GRAND PRAIRIE — Mansfield Timberview needed some help Friday night to subdue Grand Prairie.
On the strength of four second-half takeaways, the Timberwolves opened District 7-5A play with a 34-7 win at the Gopher Warrior Bowl.
The Grand Prairie turnovers tore open a tight defensive game, including a drive-ending interception by linebacker Jacob Addison.
“Coaches told us we needed to get a big stop there,” Addison said. “It was one of those where I was in the right place at the right time and when I popped it up in the air, I just wanted to make sure I caught it.”
Addison’s interception was the game’s turning point, ending a 16-play, 65-yard drive where a touchdown would have cut Timberview’s lead to six points.
After Grand Prairie drove to the Wolves’ 20-yard line, Addison worked inside to tip Jaylen Fails’ pass in the air and catch it moving back left with lots of daylight.
After an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Gophers, Timberview moved 44 yards in 3:03, capping a 10-play drive with a touchdown run.
Mason Miller’s 6-yard run made it 27-7, ending Grand Prairie’s comeback chances.
Despite the misfortune, Grand Prairie’s defense was strong, stifling Timberview’s offense four times inside the Gophers’ 30-yard line.
“I give our kids a lot of credit for that,” Grand Prairie coach Gary Bartel said. “They hung tough for us to get the ball back and we started to get some things going, but just couldn’t finish it.”
Grand Prairie’s defense forced four fumbles and defensive end J.D. Gonzales recovered one that killed one Timberview drive in the first half.
The Timberwolves scored quickly, with a 1-yard touchdown run by Nicholas James on the game’s opening possession.
But after that, the Wolves converted only once more.
Miller had the other first-half Timberview score, a 4-yard run.
Grand Prairie quarterback Fails, who completed eight passes for 107 yards and ran 18 times for 79, accounted for the Gophers’ only score on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.
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