Molina returns 2 kickoffs for touchdowns but Falcons fly by Deer Park
CHANNELVIEW - Despite two electrifying touchdowns by Marcus Molina on kickoff returns, Deer Park suffered a disappointing District 21-6A opener, losing to Channelview 36-27 at Maddry Stadium Friday night.
Amazingly, Molina scored on a pair of 80-yard kickoff returns within seconds of each other time-wise.
Both scores turned deficits into advantages, Deer Park’s only two advantages on the night. The first gave Deer Park a 13-10 lead with 5:43 to play in the first half, the second one produced a 20-17 advantage with 4:47 to play.
But struggles on defense prevented Deer Park from using Molina’s heroics to spearhead a district-opening win.
The Falcons racked up 494 yards of offense, led by a passing attack that scored three touchdowns, including a short pass with 5:55 remaining in the third that put Deer Park at its greatest deficit, 30-20.
A Tyrek Saylor seven-yard touchdown run and Alex Sanchez PAT kick would get the team within three late in the third, but Channelview immediately got the lead back to a two-possession margin after an Alton Lott touchdown.
Deer Park’s passing game, the district’s best in terms of yardage, never got on track. It was limited to just 83 yards and no touchdowns. Quarterback Broc Weidner located Dylan Heim and Tylan Love three times each for 58 of the 83 yards. Channelview’s secondary also picked off two passes.
Deer Park would put 20 of its 27 points on the board in the second quarter. In addition to Molina’s two touchdowns, a Weidner run of nine yards tied the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter.