Mother Nature obviously was in no mood for the start of football season, sending down some of the summer’s most oppressive temperatures on this part of planet Earth on Thursday.
Donny Loeung, though, appeared dressed in his October best in taking the lead role in this season opener pitting Venus and Fort Worth Polytechnic.
The junior running back posed as the featured piece of Venus’ run-heavy offensive attack by rushing for a touchdown and catching another for the Bulldogs, who needed all of a big halftime lead to hold off the unrelenting Parrots 27-20 at Scarborough-Handley Field.
Loeung, who also had an interception on defense, had 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter on one of his 16 carries for 184 yards. He also had two receptions for 50 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown catch in the opening period.
Chris Hernandez had two touchdown runs, on 7 and 1 yards, and as the team’s place-kicker, he accounted for 16 points for Venus, the small community 40 miles southeast of Fort Worth.
In all, six players carried the ball for Venus and rushed for 359 yards, including Hernandez, another junior who had 83 on 15 carries.
Quarterback Frederick Carter had 137 yards rushing for the Parrots, who mounted a second-half comeback by outscoring the Bulldogs 20-0 in the last two quarters.
Chris Bell had a 51-yard touchdown catch off a halfback option pass from Raymond Gomez. The Parrots made it interesting with two more scores in the fourth, both by Jaylon Williams, from 10 and 5 yards, the last with just under a minute remaining.
Polytechnic’s onside attempt was covered by the Bulldogs.
Carter was 5 for 10 for 77 yards for Polytechnic, which compiled 317 total yards, including 267 in the second half.
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