Doc Harvey accounted for five touchdowns as the Chieftains rallied from a two-touchdown deficit for a 34-26 win over the Longhorns.
JONES – Fittingly, Seminole’s 34-26 win over Jones on Friday night ended with the ball in Doc Harvey’s hands.
The senior quarterback/defensive back nearly did it all for the Chieftains in their District 3A-3 win over the Longhorns, running for three touchdowns, passing for two more, and ending Jones’s final drive with an interception as Seminole rallied from a 19-6 halftime deficit.
“He’s the best athlete in the state,” Seminole head coach Mike Snyder said afterward. “I promise you.”
Harvey threw for 108 yards and ran for 109 more as the Chieftains (6-1 overall, 2-1 in District 3A-3) stormed back from a two-touchdown deficit, scoring rushing touchdowns on three straight possessions to start the second half. The third and final one gave Seminole its second lead of the night at 26-19 early in the fourth quarter.
But on their next possession, a pair of penalties backed the Chieftains up to their own six-yard line. Facing a 3rd and 31, Harvey’s long pass down the sideline was intercepted by Callen Houston, who returned it 31 yards for the tying touchdown with 7:10 left.
Harvey led Seminole back, even catching a 22-yard pass to convert a 3rd-and-7 to the Jones 45. Six running plays moved the ball to the 24, where the Chieftains faced a 4th-and-12. Harvey lofted a perfect pass into the endzone, where Max Guest made an over-the-shoulder catch for the go-ahead score.
“All I know is when I threw the ball I closed my eyes and when I looked up again, the referee was going like this [raising his arms] and we started celebrating,” Harvey said.
The Longhorns (3-4, 0-3) built their first half lead thanks to a few big plays. Harvey was intercepted by Houston on a deep pass on the first play of the game, and Jones quarterback Brandon George found Layton Moore for a 45-yard catch-and-run touchdown for the first points of the night.
Seminole would answer with a 14-play, 68-yard drive that ended with Harvey’s two-yard touchdown pass to Augustus Greenwood to tie the score.
Jones would counter with a 31-yard touchdown run by Tarik Leniger, and Ryan Mansell added a 61-yard punt return touchdown to make it 19-6 at the break.
But Seminole’s defense would clamp down in the second half, allowing just one first down and 40 yards over the final two quarters.
“We stopped ourselves a lot [in the first half],” Snyder said. “They’re more physical than we are up front. We had to finesse a little bit more in the second half. We gave them a couple of touchdowns but our kids played hard and stuck in there in the second half.”
“We withstood their first energy rush there because they’re down a couple of district games so we knew they would play good,” Harvey said. “They had the momentum but our defensive coordinator said if we made a stop and then put it in the endzone [to start the second half], we’ll go win. That’s what we did.”