Coltin Clack + Texas High Get First Win of the Season Over Rival Liberty-Eylau
[By JOSH RICHERT, Special to ETSN.fm]
TEXARKANA — Texas High finished with 403 yards of total offense in its best game of the season, upending cross-town rival Liberty-Eylau, 37-23, in a battle of teams searching for an initial win.
Quarterback Coltin Clack led the Tigers (1-2) with 205 yards passing and 109 yards rushing, accounting for five touchdowns—four through the air. Clack hit four different receivers for scores and was 17-of-23 passing.
The Leopards (0-3) committed three turnovers, two that cost them scores. Clack ran five yards to pay dirt after Elias Thurman’s first of two interceptions, which he returned to the L-E 5.
Tevailance Hunt (3 yards), Jaqualin Brown (14 yards), Chris Lyles (11 yards) and Vonderick Stanley (30 yards) each snagged a Clack touchdown pass, Hunt and Stanley scoring in the second half.
Decorian Phillips threw for 277 yards on 23-of-36 passing, was intercepted twice and rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown.
On the third play from scrimmage for the Leopards, Mahleik Darty caught a pass from Phillips and turned it into a 63-yard score. Dirty finished with six catches for 109 yards, and El-Amin Greer had seven for 90 yards.
Tremaine Brown had fumble recovery just after Thurman’s second pick to get the ball back for the Leopards.
The Tigers defense turned Liberty-Eylau away on its final two drives, which ended at the Texas High 28 and 25.
Cedric Dickerson added a 1-yard touchdown run for Liberty-Eylau after being held to a runs of 1 and 2 yards, scoring on the third carry inside the 5 on the final offensive snap of the third quarter.
Lyles’ 11-yard score capped an 11-play drive and gave the Tigers their first lead of the game. They never relinquished it, scoring 17 points in the second quarter to take a 24-10 lead into the locker rooms at intermission.
The Leopards drove to the red zone on the drive after Clack’s TD run, but a fumble at the 1 preserved the 14-point lead for THS.
Phillips scored his rushing touchdown on the first L-E drive after halftime, but Hunt’s score built the lead back to double digits.
Stanley’s 30-yard strike came 2:52 into the fourth quarter for the final tally.
Texas High 37, Liberty-Eylau 23
Liberty-Eylau 7 7 13 0 — 23
Texas High 7 17 6 7 — 37
LE--Mahleik Darty 63 pass from Decorian Phillips (Steven Goben kick), 11:01.
THS--Jaquelen Brown 14 pass from Coltin Clack (Logan Snell kick), 3:32.
THS--Chris Lyles 11 pass from Clack (Snell kick), 10:58.
LE--Goben 25 FG, 7:41,
THS--Snell 20 FG, 2:09.
THS--Clack 5 run (Snell kick), 1:46.
LE--Phillips 3 run (Goben kick), 8:27.
THS--Tevailance Hunt 3 pass from Clack (kick failed), 6:04.
LE--Cedric Dickerson 1 run (kick failed), 0:07.
THS--Vonderick Stanley 30 pass from Clack (Snell kick), 9:08.
First Downs 18 21
Rushing Yards 27-86 43-198
Passing Yards 277 205
Comp.-Att.-Int. 23-36-2 17-23-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 8-59 7-50
Punts-Avg. 2-32.5 3-32.0
RUSHING—Liberty-Eylau, Phillips 14-58, Ralph Crabtree 8-19, Dickerson 4-5, Shannon Roy 1-4. Texas High, Clack 20-109, Chris Sutton 17-78, Hunt 5-14, Lyles 1-(minus 3).
PASSING—Liberty-Eylau, Phillips 23-36-2-277. Texas High, Clack 17-23-0-205.
RECEIVING—Liberty-Eylau, Darty 6-106, El-Amin Greer 7-90, Dazawion Cooper 6-51, Crabtree 3-17, Isaiah Cross 1-10. Texas High, Hunt 6-77, Brown 44-74, Stanley 2-29, Lyles 4-24, Kameron Burns 1-1.