Thrall had their best offensive performance Friday night, tallying 375 yards, but had to hold off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Snook for their first win of the season, 26-20.
Dallas Meiske rushed for 112 yards while Michael Rodriguez hauled in two passes for 109 yards. The Tigers finished the game with 196 yards on the ground and 179 through the air.
“Dallas did a great job seeing the creases in their defense tonight,” said Thrall Coach Rick Porter.
Tyreke Irvin stepped in front of a pass and set the Tigers up at the Snook 38.
On Thrall’s second offensive play Irvin took a handoff from Colter Hill around the right end and dragged several Snook defenders across the goal line for a 25-yard touchdown putting the Tigers up 6-0 with 10:44 left in the opening quarter.
At the midway point, the Tigers found the endzone again. Using a combination of runners, the Tigers marched to the Snook five. Neighbors got the call taking a last-second pitch from Hill for the score.
Snook tallied its first score on their next possession to cut the Tigers’ lead to 13-8 with 5:03 remaining in the half.
A minute later Hill hit a streaking Rodriguez down the right sideline for a 56-yard score as the Tigers extended their lead to 19-8.
The Tigers found the endzone one more time before the half. A 47-yard pass from Hill to Meiske gave Thrall the ball at the Snook eight. A pair of dives by Neighbors moved the ball to the one and Hill called his own number for the score and Thrall led 26-8 at the half.
Snook started its rally with 7:31 to play. Jose Garcia came in for Lero at quarterback. He rolled to his right and hit a wide-open Jermaine Kearney for a 17-yard gain. Snook opted to go for it on fourth down and Garcia hit Deshun Hamilton on a fly route down the right sideline for a 43-yard score as Snook pulled within 26-14 with 4:42 to play.
On second down Garcia found Hamilton again finding the house from 84 yards out. The pass for two failed and Thrall was able to hang on for the win.
If the Tigers do not play Friday, their next game will be the District 12-2A opener against the Rosebud-Lott Cougars (2-1) at home on September 25.