Fort Worth Wyatt running back breaks city rushing record

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Fort Worth Wyatt running back Javonte Adams entered Friday’s season finale with less than 1,500 rushing yards, likely putting his goal of 2,000 yards out of reach.

That didn’t stop Adams from putting on a show in a 61-48 win over Fort Worth Western Hills.

The junior rushed for 389 yards and five touchdowns. His yardage total — compiled on just 16 carries — was a Fort Worth city record for a single-game performance, Wyatt coach Zachary Criss said. The previous mark was 329 yards set by Jeff Atkins of Eastern Hills in 1982.

“When [Adams] came out on the field that night, you could see it in his eyes,” Criss said. “He told me he wanted to get to 2,000 yards, and I told him at some point and time it’s not selfish to think about personal goals.”

Adams finished the season with 1,734 yards and 18 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder is getting looks from several colleges, including TCU, Criss said.

“I coached his brother. It just seems like his family just has an instinct for running backs,” Criss said. “He’s fast. He rushed for 900 yards as a sophomore, and he only played seven games.”

Criss said he pulled Adams on Friday early in the third quarter. Adams had touchdown runs of 41, 28, 90, 18 and 53 yards for the Chaparrals, who finished the year 3-7 and missed the playoffs.

Mansfield ISD busy

Last year, the Mansfield Tigers were the lone Mansfield ISD team to make the playoffs.

This year, four out of the five Mansfield ISD high schools are heading to the postseason: Mansfield High and Timberview out of District 7-5A and Legacy and Summit out of District 15-4A.

Legacy coach Chris Melson said the Mansfield area has grown to be a hotbed for football talent.

“There’s lots of good athletes [in Mansfield],” said Melson, whose team plays Tyler John Tyler on Saturday in Forney. “Our school district has provided us with lots of resources to be successful. All the assistant coaches do a great job. You have athletes, and you have good, good assistant coaches working with them.”

All four Mansfield playoff teams had to navigate through competitive districts.

District 7-5A featured perennial state contenders Cedar Hill and DeSoto, while 15-4A had undefeated Ennis and defending state runner-up Lancaster. Summit beat Lancaster on Friday to clinch its playoff berth.

Mansfield coach Jeff Hulme said he’s hoping the stiff competition in 7-5A will prove beneficial in the playoffs, which for the Tigers start Saturday against Waco Midway in Corsicana.

“I think we played the two best teams in the state [in DeSoto and Cedar Hill],” Hulme said. “It gets us ready for the playoffs. There’s a lot of parity in our district. At least we’re hoping that makes a difference.”

Southwest’s savvy soph

Fort Worth Southwest coach Lanny Trammell looked down the line of seniors gathered for a postgame ceremony Thursday night and couldn’t help but smile when he pointed out that his quarterback, Devin Williams, wasn’t among them.

“Well, he’s not a senior,” Trammell said. “Thank God.”

Williams, a sophomore, finished the regular season leading Class 4A area quarterbacks with 2,798 passing yards and 31 touchdowns with five interceptions. His three touchdown passes in the win against Fort Worth South Hills on Thursday helped clinch a playoff spot.

“He’s just a heady player,” Trammell said. “He keeps his poise real well and he just does a great job.”

Last week was Southwest’s first win since Oct. 10. The Raiders had lost three straight, to Granbury, Aledo and Fort Worth Arlington Heights. A loss to South Hills would’ve ended Southwest’s season.

“These last three weeks have been a wake-up call to us. It was a shocker to us,” Williams said. “We had to rebound. It was win or go home.”

Southwest plays Everman in the first round at 7 p.m. Friday at Pennington Field in Bedford.

Keller DE gets invite

Keller defensive end Sione Teuhema will receive his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey on Friday during a school ceremony.

The 14th annual game, featuring 90 of the best high school players in the country, will be televised live Jan. 4, 2014 on NBC.

Teuhema, a Texas commit, picked the Longhorns over offers from LSU, TCU, Oklahoma and others. Keller finished the season 5-5, missing the playoffs in District 4-5A.

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

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