LUBBOCK – Dual-threat quarterback Brayden Boggs-Rushing tallied four touchdowns, and the Dumas Demons scored 31 unanswered points to capture a 31-6 victory over the Fort Stockton Panthers Friday night in a Class 4A-D1 bi-district matchup at Lowrey Field at Plains Capital Park.
Dumas (9-2) will clash with the state-ranked Wichita Falls Hirschi Huskies (10-2) in a regional matchup that is tentatively set for 3 p.m. Friday at Greg Sherwood Memorial Stadium in Plainview.
Boggs-Rushing completed 8-of-16 passes for two scores and added a pair of touchdowns on 11 carries for 92 yards. The senior signal-caller has accounted for 15 touchdowns in his last four games.
Fort Stockton (9-3) took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in nine plays to grab an early 6-0 lead. Senior dual-threat quarterback Dominic Aguilar, who entered the contest with 2,860 total yards and 35 touchdowns, scored from two yards out to put the Panthers on top.
The Demons avoided disaster after junior receiver Oliver Ortiz fumbled the ball on their first offensive play of the game. However, Ortiz intercepted an errant pass in the end zone on the very next play to foil the Panthers.
Dumas put together a 10-play, 74-yard drive to cut the lead in half, 6-3. Senior running back Zyrell Murga broke loose on runs of 30 and 23 yards to set up Victor Morales’ 23-yard field goal.
Coach Aaron Dunnam’s squad pulled ahead 11-3 in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown run from Boggs-Rushing to cap a 66-yard drive. Senior running back James Bednorz motored into the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Boggs-Rushing and Bednorz hooked up on a nine-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining in the first half to give the Demons a 17-7 advantage. Fort Stockton collared Boggs-Rushing at the one-yard line to deny the two-point conversion.
The Demons increased the lead to 24-6 after Boggs-Rushing sprinted 52 yards to paydirt midway in the third quarter, and finished off the bi-district playoff victory when Boggs-Rushing tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to Murga with seven minutes left in the game.
The Panthers’ high-octane offense, which arrived in the playoffs averaging 8.5 yards per carry, was stifled by the Demons’ swarming defense. Fort Stockton was limited to just 157 total yards – including 75 rushing yards on 31 carries.
Junior linebackers Aurelio Medrano and Sabien Perry led a Demons’ defense that held the Panthers to only nine first downs. Medrano had a team-high six tackles and a sack, while Perry finished with five tackles.
The Demons shut down Fort Stockton’s passing attack to the tune of just 82 yards. Defensive backs Hunter Coaly, Parker Dunnam, and Oliver Ortiz each collected an interception and combined for nine tackles.
Bednorz and Murga paced a Dumas’ rushing attack that tallied 275 yards and 13 first downs. Bednorz picked up 99 yards on 18 carries and Murga carried the ball seven times for 71 yards.