Ferris Jackets sting Mabank Panthers
Special to The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - The Jackets coming off a big win in their district opener, continues their strong start in district play by beating Mabank at Panther Stadium Friday, Oct. 14, with a final score of 31-24.
Ferris had a slow start to their season with many questioning weather this young team would find success, the Jackets have silenced their critics winning their first two games in district.
Ferris would start the game on offense winning the toss and wanting to get a quick jump on the Panthers , but a backwards pass thrown behind the line of scrimmage by the Ferris quarterback to his running back failed to be completed and resulted in a Jacket turnover and giving Mabank good field position.
The Panthers wasted no time, driving the field and scoring by putting the ball in the air and going up 7-0.
The following drive Ferris would move the ball, but came up short when #4 Harris took a shot at the end zone and was intercepted.
The Jackets defense would find it’s rhythm shutting down the Panthers on the following drive and bring the first quarter to an end.
The Jackets moved the ball to start the second quarter, but still had no points to show for it on the scoreboard. Mabank would drive the field again on a series of passing and running plays, the Jackets standing strong refused to give up a touchdown on the drive and forced the Panthers to kick a field goal with 8:07 left in the quarter and a lead of 10-0.
Ferris wasted no time and moved quickly down the field when the Jackets quarterback hooked up with #20 Ollie Collins on a 35 yard pass, Ferris would end up settling for a field goal and finally getting on the board with a score of 10-3 and 4:33 left to play in the half.
Mabank would turn the ball over on the next drive, as #50 Gutierrez would force a fumble which would be recovered by the Jackets #67 Lopez.
Ferris would be unable to drive the field and turn the ball over on downs.
The Panthers following drive would also fall short when #5 Niko Garza would intercept a tipped ball and bring the first half to an end.
Mabank would start the second half with a successful drive and score on 38 yard pass reception and now lead the game 17-3.
The Jackets really needed to make a move and get the offense rolling, or Mabank was going to have a big night.
Ferris drove the field on the legs of #3 Grady and #2 Foster, while #20 Collins would make a great catch over the middle and put the Jackets on the 14 yard line.
Quarterback #4 Harris would hook up #9 Thurman giving Ferris their first touchdown of the night and make the score 17-10 with 4:24 left in the quarter.
Mabank refusing to lay down came back and scored again with 3:57 left in the third quarter and a score of 24-10.
Ferris wanted Mabank to know they weren’t finished or giving up, #4 Harris hooked up with #20 Collins once again with 2:07 left in the quarter and scored on a 52 yard pass reception after the catch, which resulted in another Jacket touchdown.
The quarter would come to an end with #50 Junior Gutierrez once again sacking the Panther quarterback and the score at 24-17 Mabank.
For all those watching this battle and routing on their teams, it was obvious this game was far from over, it was Texas Football at it’s best.
Ferris’s defense would hold strong in the fourth quarter, even though the Panthers never stopped fighting. 7:41 into the quarter the Jackets would once again find success, completing passes to #19 Austin Tarno and #5 Niko Garza; Robert Grady would make sure to give the Jackets a chance to score again rushing and breaking tackles down to his own 15 yard line.
Ferris did find the end zone with #15 Marcus Smith catching a tipped pass by #4 Harris and tied the game all up at 24-24.
The question was could the Ferris defense stop this strong Mabank team from continuing to score? Answer, “yes.”
The Jackets strong defensive play gave their offense a chance to take the lead for the first time of the evening, holding Mabank.
The determined Jackets once again drove down the field and scored on a little trickery, when #9 JaVaughn Thurman on an end around completed a pass to #11 Darius Rouwtt who took the ball in for another Ferris touchdown and their first lead of the night at 31-24.
Mabank would attempt to tie the game with just minutes left to play, but came up short and giving the Jackets their second district victory.
The Ferris Yellow Jackets will play North Forney at Jacket Stadium Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 kick off time. Both teams 2-0 in district play, so come on out and cheer on our Jackets.