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Dulling the stars

Tigers win home season opener at Grim
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Junior quarterback, David Potter, weaves between defensive obstacles put on by the Frisco Lone Star Rangers. The Tigers squeezed out a victory over the Rangers with a score of 48-40.

The Texas High Tigers battled their season opener against the Frisco Lone Star Rangers on Aug 24, 2023. The Tiger offense and defense both prevailed, resulting in a win for their first game back at Grim.

“I think, overall, we just really stuck together. We played with a lot of confidence,” Head Football Coach Gerry Stanford said. “I think we just played extremely hard and physically. They bought into each other and leaned on each other when we needed it, just kept making plays.”

Texas won the toss and chose to defer to the second half, putting our Tiger defense on the field first.

The Tigers came out hot on both sides of the ball, with defense barreling in the opening minutes of the game. Senior Trystan Powell came up with a pick-six with 10:39 left in the first quarter. The Rangers blocked the point-after-kick, leaving the score at 6-0.

The Tigers continued forcing stops for the Rangers, keeping the offense on the field.

With the ball on the 26-yard line, junior quarterback David Potter completed a pass to sophomore Tradarian Ball, moving the Tigers onto the Ranger’s 40-yard line.

Potter completed a pass to junior tight end Knox Pilgreen, who converted for a touchdown with 9:35 left in the first quarter and a lead of 13-0. 

The Ranger offense responded to the Tigers’ second touchdown with one of their own, with senior quarterback Collin Blackstock breaking out of the pocket and completing a pass downfield to junior Winston Pollard with 9:17 left in the first. 

After completing a long pass downfield to senior receiver TJ Gray, Potter completed another pass to Ball for the Tigers’ third touchdown of the night, making the score 20-7 with 7:22 left to go in the first.

The Ranger defense locked down after the third Tiger touchdown, forcing a few consecutive punts. Near the end of the quarter, the Lone Star offense came alive, converting first downs to move them downfield. 

With 1:46 left in the quarter, sophomore Davian Groce got loose to run a touchdown in for the Rangers, closing the score gap to 20-14.

Quickly, the Tigers returned with a touchdown of their own, again from Ball, with 1:31 left in the first. 

On cue of the buzzer, junior Julius George dropped Blackstock for a sack in the backfield to hold the Tigers’ 27-14 lead going into the second.

We played hats off and physically all night long, they just never quit.

— Head Football Coach Gerry Stanford

To start the second quarter, Texas continued their defensive hot streak, with junior Isaiah Dowden recovering a forced fumble with 8:40 remaining in the quarter.  

The Tiger offense continued producing, with junior Javari Johnson rushing for his first touchdown of the night, making the score 34-14 with 6:53 left to go before halftime.

Texas sophomore Roman Wyatt came up big after breaking up a touchdown-saving pass and forcing a field goal. The Rangers took advantage of their field goal opportunity, making the score 34-17 with 3:17 left in the second. 

After being forced into a punt situation and a bad snap, the Rangers recovered a loose ball and ran it back into the Tiger red zone. Lone Star rushed for a touchdown to close the point spread to 34-24. 

The Tigers forced a fumble, recovered by sophomore defensive lineman Duncan McGhee, who ran it back for a long touchdown, putting the Tigers up 41-24 with 1:20 remaining.

“The whole time I was running, I was just hoping nobody would catch me so I could score a touchdown,” McGhee said. “I literally couldn’t believe it was happening. It was like a dream.”

In the final thirty seconds of the half, Blackstock threw the ball into the back corner of the endzone for a touchdown, putting the score at halftime at 41-31 in favor of Texas. 

“I think there were a lot of mistakes made. We could’ve put them away in the first half,” head coach Gerry Stanford said. “We kind of let them hang around. More than anything, I’m really just pleased with our effort tonight.”

The third quarter proved quiet for both teams, with no big plays or momentum shifts. Both defenses played a big role throughout the game, keeping the scores close to each other. At the end of three quarters, after a field goal from the Rangers, the Tigers still led 41-34.

Potter completed yet another touchdown pass with 2:03 remaining in the game, making the score 48-34.

In the closing minute of the fourth quarter, the Rangers scratched out a touchdown. However, the point after attempt was no good, making the final score 48-40.

This win puts the Tigers’ season record at 1-0. The boys will be away at Colleyville on Friday, Sept. 1, with kickoff at 7 p.m.

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Kailyn Williams
Kailyn Williams, Sports Editor
Kailyn Williams is a third-year senior member of the newspaper staff and Sports Editor. She is an overachieving perfectionist, who doesn’t like failing. She is a member of the varsity volleyball and softball team and likes to maintain straight A’s.
Anna Bell Lee
Anna Bell Lee, Managing Editor/Webmaster
Anna Bell Lee is in her second year on the newspaper staff and is now Managing Editor and Webmaster. She is passionate about life and everything she does. She is a very organized and Type-A person but also loves to go with the flow. She loves her dog as if she were her child and would do anything for her. Lee plans on going to college for either nursing or journalism.   
Chassidy Davis
Chassidy Davis, Visual Journalist
Chassidy Davis is a second year staff photographer. She loves football and softball, as well as taking pictures at the games. She is excited for her second and last year of her photography journey. She plans to go to the Air Force after she graduates, but she will always have Texas High Publications in her heart.
Anna Haley
Anna Haley, Photo Editor
Anna Haley is a second-year staff writer for Tiger Times as well as the Newspaper and Yearbook Photo Editor. She loves to hunt, fish, take photos and make graphics. If she isn’t doing any of those, she is in her backyard with her dog. She is one of the Top 10 Photographers in Texas and hopes to be a recurring member. Anna is excited about the new year as Photo editor!
Kristina Colburn
Kristina Colburn, Assignments Editor

Kristina Colburn is currently the Photo Assignments Editor for THS Publications. She is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, AP Ambassadors, HOSA, Model UN and the Multicultural Club. In her spare time, Kristina likes to relax and listen to music, shop online, thrift and occasionally pick up a book. In addition, she likes to travel. She has been to France and Spain, and is hoping she can travel more in the upcoming years. In the future, Kristina aims to major in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas or Anthropology at Baylor University.

Blaise Larry-Cox
Blaise Larry-Cox, Culture Editor
Blaise Larry-Cox is a senior and second year Publications member. He is the Culture Editor, a first year photographer and the producer of the THS podcast, Breaking Snooze. Outside of publications he is in Model UN, STUCCO, and multiple other things that look good on a college resume. He would love to help anyone with anything, because he definitely doesn't already have enough to do! He plans on helping the program win awards such as Gold Crown and Pacemaker in order to cement Texas High as the best publication in Texas. In his free time you can find him editing videos and photos for his instagram account, @blaisefilms, or grilling, which he annoyingly posts on his Snapchat story, “Tonight’s Dish”.
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Truth Dukes, Social Media Manager
Truth Dukes is a third year returning year staff photographer and is the current Social Media Editor for photography. She enjoys creative multimedia work, and plans to study Media Marketing after high school at the University of North Texas. Truth is excited to help lead the photographers this year aside the other photo editors, but is sad to finish her last year of being a staff photographer.

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