South Houston receiver Toree Daniel goes high in the air to snag a deep pass from Rudis Requeno in the second quarter. Ronald Walker (27) and Byron Francis (4) defend on the play for Summer Creek.
South Houston quarterback Rudis Requeno threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns, but fourth-quarter mistakes haunted the Trojans for the second week in a row in a 34-24 loss to Summer Creek on Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Trailing 21-16 with less than six minutes to play, the Trojans got a break when the Bulldogs missed a short field-goal attempt. But on the first play after the missed kick, Requeno was intercepted by Josh Williams, who returned the ball 37 yards for the victory-clinching TD.
Summer Creek, now 3-0, fattened the margin to 34-16 with 2:35 left when KeeVon Aldridge scored from 17 yards out.
The Trojans, now 1-3, claimed a consolation TD with 25 seconds left on a 43-yard TD pass from Requeno to Toree Daniel.
Daniel, a sophomore who leads District 22-5A in receiving, caught 11 passes for 136 yards. Requeno completed 29 of 46 passes. He was intercepted twice, both times in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans opened the game with a stunning drive - 90 yards in 19 plays - that ended with a 5-yard TD pass from Requeno to Elton Dyer.
Summer Creek tied it on a first-possession, 71-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard TD run by Jhony Evans. The Bulldogs scored on their second possession, as well, with Aldridge going in from 10 yards out.
With 16 seconds left in the half, South Houston answered on a 9-yard TD pass from Requeno to Erick Henriquez. A misconnection on the PAT attempt enabled Summer Creek to salvage a 14-13 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Evans scored on a 2-yard run before the Trojans cut the Bulldogs' lead to 21-16 on a 27-yard field goal by Jorge Pineda.
The Trojans managed just 50 yards on the ground. Summer Creek rushed for 201 and passed for 185.
Evans led all rushers with 127 yards on 20 carries.
Kenneth Marshall, the Trojans' standout senior linebacker, was lost to an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return.
SAM RAYBURN 34, WALTRIP 16
Michael Boyd scored two touchdowns as the Texans raced to a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter and cruised to their second straight victory.
Sam Rayburn quarterback Eric Aldava followed Boyd's first TD with a 16-yard scoring pass to Freddy Sevilla that helped stake the Texans to a 14-0 halftime lead. Aldava capped Sam Rayburn's scoring with a 12-yard run late in the third quarter.
Toree Daniel turns upfield after hauling in a Rudis Requeno pass in the first quarter.
Daniel stretches for extra yardage in the second quarter after bring collared by Summer Creek's Darius Calhoun (34) and Najee Bissoon (2).
Requeno finds a crease up the middle before three Summer Creek defenders descend.
Summer Creek's Jordan Braden takes a tumble after hauling in a pass near the goal-line. Thomas Bennett (30) and Jermain Stevens (1) make sure Braden is on the ground.
South Houston's Byron Hodges (7) checks the flank of the Summer Creek defense for running room in the first quarter. The Bulldogs' Dakota Allen (40) slides in to cut him off.
South Houston linebacker Nick Cross (42) tries to slide past Summer Creek fullback Tyler Pushia (23) in pursuit of the Bulldogs' quarterback, Aaron Sharp (10).
Summer Creek's KeeVon Aldridge breaks the grip of Jermaine Stevens (1) and streaks past Thomas Bennett (30) on a 10-yard TD run in the second quarter.
Mario Campean, a sophomore for the Trojans, barrels ahead for good yardage after catching a pass from Requeno.
Summer Creek quarterback Aaron Sharp fires a completion downfield behind solid blocking up front.