Black Team Wins in Annual HHS Alumni Football Game
After leading 12-0 at halftime, Team Black rallied for an unanswered 28 second-half points to beat Team Red 28-12 in the annual Houston High School Alumni Football Game. last Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
The two teams traded possessions for most of the first half before the Reds broke a scoreless tie on a 1-yard touchdown by Bailey Hurst (Class of 2022) with 16 seconds left before the break.
After an incomplete pass in the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt, the red team quickly scored again when Ty Wilkins (2015) intercepted a pass on the first play from scrimmage and moved the ball back 52 meters for a TD. The 2-point series fizzled out, but the Reds had a 12-0 advantage at halftime.
The Blacks cut the deficit in half with 3:50 left in the third quarter when quarterback Robbie Mortensen (2020) hit Dakota Burchett (2020) for a 12-yard touchdown pass to the left side of the end zone. When Chance Hunter (2017) kicked the ball for the 2-point conversion, the red team lead had fallen to 12-8.
The Blacks then took the lead with 8:49 left in the fourth period, when Mortensen jumped up and slammed his way down the middle for an 11-yard touchdown run, then tacked on a conversion run from 2 points to put his team up 16-12.
The Blacks scored twice more with less than 20 seconds left in the game.
Hunter ran 1 yard for a touchdown with 16 seconds left (a 2-point run failed), and on the last play of the night Dalton James (2018) recovered a fumble and returned the ball 70 yards for a score as time is up.