The Terry Rangers primed themselves for Thursday night for what they hoped would be their first District 10-5A DI victory in 2019, hosting Texas City on Homecoming night at Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium in Rosenberg.
But junior running back Semaj McCall and the Stingarees had other ideas.
Texas City scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to secure a 29-14 win, the Stingarees’ first win of 2019.
“We had too many mistakes to expect to win,” Terry head coach Cornelius Anthony said.
Terry (1-6, 0-4) led 14-7 at halftime behind two touchdown passes from senior Brandon Kyles. But the Rangers’ offense struggled in the second half with only one drive getting past midfield. Texas City started clicking in the final frame. All four of Texas City’s second-half scoring plays came in the fourth quarter.
The Stingarees had a 10-play, 84-yard drive capped off with an 11-yard touchdown run by McCall to help tie the game at 14 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the contest.
After a Terry drive quickly stalled out, Williams broke the game open with a 52-yard touchdown run with 4:58 left on the clock.
The extra point was blocked by Terry junior Sergio Simmons but the Stingaree defense quickly got more points. On Terry’s next offensiv play, the Texas City defense swarmed Kyles and forced an errant throw in the end zone. Kyles was called for intentional grounding and Texas City was rewarded a safety.
The Stingarees scored on the next offensive series following an eight-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a 14-yard run by McCall with just over two minutes left.
The icing on the cake for Texas City was an interception by Williams at the goal line on Terry’s last gasp with 30 seconds left in the game.
The second half was a complete change from the first where Terry looked like the superior team while the Stingarees struggled to finish drives.
Texas City opened the game with a strong kickoff return from McCall that put the Stingarees near midfield. McCall accounted for 36 yards on the ground to get into field goal range but a 38-yard attempt by junior David Morales feel short.
The Rangers responded with an eight-play, 79-yard drive to put seven points on the board found senior receiver Travis Bonner for a 48-yard pitch and catch before Kyles raced for 18 more yards. The scoring play came on a 22-yard pass play to senior receiver Isaiah Montalbo on fourth and 17. Terry led 7-0 after the extra point kick by senior Scott Ives with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter.
Texas City rebounded on the next drive with McCall’s first touchdown, a three-yard run inside the final minute of the first quarter.
Kyles found junior Kellen Stewart for a seven-yard touchdown pass to give the Rangers the lead just before halftime.
Miscues undid the Rangers’ chances to hold the lead. Terry gave up 21 first downs to Texas City and had 10 penalties for 99 yards.
“It is a phenomenal win for this program, we’ve been fighting for it all year long,” Texas City head coach Leland Surovik said. “You don’t want to spoil anyone’s Homecoming. You want everyone to have a good Homecoming. But the win couldn’t have come at a better time for us.”
Texas City (1-6, 1-3) had 380 yards of offense, 372 coming on the ground.
McCall ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries to pace the Stingarees. Senior Corday Williams was lightning to McCall’s thunder with 133 yards and a touchdown to cripple the Terry defense.
Kyles accounted for 257 yards of offense including 157 yards passing and two touchdowns against one interception.
Terry will travel to Galveston Ball next Friday.