Injury-riddled Round Rock rallied for its first victory of the high school football season Thursday night, when the Dragons used a fourth-quarter comeback to top Pflugerville 56-46 at The Pfield.
Sophomore Jordan Smart accounted for six touchdowns for the Dragons (1-5, 1-5 District 13-6A), including two passing TDs in the fourth quarter after he was pressed into playing quarterback once Ryan O’Keefe went out with an injury. O’Keefe had tallied one touchdown rushing and one passing at that point, but Smart cooly connected on all six of his throws for 77 yards and the pair of fourth-quarter scores.
Round Rock’s rally spoiled the air show put on by Pflugerville’s Damon Tamez and Noah McDonald, as the pair teamed up for seven receptions that covered 190 yards and included a 29-yard touchdown.
Missed extra points left the Panthers trailing 28-26 at halftime, but they took the lead twice in the third quarter before the Dragons came back. Pflugerville led 39-35 after Da’jan Henderson ripped off the second of his three touchdown runs from 30 yards out, minutes after Round Rock linebacker Devin Sakahara headed to the sideline with three minutes to play in the third quarter.
The teams were tied 14-14 at the end of the opening quarter, with Smart and Marquis Brown rushing for Round Rock scores and Taye McWilliams putting up a pair of touchdown runs for Pflugerville (2-5, 1-2).
Smart scored again to open the second quarter, and Dayron Butler raced 32 yards for a Pflugerville TD, but a failed extra-point attempt left the Dragons leading Dragons 21-20.
O’Keefe lobbed a 19-yard touchdown toss to Garrett Miller in the right corner of the end zone before Henderson answered by catching a 40-yard strike from Tamez. Ashton Millers picked off the attempted two-point conversion pass, though, to preserve the Dragons’ halftime lead.
Austin High 51, Lanier 7: The Maroons’ homecoming festivities included a resounding victory at House Park.
Austin High (4-3, 2-1 District 25-5A), coming off a lopsided loss to McCallum the week before, jumped out to a 49-7 halftime lead over the struggling Vikings (1-5, 0-3).
“We had to bounce back,” said Maroons senior running back Jordon Mitchell. “It was hard. We didn’t play our best (against McCallum), but we had to come back and show everybody in the district that we can get the job done and compete.”
Mitchell rushed for a team-high 120 yards and two touchdowns, including a 47-yard TD burst in the second quarter that made it 35-7.
The Austin High offense played fast and loose as quarterbacks Sam Saxton and Charles Wright spread the ball around. Saxton completed 5 of 9 passes for 101 yards and three touchdowns, and the freshman Wright continued to impress after being called up from the junior varsity earlier in the season.
Wright completed his first five passes and finished 5 of 7 for 60 yards, with a 5-yard scoring strike to running back Romeo Brown in the second quarter.
“We were just playing fast, playing with some tempo, executing and getting up to the line,” said Maroons coach Mike Rosenthal. “We talked all week about being clean with penalties. We run for penalties, and I think in the last two weeks we had 18 and 13 penalties.”
On Thursday night, the Maroons were flagged eight times for 60 yards.
Defensively, Austin High recorded two safeties and held the Vikings to 143 total yards.
That was an improvement for the Vikings, who gained only 14 yards in a 68-6 loss to LBJ last week. After giving up the opening score Thursday, the Vikings tied it 7-7 with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Matthew King to Tydell Wardy.
King completed 9 of 13 passes for 100 yards, with six of those throws reaching the hands of Wardy for 74 yards.
“For us, it sounds cliche, but it’s just all the little details,” said Lanier coach Jonathan Hayhurst. “All those little things of having one breakdown here and one breakdown there, we’ve got to get those things fixed.”
Austin plays Reagan next Thursday at Nelson Field in its only game away from House Park. The Vikings will be host to Travis on Friday at Nelson Field.
Hyde Park 46, St. Michael’s 10: DJ Bolger rushed for two touchdowns and threw two TD passes as visiting Hyde Park won a TAPPS Division II contest.
The Panthers (4-2, 2-0) fell behind when Sebastian Cascarano scored for St. Michael’s on a 20-yard run in the opening quarter, but they scored the next 32 points.
Cullen Burns caught a 36-yard TD pass from Miguel Cantu in the first quarter for Hyde Park before Bolger scored on a 51-yard run. Bolger then threw touchdown passes of 7 and 64 yards to Jacob Daniels and Burns, respectively.
In the third quarter, Daniels grabbed another touchdown reception, catching a 29-yard pass from Ben Ballard to make it 32-7.
Bolger finished with a combined 268 yards rushing or passing, and Burns totaled 139 yards receiving on four catches.
Cascarano rushed for 116 yards on 18 carries for St. Michael’s (2-5, 0-3).