KELLER — After the offense sputtered on its first two possessions, Keller needed a spark to get rolling Thursday night.
The Indians found it on defense, as outside linebacker and Texas recruit Sione Teuhema recorded three sacks and three more tackles for loss in a 24-7 nondistrict victory over Mansfield at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
The senior’s play helped give Keller (2-0) better field position in the second quarter, enabling quarterback Hunter McEachern and running back Dalton Mills to get the offense going.
“My job is just to do what I can to get the offense in situations to succeed,” Teuhema said. “I never know what the coaches are going to call on defense, but on all the sacks, their offense was kind of confused on what we were doing.”
What Keller did was ride that confusion to short-field success, running only 44 plays for 212 yards and six possessions that started in Mansfield territory. The Tigers drop to 0-2.
McEachern and the Indians struggled in the first two offensive series of the game before Teuhema dropped Mansfield quarterback Caleb Evans at the end of the first quarter.
That helped Keller take the ball at the start of the second quarter on the Mansfield 31-yard line.
McEachern capped that six-play drive with a 17-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.
Another strong defensive stop led to a Christian Perkins 36-yard field goal before Teuhema chased Evans again around left end.
The 15-yard loss led to more great field position and Mills capped a six-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for a 17-0 lead.
“We’ve started slow two weeks in a row now, and I can’t really put my finger on why,” Keller coach Carl Stralow said. “We’re just going to run the ball here, we’re not going to hide that. We’re just going to line up and hit you with it.”
Keller ran 33 running plays and threw 11 passes, but only three of those passes were downfield.
Evans completed 10 passes for 141 yards to lead the Tigers.
Special to the Star-Telegram
Keller quarterback Hunter McEachern put the Indians on the board with a 17-yard touchdown run in the first half against Mansfield.
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