MESQUITE - Chapel Hill used a two-headed monster of its own out of the backfield to seal up a Class-3A bi-district victory Friday night.
Matthew Tucker and Ray Lydia combined for 295 yards and five touchdowns as the Bulldogs bested Ferris, 48-14, at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
Chapel Hill (6-5) will meet Pleasant Grove (9-2), which defeated Mineola Thursday night, next week in the area round. A site, date and time have not been set.
Tucker overcame a slow start to rush for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts.
The junior’s first 13 carries went for just 51 yards, but his final two rushes of the first half netted 40 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs ahead 21-7 at halftime.
In the second half, Tucker ran for 108 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown romp, which gave Chapel Hill a 35-7 lead late in the third.
Lydia ran for 96 yards and a season-high three touchdowns. His two scores in the first quarter gave Chapel Hill a 14-0 lead.
Ferris, which ended its season at 7-4, was led by its rushing duo of quarterback Tristan Green and fullback Payden Bertrand.
The pair, which had combined for more than 2,220 yards going into Friday, finished with a combined 215 yards.
Green led the way with 121 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts.
The Bulldogs rushed for 377 yards and finished with 437 in total offense.
Senior quarterback Chris Mass was 7 of 12 passing for 60 yards. Tony Riley made six receptions for 52 yards.
Both of Chapel Hill’s first-quarter touchdowns came after Ferris turnovers.
On Ferris’ opening possession, the center’s snap sailed behind an empty backfield and into the arms of a Chapel Hill defender at the Ferris 25-yard line.
Six plays later, Lydia ran in the touchdown from seven yards out for a 7-0 lead with 7:38 remaining in the first quarter.
Ferris’ ensuing possession ended when Green’s pass downfield was intercepted by Fred Johnson and returned to the Bulldogs’ 40.
Lydia capped the nine-play drive with his second touchdown of the night - a 3-yard run up the middle that gave Chapel Hill a 14-0 lead late in the first.
The Yellowjackets got on the board with 4:13 remaining in the half on Green’s 2-yard touchdown run. It was set up by Green’s 30-yard scamper to the 9-yard line.
Tucker’s 13-yard touchdown run concluded a 10-play, 70-yard drive to end the first half.