Janson Moore’s Two Touchdown Passes Propel Henderson Past Nacogdoches, 26-14 [VIDEO]
NACOGDOCHES — Janson Moore threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Henderson Lions to a 26-14 victory over the Nacogdoches Dragons on Friday night at Dragon Stadium.
After being dominated in their opener — a 56-21 loss to Plano Prestonwood — the Lions racked up 400 yards of offense and overcame four turnovers and 18 penalties to hold off the Dragons.
Henderson jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half.
A 51-yard strike from Moore to Jamie Anthony started the scoring. William Mann then made his first of two field goals in the game — a 29-yarder — to make it 10-0 early in the second quarter.
Patrick "Monster" Brown returned a punt 83 yards to the house to make it 17-0 with 45 seconds left in the first half.
On the brink of being shut out in the first half, Nacogdoches responded. Dre Foster took the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to put the Dragons in the red zone. On fourth down, sophomore backup quarterback Hunter McClellan completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tae Thomas to cut the score to 17-7 at the break.
With Henderson threatening to stretch the lead midway through the third quarter, Brian Scott sacked Zane Boles and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Gavin Nesbitt and returned 65 yards for a touchdown to cut the Henderson lead to 17-14.
The Lions got a 25-yard field goal from Mann early in the fourth quarter to make it 20-13.
Henderson had a chance to score again a few minutes later, but Scott recovered a fumble forced by Jacorey Whitaker to give the Dragons one more chance.
Henderson's defense stepped up and forced Nacogdoches to three negative plays and the seventh punt of the night. The Lions took advantage and scored on an 18-yard pass from Moore to Mikel Lewis with 2:03 left. Henderson missed the two-point conversion, but still held a 26-14 lead.
Mann followed with an 18-yard kickoff that was recovered by the Lions before the Dragons could get to it, allowing Henderson to run the rest of the clock out.
Moore was 17-of-23 through the air. Diamante Wright rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries.
The Lions held the Dragons to 58 total yards — 17 on the ground — and recorded eight sacks.
Derrick Fields led the Nacogdoches offense with 56 yards on 22 carries. Patrick Ledet and McClellan combined to go 6-of-16 for 41 yards and a touchdown passing. Thomas caught five passes for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Henderson (1-1) will host Hallsville next week, while Nacogdoches (0-1) will travel to Lufkin.