Texas High Continues Dominance Over Arkansas High, 16-0
[By Johnny Green, Special to ETSN.fm]
TEXARKANA, Ark.—It's not yet reached the stage of death and taxes, but Texas High's dominance of Arkansas High in Barry Norton's reign as head coach has become pretty much a sure thing.
Norton's Tigers improved to 13-1-1 over their crosstown rivals Friday at Razorback Stadium with a 16-0 victory over Arkansas High, with all the scores coming in the second half.
The story of the game was both teams' defenses. Texas High held the Razorbacks to four first downs—one in the second half—and only 51 yards total. Thirteen of Arkansas High's 21 rushing plays went for negative yards and the Hogs finished with a minus 10 yards on the ground.
Texas High's offense also struggled. Tre Walker needed 27 attempts to gain a game-high 79 yards rushing, but he was voted the game's Most Valuable Player when he set up the first touchdown by returning the second-half kickoff 82 yards to the Razorback 15.
Five plays later quarterback Kody Hunter sneaked over from the one with less than three minutes gone in the quarter.
A 21-yard punt return by Marquan Daniels to the AHS 24 set up the second score, an 18-yard pass from Hunter to Taylor Jackson on third-and-long early in the final period.
The only other score came on newcomer Alex Frederick's 36-yard field goal with 1:58 remaining in the game. It was Frederick's first career field goal.
Texas High managed just 126 yards offense in the game and had only one first down in the opening half. Hunter fwas 5 of 12 for 45 yards, while AHS quarterback DeAndre Scott was 6 of 16 for 61 yards and an interception.
Texas High opens its home season next week against Liberty-Eylau.