Montravious James + K.D. Cannon Propel Mount Pleasant Past Texas High, 35-23
[By Johnny Green, Special to ETSN.fm]
TEXARKANA—The special season for Montravious James and Kaderius Cannon continues.
The Mount Pleasant pitch-and-catch combo, which has accounted for more than 3,500 yards this season, combined for 201 yards and three touchdowns Friday night in the Tigers' 35-23 victory over Texas High in a game billed as the Division I showdown in District 14-4A.
Mount Pleasant improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in district play, while Texas High stumbled to 2-5 and 1-2, losing for the first time this season on its home turf.
The visiting Tigers appeared headed for a blowout, running up a 21-0 lead just before halftime as Cannon nabbed touchdown passes of 17 and 42 yards and Andrew Flanagan caught a 19-yard scoring missile from James, who finished with 358 yards on 25 of 46 passing with no interceptions.
But backup quarterback Cody Hunter engineered a four-play, 58-yard scoring drive following Flanagan's TD, completing three of four passes for 54 yards, including a 30-yarder to sophomore Jarion Anderson with just 32 seconds left in the half.
Cannon's third TD, a 58-yarder midway through the third quarter, stretched Mount Pleasant's lead to 28-14, but Texas High got a 35-yard scoring run from sophomore Javon Thomas and a 36-yard field goal from Steven Crenshaw on the first play of the final period to make it a 28-23 game.
Texas High had one last chance, taking over at its own 40-yard line after a punt with six minutes left, but Thomas fumbled the ball away on second down, and MP scored the clincher on a 7-yard keeper by James with 1:08 remaining. James, held to 35 yards on 22 carries, set the score up with a 27-yard scamper to the Texas High 6.
Mount Pleasant managed just 38 rushing yards, primarily due to a number of sacks by the Texas High defense. Thomas led all rushers with 92 yards on 15 carries. Tre Walker, Texas High's leading rusher, played on a swollen ankle, and gained 69 yards on eight tries, all in the first half.