HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

McNeil rushes past Stony Point to keep playoff hopes alive

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Blink and you might miss the McNeil offense.

The Mavericks scored 35 points in just 17 minutes of play in the first half, jumping out to an insurmountable lead early and knocking off District 13-6A rival Stony Point 38-28 on Friday afternoon at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.

"We got some big breaks at times, but mostly our kids were just playing hard and playing really well," McNeil head coach Howard McMahan said. "These kids deserve to have that kind of excitement."

McNeil kept their playoff hopes alive with the win, improving to 3-5 with a 2-4 record in district play. For the second straight week, Stony Point squandered an opportunity to clinch a postseason spot but still sits within the district's top four spots at 6-2 and 4-2 in District 13-6A.

Sophomore quarterback Luke Hutchison led the through the air for the Mavericks, completing five of 11 passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Brother and senior running back Winston Hutchison paced the ground game's efforts with 28 carries for 179 yards in the win.

"We have a great offensive line, a good running back, and a good quarterback," McMahan continued, "We run the ball well, and that's just what we do to make things happen. We felt good about our game plan and we held on to the football all night."

Running back Kendall Thomas led the way for the Tigers' offense, rushing for 43 yards and a touchdown score on 18 carries. Quarterback Kyle Overton, who was subbed in for Jackson Tingler at the start of the second half, threw for 219 yards and a touchdown on 19 pass attempts.

"We played very poorly in the first half, they took advantage of every little thing we did wrong," Stony Point head coach Craig Chessher said. "They're a good and well-coached football team."

After rain soaked out their scheduled Thursday night meeting, the two Round Rock ISD foes took to the turf on Friday afternoon.

Stony Point struck first on a 15-play drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock, capped off by a touchdown run from Thomas.

But from that point on, it was all Mavericks, all afternoon.

On the ensuing kickoff, McNeil wideout J'Marri Perry ran 91 yards to the house with the return to put McNeil out in front. In the second quarter, Luke Hutchison would take over with three passing touchdowns within six minutes.

Hutchison had throws of four yards to Peyton Keily, 35 yards to Sakiusa Tikoikosov, and 23 yards to Blake Henke reach the endzone.
Henke, a senior wide receiver, would contribute in another way in the second quarter. Kicking off after a touchdown, Henke ran down the field and recovered a fumble on the kickoff return, which led to McNeil scoring on a run by Winston Hutchison one play later.

Stony Point would fight back in the second half, as senior quarterback Kyle Overton had a pair of short rushing touchdowns that cut the lead in the second half, one from three yards and the next from four yards out.

Overton would later connect with Kendall Thomas on a 67-yard pass-and-catch touchdown on a screen throw.

"I thought we played well offensively when we started to come back, and I think that says something about us," Chessher said. "We lost by ten to a really good football team, one that's better than their record is."

However, the deficit was too large after McNeil's red hot offensive breakout in the first 24 minutes. The Mavericks' dominant run game would run the clock down to end the contest.

"It's just a big win for this program, a big win for these kids, I'm proud of them," McMahan said. "You know these kids are going to be ready for the next game."

McNeil returns to Kelly Reeves next Friday when they take on Cedar Ridge in another battle between RRISD foes. Stony Point hosts Westwood at Dragon Stadium on Friday.

"We have some very good teams in this district," Chessher said. "Hopefully our guys can withstand another hard week of practice and get ready to take on the next one.

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