Byron Nelson was craving a win entering Week 8 with an 0-6 record.
The Bobcats nearly knocked off undefeated Arlington, went to overtime with Keller Central, and lost by five to Fossil Ridge.
They’re winless no longer.
Byron Nelson scored 24-unanswered points to defeat Keller Timber Creek, 31-14, in a District 5-6A matchup at Keller ISD Complex on Thursday.
“As a coach it’s frustrating up to this point, but I got emotional after they won because I was so happy for our kids,” Nelson coach Travis Pride said. “All coaches have a passion for their kids so it’s great to see their excitement after fighting for something all year long.”
Nelson (1-6, 1-3) broke open a 7-7 tie in the second quarter when Tre’Jon Henderson scored his first of two touchdowns on the night with an 18-yard run with 10:37 before halftime.
Three of those 24 unanswered points included a 46-yard field goal from Fuller Shurtz late in the first half.
“It’s my third year here and my kids have never quit,” Pride said. “They overcome adversity – we’re not a bad football team – and at the end of the day it’s about who out-executes the other. We’re in the hunt and hopefully this gets us over the hump, and the kids start to taste what it feels like to be successful.”
Timber Creek tried to pick up some momentum, but turned the ball over on downs on its first two drives of the third quarter. The Falcons did that on five of their six drives after the break.
Following the first drive, Hudson White threw a perfect pass downfield to Calvin Wiggins for a 59-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 24-7 midway through the third.
“I saw that Timber Creek was playing man-to-man and if Calvin is man up – I’ll take that shot any day,” White said. “He’s a great receiver and I took my shot and he scored.”
Nelson capitalized after the second turnover on downs when the Bobcats scored on the next play. Henderson went untouched for a 92-yard touchdown run to make it 31-7 with 2:37 left in the third.
It was the longest run for Nelson this season. Its previous long was 37.
Henderson ran seven times for 131 yards and two TDs.
White was 13 of 19 for 177 yards and one TD. He also ran in a 24-yard score in the first quarter.
“We just want to build momentum and keep moving forward these next three games,” said White, who’s also a standout baseball player.
“We just have to continue to get better and the kids have,” Pride added.
The Bobcats, who host Keller on Oct. 26, out-gained Timber Creek 395-244.
The Falcons (2-5, 1-3) scored on an 11-yard pass from Jason Akers to Max Arnold midway through the first quarter. Gage Haskin added a 54-yard TD run early in the fourth.
Haskin led the Falcons with 60 yards rushing and 66 yards receiving. Blake Irving had 75 yards on 19 carries. Timber Creek looks to rebound against Fossil Ridge on Oct. 26.