FORT WORTH — Following a season-opening loss, the Ferris Yellowjackets traveled to Fort Worth to take on the Castleberry High School Lions — and made the most of the trek. The Yellowjackets made seveal adjustments on both sides of the football for a come-from-behind win, beating the Lions 20-18.
Ferris is now 1-1 on the young season.
The Yellowjackets got off to a slow start as they allowed the Lions to take a 12-0 lead into the locker rooms at halftime.
But the third quarter was all Ferris. The Yellowjackets scored twice — and added a two-point conversion — and added a third touchdown in the fourth quarter for a 20-18 win.
The Lions got the scoring started with a 79-yard pass from quarterback Michael Dameron to Fabian Gauge, but the extra point was blocked by the Yellowjackets. Then, in the second quarter, Dameron completed a 27-yard pass to Gauge once again. The extra point was blocked yet again, leaving the score at 12-0.
After a short drive, the Yellowjackets found the end zone on their first possession of the third quarter with a pass from Kobe Langford to Matthew Nunez for 24 yards. The two-point conversion was no good.
After a back-and-forth few possessions, Lankford again found the end zone for Ferris, this time with a one-yard run, and the two-point conversion was good to put the Yellowjackets in front, 14-12.
He scored again in the fourth quarter on a three-yard scamper that put Ferris ahead 20-12 after a blocked extra-point.
After a Yellowjackets turnover later in the quarter, the Lions drove 76 yards behind running back Justin Taylor, who eventually capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown run.
The Lions two-point conversion appeared good, but the referee said the receiver stepped out of bounds, leaving the score 20-18. The ensuing Lions onside kick failed and the Yellowjackets held on for the win.
The Yellowjackets defense surrendered 360 total yards of offense to the Lions, who gained 148 yards on the ground and 212 yards through the air. The Yellowjackets rolled up 328 yards total offense with 89 of those yards in the air and 239 of those yards on the ground
Quarterback Kobe Langford finished 6-of-10 for 89 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also led all ball carriers with 22 carries for 172 yards. Devonte Williams added 63 yards on 10 carries, while Xavier Gonzalez added 6six yards on three carries. Matthew Nunez accumulated 76 yards on five receptions with one touchdown. Caleb Cox had one reception for 13 yards.
The Yellowjackets will look to continue the momentum when they travel to Crandall next Friday night to face the Crandall Pirates. The rivalry is known as the Battle for Malloy Bridge Road