ARLINGTON — Arlington Lamar struggled in its first three offensive possessions Friday night.
It was the last one, however, that meant the most, when Jaries King caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Shane Buechele with 32 seconds left to send the Vikings to a 35-28 victory over Keller Central at Cravens Field.
The fly pattern down the left sideline capped a wild final 1:41 of the nondistrict game.
“Once Shane called it, I knew I needed to make a play,” King said. “We tried to do that twice earlier, but I was letting the D-back force me to the sideline, and I wasn’t getting enough space. Shane just threw a perfect ball and all I had to do was run under it.”
The lead changed hands three times before Lamar went ahead for good.
The Vikings (2-1) rallied to tie the game at 28 on Alex Baird’s second touchdown catch of the game with 1:41 remaining after Central (1-2) had taken a 28-21 lead early in the fourth quarter on K.T. Semby‘s 14-yard run.
Lamar took advantage of good field position to make things happen late, and the victory gave Lamar some confidence as district play begins next week.
“There’s not much better feeling, I know that,” Buechele said. “All you can ask is to have that opportunity, and I feel like we started to see areas where our offense can be successful.”
Central had two early drives snuffed out by the Vikings’ defense before the Chargers got on the board with Semby’s first touchdown run from 13 yards out.
However, that score seem to sparked Lamar. Buechele, who completed 14 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns, engineered a nine-play, 75-yard drive to answer and tie the game at 7.
Running back Cameron Smith scored late in the second quarter for Lamar, taking an inside handoff up the middle for 16 yards. He finished with 16 carries and 85 yards.
Despite 153 rushing yards, Central just couldn’t hold on to the lead.
Semby had 15 carries for 83 yards and quarterback Jake McClurg had 51 yards. McClurg also completed 11 passes for 184 yards and two scores.
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