SUGAR LAND – The Terry football team was thin in depth, but big on heart to pull out its first win of the season on Saturday night.
The Rangers, battered and bruised, still found a way to get a tough win on the road, outlasting Dulles 14-11 at Mercer Stadium. Terry got big plays from its defense in the first half, while its offense scored what would become the game-winning touchdown in the second half.
“Our guys who had to step up did a great job of stepping up and playing like men, and that’s what we needed them to do,” Terry head coach Cornelius Anthony said. “Hats off to the guys who aren’t normally starters, but played the whole game and did a great job.
“I want to really commend the defense for flying around and just getting (Dulles) off the field. We put (the defense) in some bad predicaments early on and they bowed up and made plays for us.”
Terry gained 136 yards from its diverse rushing offense and quarterback Brandon Kyles threw for 139 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-20 passing. Meanwhile, the defense held Dulles to only 78 rushing yards.
Terry scored first in the first quarter on an 11-play, 88-yard drive. Kyles connected on six straight passes to five different receivers in the drive, including a 29-yard pass to receiver Travis Bonner that put the Rangers at the Dulles 4-yard line. Five plays later, running back Quincy Johnson took a pitch and scored from a yard out to put Terry up 7-0.
The Vikings tried to answer the touchdown with a long drive of their own, going 66 yards on 11 plays to reach the Ranger 9. But Dulles running back Tim Gans fumbled the handoff and Terry defensive end Braxton Bedford recovered to end the drive with no Viking points on the board.
Terry (1-1) continued to move the ball well in the second quarter, but had two fumbled that ended drives in Dulles territory. But the Ranger defense stuffed the Vikings on back-to-back fourth-down attempts to end the first half.
Terry started the second half with good field position after a personal foul penalty and a 25-yard run by running back Mike Odom moved the ball to the Dulles 16. The drive stalled and kicker Scott Ives missed a 33-yard field goal.
Dulles (1-1) then responded with another long drive, reaching the Terry 18 on 15 plays. Brian De La Torre kicked a 37-yard field goal to put the Vikings on the board with under six minutes left in the third quarter.
Terry was forced to punt on the ensuing drive, but the ball touched a Dulles player and was recovered by wide receiver Trevin Holloway at the Viking 47. Four plays later, punter/quarterback Marc Alvarez faked a punt and ran seven yards to pick up a first down and keep the drive alive.
Five plays later, Kyles found receiver Isiah Montalbo for a 21-yard touchdown catch to put the Rangers up 14-3 early in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings again went on a long drive, moving to the Terry 14 on 11 plays. That’s when Gans went up the middle for a 21-yard touchdown run. Running back Leroy Jackson followed that with a two-point conversion run to cut the Ranger lead to three points with under eight minutes left in the game.
Terry then began to muscle the clock down with its three-headed rushing attack, as Kyles, Johnson and Eric Andrade each had several carries in a 15-play drive that took up 7:41 of the clock.
Dulles only had 10 seconds left on its own 2-yard line to score, and could not after three pass attempts failed as time expired.
Odom and Johnson each had 43 rushing yards, while Andrade had 35.
The win gives Terry some much-needed confidence going into its rivalry game against Lamar Consolidated on Friday, tentatively at Traylor Stadium.