East Bernard cruises to second state title victory
Dec. 20, 2012 at 6:20 a.m.
ARLINGTON - Ty Slanina ran for 155 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns, and East Bernard won its second state title in convincing fashion with a no-doubt 56-14 rout of Corsicana Mildred in the Class 2A, Division II championship game Thursday.
The Brahmas (15-0) had three players reach 100 yards rushing in a game that was, for the most part, over at halftime. East Bernard jumped out to a 28-0 lead at halftime, and led by as much as 35 in the game.
Joc Richardson added 106 yards on 12 carries, and Cedrick Perkins had 140 yards on six carries and two more touchdowns.
Slanina, who is committed to TCU, accounted for five touchdowns, passing for one and running in a fumble recovery while on offense for the final score of the game. He was also 2 for 2 passing for 32 yards.
Iowa-bound Mildred quarterback Nic Shimonek was 15 for 26 passing with two touchdowns and 159 yards. He was hounded for much of the game, losing 31 yards on 12 carries.
STAMFORD 35, MART 28
Hagen Hutchinson accounted for four touchdowns, including a 9-yard run that proved to be the game-winner with 32 seconds left, to lift Stamford to a 35-28 come-from-behind victory over Mart in the Class 1A, Division I state championship game Thursday.
The senior quarterback/defensive back was selected the game's offensive and defensive Most Valuable Player. He accumulated 132 yards rushing and had two rushing touchdowns. He also was 22 for 30 passing for 248 yards, with two scoring passes to James Washington.
On defense, Hutchinson made 16 tackles, and he sealed the victory with an interception on Mart's last-ditch effort with 8 seconds left.
The win gives Stamford its first state title in 53 years.
MUNDAY 42, TENAHA 14
Dee Paul rushed for 263 yards and three long touchdowns and Munday bounced back from a loss a year ago to beat Tenaha 42-14 in a Class 1A, Division II championship rematch Thursday.
Paul had a 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and the quarterback scored from 55 and 60 yards during a decisive second-half surge. Munday lost to Tenaha 52-28 in last year's title game.
L.J. Collier had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Roddrick Taylor added scoring runs of 19 and 18 yards to help Munday (15-0) win its third state championship.
Chavis Gregory had 116 rushing yards and a touchdown for Tenaha (10-5).
Munday racked up 483 total yards, including 287 in the second half. Tenaha was held to 101 yards after halftime.