Texas defeats Mount Pleasant after rocky beginning

The final score was 27-7 Texas


Emily Meinzer

Senior Devuntay Walker fights through a Mt. Pleasant High School defender Friday night in Mt. Pleasant. The Texas High Tigers defeated the Mt. Pleasant 27-7 and remain undefeated heading in to week 8 of the 2016 football season.

The Texas High Tigers faced off against the Mount Pleasant Tigers on Oct. 14  at the Sam Parker Field in Mount Pleasant. The game ended with a 27-7 Texas victory.

The Mt. Pleasant Tigers started the game on their own 20-yard line. After driving the ball down the field, defensive back J.K. Lee of Mount Pleasant ran the ball into the endzone untouched at with 6:57 remaining in the first quarter.  On the kickoff return, running back Chris Sutton of Texas High carried the ball out to the Texas High 48-yard line. Texas failed to score a touchdown, but place kicker Isidro Hernandez was able to connect from 29 yards out, making the score 7-3.

At 3:07, Mount Pleasant gained possession from the kick off at their own 30-yard line and were not able to push down the field. The first quarter came to a close with Texas High behind 7-3.

Early in the second quarter, Mount Pleasant punted the ball and Texas gained possession at their own 24-yard line. Wide receiver Quan Hampton received the pass from quarterback Cade Pearson for a 19-yard run. Texas worked its way down the field with several rushing attempts and to end the drive, running back Devuntay Walker of Texas High scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown at 5:55. The field goal by Hernandez was good, making the score 10-7 Texas High.

The rest of the second quarter consisted of failed conversions and drives on both sides. The clock ran out with a half-time score of Texas High 10-7.

“We stopped ourselves a couple of times, and all the sudden you look up and the first half’s over with,” Texas Head Coach Barry Norton said. “We just have to play faster and badder and have a little more energy.”

At the beginning of the third quarter, Texas returned the ball to their 25. They pushed down the field, but at the 12-yard line, Hampton fumbled the ball for a Mount Pleasant recovery at 7:38.

Pearson connected with Sutton for a passing touchdown at 4:18. After the kickoff, Mount Pleasant took over the ball at their 20. After a failing to convert on third, Mount Pleasant punted to Texas. Texas High got down the field, but was unable to score from the red zone position.

“If we make the plays we’re supposed to, we should have 60 points on the board,” Pearson said. “Overall, I think it was a good job offensively, but not as good as it can be. Same with defensively.”

In the first minute of the fourth, Texas High kicked a field goal to make the score 20-7 Texas High. Texas kicked the ball for a Mount Pleasant touchback on their 25.

“Well, we came out slow. We were out there dragging around, just not executing like we normally would,” Sutton said. “We came out second half and dominated them.”

Mount Pleasant was then unable to generate any offense, punting the ball to Texas in four plays. On the subsequent drive, however, Lee intercepted the ball at 9:05 and ran it to the 38-yard line. They failed to score and were forced to punt. Texas was able to score on a one yard rush by Walker at 3:51, making the score 27-7 Texas.

Mount Pleasant returned the kickoff to their 21 yard line at 3:41. The game ended with neither side being able to generate any more points, making the score 27-7 Texas High and improving Texas’ record to 7-0.

“Still being undefeated is going to give us more energy for the next game,” wide receiver Eric Sutton said. “The goal is 10-0 and we have 7-0 now, so [we’ll] just keep it up.”