With the bright lights of the East Texas State Fair in the background, John Tyler put on a show of its own Friday night.
Tre Allison, Ke’Andre Street and Michael Givens-Washington all turned in big plays and the Lions played shutdown defense in scoring a 44-7 win over North Mesquite before 7,000 fans on homecoming night at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
JT coach Ricklan Holmes said fans would see a different team than was on display last week in the big loss to Rockwall. And, after a players-only meeting on Wednesday, the Lions indeed did look like a different team.
JT shined bright on Earl Campbell Field, holding a Stallion team that was averaging nearly 440 yards to 171 yards, including just 58 on the ground.
Lions quarterback Devlen Woods had to leave the game after a making a tackle on an interception return. He stood on the sidelines with Cam Grant, who missed his second straight game due to concussion symptoms. Woods was 7 of 9 for 66 yards and a TD pass.
K’Lon Warren, who had caught a TD pass from Woods for JT’s first score, came on to lead the Lions.
With JT holding a 14-7 lead, Warren lofted a pass and the 6-4 Street leaped to grab it on about the 30 and weaved his way toward the end zone to complete the 70-yard play for a TD with 7 seconds left in the first half.
That gave JT a 20-7 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Allison, an SMU linebacker commit, grabbed an interception and returned it 28 yards for a TD, putting JT up 27-7 with 5:28 on the clock. Allison was all over the field, making stop after stop.
After Warren hit Victor Campbell Jr. for an 8-yard TD pass, Givens-Washington put on a show, going 56 yards on a punt return for a TD.
Roderick Hawkins led the Lions in rushing with 135 yards and a 41-yard TD run on 12 carries. Frankie Sanchez was 5 for 5 on PATs and also hit a 30-yard field goal.
Warren was 6 of 11 for 133 yards.
JT’s John Hartsfield recovered a fumble.
North Mesquite’s Kevion Curry and Samuel Inyang had interceptions.
JT (3-2, 1-1 District 11-6A) visits Mesquite next Friday, while North Mesquite plays host to Rockwall-Heath.
LIONS TALES: Both the JT and North Mesquite players stood at attention with their hands over their hearts for the national anthem. ... Before the game JT crowned the homecoming court. The queen is Denise Garcia and the king is Jacorrian Smith. The remainder of the court is Princess Angelina Alvarado, Prince Aaron Macias, duchess Asia Granberry and duke Edgar Barroso.
John Tyler vs. North Mesquite
North Mesquite 7 0 0 0 - 7
John Tyler 14 6 7 17 - 44
JT - K’Lon Warren 14 pass from Devlen Woods (Frankie Sanchez kick), 6:33
JT - Roderick Hawkins 41 run (Sanchez kick), 4:03
NM - Azaveshe Daniyan 17 pass from Alex Vigil (Heriberto Campuzano kick), 1:22
JT - Ke’Andre Street 70 pass from Warren (pass failed), :07
JT - Tre Allison 28 interception return (Sanchez kick), 5:28
JT - Victor Campbell Jr. 8 pass from Warren (Sanchez kick), 10:41
JT - Michael Givens-Washington 56 punt return (Sanchez kick), 8:55
JT - FG Sanchez 30, 3:37
ATT - 7,000
FD 10 18
Rush-Yards 28-58 30-173
Passing Yards 113 199
A-C-I 11-18-1 13-22-2
Punts-Ave 8-34.6 3-40.6
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-40 8-55
Rushing - North Mesquite, Tre’Shaun Harrell 10-23, Jawauan Clark 5-22, LaTavion Larry 10-21, Ja’Maraeyea Arvie 1-1, Alex Vigil 2-(-9). JT, Roderick Hawkins 12-135, Kitan Crawford 7-65, Victor Campbell Jr. 2-4, Devlen Woods 2-1, K’Lon Warren 7-32).
Passing - North Mesquite, Alex Vigil 11-18-2 113 yards, John Tyler, K’Lon Warren 6-12-1 133 yards, Devlen Woods 7-10-1 66 yards.
Receiving - North Mesquite, Ja’Marzeyea Arvie 8-92, Azaveshe Daniyan 2-15, Kenyata Ento 1-6. JT, Ke’Andre Street 3-92, Blake Washington 3-21, Roderick Hawkins 2-28, K’Lon Warren 2-18. Michael Givens-Washington 1-33, Michael Hogg 1-11, Jaivon Williams 3-4).