PLAINVIEW – Hirschi headed back to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2017 after beating Dumas 41-22 in a Region I-4A Division I semifinal matchup at Sherwood Memorial Stadium.
The Huskies advance to play either Springtown or El Paso Riverside next week.
The Huskies finished with 490 total yards, including 339 rushing on 34 carries. Junior tailback A’Marion Peterson finished with 197 rushing yards and three TDs on 19 carries. Jaleal Minniefield had 95 rushing and two TDs on four carries.
Dumas managed 331 yards but ran 18 more plays than the Huskies.
The Huskies took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 41-yard TD pass from Jimmell McFalls to Jamarion Carroll and a 71-yard TD run by Peterson. But Dumas battled back with Zyrell Murga scoring on a run and later a catch, giving the Demons a 15-14 lead at halftime.
But the Hirschi ground game kept churning yards and big plays in the second half. Peterson had a 19-yard TD run just 40 seconds into the third quarter for a 21-15 lead, and Minniefield broke for a 72-yard TD run at the 8:43 mark.
“I told my seniors at halftime, ‘You have to win one half of football to extend your football career at Hirschi High School,’” Hirschi coach Antonio Wiley said. “We didn’t execute in the second quarter. That’s how they got those 15 points. Our kids played well and responded to adversity. I told them Dumas was going to throw a punch and fight back. We took that punch and kept fighting.”
Dumas made it 27-22 with 8:21 left in the game, but Peterson and Minniefield each found the end zone once more, putting the game away.
“I’m blessed. Our kids are blessed, but they deserve it,” Wiley said. “They worked their butts off. My young guys told me the other day, Coach, I’m not ready to go to offseason, so we’re going to keep winning. For them to show up and go and grind everyday since last offseason, they deserve this.”
Hirschi 41, Dumas 22
Hirschi 14 0 13 14 -41
Dumas 0 15 0 7 -22
HIR – Jamarion Carroll 41 pass from Jimmell McFalls (Elias Barron kick), 5:46
HIR – A’Marion Peterson 71 run (Barron kick), 1:31
DUM – Zyrell Murga 17 run (Victor Morales kick), 4:32
DUM – Murgga 11 pass from Brayden Boggs-Rushing (Emmanuel Ibanez pass from Boggs-Rushing), :40
HIR – Peterson 19 run (Barron kick), 11:20
HIR – Jaleal Minniefield 72 run (kick failed), 8:43
DUM – Oliver Ortiz 14 pass from Boggs-Rushing (Morales kick), 8:21
HIR – Peterson 25 run (Barron kick), 7:10
HIR – Minniefield 15 run (Barron kick), 1:07
First downs: (H) 17; (D) 19
Rushing: (H) 34-339; (D) 46-170
Passing: (H) 7-15-0—151; (D) 10-21-1—161
Punts: (H) 3-33.3; (D) 4-34.8
Fumbles: (H) 1-1; (D) 0-0
Penalties: (H) 5-44; (D) 3-15
RUSHING – (H) A’Marion Peterson 19-197, Jaleal Minniefield 4-95, Jamarion Carroll 7-50, Terrius Causey 1-3, Reginald Demps 1-2, Jimmell McFalls 1-(-4), Team 1-(-4); (D) Brayden Boggs-Rushing 22-61, Zyrell Murga 5-56, James Bednorz 18-42, Jace Harris 1-11.
PASSING – (H) McFalls 6-14-0—90, Causey 1-1-0—61; (D) Boggs-Rushing 10-21-1—161.
RECEIVING – (H) Jewel Fletcher 3-71, Carroll 2-49, Minniefield 2-31; (D) Juan Romero 4-110, Murga 2-25, Oliver Ortiz 2-12, Bednorz 1-9, Harris 1-5.
RECORDS – Hirschi 11-2; Dumas 10-3.
This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: Hirschi Huskies vs. Dumas Demons 2021 football playoff score