Second half surge lifts Warriors over Tigers, 35-14

by dentonramsey

Second half surge lifts Warriors over Tigers, 35-14


By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor


The South Grand Prairie Warriors used a solid second half surge to defeat the Irving Tigers, 35-14 at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl on Oct. 13.

After a poor defensive effort in the final two minutes of the first half allowed the Tigers to deadlock the game at 14-14, the Warriors stormed out in the third quarter with 21 unanswered points to secure the victory.

South Grand Prairie quarterback Denzel Dewberry threw two touchdown passes on the night and rushed in for another as teammate running back Julian Shankle added two rushing touchdowns, one on a 70-yard rush.

“It was another sluggish start for the Warriors, even though we got out 14-0 and scored in the first quarter,” Warriors head coach David Fisher said. “We still had some missed opportunities, and like I told them at halftime, ‘more of what we were doing, they were doing – jumping offsides and holding penalties,’ but I’m really proud that they made some good corrections and came out, executed, and looked like a whole different team.”

The Warriors amassed 204 yards in the air against the Tigers and added 311 more on the ground, garnering over 500 yards of offense in the victory.

Irving was limited to a total of 236 yards on the night and two touchdowns, as the Warriors D remained solid after a brief two minute collapse ended the first half.

South Grand Prairie jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, scoring in the first quarter for the first time this season.

Dewberry took the pigskin from the Tigers 5-yard line on a quarterback keeper for the score with 59.3 seconds remaining in the first quarter as Carson Wiggs added the extra point.

The Warriors pushed their lead to 14-0 after a fumble recovery gave South Grand Prairie the ball at midfield.

And all it took was one play, as Dewberry connected with Trae Johnson for a 49-yard touchdown pass with 6:08 left in the first half.

But the Warriors D gave up 75 yards on the ensuing Tigers drive, twice allowing Irving to convert on third down and allowing a 5-yard quarterback keeper touchdown on a fourth-and-one with 2:01 remaining in the second quarter to make the score 14-7.

The Tigers kickoff to the Warriors then resulted in a South Grand Prairie turnover, as the kick bounced off a Warriors player before Irving pounced on the pigskin at the Warriors 29-yard line.

And on the very first play of the drive, the Tigers found themselves chasing daylight as running back Chucky Jones found a huge hole to bring his team to the Warriors 3-yard line.

Two plays later, Jones found pay dirt on a rushing touchdown to tie the game at 14-14 with 41.5 seconds remaining in the first half.

After the two teams went to the locker rooms deadlocked at the half, the Warriors came out surging to begin the third quarter.

South Grand Prairie began their third quarter drive at their own 41-yard line, as Dewberry and company marched down the field to the Tigers 7-yard line to setup a second-and-goal.

On the following play, Shankle took the ball and swept left and into the end zone for the touchdown with 8:27 remaining in the third quarter to give the Warriors a 21-14 lead.

After the Warriors D forced the Tigers to a three-and-out, South Grand Prairie took over at their own 32-yard line on a Johnson fair-catch.

And seven plays later, the Warriors once again found themselves in the end zone, this time on a beautiful play-action pass.

With the Tigers biting on the run, Dewberry found a wide open Johnson streaking down the sideline for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 4:17 left in the third to push the Warriors lead to 28-14.

The Warriors defense again stood strong on the Tigers ensuing drive, forcing another three-and-out as South Grand Prairie took over at their own 30-yard line with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter.

And all Warriors needed was one play to find daylight, as Shankle took the pigskin and scampered 70 yards into the end zone for a 35-14 South Grand Prairie lead with 2:09 left in the third.

South Grand Prairie attempted to add three more points early in the fourth quarter, but a 22-yard Wiggs’ field goal attempt was blocked with 11:07 remaining in the game.

But the Warriors 21-point third quarter was all they would need as South Grand Prairie held on for a 35-14 victory on Friday night at the Bowl.


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SGP – Denzel Dewberry 5 run (Carson Wiggs kick)

SGP – Trae Johnson 49 pass from Dewberry (Wiggs kick)

IRV – Chase Gallegos 5 run (Matthew Coronado kick)

IRV – Chucky Jones 1 run (Coronado kick)

SGP – Julian Shankle 7 run (Wiggs kick)

SGP – Johnson 29 pass from Dewberry (Wiggs kick)

SGP – Shankle 70 run (Wiggs kick)

STATS                                                                  IRV    SGP

First Downs



Rushing Yards



Passing Yards

















IRV: Chucky Jones 22-103, Chase Gallegos 7-10.

SGP: Julian Shankle 11-146, Denzel Dewberry 12-72, Matthew Maldonado 4-36, Dezman Longmiles 6-34, Rakin Rigsby 2-17, Ricky Evans 1-3, Ahmed Haruna 1-3.


IRV: Chase Gallegos 8-22-0-123.

SGP: Denzel Dewberry 12-19-0-204.


IRV: Demarius Washington 4-69, Charles Crowe 3-43, Dante Pinchback 1-11.

SGP: Trae Johnson 5-125, Rakin Rigsby 6-64, Will Adams 1-15.