Dallas Skyline and Arlington Sam Houston both desperately needed a win heading into their non-district game Thursday at Wilemon Field.
The Raiders jumped out to a 21-point lead to start the game then pulled away late to down the Texans 49-7 to get their season headed in the right direction.
Running back Javius Williams scored two first-quarter touchdowns on runs of two and one yards for Skyline (1-1). Dakerrius Lewis added a 2-yard TD run to give the Raiders a 21-0 lead with 11:42 left in the second quarter.
Sam Houston (0-3) had only 30 yards of offense in the first quarter and didn’t make it past midfield until quarterback Brandon Nash hit Juan Garza with a 47-yard pass down to the Skyline 32. The Texans fumbled the ball away four plays later at the Raiders’ 23 yard line on fourth down.
Game was over when: Skyline quarterback Velton Gardner hit Darius Ashley with their second scoring connection. The play, from 25 yards out, gave the Raiders a 35-7 lead with 8:33 left in the third quarter. Skyline took out their starters at that point.
Play of the game: Sam Houston running back Patrick Boulieu darted around right end and outraced the Skyline defense 40 yards for a score to cut the lead to 21-7 with 5:26 left in the half. Boulieu led the Texans with 68 rushing yards on 16 carries. Exzavier Thomas added 54 rushing yards on 12 carries for the Texans.
Offensive player of the game: Skyline’s Gardner rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries. The Senior threw for 122 yards completing 10-of-17 passes with scoring strikes of 12 and 25 yards.
Defensive player of the game: The whole Skyline defense, led by linebacker Dorian Munday, held Sam Houston to 116 yards rushing on 40 carries and 166 total yards. Martinez Hill had an interception for the Raiders and Isaiah Nwokobia recovered a fumble.
Unsung hero of the game: Sam Houston gave up 394 yards of offense to Skyline, but Texan defensive lineman Omar Darame was all over the place creating havoc for the Raiders’ offense.
What’s next? Skyline’s game with Ennis was canceled last week and the Raiders will take next week off before opening District 8-6A play at Dallas Lake Highlands at 7:30 on Sept. 28. Sam Houston will be idle next week as well before hosting Fort Worth Paschal to being the District 4-6A slate.