Game 5 vs. Texas High

Texarkana Wins District Opener over Bulldogs

By Bobby Summers

Royse City- The Texarkana Texas High Tigers won the District 13-4A opener over the Royse City Bulldogs with a convincing 48-7 victory. The Tigers took little time to get the scoring in motion as quarterback Addison Porter connected with Shelby Davis for an 80 yard touchdown pass on the Tigers first play from scrimmage with 9:09 to play in the first quarter. Michael Stanley kicked the extra point for the 7-0 lead.

Royse City, without their injured starting quarterback Wes Brookshire, handed the reins over to junior varsity quarterback Deonte Reed. The last minute change provided the expected nervousness that would come from any young quarterback starting his first varsity football game, but Reed jumped into the fire and survived despite a vicious and relentless defense led by Jonathon Hunt.

Texas High however, could not score six points on a touchdown after their fumble recovery on the Bulldog 6 yard line. The Bulldog defense led by J.R. Arredondo, Damion Foster, Ryan Perry, James Gilbert and Elijah Huntley moved the Tiger offense back to the 16 and then held on third down at the Bulldog four before the Tiger’s Stanly was forced to kick a 21 yard field goal and with 7:14 to play in the first period, Texas High took a 10-0 lead.

The Bulldog defense played very well in the first two quarters as Cansas Estep, Huntley, Foster and Gilbert were credited with several tackles and Huntley recorded a sack as the first quarter ended.

Texas High scored again at the 9:09 mark, this time in the second quarter as Blake McCown scored on a one yard touchdown run that capped off a 4 play 47 yard drive. Stanley kicked the extra point for the 17-0 lead.

Texas High recovered the second Bulldog fumble when Jon Hunt recovered the loose ball on the Royse City 31 yard line at the 8:17 mark of the second period. However the efforts of Huntley and Foster again stopped the Tigers and forced a three and out.

The Bulldogs sustained a nine play drive but were forced to punt. Still in the second period, Texas High tossed a pass to Davis again and again the Tiger speedster scored on a 73 yard catch and run at the 3:56 mark. Stanley’s kick was good for the 24-0 lead.

Royse City committed their third turnover of the first half when Texas High defensive back Marquan Daniels intercepted a Bulldog pass and returned it to the Royse City 15 yard line. Penalties and pressure from Foster and Arredondo pushed the Tigers back and forced a 32 yard field goal by Stanley. With :31 to play in the first half Texas High had taken a commanding 27-0 lead.

The Bulldogs did get the football back and did drive to the 29 yard line of Texas High, but a 47 yard field goal attempt by Royse City Sean Pollock fell short and the score remained the same as the first half clock expired.

The Bulldogs came out the second half and the offense moved down the field like precision clockwork. Reed completed a 15 yard pass to Jake Horbacz that had another 15 yard personal foul penalty called on Texas High. Reed then broke loose on a 25 yard run that set up a first and goal for the Bulldogs at the Texarkana 5 yard line. Two plays later, Jared Tumbleson scored the touchdown on a three yard run with 6:57 to play in the third quarter. Pollock booted the point after and the Bulldogs were trailing 27-7.

Texas High also came out the second half fired up as well and scored on a one yard touchdown run by quarterback Addison Porter. With 5:42 to play in the third stanza, Texas High took a 34-7 lead.

The Tigers would score again on a 38 yard touchdown run by Ryan West with 3:50 to play in the third quarter as Stanley kicked the point after for a 41-7 score.

All of the scoring ceased with 1:14 to play in the third period as West broke loose again on a 53 yard touchdown jaunt. Stanley put the last point on the board as Texas High bundled up their 48-7 win and headed back down IH30 to Texarkana with a fresh 1-0 District 13-4A record.

Royse City will have a bye week this week and will not play. Next week the Bulldogs will travel to Denison to play in their second district contest of the season.