ATHENS — The Tatum Eagles took advantage of several costly turnovers and penalties, rallying for a 41-8 Class 2A Division I area win over Godley at Bruce Field.
Tatum (9-2) will advance to take on Franklin next week in the Region III quarterfinals.
Godley (9-3) got on the board first when Jay Mathis tossed a 46-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Samples to cap a nine-play, 67-yard first-quarter drive, but Godley spent the rest of the game shooting itself in the foot with turnover and penalties.
The first turnover, an interception by Tatum’s C.J. Whitaker, led to Tatum’s first touchdown in the second quarter. After Whitaker’s pick, the Eagles drove 77 yards in eight plays and got on the board with a 55-yard pass from Darian Brooks to Deyonta Roberson.
After a fumble recovery on Godley’s next possession, Brooks threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Stoker to make it a 14-8 contest at halftime.
Jaylon Shans intercepted a pass to set up Tatum’s first score of the third period, with Shans also doing the scoring honors on an 11-yard run.
Tatum put the game out of reach with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Brooks to C.J. Whitaker, but two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on Godley led to a Tatum onside kick. The Eagles recovered and Shaq Johnson scored on a 2-yard run.
Javolick Garrett’s second interception of the night set up the final Tatum score, a 41-yard run by Demetrius Hill to cap a 21-point fourth quarter.
Daingerfield 32, Callisburg 21
MESQUITE — Shawn Hooks and Edwin Mims made big plays on both sides of the ball to lead Daingerfield by Callisburg 32-21 Friday in their Class 2A area playoff game at Memorial Stadium.
Hooks finished with 58 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, 46 receiving yards and also had two key interceptions on defense. He did most of his damage while helping Daingerfield (9-3) build a 20-14 lead entering the fourth quarter.
But Callisburg fought back in the final period.
The Wildcats picked up a fourth down to keep an early fourth quarter drive alive, a conversion that led to quarterback Rheyce Childress’ 22-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rochell with 9:01 remaining in the game. The PAT gave Callisburg a 21-20 lead.
Mims answered on Daingerfield’s next offensive play, sprinting past multiple defenders down the sideline for a 72-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 26-21 lead after a failed two-point conversion.
Mims finished with 196 yards and three scores on just 13 carries. He and Hooks accounted for 326 of Daingerfield’s 405 yards of total offense, helping the Tigers survive despite playing sloppily at times, including throwing an interception, being penalized seven times and failing to convert two PATs and a two-point conversion.
But the Wildcats (9-2) mounted an answering drive after Mims’ long touchdown run. They drove inside the Tigers 40-yard line, but failed to convert on a fourth down when running back Clay McKenzie was stuffed.
Daingerfield will play Winnsboro or Boyd in the regional semifinals.
Nocona 40, Edgewood 23
LEWISVILLE — Nocona scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to nullify Edgewood’s halftime lead en route to a 40-23 victory over the Bulldogs Friday in their Class 2A Division II area playoff.
The loss ends Edgewood’s season with a 10-2 record while Nocona (11-0) remains unbeaten and will now face either Gunter or Tolar in the regional round.
Edgewood led 16-14 at halftime on a 42-yard field goal from Jose Mares, a 90-yard scoring run by Carlos Bolton and 5-yard TD run from Jacob Sharff.
Nocona took over in the second half. Sharff’s 20-yard TD pass to Eugene Dillard cut Edgewood’s deficit to 33-23 with 7:58 to play, but Nocona tacked on seven more points put the Bulldogs away for good.
Sharff finished 6 of 15 passing for 137 yards and a TD while also adding a rushing touchdown. Bolton rushed 16 times for 162 yards and a score with Jakeb Hunter leading Edgewood in receiving with three catches for 51 yards.
Nocona combined to rush for 420 yards and four TDs, led by Tate Fenoglio, who had 216 and three scores. Nocona quarterback Hayden Hill was an efficient 8 of 9 passing for 100 yards and two TDs.
Lindsay 41, Cayuga 21
BURLESON — Turnovers and a stagnant offense cost the Cayuga Wildcats a shot at a return to the regional quarterfinals.
The Wildcats twice gave Lindsay field position inside the Cayuga 10-yard-line, and the Knights took advantage, using those short fields to turn what was a tight game into a comfortable 41-21 win Friday at Burleson Stadium in the area round of the playoffs.
Lindsay moves on to face Goldthwaite in the regional quarterfinals next week.
The Wildcats ended the season at 8-4.
The game was 14-14 early, but Lindsay scored 28 unanswered points overwhelm Cayuga.
Wesley Rigdon led Cayuga in the loss with 93 rushing yards, and he also had 72 receiving yards. Chandler Rigdon finished 14-of-23 passing for 181 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions. Holland threw for 82 yards on 5-of-11 passing. Braden Walthall had a game-high 77 yards receiving, while D’onte Jackson combined for 81 total yards of offense.
Walker led Lindsay with 147 yards rushing, while Harrison had 52.
Pottsboro 41, Malakoff 0
ROYCE CITY — The Pottsboro Cardinals shut down and shut out Malakoff 41-0 a Class 2A Division I area playoff, ending the Tigers’ playoff hopes.
Malakoff, which came into the game against the undefeated Cardinals with an 8-3 record, could muster only 81 yards of total offense in the game.
On the flip side Pottsboro’s Thaddeus Flinn carried the ball 19 times for 111 yards and a touchdown while Tanner Frye went 10 of 21 passing for 138 yards. Frye also rushed for 85 yards, including a 68-yard TD carry to open the scoring in the first quarter.
Pottsboro finished the game with a combined 375 yards of offense.
Pottsboro (11-0) moves on to play New Boston, a 40-7 winner over Commerce, in the regional round.
Class 2A Division I Area Playoff
Pottsboro 41, Malakoff 0
At Royce City
Malakoff 0 0 0 0 — 0
Pottsboro 7 14 13 7 — 41
Abbott 62, Leverett’s Chapel 16
SCURRY — Abbott ended Leverett’s Chapel’s season in emphatic fashion, winning 62-16 Friday in their Six-Man Division I Regional at Scurry-Rosser High School. The game was called in the third quarter due to the 45-point mercy rule.
Leverett’s Chapel season is complete with a 9-3 record while Abbott (10-3) moves on to the regional quarterfinals.
“They are just one of the best teams in the state and they have a real good chance of winning state,” said Leverett’s Chapel coach Matt Everett. “That was just a good football team. We had some plays that killed our drives; we had some critical plays.
Both of the Lions touchdowns came in the first half. The first with 3:28 left in the first quarter, which finished a six-play 60-yard drive that was capped on a 16-yard TD pass from Clay White to Jesse Harris. The second was a 30-yard run by White.
White had one of most challenging nights as he ran 14 times for only 39 yards. He was 15 for 31 on passing for 176 yards. Dilyn Cooley ran the ball 3 times for 18 yards and Justin Vanderwater was 4 for 12.
Matthew Morris had two unassisted tackles, Cooley had one unassisted and one assists, and a blocked kick. Mark Overman had one unassisted and one assists, Colby Shaw had one unassisted and Felipe Amaro blocked an extra kick.
“I’m proud of the guys, I am really proud of them. They won the first district championship and first play-off game. They have nothing to hold their heads down about.”Everett said. “That senior class, as a group, has won more games than any we have had. Like I said it is a great class.”
Tanner Pope rushed the ball six times for 236 yards and six touchdowns for Abbott, Tyler Russell rushed for 7 times for 104 yards and two touch downs, Dillon Beims rushed for 7 for 104 yards with two touch downs.