Turnovers plague Owls in 28-5A loss
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Sam Houston’s interceptions at halftime outnumbered Highlands’ completions. That was a problem for the Owls Thursday at Alamo Stadium.
The Hurricanes (5-2, 5-0) cashed in picks on each of Highlands’ first three possessions in the District 28-5A game. That got district-leading Sam Houston rolling for a 48-0 victory.
It was Sam Houston’s second shutout in 28-5A play and fifth concsecutive win.
“The first possession, (the defense) was a little down,” Sam Houston junior wide receiver Dewayne Brown said, “but they picked it up. When the defense is shutting them down like that, it makes it a lot easier on the other end.”
Sam Houston limited Highlands (0-6, 0-4) to 115 total yards and forced five turnovers. The Owls started junior quarterback Thomas Saleme for the first time.
“We wanted to keep the pressure on them with a first-time starting quarterback,” Hurricanes coach Gary Green said. “Quarterbacks don’t like pressure. Nobody does. Joe Montana didn’t like pressure.”
Senior fullback James Citrizen ran up the middle 5 yards for the Hurricane’s first touchdown following Jawon Anderson’s first interception of the season. The pick ended a nine-play drive by Highlands (0-6, 0-4).
Junior Devin Harris scored the next three Sam Houston touchdowns.
Harris caught an 18-yard pass from Raymonte Prime six seconds into the second quarter, following an interception by Zurick Woods. An interception by Darryl Bledsoe led to a seven-play Hurricanes drive, which Harris capped with a three-yard run. The back added a six-yard run with 5:29 until halftime.
“Without our defensive line, we’d be nothing,” Woods said. “(The secondary) just played football and did our job. That’s all we needed to do.”
Eight seconds before the half, Anderson scored on a seven-yard pass from Prime.
“They’re really fast,” Highlands coach Bert Lopez said. “Their defensive line is really fast. Our linemen had our hands full.”
Sam Houston ran only nine offensive plays in the second half, but the Hurricanes picked up two touchdowns. Defensive end Chaye Williams scored on a 72-yard fumble return in the third quarter. Brown took a pass in the left flat 63 yards to the end zone with 10:35 left.
With the touchdown and three carries for 14 yards as a backup quarterback, Brown accounted for all of the Hurricanes’ fourth-quarter yardage. Sam Houston finished with 255 total yards.