Quarterback Latiedrick Pugh’s 34-yard dash made the difference Friday night at Leonard C. Barnes Stadium as the Mansfield Wolverines spoiled Booker T. Washington’s homecoming with a 30-20 victory.
Pugh dropped back to pass and then, while avoiding the rush, decided to run straight up the middle. That decision worked and Mansfield finally went ahead to stay at 22-20 with 8:08 left in the game.
BTW, which dropped to 0-6 and 0-1 in District 1-3A, had several more opportunities but could not take advantage.
Mansfield added an insurance touchdown with 1:29 on the clock on a 10-yard run by Levonte Hall.
“They (BTW) went to a five-man front and were crashing the gaps so we had to go to our short passing game,” Mansfield coach Glen Hall explained.
The Wolverines, 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the league, had plenty of success early as Hall scored on a 53-yard run on Mansfield’s first possession. Then a host of defenders swarmed BTW quarterback Joshua Horton in the end zone for a safety to give Mansfield a quick 9-0 lead.
Hall was the game’s top rusher with 154 yards on the ground on 17 carries.
“We kept hurting ourselves with fumbles and penalties,” said Hall, who was pleased with the victory but not his team’s overall performance. “We have to fix the mistakes.”
Pugh helped the running game with 68 yards.
BTW finally got things going offensively on a swing pass to Marvontae Alexander, who made the catch from Horton, side-stepped a couple of defenders and sprinted 35 yards for the touchdown. That came with 1:56 left in the first quarter and cut Mansfield’s lead to 9-6.
Horton found Raylin James on a two-yard scoring toss to give BTW a short-lived 12-9 advantage with 23 seconds left before halftime.
Hall’s 23-yard run midway through the third quarter provided the Wolverines back on top 16-12 after a Jimmie Jones extra point.
Joe Speed’s 25-yard TD run and a two-point pass reception provided BTW with its last lead at 20-16 with 10:03 left in the game.
But a fake punt and 34-yard run by punter Jimmie Jones paved the way for Pugh’s go-ahead touchdown.
Horton completed 17-of-26 passes for 206 yards to keep BTW in the game. He did not throw an interception. Tre’Shawn Hill was his favorite target with five catches for 110 yards.