KELLER — Richland gained only 170 yards of total offense, but made two second-half touchdowns hold up for a 14-7 win Friday against Keller Central at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
The victorious Rebels (3-5, 2-3 in District 4-5A) held Central (4-4, 3-2) to 153 yards of total offense with six first downs for the game.
Keller Central took advantage of a turnover to set up the only score of the first half. With 3:24 left in the first quarter, Richland punter Brandon Maine picked up a high snap in his own end zone. Maine scrambled and completed a short pass to Eddie Thomas, but the Rebels came up short of the first down.
The Chargers took over at the Richland 21 and used three plays to cover the distance. Justin Manuatu scored on a 15-yard touchdown run to give Keller Central a 7-0 lead.
Both teams struggled in the passing game during the first half. Keller Central gained 84 yards total offense while completing one pass for 5 yards. Richland totalled 77 yards with one completion for 17 yards.
Midway through the third quarter, the Rebels tied the game after starting with a short field. Richland started at the Central 20-yard line and scored four plays later on Stephon Jackson’s 3-yard touchdown run.
Richland took the lead at 14-7 with 10:40 remaining in the game when Maine threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Whitfield.
Manuatu returned the following kickoff 60 yards to set up Central at the Richland 22. Quarterback Jake McClurg appeared to score on a 9-yard touchdown run, but the play was called back by a holding penalty.
Richland’s LeDarryle Bryant recovered a fumble at the Richland 2 to end the threat.
Special to S-T/Ray Carlin
Richland Rebels quarterback Brandon Maine attempts a pass against Keller Central. (Special to S-T/Ray Carlin)
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