MANSFIELD — Mansfield Timberview turned Mansfield miscues into 20 fourth-quarter points as the Wolves pulled away from the Tigers to win 27-0 in a District 7-5A game Friday at Newsom Stadium.
Trailing 7-0 entering the final quarter, Mansfield (2-3, 1-1) gambled on a fourth-and-1 from its own 45-yard line, but Tigers running back Julius Lewis was stopped for no gain.
It took Timberview (5-0, 2-0) only eight plays to cover the 45 yards, capped by a 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tevin Muse for a 14-0 lead with 10:27 left in the game.
From that point, Mansfield struggled to hold on to the ball as two more turnovers in 28 seconds turned into 13 more points for Timberview.
A fumbled punt snap was recovered by Timberview’s Dacion Harris on the Mansfield 10 with 7:17 left. Two plays later Nicholas James bulled in from the 4 for a 20-0 lead.
James led the Wolves with 82 rushing yards on 13 carries.
The Tigers tried a reverse on their next series but fumbled into the end zone and it was recovered by Timberview’s Alejandro Anzaldua to put the game away with 6:14 left in the game.
Timberview’s defense limited Mansfield to 103 total yards and nine first downs.
It was a defensive struggle in the first half, but Timberview managed to score with 17 seconds to intermission when Myron Gailliard darted in from 5 yards out for a 7-0 lead.
Timberview opened the second quarter by driving from its own 26 to the Mansfield 14, but fumbled to Mansfield’s Langston Evans to end the drive.
Two plays later, the Tigers fumbled at their 17. The Wolves’ Keagan Edwards recovered, but Timberview couldn’t take advantage, missing short on a 32-yard field goal try.
Mansfield’s Lewis had 35 yards rushing on 18 carries.
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