High School Football

Big third quarter helps Mansfield Legacy beat Lake Ridge

After upsetting state-ranked Waxahachie last week, Mansfield Legacy showed the football world it wasn’t a fluke on Friday night.

Legacy rushed for 360 yards, and quarterback Kendall Catalon accounted for five touchdowns as the Broncos beat the Eagles 49-39 at Newsom Stadium.

The Broncos came out with a 21-0 advantage in the third quarter to extend a three-point halftime edge into a 49-25 cushion heading to the fourth.

“We created some turnovers and when you can create turnovers in a game like this, it makes a difference,” said Legacy coach Chris Melson, whose defense had three takeaways.

In the third quarter, Catalon hit Keaton Dennis for a 16-yard touchdown on fourth-and-3, and Grant Johnson scored on runs of 31 and 52 yards. Johnson rushed for 97 yards, and Catalon had 301 yards of total offense.

The Broncos (6-2, 4-1 10-5A) are off to their best start since 2013, and have won six games for only the third time since 2009. They took over sole possession of second place in the district after Waxahachie lost to Mansfield Timberview.

“Really proud of our defense in the second half,” Melson said.

Lake Ridge (5-3, 3-2) took an early 6-0 lead when Jason Bean connected with T.J. Graham for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 10:17 in the opening quarter.

Legacy answered when Catalon scampered 41 yard for a touchdown to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead with 7:39 in the first.

After Kyle Pruitt picked off a Lake Ridge pass, the Broncos went ahead 14-6 with a 14-yard run by Catalon, but the Eagles responded with a 29-yard touchdown run by Darrius Lee to get within 14-12 at the 4-minute mark.

Catalon and Trenton McDonald hooked up for touchdown passes of 18 and 39 yards, the latter giving the Broncos a 28-25 lead with 26 seconds left in the first half, after Lake Ridge took its first lead at 25-21 on a 7-yard run by Jamison Manning.

Bean finished with 340 yards passing and four touchdowns. Zach Jackson had 114 yards receiving and caught touchdown passes of 49 and 9 yards in the fourth quarter.

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