With their starting quarterback out for the entire second half, Arlington Sam Houston needed its defense to step up, and step up it did.
An interception by Texans defensive back Lucas Williams with 9:50 left in the game sparked the Sam Houston offense as the Texans rallied for a 21-20 victory against Arlington in a District 4-6A game Thursday night at Wilemon Field.
Coming in winless in District 4-6A, Sam Houston (4-2, 1-2) was in dire need of a victory and Leon Marshall secured it by scoring on a 2-yard run with 6:19 left. The Texans ended a nine-year losing streak to Arlington.
The Sam Houston defense held Arlington (3-3, 2-1) to three first downs in the second half and bent, but didn’t break, allowing only Brendan Conn’s 34-yard field goal in the second half.
Ervin Hill was held out after halftime because of a wrist injury, and the Texans hadn’t recorded a first down and had fumbled four times, losing one, from that point until the Williams interception.
Keshaun Boyce took over for Hill with Sam Houston trailing 20-14, but the junior put together a nine-play, 65-yard drive. Boyce had a 10-yard run and a clutch, 6-yard pass to Lujaune Cooper.
Marshall bulled his way for 22 yards to the Arlington 2 before scoring.