Texas High rallies past Marshall, 42-35

Photo by Kevin Sutton
Texas High's Javori Johnson (4) jumps into the air after scoring a touchdown while teammmate John Jack (72) gives him a hug. Joe Miller (25) and Evan Holeman (55) are also pictured in the play at Tiger Stadium in Grim Park.
Photo by Kevin Sutton Texas High's Javori Johnson (4) jumps into the air after scoring a touchdown while teammmate John Jack (72) gives him a hug. Joe Miller (25) and Evan Holeman (55) are also pictured in the play at Tiger Stadium in Grim Park.

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Fourth-ranked Texas High took its first lead midway through the third quarter but never relinquished it against Marshall Friday.

The Tigers celebrated their football team's Senior Night with a hard-fought 42-35 win over the Mavericks in a key District 8-5A, Division II football game at Tiger Stadium in Grim Park.

Texas High (6-1, 3-0) compiled 519 yards of total offense with sophomore quarterback David Potter connecting on 13-of-21 passes for 276 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

T.J. Gray had five grabs for 137 yards and two TDs for the Tigers, Xavier Dangerfield added two receptions for 72 yards and a score, and Javari Johnson rushed 21 times for 129 yards and a touchdown, as well as catching another TD. Tradarian Ball also had 12 rushes for 91 yards and a TD.

For the Mavericks (4-4, 2-2), Byrd Robinson scored four of their five touchdowns on runs of 1, 15, 10 and 57 yards. He finished with nine totes for 98 yards, and J.Q. Davis turned in a workhorse effort of 27 rushes for 179 yards.

Jacorey Smith had six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown from QB Collier Sloan, who completed 13-of-23 attempts for 118 yards, a score and one interception.

The teams came out of the break and traded quick scores: Gray snagged a 41-yard strike for his second score of the game, and Robinson scored for the fourth time to Marshall on a 57-yard jaunt.

The Tigers scored on their next two possessions to finally get ahead by two TDs. Dangerfield knifed his way to a 43-yard scoring reception and, after a defensive stop for a turnover-on-downs, Johnson scored on an 8-yard pass from Potter with 9:33 left in the game.

Jacorey Smith caught a 27-yard touchdown with 6:53 remaining, but the final two Maverick drives ended in a thwarted fourth-down attempt at the Texas High 29 and an interception by C.J. Brown with 22 seconds to play.

After the teams traded 3-and-outs to start the game, Marshall took advantage of a short field and scored in 9 plays with Robinson bulling his way in from the 1 with 5:21 left in the first.

The Tigers responded with a 12-play, 93-yard campaign finished off with Ball racing 23 yards to the end zone to knot the score at 1:02 in the first period.

The Mavericks regained the lead with Robinson scoring from the 15 to cap a 9-play, 48-yard drive with 9:18 left until halftime.

THS moved across midfield on the ensuing possession but fumbled the ball to the Mavericks, who worked the ball downfield before a fourth-down tackle by lineman Brandon Childs gave the ball back to the Tigers at their own 31.

Four plays later, Johnson rambled 33 yards to paydirt with 4:59 left to tie the game once more. Robinson's third touchdown covered 10 yards at the end of a 3-play, 63-yard drive at 3:58, but Gray hauled in a 59-yard bomb from Potter to send the teams into the locker rooms knotted at 21-all.

The Tigers had 283 yards of total offense before halftime, and Marshall had 202 yards -- 169 coming on 28 rushes.

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