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   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 shutout.

   Cove Hands JT 37-16 Loss
After 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
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.

   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 fourth.

   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.


 

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