Texas High Closes Regular Season With 30-7 Win Over Mt. Pleasant
[By Josh Richert, Special to ETSN.fm]
TEXARKANA—Texas High rolled out to a 30-0 lead before Mount Pleasant scored in the final minute against the backup defense to avoid a shutout during a 30-7 win to celebrate Senior Night Friday at Tiger Stadium at Grim Park.
Sophomore Cade Pearson connected on 10 of 19 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns, hitting Jaylen Rhone and Jarion Anderson for short scores. Cornelius Zachery ran for a score, and J’Kardi Witcher rushed for 102 of 103 yards in the first half.
Rhone had five catches for 40 yards, and Anderson caught three for 39 yards.
Ehtan Montez kicked two field goals, and Mantas Urniezius added a third field goal for Texas High, which plays John Tyler in a Class 5A Division I bi-district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Longview.
Dee Jones, who also had a fumble recovery, came up with his seventh interception of the season, snagging a Mount Pleasant pass at the Texas High 2 and racing to midfield with 2:15 left in the second quarter.
Five plays later, Pearson connected with Rhone for an 11-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 17-0 at the half.
Witcher raced 60 yards on the third play of the game, setting up Montez's 22-yard field goal with 9:00 left in the first quarter.
The next two Texas High drives resulted in punts, going three-and-out on each.
The host team managed to put together a 14-play campaign, Pearson setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Zachery with his 14-yard quarterback sneak from the 15 on third-and-1.
Zachery scored with 4:38 left in the first half, and Jones’ pick helped set up the final touchdown of the half for Texas High after LaDarrius Patterson returned a kickoff 62 yards to the Mt. Pleasant 26.
Montez kicked his second 3-pointer in the third quarter, and Anderson snagged an 8-yard slant from Pearson with 10 minutes left. Urniezius’ 23-yard field goal came with 1:37 left in the quarter.
Patterson raced 56 yards on Mount Pleasant’s final offensive play of the game to score with 25 seconds left, giving MP 135 yards of total offense in its final game of the season.