Football: Decatur beats Alvarado in overtime

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
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After Beau Bedford’s third touchdown catch of the night, the Decatur Eagles’ defense made a big stop to score a 27-21 victory in overtime over Alvarado Friday night.

The overtime stop by the Eagles was one of several for the defense in the second half of the tight ballgame.

Alvarado ran for 297 yards, including 190 by Blake Henderson. Henderson scored on runs of 57 and 65 yards.

Bedford had a breakout game for the Eagles, hauling in seven passes for 126 yards. He caught touchdowns of 37 and 22 yards before bringing in the 6-yard pass from Wilson Hicks in overtime.

Hicks finished with 292 yards, completing 23 of his 34 attempts with four touchdowns. He connected with Mario Reyes for 29 yards with 7:55 left in the third to put Decatur up 21-14.

Alvarado quickly answered with Jacoby Rivera’s 34-yard touchdown catch from Colten Robles to tie the score with just more than three minutes to go in the third.

Picking Up the Yards

PICKING UP THE YARDS – Junior running back DeMareus Hoesy picks up part of his 406 yards in the 56-46 Northwest victory over McKinney North. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


DeMareus Hosey ran for 406 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Northwest Texans’ comeback in a 56-46 win over McKinney North.

The Texans fought back from a 31-20 deficit in the second quarter to pull off the win to get to 2-0 on the season.

Hosey scored on runs of 9, 11, 1 and 31 yards. His sprint to the end zone from 31 yards out with 1:28 left in the third put Northwest up for good.

Prince Mavula hit Quentin Lee with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for insurance.

Mavula threw for 221 yards, completing 18 of his 31 attempts with two touchdowns and an interception.


Though Paradise gained the most yards, they couldn’t pull out a win over Henrietta Friday night.

Paradise briefly led in the first quarter after a seven-yard run from Tucker Edwards put the Panthers ahead 6-0, but that was their only lead of the night. Henrietta pulled away with two scores in the second quarter – a 35-yard run by Mason Marchman and a 36-yard pass by Zack West.

Paradise lost a fumble in the third quarter, which Cody Daniel scooped up to widen the lead for Henrietta with a 36-yard return. The Panthers made a score of their own in the third, a five-yard run by Reggie Contreras, but Henrietta had the final say in the fourth with a 20-yard touchdown run from Marchman.

Paradise quarterback Jace Essig completed four of his nine attempts for 82 yards, and Jacob Robinson led the Panthers in both receiving and rushing yards with a total of 125. Paradise had 333 yards to Henrietta’s 308.


Holliday hammered Boyd for three quarters before the Yellowjackets managed to score in a 49-7 loss.

Boyd, which ended a 13-game losing streak last week, couldn’t continue their winning streak against the Eagles. Holliday rushed for 304 yards to Boyd’s 69, finding the end zone four times in the first quarter alone.

Holliday’s Justin Jones had three touchdown runs in a row during the first quarter of four yards, 44 yards and 14 yards, followed by a 9-yard run by Ben Deses. Holliday ended the first quarter up 25-0.

Jones found the end zone again on a 26-yard run and once again in the third quarter on a 10-yard run. Greyson Germany then kicked a 39-yard field goal.

Boyd reached the end zone for the first and only time in the third quarter on a three-yard run by Kody Risenhoover to make the score 42-7.

Jones carried the ball eight times and scored five touchdowns, gaining 143 yards.


Bells quarterback Bryan Ponder threw for 495 yards in the Panthers’ 56-20 win over Chico.

Chico kicked off the scoring in the first quarter with a five-yard run from Jerod Blanks, the Dragons’ leader in overall yardage for the night.

But Bells answered in the second quarter, scoring three touchdowns in a row to make the game 20-7. Eli Strickland scored two running touchdowns for the Panthers, and Ponder also ran one in.

Bells opened the third quarter with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Ponder to Hunter Hawthorne. An attempted two-point pass failed to bring the score to 26-7. Chico answered with a 19-yard pass from Blanks to Kolton Forbus for a touchdown, but then Bells followed with a touchdown pass from Ponder to Hawthorne. Chico scored for the last time in the third, with Blanks running the ball in from the two-yard line. Bells’ Matthew Conner ran in another touchdown just as the clock hit zero. The third quarter ended at 42-20 with Bells in the lead.

In the fourth quarter, Bells scored twice more with two Ponder passes – one for 41 yards to Jacob Taylor, and another for 76 yards to Hawthorne.

Ponder completed 23 of 35 passes for four touchdowns and one interception. Blanks completed 14 of 25 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown. Blanks also scored two rushing touchdowns.


The Alvord Bulldogs were shut out for the second straight week, falling to the Sacred Heart Tigers 43-0.

Running Away



The Victory Christian Patriots started the season Friday with a 45-34 win over Weatherford Christian.

Logan McNamara scored on a 58-yard run on the Patriots’ first play. He scored two more times.

Jackson Shriver added three touchdowns.

Weatherford Christian cut the Patriots’ lead to 39-34 with two minutes remaining. Shriver then returned the kickoff for a 65-yard touchdown to put the game away.

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