Dobie's Andrew Robinson breaks free on a 37-yard TD run in the first quarter for the Longhorns' first points of the game. Memorial's Ray Lopez (78) gives chase.
Dobie changed quarterbacks for the second time this season and in doing so changed Memorial's ability to write a happy ending on an offensive free-for-all.
Deandre Bolden, the talented backup to Dobie rushing star Andrew Robinson just a week ago, made the switch to quarterback Thursday night and teammed with Robinson to overpower the Mavericks 49-37 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Longhorns, the defending champs of District 22-5A, posted their second-straight 40-plus point performance. The Mavericks did the same -- but unlike their 45-43 victory over Sam Rayburn last week, this shootout found Memorial short of the ammunition required to fully counter the Longhorns' super-charged ground game.
Dobie is now 2-0 in district play and 5-2 for the season. The Mavericks fell to 1-1 in district and 2-5 overall.
Bolden replaced Tyler Wolfe, who a month ago inherited the quarterback job when senior star Blake Jackson was lost for the season to an ankle injury. Playing in the same backfield for the first time, Bolden and Robinson combined for 372 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
Bolden led the way with 187 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He attempted only three passes, but completed two of them -- one a 24-yard TD pass to Vance Leonard that lifted the Longhorns to a 28-12 second-quarter lead.
Robinson, the district's top rusher, cracked the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 185 yards on 19 carries.
Mavericks quarterback Greg Gallardo tried to match Dobie's offensive pace through the air. He threw for 345 yards, competing 22 of 37 and firing two TDs, both 29-yard strikes, one to Brandon Thomas in the first quarter and one to Derek Lee in the second.
The TD toss to Lee was one of two Memorial scores in the final four minutes of the first half. Ahrmon Mcleod scored from seven yards out with 41 seconds left in the half to pull the Mavericks to within 28-24.
Mcleod scored again on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter for the final TD of the game. Strangely, Memorial was 0-for-5 on conversion attempts until Miguel Taboada booted an extra point following Mcleod's final TD.
Patrick Hurst gave the Longhorns a third 100-yard rusher in the contest. Hurst rolled up 110 yards and scored on an 11-yard run late in the third quarter to help elevate Dobie to a commanding 42-30 lead. Bolden iced it with an 8-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Dobie piled up 521 yards of total offense, 491 yards of it on the ground. The Longhorns did not punt in the game, but lost the ball three times on fumbles.
The Mavericks lost only one fumble, but the one they coughed up proved costly. Dobie's Chris Uzomah returned it 46 yards for a second-quarter TD.
Memorial receiver Brandon Thomas (12) goes high to try to snag a pass from Greg Gallardo, but Vaughn Leonard (21) breaks up the play for Dobie.
Dobie's Robinson breaks into the open field again on his way to topping the 1,000-yard mark for the season.