TEXARKANA - The Marshall Mavericks earned their first win of the season on Friday when they opened up District 16-5A play against Texas High. The Mavs defeated the Tigers for the first time since 2009 with a final score 35-33.
Marshall is now 1-4 overall and 1-0 in district play while the Tigers are 2-3 overall and 0-1 against district opponents.
Marshall had 386 total yards, with 278 coming through the air and 108 coming on the ground. J.J. Green was 10-of-24 for 278 yards and three touchdowns. He found Se’Lah Smith three times for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Chandler Kelehan had one catch for a 65-yard touchdown. Tahj Washington had four catches for 51 yards. Rodarius Smith led the ground attack with 12 carries for 70 yards and one touchdown.
Texas High came away with 318 yards total offense, rushing for 234 and passing for 84. Coltin Clack led the passing attack by going 13-of-27 for 204 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Chris Sutton led the Tigers’ ground attack with 28 carries for 72 yards and one touchdown. Jaqualin Brown had five catches for 79 yards and one touchdown. Tevailance Hunt had four catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
Texas received the ball to start the game and was quickly faced with a 3rd-and-18. The Mavs forced the quarterback to fumble as Rashard Jackson picked up and ran it into the end zone to score the first points of the game. Jacob Suarez tacked on the extra point to give Marshall an early 7-0 lead.
Texas High got on the scoreboard when Clack found Brown for a six yard touchdown pass. That tied the game up at 7-7 with 1:37 left in the first quarter.
A Texas High defensive back fell, and that provide an opportunity for Green to connect with Smith for his first touchdown from 37 yards out to put the Mavs back on top, 14-7 with 11:14 left in the second quarter.
Marje Smith tipped that was picked off by Brevin Randle, but the Mavs offense was unable to convert it into points.
Clack found Hunt on a hook route that went 36 yards to the end zone to tie the game up at 14-14 with seven minutes left in the first half.
Just 45 seconds later, Marshall responded when Green found Smith on a swing pass as he ran down the sideline for a 67-yard touchdown to give Marshall a 21-14 lead with 6:15 to play in the second quarter.
Smith added to that lead with a 55-yard run up the middle to break the tie again and give the Mavs a 28-14 lead with 3:18 left in the second quarter.
Clack found Hunt who leaped up and made the catch in the end zone to score his second touchdown pass of the night and to cut Marshall’s lead to 28-21 with 46 seconds left until halftime.
Texas High scored the first touchdown of the second half when Sutton punched it in from six yards out. Demarcus Alexander blocked the extra point to help the Mavs keep the lead, 28-27 with 3:57 left in the third quarter.
Green drilled a pass to Chandler Kelehan who found himself in the end zone for a 65-yard touchdown to lift the Mavs to a 35-27 lead.
After forcing a couple turnovers on downs, Marshall’s defense gave the ball back to its offense. Green Connected with Kelehan for a 65-yard touchdown to vie the Mavs a 35-27 lead.
Backup quarterback Riley Russell came in and found Kobe Webster in the corner of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers needed a two-point conversion to stay alive but the Mavs kept them out of the end zone to keep the 35-33 lead with 1:35 left to play. From there, Marshall ran out the clock to seal up their first win of the year.