Fort Worth Trimble Tech ended 23 years of futility Thursday night.
Behind senior running back Daylon Tarkingtons 175 rushing yards, the Bulldogs held on late for a 9-7 win over Fort Worth Western Hills in a District 7-4A game at Farrington Field.
Tech (2-2, 1-0) hadnt beaten the Cougars (0-4, 0-1) since 1990, according to coaches from both teams.
It was big; this was our first district win in a long time, Tarkington said. We got off to a slow start; I had to change my cleats because I wasnt getting much traction. But the offensive line was incredible; its a team game, you know, and they opened up the holes.
His 44-yard run set up a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Austin Davis to break a scoreless tie in the third quarter.
After the Bulldogs defense held up Western Hills on the ensuing possession, Tarkington took the first handoff 51 yards to the Cougars 2-yard line.
Although Western Hills defense stood up Tech on four downs, Bulldogs linebacker David Silva burst through the line on first down to tackle Cougars running back Carlton Hudginsv in the end zone for a safety and 9-0 lead.
I thought we really did some things well tonight, but I also saw a lot of ways we can get better, Tech coach Dwayne Henry said.
Western Hills quarterback A.J. Daniels connected with Jordan Little for a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars mounted a late comeback in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to the play of its defense and defensive end Aden Slay.
He had two sacks on the night and three tackles for loss on the night, one of the latter that helped the Cougars get the ball on the 50-yard line with 3:54 remaining.
Three plays later, quarterback A.J. Daniels found Jordan Little on a drag route across the middle and hooked up with him for 22-yard touchdown.
We just left about three scores on the field tonight, Western Hills coach John Naylor said. I thought our defense played well enough to win and Aden was a big part of that. He has to play both sides of the ball, so hes got a lot of energy to make things happen like that.
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