HAUGHTON – Senior quarterback Pryce Curry accounted for three touchdowns, and the Buccaneers defense held the Giants to just over 100 total yards and forced six turnovers as Haughton eventually pulled away for a 34-6 win over Green Oaks Friday night at Harold E. Harlan Field.
“Our defense played very good against a team with a lot of good athletes,” said Haughton first-year head coach Jason Brotherton, who saw his team improve to 3-1 with the win. “We were able to get some turnovers that put us in good position, and we capitalized on those pretty good.”
Offensively, the Bucs were just good enough as the Giants defense held Haughton to 229 total yards. Curry was efficient, if not brilliant, finishing with 99 yards on 6-of-13 passing and a touchdown. He scored on the second offensive play from scrimmage, a 28-yard scamper on the read-option, and later added a 1-yard dive to give Haughton a 28-6 lead midway through the third quarter.
“We didn’t do as well as I would have liked, but a win is a win,” said Curry, whose cousin Connor is the starting QB for District 1-5A rival Evangel. “We couldn’t get in a real good rhythm, and a lot of that was because of them (Green Oaks). We saw on film that they had a lot of talent, and they proved that (Friday).”
Despite the lopsided turnover margin, Green Oaks (1-3) was in the game at halftime, down only 21-6 thanks in large part to a 36-yard Hail Mary from Ellis Alexander to Damion Crawford on the last play of the second quarter.
“Ellis Alexander played his best game as a Green Oaks Giant so far (Friday),” Green Oaks head coach Curtis Evans said. “It might not show up on the stat sheet like that, but he played very well and his future is very bright for us.
“I’m very happy with the way our defense played against a very good quality Haughton offense,” he continued. “We put ourselves in some tough spots, but our defense kept making stops and keeping us in the ballgame.”
In addition to catching Curry’s scoring toss from 12 yards out late in the first half, junior wide receiver Kynan Hayes also had a 38-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Lavanta Gipson led the Bucs with 52 yards on 14 carries, while Mason Cordell (two catches, 40 yards) and Josh Lister (two catches, 39 yards) accounted for the majority of Curry’s passing yardage. Senior kicker Nico Broadway also connected on a pair of 40+yard field goals in the second half.
Ahmad Mason paced the Green Oaks rushing game with 53 yards on 14 carries, but the Giants were held to -6 yards on the ground due to a pair of bad snaps and three sacks of Alexander. Ze’Lanz French caught six passes for 45 yards and Kenric Jackson snagged five for 36 to lead Green Oaks.
With the excitement that has been generated by Dak Prescott starring at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, Curry gave a nod to the former Haughton star but says he is not necessarily trying to follow in Dak’s footsteps.
“He’s a great person off the field – what you don’t see – and we’re still seeing what a great player he is on the field,” said Curry. “I love watching him play, but I wouldn’t say I’m trying to fill his shoes. I’m just trying to be the best Pryce Curry that I can be, and hopefully that leads to us winning.”