LaQuarrian Peoples found DaVonta Kinney in the end zone from 30 yards out with 4 seconds remaining to give Fort Worth Dunbar a 49-44 victory over Birdville in a back-and-forth District 6-4A game at Fort Worth’s Clark Stadium.
Dunbar (4-0, 2-0 6-4A) used big plays all night to counter Birdville’s ball control offense. The Wildcats ran just 36 plays to the Hawks’ 78. Three of Dunbar’s scoring drives consisted of a single play each.
Peoples finished the game 8-of-15 passing for 316 yards and five touchdowns. The shortest of his completions went for 21 yards. Stepfawn Hughes inflicted the most damage on Birdville’s defense, racking up 197 yards receiving on just four receptions — three of them for scores. He also added an 18-yard touchdown run in the first half.
Birdville (2-2, 0-2) looked to have the game won when Xavier Turner scored on a 1-yard run with 41 seconds left. His 2-point conversion gave the Hawks a 44-43 lead. Turner found the end zone four times in the game and finished with 141 yards rushing on 32 carries. Quarterback Will Hayward added 149 yards on 22 carries, while Isaiah Duarte ran the ball 17 times for 131 yards and a score.
Birdville opened the point parade with a 4-yard run from Turner. The drive was set up when Connor Gamble intercepted Peoples and returned it to the Wildcats’ 29.
Dunbar answered quickly. Four plays later Peoples found Hughes all alone for a 47-yard touchdown pass.
On Birdville’s ensuing possession, Dunbar’s Ty Watson stripped Hayward and the Wildcats recovered at the Hawks’ 18. One play later, Hughes got around the right edge for his second touchdown and a 14-7 Dunbar lead.
Birdville then put together an 82-yard drive that culminated with Hayward hitting Jake Bransford on a 9-yard scoring pass, knotting the score at 14.
Dunbar needed all of one play to regain the lead. Taylor Martin burst through the line and outran the Hawks’ defense for a 70-yard touchdown to make it 21-14 and culminate an eventful first quarter.
Birdville dominated the second quarter and took a 27-21 lead at halftime. Watson scored the only points of the third quarter on a 36-yard pass from Peoples before the wild fourth quarter that saw Dunbar outscore the Hawks 21-17.
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