Cayden Ihrig's 24-yard field goal as time expired lifted Northwest to a 24-21 District 4-5A victory over Haltom at Northwest ISD Stadium.
With 1:21 to go in the game, the Texans (5-1, 3-0) were forced to punt on a fourth-and-20 play from their own 41-yard line, but Haltom (2-4, 1-2) was whistled for roughing the kicker, giving Northwest a first-and-10 on the Haltom 44-yard line.
Draze Lawliss found Dylan Stubbe open after a 5-yard gain and then carried for 13 yards to the 11 before a 4-yard run from Dakota Chavis set up the winning kick.
Northwest managed to hang around all night despite never clicking offensively, ending the night with just 212 yards of total offense, eight of which came in the first quarter.
Lawliss did manage to complete 8 of 18 passes for 108 yards and two scores, both to Chase Morrison. Morrison's first touchdown came on a 49-yard pass to give his team the 14-7 lead late in the first half, and the other came on a 7-yard pass after Haltom fumbled a punt.Haltom lost two fumbles in the game and threw an interception, to finish with 280 yards of total offense, 208 of which came on the ground on 44 carries as they continually ate up the clock.
Undrell Thomas led the way with 88 yards on nine carries and Travis Danford completed 5 of 10 passes for 72 yards and a 28-yard touchdown pass to Rashaad Davis.
Haltom outgained Northwest 203 yards to 120 in the first 24 minutes, but after an interception, a fumble and a missed field goal, the two teams were tied at 14 at half. Danford's 28-yard pass to Davis capped an eight-play, 71-yard drive. The Buffalos next drive ended in a missed 44-yard field goal and the following series ended in an interception at their own 44-yard line.
After holding Northwest and getting the ball back, Haltomfumbled at their own 39-yard line.
That play set up an 8-yard run from Chavis with 3:15 left in the half to tie the game at 7.
Northwest then forced a Haltom punt, and starting at his own 48,Lawliss found Morrison open from 49 yards out and the 14-7 lead.
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