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Gold Rush: Lions rally to win 16-4A title

November 10, 2012
John Tyler Football

Published on Saturday, 10 November 2012 01:39        Written by Harold Wilson

John Tyler tallied five second-half touchdowns and rallied from a  four-score hole as the incumbent district champions retained their seat  atop their league with a thrilling 45-38 win over Whitehouse on Friday  night. 

JT, which trailed 24-0 in the second quarter, increased  its district win streak to 20 games. The district title marks the fourth  straight for the second-ranked Lions (9-1, 5-0 in 16-4A), who ruined an  unbeaten season for the Wildcats (9-1, 4-0) in front of more than  12,000 at a packed Trinity Mother Frances Stadium.

"We know how  to fight and make things happen when they need to happen," JT head coach  Ricklan Holmes said. "They knew what this game meant."

The Lions open up the state playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Waxahachie at Garland's Homer B. Johnson Stadium.

Bowser  wreaked havoc on defense with five of the team's eight sacks. Bowser's  final sack on Whitehouse's sensational junior Patrick Mahomes caused a  fumble, recovered by JT's Kavante Jefferson at the Whitehouse 19.

JT  needed two plays to take its first lead, with DeQuante Woods racing  around the left side nine yards to the payoff for a seven-point cushion  with 4:47 remaining.

"We're a team that never gives up. We fight  to the end," Bowser said. "It was heart. They've got a great quarterback  and receivers. Our front line had to dig deep, play hard and get to the  quarterback the best we could."

Ward amassed 465 yards of  offense and accounted for five TDs to win a duel with Mahomes, who  passed for 445 yards and four TDs, and rushed for another score.

Ross  reeled in seven receptions for 187 yards and three TDs in the shootout  victory. Darion Flowers finished with seven receptions for 109 yards for  the Lions.

Four Whitehouse receivers reached the 90-yard mark:  Jaylon Dews (6-116), Jake Parker (7-94), Coleman Patterson (5-93) and  Dylan Cantrell (3-91).

Ward connected with Ross for a 54-yard TD  pass to pull JT within 31-24. With less than two minutes left, Ward  dashed his way to a scintillating 54-yard run to even the game.

Mahomes  tossed his fourth TD of the game early in the fourth quarter on a  25-yard pass to Parker to return the lead to Whitehouse (38-31).

JT  tied the game on the next play from scrimmage, with Ward spotting Ross,  who sliced his way past numerous defenders to finish off a 71-yard  game-tying TD.

Whitehouse worked its offense to near-perfection while jumping out to a 24-0 lead in the first half.

The  game's first drive ended in bizarre fashion after Dews caught a tipped  pass, only to fumble out the back of the end zone for a touchback.

JT  drove deep in Whitehouse territory before returning the favor on a lost  fumble by Woods. Whitehouse capitalized with 19-yard field goal by  Jestin Wilkins, benefiting from 35 penalty yards against JT.

Whitehouse struck paydirt on its next three drives to take a 24-point cushion.

The  Wildcats went for it on fourth down and lined up in a power set, with  Mahomes finding Brannon Beaton wide open for a 10-yard score.

Mahomes called his own number on a 10-yard scramble late in the first quarter for a 17-0 lead.

JT fumbled on the last play of the first quarter deep in Whitehouse territory again to remain scoreless.

Penalties  continued to hurt the Lions when a block-in-the-back call negated a  56-yard punt return by Ross to the Whitehouse 1-yard line.

Whitehouse  padded its lead midway through the second quarter when Mahomes spiraled  a curling pass to a streaking Dews, who pulled in the ball in between  two Lions for the 24-0 cushion.

Near the end of the first half, JT  charged to life with a Porfiro Benitez field goal before Ward spotted  Ross, who spun back to the outside to complete a 25-yard scoring hooking  and bring the Lions within two touchdowns. 

"We had to take care  of the necessary mistakes we had in the first half and get back to  playing John Tyler football," Holmes said. "We knew it would be a good  game. They came out and fought as hard as we did. But at the end we came  out on top."


No. 2 John Tyler 45, Whitehouse 38

At Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium

Whitehouse   17   7   7   7—38

John Tyler        0 10 21 14—45

First Quarter

WHI—FG 19 Destin Wilkins 19, 5:35

WHI—Brannon Beaton 10 pass from Patrick Mahomes (Wilkins kick), 3:04

WHI—Mahomes 10 run (Wilkins kick), 0:11

Second Quarter

WHI—Jaylon Dews 34 pass from Mahomes (Wilkins kick), 6:40

JT—FG Porfirio Benitez 27, 4:16

JT—Fred Ross 25 pass from Greg Ward (Benitez kick), 0:17

Third Quarter

JT—Darion Flowers 25 pass from Ward (Benitez kick), 9:00.

WHI—Dylan Cantrell 35 pass from Mahomes (Wilkins kick), 7:51

JT—Ross 54 pass from Ward (Benitez kick), 6:30

JT—Ward 54 run (Benitez kick), 4:40

Fourth Quarter

WHI—Jake Patterson 25 pass from Mahomes (Wilkins kick), 7:24

JT—Ross 71 pass from Ward (Benitez kick), 7:02

JT—DeQuante Woods 9 run (Benitez kick), 4:47

EST. ATT. —12,000.

                          WHI     JT

First Downs     31       18

Rushes-Yards 43-94 28-196

Passing Yards 445      318

Comp.-Att.-Int. 28-57-1 21-24-0

Punts-Avg. 4-29.7       3-27.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-1       2-2

Penalties-Yards 5-60   8-75



RUSHING—Whitehouse, Isaiah  Burton 5-29, Colby Campbell 6-29, Coleman Patterson 1-12, Patrick  Mahomes 22-10, Dominique Hollie 6-5, Jake Parker 2-3, Team 1-6. John Tyler, Greg Ward 15-147, Fred Ross 4-25, DeQuante Woods 5-23, Tyus Bowser 3-1, Justice Liggins 1-0.

PASSING—Whitehouse, Mahomes 28-57-1-445. John Tyler, Ward 21-24-0--318.

RECEIVING—Whitehouse, Parker  7-94, Jaylon Dews 6-116, Patterson 5-93, Dylan Cantrell 3-91, Ryan  Cheatham 3-13, Isaiah Burton 2-12, Brannon Beaton 1-17, Campbell 1-9. John Tyler, Ross 7-187, Darion Flowers 7-109, Liggins 5-24, Woods 2-(-2).

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