Arlington Sam Houston 2-0 for first time since 2006

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Arlington Sam Houston quarterback Ervin Hill rushed for 198 yards and a touchdown and threw for another to lead the Texans to a 12-10 victory against North Mesquite on Thursday at Wilemon Field.

Hill found tight end Lujaune Cooper for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 4:07 left in the third quarter that wound up being the game-winner. Sam Houston is 2-0 for the first time since 2006.

North Mesquite (1-1) had taken a 10-6 lead four minutes earlier when quarterback Ja’Quez Gooch tight-roped down the sideline 67 yards for a score.

After a North Mesquite punt, the Texans looked to be driving for a score to put the Stallions two scores down. The Texans benefited from a roughing-the- punter penalty and drove to the North Mesquite 24-yard line before losing the ball on downs.

The Stallions only had one more possession, but the Sam Houston defense forced a punt and ran the last 4:51 off the clock.

Sam Houston was routed 49-24 last year by North Mesquite, giving up 533 rushing to the Stallions, but the Texans’ defense kept the Stallions’ offense at bay this time, allowing 198 total yards with only 162 on the ground.

North Mesquite opened the scoring, taking 16 plays to drive from its own 29 to the Sam Houston 15, but the drive stalled and the Stallions settled for a 31-yard Chris Berumen field goal.

The Texans’ defense allowed four first downs on the drive and only two more for the rest of the half. North Mesquite finished with nine first downs.

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