Middle school football: Team effort sparks McMath to 28-0 victory over Calhoun

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Nick Edwards, Clayton Tune, Tyrus Johnson, Juan Rabago, Jeovanni Dodson and Wilson Strange each contributed big plays as the McMath Tigers improved to 5-0 with a 28-0 victory over the Calhoun Cougars on Tuesday in eighth-grade A-team action.

Edwards scored once and had 55 yards rushing; Tune had 85 yards passing and scored on runs of 35 and 14 yards; Johnson had 55 yards in receptions, returned a kickoff 40 yards and had an interception; Rabago recorded several key tackles on defense and special teams play; and Dodson recorded two quarterback sacks, made three tackles and caused a fumble. Strange had a fumble recovery and a reception that led to a McMath touchdown.

Harpool eighth-grade A 28, Lake Dallas 7

Harpool’s Ronaldo Ortego scored three times and passed for another touchdown as the Longhorns stayed undefeated at 5-0 with a 21-point victory over Lake Dallas.

Ortego finished the evening with 83 yards on 13 carries and hit De’Ray Darthard with a 17-yard scoring pass. Darthard also had 23 yards rushing, while Dameon Moser had 54 yards on the ground. Jed Thome, Caleb Gill and Nick Taylor also had strong offensive performances. Bryce Hauk added two extra-point kicks.

Defensively for Harpool, Jason Merzler had an interception while Kenneth Dunson and John Lanz had fumble recoveries.

Strickland eighth-grade A 27, Little Elm 6

Strickland’s Spencer Sanders and Jack Barrilleaux proved to be more than Little Elm could handle.

Sanders had TD runs of 75 and 43 yards and returned a kickoff 103 yards for another score. Barrilleaux led the defensive charge with nine tackles and recovered one fumble.

Brenden Bishop scored the other Strickland TD on a 3-yard run as the Vikings improved to 4-2.

McMath eighth-grade B 6, Calhoun 0

Nedim Biba scored on a 70-yard run and the McMath defense recorded a shutout in improving to 2-3.

Biba had 125 yards rushing, while Austin Cooper, Brian Allo, Gerald Turner and Gabriel Vega were standouts for the Tigers.

Harpool eighth-grade B 20, Myers 6

Reed Whilhoit caught two TD passes from Chad Ricker and Tony Cajilema scored on a short run as the Longhorns improved to 2-2-1.

Crownover eighth-grade A 23, Lake Dallas 0

The Crownover Cowboys combined a stingy defense with a strong offensive display in recording a shutout victory over Lake Dallas to even their record at 3-3.

Brandon Arreaga had an interception and Tret Ponsonby recovered a fumble to lead the defensive effort. Dylan Bourey, Ivan Romo, Garrett Keuer and Bryce Shanklin also were standouts on defense.

Trevon Turner scored on a 61-yard run, Ponsonby had a 5-yard TD run and Devon Jefferson scored on an 11-yard run. Taylor Wallace added two extra points.

Crownover eighth-grade B 20, Lake Dallas 20

For the second time this season, Crownover (3-1-2) had to settle for a tie.

The Cowboys’ Michael Cook scored on a 20-yard run, Josh Burgess scored on a 61-yard pass from Harrison Babbitt and Donovan Everett scored on a 42-yard run. Adolphp Rodarte added a PAT kick.

Ryan Attaway had a fumble recovery to lead the Crownover defense.

Harpool seventh-grade A 34, Lake Dallas 0

Blake Galan, Julian Mendoza and Chris Brooks combined for five touchdowns as the Harpool Longhorns rolled to a shutout victory over Lake Dallas.

Galan was 1-of-3 passing for 25 yards and rushed five times for 72 yards and a pair of TDs, while Mendoza had 56 yards on the ground and scored twice. Brooks had 21 yards rushing on three carries and scored once, while kicker Brent Jackson was good on two PATs.

Riley Wood, Cade Ford and Caleb Vercek also turned in strong performances as the Longhorns improved to 3-2.

Harpool seventh-grade B 26, Myers 7

Harpool improved to 5-0 with an impressive victory over the Myers Titans.

Ty Mongo scored twice while Matthew Kasitz and Max Lewis added one touchdown apiece for Harpool.

Crownover seventh-grade A 13, Lake Dallas 7

Cole Schroeder’s 53-yard punt return for a touchdown with 36 seconds remaining put Crownover in front, and Joseph Nathan’s interception with four seconds remaining sealed the Cowboy victory.

Isaac Carrillo scored the other Crownover touchdown on a 46-yard run as the Cowboys improved to 5-0-1.

Nathan had two interceptions and joined Dylan Parham, Connor Briggs, Mario Alea-Ngongo, Dominic Daniel, Sebastian Rodriguez and Devon Gervais to lead the defensive effort. Marcus Hendricks and Isaac Romo were standouts on offense.

Crownover seventh-grade B 16, Lake Dallas 6

Two long scoring runs and strong defensive play led the Crownover Cowboys (4-1-1) to a 10-point win over Lake Dallas.

Crownover’s DeJuan Harris scored on a 72-yard run and Sasha Stone dashed 31 yards for a score, while Daniel Thompson added the PAT kicks.

Leading the defensive effort was Jack Massey, who had a 75-yard fumble return, Dawson Love, Tim Parker and Jalon Isabel. Standouts on offense were Steven Gomez. Peter Hayes and Nate Schiele.

McMath eighth-grade A 36, Calhoun 0

Corbin Shelly scored three touchdowns to lead the McMath Tigers (3-1-1) to a dominating victory over the Calhoun Cougars.

Shelly scored on runs of 65 and 36 yards and returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. Isaiah Wofford scored on an 85-yard kickoff return, and Andrew Scott scored on a 13-yard run. Josh King added three point-after kicks to complete the scoring.

Mason Davis and Charles Flemings were standouts on defense for McMath.

McMath eighth-grade B 8, Calhoun 0

The McMath Tigers (2-3) came up with big play after big play in recording a shutout victory over Calhoun.

Miguel Burnett had two interceptions and Wade Foster had one in leading the McMath defense. Armando DeLeon scored the McMath touchdown on a 25-yard run, and Marco Mariona added the PAT kick.


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