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Texas City linebacker Avery Fuller hauls down Pasadena quarterback Nick Bernal but not before Bernal was able to dart for a first down late in the first half.
DICKINSON - South Houston's Uriel Cardenas followed up 14 combined touchdowns over four quarters with a solitary 37-yard field goal in overtime Friday night that carried the Trojans to a wild 52-49 victory over Dickinson.
The Trojans used their seven TDs - and Cardenas's clutch kick - to overcome another generous defensive performance. The Pasadena Eagles were not as fortunate.
Texas City rolled up seven TDs in the first half alone in routing the Eagles 68-0 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Both teams will have defensive deficiencies on their minds the next two weeks as they prepare for their District 22-5A openers. The Trojans, who have surrendered 173 points in a 1-2 start, will face Dobie on Sept. 28. The Eagles, who have allowed 140 points in an 0-3 start, face Pearland on the road on Sept. 28.
Texas City's Andrew Allen, D'Vonta Hinton and Armanti Foreman took turns scoring back-to-back TDs against the Eagles in the first half. Allen, playing quarterback, teamed with Foreman for TD completions of 6 and 56 yards.
Adrian West capped the half by returning a Pasadena punt 89 yards for another Stingarees score.
More surprisingly, Texas City completely turned off the Eagles' early-season passing potency. Pasadena senior Nick Bernal, who passed for 787 yards in the Eagles' first two games, was held to three completions (in 15 attempts) and 15 yards.
South Houston's James Davis lit up the Dickinson defense with a 28-of-42 passing performance, good for 442 yards and three TDs. Torre Daniel caught eight passes for 115 yards. Elton Dyer caught five for 117 yards, 49 coming on one TD reception early in the second quarter.
Davis also ran 23 times for 71 yards. His 2-yard plunge with 2:35 left in regulation sent the game to overtime.
The teams were tied at the end of each quarter: 14-14 after the first, 28-28 at halftime, 35-35 at the end of the third quarter and 49-49 at the end of regulation.
Pasadena linebacker Chris Garza wraps up Texas City quarterback D'Vonta Hinton for a loss.
After punting the ball away late in the first half, Nick Bernal gives futile pursuit to Texas City's Adrian West on an 89-yard TD return.