Timber Creek starts fast, keeps slim playoff hopes alive in rout of Keller Central

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Keller Timber Creek and Keller Central met on Thursday night at Keller ISD Stadium with their District 4-6A playoff lives on the line.

Timber Creek stepped on the gas from the start and never let up and the Falcons coasted to a 44-14 victory over the Chargers to keep its playoff hopes alive for at least another week.

Timber Creek (3-5 overall, 2-2 district) still has a tough hill to climb with Southlake Carroll and Haslet Eaton remaining on its schedule with losses already to Keller and Trophy Club Nelson.

The Falcons jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead in a 2:04 span of the first quarter.

After taking the opening kick, the Falcons drove 67 yards in 8 plays capped with 3-yard scoring run by Alec Souimaniphanh with 8:38 left in the first quarter. Two plays from scrimmage and 16 seconds later, Ezekial Asuega picked up a Central fumble and returned it 28 yards for a TD.

Central (2-6, 0-4) suffered its second turnover in four plays when Timber Creek defensive back Chandler Dubs picked off a pass at the Chargers 43. On the ensuing play quarterback Jacob Porter hit wide out Maddox Allbritton with a slip screen that Allbritton took to the house to give the Falcons a 20-0 lead with 6:34 left in the opening quarter.

Jack Finder nailed a 34-yard field goal for the Falcons early in the second quarter to up the lead to 23-0 and late in the first half Timber Creek went on the march again. The Falcons took 10 plays to cover 53 yards with Porter doing the honors with a 2-yard touchdown run for a 30-0 lead with 11 seconds remaining before the break.

The Timber Creek defense was stellar not allowing a Central first down in the first half. Central had minus-19 total yards at the intermission and had minus-14 yards rushing on 22 carries for the game.

The Chargers didn’t pick up its first, first down until the 8:21 mark of the third quarter when wide receiver Zaccheaus Simmons made a nice catch on a pass from quarterback Kelden Ryan. Simmons then outraced the Timber Creek secondary 72 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 30-7.

Ryan, a freshman, led Central with 169 yards passing completing 13 of 17. Simmons (5 receptions, 99 yards) and Ryan connected again late in the game on a 5-yard scoring pass.

Porter finished with 155 passing yards on a 14 of 21 night and added a 6-yard scoring pass to Lonnie Johnson late in the third quarter.

Souimaniphanh (23 carries, 130 yards) started and ended the scoring, finishing with a 4 yard TD run with 4:47 left in the game.

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