MEXIA — Mexia’s defense stepped up big in the second half, holding Robinson to just seven points in the final 24 minutes and raced by the Rockets, 48-28.

In a first half that saw the Blackcat defense surrender 242 yards, Mexia (3-0) improved in the second half when it needed to.

“The second half was a lot better,” Mexia head coach Lamonte Chambers said. “We held them to seven points, which shows a lot about our kids. They really took to some of our coaching.”

Both teams came out firing offensively.

Mexia QB Jaylen Gipson darted down the sideline for a 64-yard score on the first play from scrimmage, putting his Blackcats up seven just eight seconds into the game.

Mexia held the Rockets on downs deep in their own territory the next series and scored three plays later on a Matron Gerald 71-yard touchdown scamper.

Chambers knew grabbing an early lead on a team that can score quickly was paramount to his teams success.

“When we’re doing what we are supposed to be doing, different guys are going to touch the ball and score,” Chambers said. “I think up front we did a whole lot better early on.”

Robinson (0-3) quarterback Chase Allison put the Rockets to within seven two possessions later, hurling a 23-yard touchdown pass to Grant Reel.

After Gerald found the end zone for the second time to make it 21-7, Mexia found paydirt on a very unlikely play.

A punt bounced off a helmet as the Blackcats were in retreat, only to see Mexia gunner Mike Miller observantly scoop the live ball up and take it 53 yards to the end zone, putting the Blackats in front, 27-7.

The Rockets added a few late scores from running back Jordan Thompson and after Gipson found a streaking Gerald from 35 yards out, Mexia led the Rockets 34-21 at the half.

“These guys scored 35 last week and 41 the week before, so we knew we needed to be prepared to put some points on the board,” Chambers said.

The Blackcat defense faltered early in the second, allowing a 49-yard Allison touchdown pass to pull the Rockets to within six.

But that’s as close as Robinson got.

The Blackcat defense held the Rockets scoreless for the final 23:08, adding two more touchdowns while finally pulling away.

“We aren’t worried about being 3-0,” Chambers said. “All we can concentrate on is 1-0 each and every week, so we are 1-0 this week. Now all we can do is do the same thing next week.”

Jaylen Gipson threw for 149 yards and a touchdown, adding 87 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Case Adair led the Blackcats with eight catches for 152 yards and a score.

For the Rockets, Allison finished with 228 yards.

Jordan Thompson rushed for 124 yards the first half but only had one carry in the second.

Jaylen Gipson twisted his ankle in the fourth quarter and sat the last five minutes of the game. Chambers said his stud quarterback suffered a twisted ankle but is OK.

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