TENAHA — The Beckville Bearcats jumped out to an early lead and then held on late to take a 35-28 win over heavy favorite Tenaha Saturday night and spoil the Tigers’ Homecoming.
Ryan Harris played a big part in the upset as he threw three touchdown passes and caught one to lead the Bearcats (2-3) to the win in their District 11-2A opener. Tenaha falls to 4-2 for the season and 1-1 in district play.
“We had a lot of confidence in the game plan,” said Beckville Coach Cody Ross. “The kids bought in to what we were preaching. Out word of the week was ‘Believe’ and another catch phrase was ‘What If?’
“The kids played their tails off. We had some ups and downs, but when we got down we didn’t stay down. We finished what we started.”
Milo Morrison got the scoring started for the Bearcats as he scored on a 2-yard run.
The Beckville lead grew to 21-0 as Harris connected with Landon Dixon for a 35-yard touchdown and then came back and hit Allen for a 12-yard touchdown.
Tenaha got back in the game on a 16-yard Jordan Marshall touchdown and then converted a touchdown pass to pull within 21-14.
A Jeremy Patton touchdown run tied the game at 21-all.
The Bearcats rallied in the fourth quarter as Evan Allen completed an 18-yard TD pass to Harris at the 11:52 mark.
With about eight minutes left, the Bearcats got another touchdown pass to go up 35-21 in the contest.
The Tigers cut the lead to 35-28 midway through the fourth as Hayden Jennings completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tray Tutt.
Things didn’t go well for the Bearcats as they tried to run out the clock, as a fumble gave the ball back to the Tigers at the 30 with 5:11 left. They would get as close as the 5 before turning it over on downs with 3:10 left.
Beckville managed to use up all but the last 30 seconds, before having to punt the ball away.
Harris came up with an interception in the end zone to close out the Tenaha threat.
‘He played very, very well,” Ross said of Harris. “He did a very good job in the running game. He has the skills of a scatback, but the size of a tailback. He stays level-headed and finds another gear when he needs it.”
Harris finished 4 of 8 passing for 91 yards and the three scores, while rushing 21 times for 130 yards. He also caught an 18-yard touchdown pass
Morrison had 80 yards on 21 carries and the score; Allen threw an 18-yard touchdown pass and caught a 13-yarder; Dixon caught two passes (35 and 41) both for touchdowns; and Carlos Campos was 5 for 5 on PATs.
Defensively, Aaron Jones had seven tackles, Colter Klingler had six, Campos had five, Dixon had five and an interception, Karter Jones had four tackles and Harris also had an interception.
The Bearcats will host Harleton Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Beauchamp Stadium.