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Texas High avenges first round loss with 51-28 victory
The Texas High Varsity football team holds the Bi-Distict Championship trophy after defeating the Terrell Tigers on Nov. 10, 2023. The Tigers face Mansfield Summit in Sulphur Springs, Texas on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023

The Texas Tigers completed their quest for revenge on the Terrell Tigers in round one of the playoffs after taking the victory 51-28 Friday, Nov. 10, 2023.

Texas struck first in the first quarter after multiple runs on the ground from the running back pair of sophomore Tradarian Ball and junior Javari Johnson. Johnson made the final blow with a short run for his first rushing touchdown of the night, giving Texas the lead 7-0.

The Texas defense came out firing, and played the entire first half lights out. Defense forced a stop fast, bringing the Texas offense back onto the field. 

Leaping over the defender at the goal line, junior quarterback David Potter fell just short of a touchdown, but put Texas in great position for a field goal. 

Junior kicker Franklin Delk took advantage of the field position and split the uprights, tacking three more points onto Texas’ score.

Player of the game, junior Javari Johnson.
“Javari played lights out tonight, man,” Positional coach Eric Sutton said. “We asked a lot of him all week to prepare and to carry the load. He came out here with the mindset of ‘dominate’, and that’s what he did.”

Going into the second quarter, Terrell began moving the ball downfield. Terrell’s senior running back Chase Bingmon broke free for the first time after struggling to get any motion in the first quarter. 

With 11:22 left in the quarter, Bingmon ran for a touchdown. Senior cornerback Timothy Austin for Texas blocked Terrell’s extra point attempt and junior safety Kendrevion Boyce recovered. The blocked kick put the score at 10-6.

“I feel like the defense worked their hardest tonight,” Austin said. “I gave it my all and left everything out on the field.”

Texas struck back swiftly after Ball weaved through three defenders to break across the goal line for a touchdown. After sophomore safety Markus Hall forced a fumble, Johnson ran back another touchdown for Texas, putting the score at 24-6.

Potter topped off the half with a dime to the back corner of the endzone for a touchdown, putting the score at 31-6 in favor of Texas going into halftime.

The Terrell offense came out blazing in the third quarter, putting the Texas defense on their heels.

Bingmon rushed for another touchdown right out of the gates with 11:11 remaining in the quarter. Terrell tried their luck on a two-point conversion, however, Texas managed a stop, leaving the score at 31-12.

Terrell scratched off another touchdown after senior quarterback Alijah Stafford completed a long pass to sophomore receiver Xiren James. Terrell’s two-point conversion attempt worked out in their favor this time around, closing the gap a little further to 31-20.

Bingmon did the last of his offensive damage with 6:07 remaining in the third after rushing his third touchdown of the night. Terrell faked a field goal point-after-attempt and snuck the ball into the endzone for a two-point conversion, making the score 31-28. 

With the gap tightening, Texas answered and came up big with a touchdown run of their own from Johnson with 1:04 remaining in the quarter. Due to a botched snap, Texas couldn’t get the extra point through the uprights, but still put another possession between themselves and Terrell.

You don’t ever want to say that you deserve anything, but this group has put the work in to get to this point to be able to win a football game. We did a great job.

— Head Coach Gerry Stanford

Johnson scratched off his fourth and final touchdown of the night to open the final quarter of round one with 8:54 remaining, stretching the lead to 44-28.

 The Texas defense strapped back down in the fourth quarter, making multiple big plays and coming up with multiple stops to keep the offense on the field to run the remainder of the game. 

The defensive line pressure on the quarterback forced a fumble, recovered by senior Trystan Powell to set the Tigers on their final scoring drive of the game. 

After his running back deaded the ball at the 1-yard line, Potter jetted from the pocket for a quarterback keeper touchdown, giving Texas the ultimate lead of 51-28 and avenging last year’s round one loss. 

“I’m just excited,” Head Coach Gerry Stanford said. “We’ve had a really good week of preparation, these kids worked so hard this week and I’m proud.”


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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.
Grant Spicher
Grant Spicher, Visual Journalist
Grant Spicher is a first year in The Publications. In his free time he plays golf and is even in Texas Tigers Golf at Texas High School. If he is not doing those he is at home getting better at both. He wants to go to college for golf and photojournalism.
Nadia Lopez
Nadia Lopez, Visual Journalist
Nadia Lopez is sophomore and a first-year staff member for THS Publications. Apart from this she is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and a new member of Rosebuds. She loves to hang out with friends, watch shows and take pictures. She wants to travel the world and is starting her journey by traveling to France and England in the summer. After High school she wants to peruse her studies in the medical field.
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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!
Lyric Curtis
Lyric Curtis, Visual Journalist/Staff Writer
Senior Lyric Curtis is a first year staff writer in THS Publications. She is also a first year photographer for the publications team. Curtis is a member of the varsity softball team at THS and has actively participated in Leader In Me for 4 years. She enjoys taking photos, hanging out with friends, laughing at any and everything and listening to her all-time favorite artist, Frank Ocean. Curtis hopes to pursue a career in dental hygiene and attend college at Texas A&M University at College Station. She wants everyone to feel heard and accepted because life is tough!
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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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