Fort Worth Southwest beats South Hills in shootout to clinch playoff berth

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Fort Worth Southwest quarterback Devin Williams threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more as the Raiders beat Fort Worth South Hills 55-42 on Thursday night at Scarborough-Handley Field in Fort Worth.

The win for Southwest (6-4, 4-3 District 7-4A) clinched a playoff berth and snapped a three-game losing streak. South Hills (6-4, 3-4) was seeking its first playoff appearance since 2006.

Southwest will go to the Division II bracket as the No. 2 seed out of 7-4A and will have a first-round matchup with Everman, which has locked up the No. 1 Division II seed in District 8-4A.

“We knew [South Hills] had a lot of talent on their offense, and we just tried to keep it as simple as possible,” Southwest coach Lanny Trammell said. “We started getting people hurt [over the last three weeks] and we’re not very deep this year anyway, so we’re just putting band-aids on it the best we can.”

Southwest opened a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after Williams found Kameron Taylor and Demarcus Wilson for touchdown passes, the second of which went for 77 yards.

But South Hills struck back when Treylon LaSalle returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.

Jameion Williams responded for Southwest with a 56-yard touchdown run. The senior finished with 178 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns.

South Hills mounted a comeback, though, and the teams entered halftime tied 28-28.

But Southwest’s playmakers separated the Raiders in the third quarter. Jameion Williams scored on a 21-yard touchdown run, and Devin Williams hit Kameron Taylor for another touchdown pass to give Southwest a two-touchdown lead.

Southwest missed a 23-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter that would’ve given South Hills the ball back, down 49-42. But the Scorpions were called for roughing the kicker, giving Southwest a first down that eventually led to a 6-yard touchdown run from Devin Williams.

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST

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