LANCASTER — Neither Arlington Seguin quarterback Kelton Moore nor coach Carlos Lynn could remember a better start to a season Saturday night.
Moore carried 18 times for 187 yards rushing and two touchdowns while completing 12 passes for 140 yards and another score as the Cougars knocked off Fort Worth Nolan Catholic 29-28 at Beverly D. Humphrey Stadium.
Seguin’s defense had a goal line stand on a 2-point conversion in the waning moments to seal the win.
“I’ve seen several and I don’t remember a game we won like this,” Moore said. “We’re just trying to push the program over the hump and get to that next level. We took a step tonight.”
Seguin had plenty of offense Saturday but needed some luck as well to pull out the victory.
After Darrian Hammonds’ touchdown run gave the Cougars a 29-22 lead at the 2:17 mark of the fourth quarter, Nolan moved 80 yards to bring things square.
Vikings quarterback Spencer Hutka capped a nine-play drive with a perfectly thrown ball to the right corner of the end zone.
Patrick Rich outworked the coverage to haul in the 5-yard score and set up a potentially game-winning 2-point conversion.
Having converted one attempt earlier, Nolan chose a more conventional approach, with Luke Alves getting the call on an inside handoff.
He was stood up at the 1-yard line, setting off a wild celebration on the Seguin sideline.
“We didn’t really deserve to win, we just made too many mistakes, and we almost stole it from them at the end,” Nolan coach Joe Prud’homme said. “I imagine we might have called a different play, having it to do over again, but if we hit our blocks there, he just steps right in.”
Alves finished with 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead Nolan. He scored both times on misdirection plays.
Hutka completed seven passes for 122 yards.
The Cougars got their first-half score when receiver Gary Jolivet slipped behind coverage on a quick out and turned upfield for a 47-yard touchdown to make it 8-7.
“Getting a win against a quality program like that is huge for us,” Moore said. “We needed that kind of test early because our district is extremely tough.”
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