CARROLLTON -- A 53-yard touchdown pass from Brett Harbin to Riley Albus on the final play of the first half turned a close game into a decisive 17-point halftime lead and Grapevine went on to defeat Carrollton Turner 41-10 in a District 6 5-A game Thursday night at Standridge Stadium.
The win improves Grapevine's season record to 2-5 and the Mustangs are 1-3 in district play. Carrollton Turner falls to 0-6 and 0-4.
The long pass was set up moments before when the Mustangs' Drake Adair picked off a Carrollton Turner pass and returned it to the Grapevine 47. After calling a timeout, Harbin hit Albus in the right flat and the senior running back did the rest with a nifty cutback move that broke him into the open field.
Prior to the big play, Grapevine had built a 13-3 lead on the strength of another touchdown pass, this time 21 yards from Harbin to Bryson Cook, and two Nik Grau field goals, from 22 and 47 yards.
The second half was more Albus as he scored all three Grapevine touchdowns in the third quarter to ice the game for the Mustangs.
Albus scored on a 14-yard run just into the second half and then hauled in another Harbin pass some six minutes later for a 21-yard score. Albus finished his night with a fourth touchdown on a 6-yard run with just 48 seconds remaining in the third period.
Despite Grapevine's 41 consecutive points after trailing 3-0, Carrollton Turner refused to quit. The Lions scored the only points in the fourth quarter when Mike Walters broke free for a 40-yard touchdown.
Walters was giving Turner's workhorse running back, J.P. Patterson, a breather late in the game. Patterson accounted for most of the Lions' offense with 118 yards on 25 carries.
Carrollton Turner, still without a win in 2012, scored first on a 22-yard field goal with a little more than five minutes left in the opening quarter.
It was the only scoring in the first quarter with Grapevine finally getting on the board early in the second quarter on Grau's first field goal.
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