WAXAHACHIE — Two first-quarter touchdowns and a stingy defense propelled the Life Waxahachie Mustangs to their first win of the young football season on Friday.
Life Waxahachie defeated the visiting Canton Eagles, 20-14 — though it did get interesting late in the fourth quarter.
J'lon Sanders got the Mustangs on the board when he hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Everett Pullam with 6:36 to play in the first quarter. Fewer than five minutes later, Gage Mayfield picked off a Martin McGwire (11-29, 75 yards) pass and returned it 30 yards for a 13-0 Life Waxahachie lead with a little under two minutes to play in the first quarter.
The interception was just one of three thrown by McGwire on the evening. The Mustangs also recovered one fumble, while losing two of their own.
McGwire put the Eagles on the board with 1:24 to play in the first half when he found Cooper Smith for a 14-yard score.
After neither team found the end zone in the third quarter, Josh Sanders carried the football in from five yards out for a 20-6 Life Waxahachie lead with 10:21 on the fourth-quarter clock.
Canton responded on its next possession with Smith hauling in his second touchdown pass of the contest, this time for 21 yards from Simon Miller, and followed with a successful two-point conversion.
With 8:29 to play in the ballgame, Life Waxahachie clung to a 20-14 lead.
The Mustangs, behind their run-first offense, the put together a nine-play drive that ate all but about three minutes off of the game clock. A turnover on downs gave the ball back to the Eagles on their 36-yard line with a chance to tie or take the lead.
Though they ran eight plays and converted once on fourth down, McGwire was sacked on the Eagles' 40-yard line to end the ball game.
Life Waxahachie outgained Canton 270 yards to 247 on the evening. The Mustangs ran the football 44 times for 230 of those yards.
Quarterback Everett Pulliam led the way for the Mustangs with 17 carries for 83 yards, while Poston added 70 yards on eight carries. Pulliam also completed 5-of-his-11 passes for 40 yards and one touchdown.
Life Waxahachie (1-3) returns to action Friday, Sept. 29 at Dallas Lincoln. The Tigers are 3-1 on the season with wins over North Dallas (38-0), Wilmer-Hutchins (30-21) and Dallas MAdison (33-30). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.