Joshua holds University winless in district opener, 45-27 | High school
JOSHUA – A push from Joshua in the first half was too much for the University to overcome, as the Owls defeated the Trojans, 45-27, in their District 5-5A opener on Friday night.
The loss keeps University out of the winning column, as the Trojans fell to 0-4 on aggregate and 0-1 in district games.
The Owls were leading 31-7 at halftime and although University scored the last 21 points of the game, the result was never in doubt after the opening 24 minutes.
The university had remained competitive in two out-of-district losses to Granbury and Terrell leading at halftime, with first-year head coach Kent Laster begging his team to find a way to finish.
But against the Owls on Joshua’s return, it was the start that got the Trojans in trouble. After getting three goals in their first possession, they kicked and Joshua scored in his first scrimmage game. Owns backup quarterback Drew DeAram broke the left sideline for a 64-yard run, virtually untouched by the University defense. Ashton Tyson ran for a two-point conversion and it was 8-0, Joshua, with 10 minutes left in the first quarter.
On the next play, Joshua converted a kick in play and retrieved the ball at University 45. It took just four plays for the Owls to score again as Kolby sank four yards for one. 14-0 lead.
The University scored their only points of the first half as the Trojans pushed the ball 73 yards in nine plays, helped by some tough runs from junior backer Mekhi Sandolph, a few short passes from quarterback Damarion Chambers and a penalty for hit.