South Houston's Toree Daniel hauls in a first-quarter pass from Rudis Requeno and races 54 yards for a touchdown.
South Houston senior Rudis Requeno launched four touchdown passes, three coming in the first quarter, as the Trojans treated a sprawling homecoming crowd to a 38-3 romp over Sam Rayburn at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
The Trojans used the victory to snap a four-game losing streak and stake a convincing claim as playoff contenders.
South Houston is 1-1 in District 22-5A play and 2-5 over all. Sam Rayburn fell to 3-4 overall and an 0-2 mark for district slate that still includes Deer Park and Dobie.
The victory was the Trojans' most lopsided over a Sam Rayburn team in 22 years.
Requeno completed 22 of 33 passes for 324 yards. The Texans, one week after scoring 43 points in a loss to Memorial High, were held to just a field goal by the Trojans' surprisingly stout defense.
Freddy Sevilla, who ran for 227 yards in his starting quarterback debut last week for the Texans, was held to just 35 yards on 10 carries against the Trojans. Michael Boyd carried the rushing load for Sam Rayburn with 112 yards on 25 carries.
The contest was selected as Channel 13's Game of the Week after a record on-line voting response from both schools and strong push by South Houston alums, who turned out in force for homecoming activities.
Requeno was electric in the opening minutes. He dropped a 28-yard TD strike into the arms of Elton Dyer barely four minutes into the game.
The Texans answered with their only points of the night -- a 30-yard field goal by Eric Aldava.
Requeno counted with a toss to Torre Daniel, the district top receiver, who broke free for a 54-yard pass and run play. Less than two minutes later, Requeno connected with Dequan Moore for a 10-yard TD strike.
A 30-yard field goal by Jorge Pineda in the second quarter gave the Trojans a 24-3 halftime edge.
Just 91 seconds into the second half, Requeno hit Dyer again from 25 yards out. Requeno capped the Trojans' TD splurge with a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
Daniel caught eight passes for 126 yards. Dyer caught four for 96 yards.
The Texans produced 317 yards of offense but were hurt by three lost fumbles and an interception.
DEER PARK 58, PASADENA 7
The Deer spotted the Eagles a touchdown in the opening four minutes, then roared back with 58 unanswered points to claim a lopsided victory at Abshier Stadium.
Deer Park improved to 2-0 in District 22-5A play and 6-1 overall. Pasadena fell to 0-2 and 4-3.
Julian Nance helped stake the Eagles to a 7-0 lead with a 2-yard TD run early in the first quarter.
The Deer needed just 27 seconds to tie the score on a 39-yard pass from Austin Ranier to Josh Rutherford. Deer Park quickly bolted to a 28-7 lead and a 30-yard interception return by John Lopez with 55 seconds left in the half made it 35-7 at intermission.
Nance led all rushers with 124 yards on 22 carries.
South Houston's Erick Henriquez takes a hard spill after a short gain. Sam Rayburn's Zach Purvis (99) arrives to finish off the play .
South Houston's Elton Dyer gets a pat on the back from Sam Rayburn's Francisco Jimenez (4) after a catch.
Toree Daniel takes off again in the second quarter after catching a short pass from Rudis Requeno (15).