Horn Nabs 36-35 Comeback
Holding a 21-14 lead at the half,
the Lions looked to be on their way to gaining the first
district of 2007. In the third quarter, Mesquite Horn tied
it up at 21. JT answered back to retake the lead 28-21
with just under a minute left in the quarter. Things
looked even better when the Lions increased the margin to 14
points with 8:17 remaining in the fourth. The Jaguars
rallied back to score a TD and add a successful 2-point
conversion. After a JT 3-and-out, Horn scored the
game-winning touchdown to take the 36-35 decision with 2:14
remaining. JT failed to answer.
Lions Get Shutout 20-0
Kelly Page passed for one TD and
rushed for another to spark Mesquite to a 20-0 win over John
Tyler in the District 12-5A opener. The back-breaking
drive started with a 7-yard scramble by Page, who then made
completions of 17 and 9 yards. After a 15-yard personal foul
penalty on JT, Page connected with Adrian Richards for a 47-yard
touchdown on a go-route down the visitors' sideline. The
Skeeters scored two more times on a pair of field goals by
Bradlee Baladez, from 40 and 39 yards, and completed the
Cove Hands JT 37-16 Loss
being outscored 118-7 in the first half of the first four games,
the Lions went a different route against Copperas Cove. JT
led at the end of the first quarter 10-7, and trailed by just
four at the break.
In the second half, the Bulldawgs limited the Lions to 77 yards
of offense - including holding Romonte Hampton to a negative
four yards rushing. Billy Thompkins ran for 101 yards on
19 carries and threw for another 69 yards.
LIONS FALL TO PANTHERS
Riko Smalls engineered five scoring drives as
Plano East jetted out to a 35-7 halftime lead before JT played the Panthers
even in the second half. JT turned the ball over twice on fumbles, and
allowed 459 yards of offense. Plano East poured it on the Lions from
the start, with Smalls scoring on the first Plano East play from scrimmage
on a 61-yard scamper. Smalls sailed a 20-yard touchdown strike to
Mikey White on the next Plano East play as the Panthers led 14-0 less than
two minutes into the game. It got worse from there in the 52-24 loss
in Kimbrough Stadium.
OVERTIME VICTORY SWEET
looked like the Lions of old, giving a heavy-dose of its
two-back offense, which Romontť Hampton led with 98 yards and
all three of the teamís touchdowns on runs of 11, 5 and 10 in
the 21-14 overtime victory over Dallas Carter. The Lion defense
held Carter to 34 yards of offense and one first down in the
first half and only 229 yards for the game. Special teams
proved the turning point following JTís first touchdown when Joe
Bayonne forced a fumble on the Carter kickoff return, which
landed right in Brandon Normanís hands and set up a one-play
scoring drive after the Lions started at the Cowboy 5.
SO IS IT FINALLY OVER?
Cyrus Gray and the Eagles gashed the JT defense
for 223 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the 66-12 thumping at DeSoto's
Ben Dial Stadium. Gray and Co. totaled 448 yards of offense and scored
on its first seven possessions as the Eagles sprinted to a 45-0 halftime
lead. DeSoto scored on defense and special teams in the second half, as
well. The Lions fumbled seven times and lost five.
Gray and Co. totaled 448 yards of offense and
scored on its first seven possessions as the Eagles sprinted to a 45-0
halftime lead. Romonte' Hampton helped JT get on the board, scoring on a
7-yard run late in the third quarter and again on a 66-yard burst in the
21-14 OT VICTORY TOO SWEET
JT looked like the Lions of old, giving a
heavy-dose of its two-back offense, which Romontť Hampton led with 98 yards
and all three of the teamís touchdowns on runs of 11, 5 and 10 in the 21-14
overtime victory over Dallas Carter. The Lion defense held Carter to 34
yards of offense and one first down in the first half and only 229 yards for
the game. Special teams proved the turning point following JTís first
touchdown when Joe Bayonne forced a fumble on the Carter kickoff return,
which landed right in Brandon Normanís hands and set up a one-play scoring
drive after the Lions started at the Cowboy 5.
TIGERS SHOW NO MERCY
Offensively, Texas High had 272 yards compared to 126 from JT of total
offense. Billy Thompkins, a junior making his first start at
quarterback for JT, settled down in the second half and finished the night
completing 9 of 20 passes for 139 yards. He accounted for JT's lone
touchdown on a 1-yard TD off a naked bootleg in the game's final minute.
Devan Dewberry caught three passes for 98 yards to lead JT. With time
running out in the second quarter, Dewberry was stripped of the ball and the
Tigers rumbled 65 yards for a TD to cushion their lead to 38 points.
Final was 38-7.
TOO MUCH NAAMAN FOREST
Naaman Forest dominated the Lions 34-0 in a controlled scrimmage at Homer B.
Johnson Stadium. The tune-up, which featured two controlled portions
and a 12-minute live session, proved one-sided with Naaman Forest rolling up
387 yards of offense - 283 on the ground - compared to 154 for JT. JT
totaled 98 yards rushing on 25 attempts, with Romonte' Hampton (7 carries
for 63yds) and Ky'Ordrick Black (4 carries for 31yrd) leading the ground
game. Tyler's two quarterbacks - Billy Thompkins and Courtland Lindsay
-combined to complete 5 of 12 passes for 56 yards.
HEAD COACH DERECK RUSH
The TISD school board unanimously approved the recommendation of Dereck Rush
as campus coordinator and head football coach at John Tyler High School by
Athletic Director Danny Long. Rush has been an assistant at Odessa
High School (1999-2002), Midland Christian (2002-2003), and recently at John
Tyler. Rush says that Spring Training will begin May 7th,
and he was officially introduced this morning by the main TISD office.