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Mansfield Timberview's run ends in state semis

AUSTIN -- Mansfield Timberview looked good for the first four minutes of the second half in its game against Spring Dekaney on Saturday afternoon.

Spring Dekaney’s Trey Williams looked great for the entire game.

The Texas A&M-bound running back rushed for 259 yards and six touchdowns to help lead the Wildcats to a 56-19 win over Mansfield Timberview in a 5A Division II state semifinal. Spring Dekaney, which is making its first-ever playoff appearance, will now play for a state championship next week at Cowboys Stadium.

Mansfield Timberview, which had advanced to the state semifinals in its first playoff appearance since the 2008 season, had its nine-game winning streak snapped Saturday. The Wolves had won seven of those games after the October death of offensive coordinator Cody McCarty.

“It was actually a good season that we had with all the things we’ve been through,” Mansfield Timberview quarterback Charles Taylor said. “We got so close we were expecting to get to that ring, but it didn’t happen that way.”

Timberview received the opening kickoff, but the Wolves’ first three drives ended in a lost fumble, a deflected punt and a failed fake punt from inside their own 20. A Timberview offense that was averaging 36.8 points per game was shut out in the first half and the Wolves’ two trips inside the Dekaney 25 yielded no points.

Dekaney, on the other hand, had no problem putting up points.

Dekaney’s first 10 offensive snaps led to three touchdowns and the Wildcats scored on six of their seven first-half drives. Dekaney’s only non-scoring possession was a drive at the end of the half in which D’Juan Hines took a first-down knee with a 42-0 lead on the scoreboard.

Williams rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries in the first half.

“It was a bad mood, a mood it shouldn’t have been. It wasn’t up like it always is,” said Taylor of the halftime atmosphere in the locker room at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex. “We came out good [in the second half], but we shouldn’t have started off like that.

Mansfield Timberview recovered an onside kick and forced Dekaney’s first punt within the first two minutes of the second half. The Wolves followed both of those changes in possessions with Taylor touchdown runs.

Trailing 42-12, Timberview recovered another onside kick after Taylor’s second touchdown run. But Taylor was called for an intentional grounding penalty and the senior quarterback ended the drive with three consecutive incomplete passes.

After the turnover on downs, Dekaney gave the ball to Williams on eight straight plays and Williams capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run.

“The biggest thing is finishing. We’ve got to have pride in who we are and what we do,” Mansfield Timberview coach Mark Walker said. “We came out and played a bad first half and so I told them that’s the challenge and we’ve got to get it done [in the second half]. Our kids did, and I’ve very proud of them.”

Mansfield Timberview was led by Taylor’s two touchdowns, and the Wolves scored the game’s final points on a 28-yard rumble by Daniel Ramos in the fourth quarter.

Timberview, which finishes its season 12-3, also got 102 receiving yards from Rickey Gross.