VANDERBILT – Industrial quarterback Matthew Davis knew his team’s energy would be through the roof Friday night as they took on Edna for the District 15-3A, Division I championship.
“We knew we were the better team,” Davis said. “There were so many emotions throughout the week. We were so fired up that we wanted to play Thursday. We were nervous though, but we came out here and played hard.”
Davis led the Cobras (8-1, 5-0) to a 38-14 victory over the Cowboys (5-5, 5-1).
Davis rushed for 238 yards and two touchdowns, while passing for 159 yards and a touchdown. He also completed a two-point conversion pass, and accounted for 397 yards of total offense.
“Matt does a great job, but it all starts up front,” said Industrial coach Jamie Dixon. “Our offensive line does a great job making the holes for our backs. What makes our running game is our passing game, and what our receivers are able to do.”
The game started off a low-scoring affair, as penalties hurt the Cobras and the Cowboys were stymied by turnovers.
The Cowboys stopped Industrial on downs at the Edna 13-yard line on the Cobras opening possession.
But the Cobras forced a safety when Devin Barr tackled an Edna running back in the end zone.
Edna freshman quarterback Jaiden Clay opened the second quarter with a 67-yard pass to Cameron Thornton, setting up Clay’s 4-yard touchdown run.
Industrial came back to score twice before halftime. Clearence Hosey had a 22-yard touchdown run followed by a two-point conversion pass from Davis to Barr.
Davis then threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Mason Roe with 14 seconds left in the second quarter.
Industrial extended its lead in the second half. Davis scored on an 80-yard run in the third quarter.
Davis then threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Barr in the fourth quarter.
Edna’s Kolton Graham returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
But Industrial capped the win with a 1-yard touchdown run by Clay Martin late in the fourth quarter.
“We have one more ball game, but this game tonight was for the first seed in the playoffs,” Dixon said.
Edna will have a bye, while Industrial will travel to Goliad to wrap up the regular season next week.