously undefeated Bearcats.
Brock (3-4, 3-0 in District 4-3A D1) let a 27-15 halftime lead vanish as Whitesboro (6-1, 3-1) beat the Eagles 13-0 in the third quarter to lead 28-27.
Whitesboro pushed their lead to 35-27 in the fourth quarter before Brock found the end zone to draw it at 35-33 as the two-point conversion failed. Brock’s defense blocked Whitesboro and the offense again found the end zone to go up 39-35, again with the two-point conversion failing.
On the final play of the game, Whitesboro’s Mac Harper rushed and appeared to cross the goal line only to be judged inches away, saving Brock the win.
This story was originally published October 15, 2022 12:41 a.m.