MARSHALL - An 18-0 lead wasn’t enough for the Marshall Mavericks to pull off a victory over Texas High Friday night. The Mavs scored 18 points in the first quarter, but the Tigers scored 36 unanswered to come away with a 36-18 win in both teams’ District 16-5A opener.
With the loss, the Mavericks fall to 1-4 on the year and 0-1 in district play. The Tigers advance their record to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in district.
Marshall finished the night with 235 yards of total offense for 14 first downs. Hunter Herrington went 8-of-20 for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Mavs racked up 125 rushing yards on the night. Cam Haller rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown while Demarcus Alexander rushed for 19 yards and one touchdown.
Texas High quarterback Cade Pearson went 8-of-17 for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Markese Martin had 20 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Devuntay Walker had 10 carries for 55 yards and one touchdown.
Marshall won the toss and chose to kick off to start the contest. The Mavs’ defense forced the Tigers to punt and their offense scored the game’s first points when Herrington found Hurd for a 25-yard touchdown pass to go up 6-0 with 9 minutes left in the first quarter.
Moments later, Haller found the end zone on a five-yard run to put the Mavs up 12-0 with 7:36 left in the opening quarter.
The Mavs’ defense gave the ball back to the offense by forcing a turnover on downs. Eight plays later, Alexander sprinted 17 yards to score, making it 18-0.
The second quarter belonged to the Tigers. Martin punched it in from three yards out to put the Tigers on the board. Isidro Hernandez tacked on the extra point to cut Marshall’s lead to 18-7.
Texas High’s next drive began after Hampton intercepted a pass on defense and ended with Hampton catching a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone on offense. Pearson found Hampton from 15 yards out to make it 18-13. Martin punched it in for the 2-point conversion to put the Tigers within a field goal, 18-15.
Marshall was unable to score any more points in the second half. The Tigers scored their first points of the second half when Walker took it to the house from 39 yards out, giving his team is first lead of the game, 22-18 with 8:21 left to play.
Martin made yet another trip to the end zone from two yards out, spreading his team’s lead to 29-18 with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.
Texas High got one more insurance touchdown when Pearson found Hunt for a five-yard touchdown, making it 36-18.
The Mavericks will return to action Friday night when the travel to Sulphur Springs. The Tigers have a bye week and will take on Sulphur Springs Friday Oct. 7.