Winless in three nondistrict games, Arlington Lamar and Arlington Sam Houston broke through with victories in District 4-5A openers Friday.
Quarterback Connor Berry helped prevent Lamar’s first 0-4 start since 1984 by throwing for 212 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 94 yards and two scores in a 41-24 win over Arlington (1-3, 0-1).
Berry, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior, gave Lamar (1-3, 1-0) the lead for good with a 78-yard touchdown run in the second period.
Lamar ended Arlington’s three-year winning streak in the rivalry and increased its series lead to 22-18-1.
The Vikings travel to Weatherford (1-3, 0-1) on Friday.
A second chance for kicker Miguel Alvarez produced the winning overtime field goal for Sam Houston in a 24-21 homecoming triumph over Fort Worth Paschal.
Alvarez missed from 27 yards, but a Paschal encroachment penalty moved the kicker 5 yards closer for the winning 22-yard kick.
The field goal followed an end zone interception by the Texans’ David Mustapha that ended the overtime possession for Paschal (0-4, 0-1).
Texans quarterback Kendall Jackson threw for two scores.
Sam Houston (1-3, 1-0) faces Arlington Bowie (2-2, 0-1) Friday at Wilemon Field.