High School Football

Richland rallies past FW South Hills for first playoff win in decades

Richland’s first playoff victory in 32 years didn’t come easy.

The Rebels’ Shamar Johnson scored on a 7-yard run with 35 seconds remaining for a 42-35 come-from-behind victory against Fort Worth South Hills in a Class 5A Division I bi-district game Friday at Rough Rider Stadium.

Richland (10-1), which earned its first postseason win since 1984, will face Denton Ryan (11-0) in the area round. The Scorpions (10-1) led 35-21 at the half. But the Rebels scored the game’s final 21 points.

Rylee Johnson, who rushed for 67 yards and three touchdowns, scored on an 8-yard run in the third quarter to cut the Richland deficit to 35-28. His 1-yard run with 8:26 remaining in the fourth quarter drew the Rebels even 35-all.

After a South Hills punt, Richland drove 86 yards in under four minutes for the winning score. A 37-yard run by Trae Self got the Rebels down to the 6-yard line with 51 seconds remaining. Self passed for 319 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 73 and a score.

Two plays after Self’s run, Johnson weaved through a pack of South Hills defenders on a 7-yard run to give Richland its first lead of the game.

Dashaun White intercepted a South Hills pass with four seconds left to clinch the victory.

Trey Jones passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns for the Scorpions and also ran for 70 yards and a score.

South Hills twice scored on consecutive possessions without giving the ball back to the Rebels (9-2). The Scorpions built a 14-0 before Richland took its first offensive snap. Tylan Wallace scored on an 11-yard on the game’s opening drive.

On the ensuing kickoff, South Hills recovered a Rebels fumble and took over at the Richland 30. Four plays later, Jones threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Wallace to extend the lead to 14-0.

South Hills found similar special teams success late in the second quarter. Kyran Jackson scored on a 3-yard run to give the Scorpions a 28-21 lead with 1:16 to go in the first half.

South Hills then recovered the ensuing kickoff at the Richland 6 after the Rebels returner failed to field the high kick. Two plays later, Jones rushed in from 11 yards out for a 35-21.

The Scorpions had a chance to take a 38-28 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the 27-yard try was blocked.

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