Daingerfield Eliminates Winnsboro, 47-14, to Set Up Showdown With District Rival New Boston
TYLER — The Daingerfield Tigers took control of the Winnsboro Red Raiders in the first quarter and never loosened their grip as they rolled over the Red Raiders 47-14 in a 2A Division I Region II semifinal Friday night at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Daingerfield (10-3) will face district opponent New Boston (12-0, defeated Pottsboro 20-14) at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) in Mount Pleasant in the 2A Division I Region II final.
Winnsboro ended its season with an 8-4 record.
Tigers quarterback Keris Alexander completed 10 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the Daingerfield victory. Edwin Mims carried the ball seven times for 14 yards and one touchdown and also caught seven passes for 95 yards. Ramius Wallace ran the ball 10 times for 57 yards and a touchdown.
With 11:41 left in the game, Daingerfield (10-3) used a Winnsboro (8-4) three-and-out to its advantage. Alexander connected with receiver Shawn Hooks for a 29-yard touchdown and a commanding 40-14 lead that the Red Raiders would never respond to.
The Tigers exhibited their powerful running game in the first two minutes of the contest. Hooks powered his way through the Red Raiders’ defensive line from 9 yards out giving Daingerfield an early 7-0 lead.
Winnsboro got off to a good start by quickly answering to the Tigers' touchdown with one of its own. Chris Roberts bulled his way into the end zone from 8 yards out. Rory Frazier then snuck in for the two-point conversion to give Winnsboro its only lead of the game at 8-7.
With 11:49 left in the first half, Tykeema Wilson took the ball 65 yards for a Tigers touchdown and a 14-8 lead.
Winnsboro was down but not out. With 8:41 remaining in the third quarter, David Santoy sped into the end zone with on a 17-yard run to cut Daingerfield's lead to 27-14.
Behind a blast of momentum, the Tigers struck back on the ensuing drive when Alexander hit Wilson for a 44-yard pass and touchdown to push Daingerfield's lead to 34-14.
Daingerfield put the nail in the coffin when Wallace broke three tackles to get into the end zone from 8 yards out to score the game's final touchdown.
Winnsboro quarterback Luke Tebbetts completed five of 11 passes for 78 yards. Santoy carried the ball 17 times for 80 yards and one touchdown while Dugan Winkle had 6 carries for 41 yards.