Special to the Daily Light
The Ferris Yellowjackets ended a seven-year play-off drought last night, winning their third straight District 13-3A game with a 41-28 victory over the Eustace Bulldogs.
The Yellowjackets (7-3 overall, 3-2 13-3A) will face the Tyler Chapel Hill Bulldogs in bi-district play Friday night at Mesquite Memorial Stadium starting at 7:30 pm.
The Yellowjackets special teams scored the first touchdown of the game, as Jeremy Masterson blocked an Eustace punt. Armando Castillo scooped and scored from 24 yards out. Jesus Nava connected on the first of six extra points, giving Ferris a 7-0 advantage.
Following an Eustace turnover, the Yellowjackets put together an eight-play, 40 yard drive capped by a seven-yard touchdown run by Martin Mendez.
Up 14-7, the Yellowjackets capitalized on another eight-play drive, going 68 yards. Senior quarterback Tristian Green connected with Masterson on a 32-yard touchdown.
Ferris' next score came on a 76 yard drive, as Payden Bertrand scored from five-yards out, pushing the score to 27-14.
After a Eustace score, the Yellowjackets finished the half with a two-play scoring drive.
Green scrambled for 15 yards on the first play, and connected with Tevin Richard on a 41-yard strike to push the lead to 34-21 at the break.
Following a Ferris turnover, Eustace answered on a 12 play scoring drive cutting the lead to 34-28.
The Yellowjackets answered again for the game's final score as Bertrand capped a 14-play drive from three yards out.
The Yellowjacket offense finished the game with 393 yards, 310 on the ground and coverted 8 of 9 third downs.
Bertrand carried the ball 29 times for 135 yards, while Green had 83 yards running and 83 yards passing. Mendez finished the game with 82 yards on 13 totes.