TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas High’s streak of area round appearances ended three straight years after the Tigers lost their playoff opener in overtime.
Texas High led three times by touchdown against Terrell Friday during a bi-district Class 5A, Division II game at Tiger Stadium in Grim Park, but THS was never able to break away from the visiting Tigers.
Terrell turned the excitement into a 28-21 win for Terrell in overtime with a touchdown and THS’ fourth attempted pass that fell incomplete to the turf.
Terrell (6-5) advances to the area round to play Everman (9-2). Texas High ends the season 8-3.
Texas High finished with 332 yards in total offense, Terrell had 346 yards.
Javari Johnson had 28 rushes for 186 yards for THS and scored two goals, Tradarian Ball added 22 carries for 86 yards and a TD, and Xavier Dangerfield caught four balls for 62 yards. David Potter completed 7 of 14 passes for 101 yards, with TJ Gray catching three for 39 yards.
Terry Davis rushed 10 times for 129 yards and two TDs for Terrell, and Chase Bingmon had 27 carries for 127 yards and a 7-yard overtime score to decide the game.
Davis earned a 14-on-all tie when he rushed 67 yards for Terrell in the first snap of the second half.
The teams traded six consecutive punts in court position until Francisco Perez pinned Terrell inside his 5 with a 43-yard punt that rolled dead on the 3. Texas High forced a 3-and-out and took over on the 29th minute.
The ball was in the end zone, dragging the defenders with it, on a 7-yard rush in the sixth game and 6:25 left.
It took four plays – including a 55-yard bomb against Ja’Keidric Harris – before Terrell was able to tie the score again, this time on Davis’ 16-yard streak.
Johnson scored twice in the first half for the home Tigers, who rolled up a total of 248 yards of offense but only went 14-7 at the break.
Texas High streaked 73 yards in 12 games, with Johnson hitting the ball from the 1 with 7:26 in the first quarter.
Terrell responded with a 75-yard, 8-play scoring drive, with Tallen Kennedy catching an 8-yard TD reception from London Henderson at 4:23 in the first run.
THS regained its lead when Johnson capped a 13-play campaign with his 16-yard leap after just 1:05 of the second quarter. That possession covered 77 yards to give Texas High a 14-7 lead.
The Texas High defense forced a 3-and-out, and the home team took over at the 50-yard line. Seven games later, THS lost a fumble to give Terrell the ball on his own 30.
Visitors ride in the Texas 30, but the ride ended in a failed fourth down conversion.
Texas High almost completely chewed the rest of the clock in eight games, potting the ball away with 38 ticks remaining before going into the dressing room with their 7-point lead.