Fort Worth Polytechnic had two late chances to score against Dallas Samuell, but couldn’t convert, dropping its season opener 12-0 Thursday to the Spartans at Clark Stadium.The Parrots (0-1) took over on downs with five minutes remaining in the game, and drove 61 yards in three plays to the Samuell 8-yard line. But Samuell sacked quarterback Darius Rogers, and on the next play, the Spartans’ defense intercepted a pass in the end zone. After Samuell returned the interception to its own 3-yard line, Polytechnic defensive end Deion Anderson recovered a fumble at the line of scrimmage. But the Parrots again couldn’t capitalize. An illegal procedure penalty backed them up to the 7-yard line. After an incompletion, Rogers connected with receiver Javier Moreno to the 1-yard line.However, Rogers couldn’t escape pressure on the next play, and was sacked before an incomplete pass on fourth down ended the Parrots’ push to get on the scoreboard.The game was scoreless after one quarter, as both teams exchanged interceptions but could do little with either.Samuell got on the board with 8:15 left in the second quarter when quarterback Barry Henry hit Lakabin Thomas for a 6-yard touchdown pass. The extra point snap was mishandled. The Spartans scored again with 7:13 left in the third quarter. William Allen, listed as a 285-pound defensive lineman, took a third-and-4 handoff up the middle and slashed right to avoid a defender for a 13-yard score.The drive was fueled by a 33-yard reception by Darionta Choice, who caught the pass after it was tipped by a Polytechnic defender. Choice led Samuell with three catches for 45 yards. Desean McGhee led Polytechnic with six catches for 62 yards, including receptions of 17 and 29 yards to set up the Parrots’ first chance at a late score.Polytechnic travels to Carrollton Turner on Thursday.
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