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Dobie's Patrick Hurst works his away around right end during second-quarter action.
Photos by Al Carter, Pasadena ISD Communications
SATURDAY UPDATE: Pasadena High quarterback Nick Bernal fired four long touchdown passes, but it wasn't enough to save the Eagles from a 31-27 season-opening loss to Spring Woods at Tully Stadium.
Bernal completed 19 of 40 passes for 400 yards. The Eagles senior hit Metrelle Castillo for TD strikes of 66 and 30 yards. Bernal teammed up with Francisco Rodriguquez for scoring strikes of 65 and 37 yards.
Luck escaped the Dobie Longhorns and no trend developed for the South Houston Trojans on Friday night as both schools failed to match the winning ways of their Pasadena ISD brethren from the evening before.
Dobie, a playoff favorite in District 22-5A, kicked off the 2012 season with a quick touchdown before stalling out in a 31-6 loss to Atascocita at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
South Houston succumbed to an aerial blitz by Humble Summer Creek's Aaron Sharp that included six touchdown passes and 330 yards in a 69-28 blowout for the Bulldogs. The Trojans' defense gave up seven TDs total through the air.
For Pasadena ISD schools, Friday's action proved an about-face from Thursday's openers that featured victories by Memorial and Sam Rayburn. Pasadena wraps up the first weekend of action on Saturday with a 6 p.m. contest at Spring Woods.
Dobie cashed in an early fumble recovery for a short drive and a 2-yard TD run by senor Patrick Hurst less than four minutes into the game. But even though the Longhorns recovered two more fumbles in the contest, the Eagles dominated the rest of the way.
Atascocita scored 24 points over a 16-minute span leading up to halftime. Quarterback Grant Ashcraft threw for one score and Elijah Merchant added two more on runs of 8 and 19 yards. Daniel Higdon booted a 33-yard field goal on the final play of the half to give Atascocita a 24-6 lead at intermission.
Ashcraft ran 22 yards early in the third quarter for the only TD of the second half.
Kelton Bailey led the Longhorns with 48 yards rushing on 11 carries. Hurst finished with 42 yards, also on 11 carries.
Ashcraft completed 20 of 24 passes for 241 yards.
James Davis, South Houston's new quarterback, had a hand in three TDs. He scored on a short run early in the game and later threw two TD passes, one of 50 yards to Elton Dyer and another of 25 yards to Uriel Cardenas.
Tyler Wolfe, Dobie's junior quarterback, fires downfield in the second quarter.
Atascocita's Greg Campbell hits a roadblock after after catching a pass in the first quarter.
Hurst tries to skirt left end against the Eagles' tough defense.
Campbell, who caught seven passes, prepares for a collision with Dobie's Daryl Edwards (5) and Dwight Tucker (9).
Wolfe rolls out and eyes a receiver on the sideline during second-quarter action.
Atascocita's Elijah Merchant finds the end zone on an 8-yard run in the second quarter