Saginaw Boswell used its ground game to wear down the Fort Worth Dunbar defense and roll to a 30-12 win Friday in a Class 5A Division II Region I area round game at Ranger Stadium. Boswell will now play Lubbock Cooper in the next round. Running back Damon Williams was the key weapon for the Pioneers as he scored three times in the first half. His TD runs were from 39, 23 and 28 yards out. The Boswell defense held the Wildcats to just 99 total yards, picked off three passes and recovered two fumbles. Boswell led 23-0 at the half. The game seemed to turn on a Dunbar fumble at the Pioneers’ 6 following a 28-yard reception by Damionta Houston in the second quarter.
Key players: Williams set the Boswell single-season rushing record. He entered the game needing 65 yards to hit the mark of 1,691, set by Reginald Macon in 2013. Williams achieved the feat despite missing three games earlier in the season. He finished Friday’s game with 24 carries for 188 yards and three scores. Dunbar’s Nakkia Cox scored on runs of 82 and 14 yards in the final quarter. He finished with 116 rushing yards.
Key stat: In the second half, Boswell registered consecutive safeties against Dunbar after punts pinned the Wildcats back to their own 2 on each drive. Jackson Counts added two field goals for Boswell. The Wildcats’ defense racked up 46 yards in losses on Boswell.
Records: Saginaw Boswell 8-4; Fort Worth Dunbar 5-7
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