FORNEY, Texas — For the second game in a row, Texas High stepped up its level of play in the second half.
The Tigers had to rally to tie the game with Forney at intermission and then scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to improve to 2-0 with a 34-13 win over the host Jackrabbits Thursday at City Bank Stadium.
Braylon Stewart rushed for four touchdowns — three after halftime — and Texas High's defense kept its second-half scoreless streak going. Stewart finished with 21 rushes for 91 yards.
The Tigers finished with 310 yards of total offense, quarterback Brayson McHenry throwing for 201 yards and a touchdown.
"We made some small adjustments at halftime, but inevitably, our biggest adjustment was us raising our level of effort and level of effectiveness," Texas High head coach Gerry Stanford said. "In the first half, we weren't where we needed to be in either of those categories."
McHenry was 16-of-25 passing, and Brandon Hall had seven catches for 81 yards. Blake Rogers added five grabs for 60 yards, and Derrick Brown out-leapt the cornerback in the end zone for a touchdown late in the first half to knot the score.
The Jackrabbits (1-2) had just 53 yards in the second half and finished with 221 yards for the game.
Stewart scored twice in the third quarter on runs of 8 and 26 yards to cap the first two Texas High possessions of the second half. The third Tiger drive of the second half ended inside the Forney 5 on a lost fumble, which safety Josh Stephens recovered for his second fumble recovery of the game.
Tariq Robinson came up with his second interception of the season to get the ball back for the Tigers, who took over at the 17. Four plays later, Stewart walked in for his fourth TD of the game.
Just two plays into the game, defensive tackle Brandon Childs met the Jackrabbit ballcarrier as he took the handoff, forcing a fumble that Brown recovered for THS at the Forney 18.
On the fourth play, a low snap was kicked around before Stephens secured the ball for the Jackrabbits at the Tiger 16. Forney marched 84 yards on 12 plays to get in the end zone.
Zachary Fuller caught a 27-yard pass to get to midfield, and Washington added a 27-yard run to set up Jake White's 3-yard QB keeper for the score with 5:50 left in the first quarter.
The next two Forney drives were 3-and-outs forced by the Texas High defense, and the Tigers drove 59 yards on 10 plays to get on the scoreboard. Stewart scored on a 3-yard run with 6:32 left before halftime.
The Jackrabbits answered with an 11-play, 70-yard campaign with Washington covering 4 yards to paydirt with 3:16 left until intermission.
"In the first half, we made some plays, but we made too many mistakes which overwhelmed the plays that we did make," Stanford said. "We've got to settle in earlier, we have to worry about ourselves and play to our best ability."
Rogers returned the ensuing kickoff 37 yards across midfield, but the Tigers punted after a 3-and-out. The punt was muffed, and Joshua Stewart recovered for Texas High at the Rabbit 24.
Five plays later, Brown hauled in a 4-yard scoring grab from McHenry to get the score tied at 13-all with 43 seconds left.