The Tatum Eagles (6-2,5-0) scored 29 second-quarter points on their way to a 52-21 victory over the Mineola Yellowjackets, (5-3,2-3). The victory sets up next week’s district battle at Gladewater.
After losing the opening onside kickoff, the Eagle defense held but the offense then went three and out. On their second possession, starting at their own 19, Tatum went the distance in three plays. DeCartiyay Allison ran for 24 and eight and Jachais Jenkins jetted 49 for the score. The PAT was muffed, but the Eagles led 6-0. They would add 14 more in a span of 12 seconds in the second. Going 68 yards in 11 plays Tatum tallied with Jenkins darting over from the 12. On the ensuing possession, on the first play from scrimmage, Tatum’s Wardell Glaspie stripped the football and took it 25 for the score. In addition, for the night, Glaspie had 3 solo tackles, 4 assists, and 2 tackles for loss.
The Eagles would score twice in the last two minutes of the first half. A 77 yard, 8 play drive was capped by QB OB Jones going over from 14. He scored again on a 17 yards scamper capping a 57 yard, five play drive. Ismael Vazquez made the conversions.
The Eagles led 35-0 at the half.
Mineola got on the board in their opening possession of the third quarter going 70 yards in seven plays with QB Shaw Franklin running for five. Tatum would answer going 65 in two as Jones connected with Allison for 67. The Eagles would add their final touch as Jones hit Jenkins in stride from 59.
Mineola added two more scores. Franklin took it 65 and later Trevion Sneed ran 11.
Vazquez would tack on a 28-yard field goal for Tatum with 9:02 to go in the fourth for the final margin of victory.
For the night, Jones was 11 of 25 passing for 228 yards. Jayden Boyd caught four for 34 and Dexter Monroe caught one for 48. Jones also rushed 9 times for 75. Ty Hollins rushed four times for 17. Jenkins had 8 totes for 107, Allison 7 for 72 and Damien Smith four for 10.
On the defensive side, John McAlister 5 had solo tackles, 4 assists, and 1 fumble recovery.
The victory gives Tatum a share of the district championship with the title to be determined Friday night at Gladewater. The Bears (8-1,4-1) lost to West Rusk 27-26 back on October 5 for the only blemish on their perfect season. “The Bears play their brand of power football,” stated Coach Darren Hylander. “They also add in some play action passes to keep the defense honest. Their special teams also add some challenges for their opponents,” he added.