Big Plays Propel No. 7 Tatum Past Pleasant Grove, 49-7 [VIDEO]
[By Josh Richert, Special to ETSN.fm]
TEXARKANA — Tatum sophomore quarterback J. D. Taylor threw for 205 yards and three touchdowns and the Eagles scored 35 unanswered points over the final 30:18 to give head coach Andy Evans his 100th win with the school.
Class 2A's seventh-ranked Eagles scored on special teams and on defense and had two plays go for 97 yards or more during a 49-7 shellacking of Pleasant Grove at Hawk Stadium on Friday.
Taylor capitalized on the second PG turnover of the game, a muffed punt recovered by Devon Boyd at the PG 5-yard line just 2:10 into the game. On the first play from scrimmage in the game, Jaylen Shans intercepted a flea-flicker deep ball and returned it 42 yards.
Taylor hit Dyllan Fields for a nine-yard score, and after the Hawks punted and pinned the Eagles at their own 2, Taylor connected with Deyanta Roberson for a 98-yard touchdown down the left sideline.
Roberson finished with three catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns, also grabbing a 17-yard score on a slant in the final minute of the first half. Taylor completed 12 of 15 passes for 205-yard, three-touchdown night.
Shans scored from the 6-yard line with 6:18 left in the first half, and Demetrius Hill scored from seven yards out at the two-minute mark. Poor clock management by Pleasant Grove allowed Tatum to get the ball back, and Taylor and Roberson hooked up a second time.
Chaston Brooks reurned a punt 58 yards for a score with nine ticks left in the third, and Klifton Willis stopped a 14-play drive by the Hawks when he snagged his fifth interception of the year and returned it 97 yards for the score with 4:11 remaining.
PG had 160 yards of total offense, compared to the 352 by the Eagles.
Kayin Cooks caught a 26-yard pass out of the backfield from Dylan Silvey on the first play of the second period to cut the Hawks’ deficit to 14-7.
No. 7 Tatum 49, Pleasant Grove 7
Hawk Stadium, Texarkana
Tatum -- 14 21 7 7 — 49
Pleasant Grove -- 0 7 0 0 — 7
TAT -- Dyllan Fields 9 pass from J. D. Taylor (kick blocked), 9:21.
TAT -- Deyanta Roberson 98 pass from Taylor (Demetrius Hill run), 4:56.
PG -- Kayin Cooks 26 pass from Dylan Silvey (Dalton Hinton kick), 11:52.
TAT -- Jaylen Shans 6 run (Dusty Richardson kick), 6:18.
TAT -- Hill 7 run (Richardson kick), 2:00.
TAT -- Roberson 17 pass from Taylor (Richardson kick), 0:45.
TAT -- Chaston Brooks 58 punt return (Richardson kick), 0:09.
TAT -- Klifton Willis 97 interception return (Richardson kick), 4:11.
First Downs 21 11
Rushes-Yards 31-147 36-123
Passing yards 205 47
Comp.-Att.-Int. 12-15-0 4-10-2
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-1
Penalties 9-56 4-25
Punts-Avg. 2-28.5 7-37.7
RUSHING—Tatum: Shans 5-20, Hill 4-19, Taylor 7-24, Devon Boyd 6-55, Brooks 4-7, Kyshaun Smith 1-8, Antonio Shaw 3-15, TEAM 1-(-1). Pleasant Grove: Kentrun Pemberton-Haley 11-60, Cooks 8-23, Hunter Hatfield 10-30, Dylan Silvey 4-18, Jayland James 2-(-8), Jared Scott 1-(-1).
PASSING—Tatum: Taylor 12-15-0 205. Pleasant Grove: Silvey 3-5-1 43, Hatfield 1-5-1 4.
RECEIVING—Tatum: Roberson 3-123, Dyllan Fields 3-57, Martin Ingram 3-20, Boyd 1-5. Pleasant Grove: James 3-21, Cooks 1-26.