Black Team Wins in Annual HHS Alumni Football Game

Former Houston High School football players gather before kickoff of the annual alumni football game last Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

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.

Team Black quarterback Robbie Mortensen (Class of 2020) throws a pass during the first quarter of the annual HHS Alumni football game last Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

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.

As Steven Logan (Class of 2016) looks for someone to block, Red Team quarterback Scott Logan (2015) looks for a pass during the first quarter of the annual HHS Alumni Football Game last Saturday at the Tiger Stadium.

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