High School Football

Nolan Catholic overcomes 13-point deficit to roll past Midland Christian

Nolan Catholic quarterback Luke Macias, left, is pursued by Richland’s Larry Nixon III in a Week 1 game.
Nolan Catholic quarterback Luke Macias, left, is pursued by Richland’s Larry Nixon III in a Week 1 game. Special to the Star-Telegram

Nolan Catholic (8-1, 2-1 in TAPPS I, Div. I ) spotted Midland Christian a 13-point first quarter lead then scored the next 42 points, 28 in the second quarter, en rout to a 42-13 win Friday night at Doskocil Stadium. Midland fell (7-2, 1-2).

The visiting Mustangs scored on their first two possessions on drives of 89 and 49 yards for a total of 132 yards and seven first downs, but managed only 84 yards and four first downs for the remainder of the half as the Viking defense stepped up.

Nolan Catholic’s first touchdown came on an 11-yard screen pass from Jimmy Taylor to Trae King. The receiver was lined up as a wideout but came toward the center in the backfield, took Taylor’s short, quick throw and converted it into a score up the middle.

The Vikings took the lead for good, 14-13, when Sam Hicks ran 35 yards for the score. The drive covered 59 yards in two plays.

The Vikings’ third touchdown came after Chance Cover intercepted a pass tipped near the line of scrimmage that set up play at the Mustang 35-yard line. After a long run by Emeka Megwa, the freshman scored on the next play from the one.

Game was over when: The Vikings’ Trae King Midland scored his third touchdown, two though the air, on a 32-yard reception from Jimmy Taylor with less than a minute to go in the third quarter that made the score 35-13 in favor of Nolan Catholic. Taylor alternated with Luke Macias at quarterback.

Play of the game: With 26.7 seconds left in the first half, King returned a blocked punt 38 yards for a touchdown and a 28-13 intermission lead. The Midland line seemed uneasy and apprehensive on the punt attempt. The Mustangs were called for two successive illegal proceedure penalties immediately prior to the block. The Vikings scored three touchdowns in the final 4:15 of the first half.

Offensive player of the game: Nolan Catholic spread the wealth around. None of the players on offense were in triple digits. Emeka Megwa led with 82 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Rhett Clark of Midland had 185 yards on 23 carries in a losing cause for the visitors.

Defensive player of the game: Interceptions by Cover and Erik Gonzalez, both on tipped passes, led to Viking touchdowns. Also Ben Cawyer made a touchdown saving tackle of Rhett Clark on the Mustangs’ first play from scrimmage in the second half. Clark broke open for a 71-yard jaunt down the sidelines to the Nolan 25 before Cawyer in pursuit caught up with him from behind.

Unsung hero of the game: Clay Campbell, one of Nolan Catholic’s leading rushers, left the the game by cart after tearing a ligament, but it did not hurt the Viking cause. If anything, it seemed to inspire the Vikings. On the next play, Emeka Megwa ran 35 yards to the one-yard line and scored on the next play. It gave Nolan Catholic a 21-13 lead with 3:33 left in the first half.

What’s next? FW Nolan Catholic will be at FW All Saints next Friday at 7 p.m. After a bye week, Midland Christian hosts FW All Saints in its final regular season game on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7p.m.

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