Five different Texas City players scored rushing touchdowns as the Stings pounded the Fort Bend Willowridge Eagles for a 48-0 win Thursday night at Hall Stadium.
“I felt the offense was clicking and the offensive line was doing its job up front, and the backs we rotated in kept fresh legs,” Texas City head coach Leland Surovik said. “They all did their job, and it was a fun night.”
Texas City needed just four plays to cover 49 yards on the game’s opening possession, which ended with quarterback Phillip McDaniel (seven rushes, 50 yards, two TDs; 3-for-4, 74 yards passing) scrambling for a 30-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Stings lead just 1:32 into the game. A nice 37-yard kickoff return by receiver Corday Williams set up the short field for Texas City.
Stings safety Zach Henry recovered a fumble on Willowridge’s first offensive play of the game, and nine plays later, running back Jo’Vel McDaniel (seven rushes, 40 yards, one TD; one reception, 18 yards) burst into the end zone for a 1-yard rushing TD and a 14-0 lead at the 6:50 mark of the first quarter. An 18-yard run by multi-position athlete C.J. Yell (eight rushes, 72 yards) helped spark the drive.
Another nine-play drive resulted in a 39-yard field goal put through the uprights by kicker/punter Alex Paz for a 17-0 lead with 1:47 remaining in the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, a promising drive by Willowridge was snuffed out when linebacker Mykahl Brow dropped Eagles QB Christian Carter back 9 yards on a sack, forcing a punt.
Stings running back Jonathan Jones (six rushes, 96 yards, one TD) ripped off a 79-yard TD run. That was followed by Williams outracing the Eagles defense for a 57-yard TD run, and suddenly Texas City led, 31-0, with 4:28 still to go in the first half.
A 35-yard screen pass hauled in by multi-position athlete Zion Davis (seven carries, 48 yards, one TD; two receptions, 56 yards) got Texas City down to Willowridge’s 1-yard line, and Davis punched it in on a 1-yard TD run to give the Stings a 38-0 lead with 1:00 left in the first half.
In the second half, Texas City added scores on an 11-yard TD run by Phillip McDaniel and a 32-yard field goal by Paz.
Texas City outgained Willowridge in total yards 469-116, and the Stings’ rushing attack amassed 395 yards. The Stings had 19 first downs to just eight for the Eagles, and punted just once (at the 2:55 mark of the fourth quarter) to six punts for Willowridge.
“The defense did an excellent job tonight,” Surovik said. “(Willowridge) has a lot of talent on (the offensive) side of the ball, and they did an awesome job. I’m proud of what they did to keep them corralled, kept them hemmed in, and they gave them pressure when they needed to.”
Winners of three straight after an 0-3 start to the season, Texas City (3-3 overall, 3-1 in District 23-5A) will next have a home game 7 p.m. next Friday against state powerhouse Manvel.
“We’re starting to really jell as a team, and once you start playing together as a team, there’s no telling how far you can go and what you can accomplish,” Surovik said.