Arlington Sam Houston survived a back-and-forth contest at North Crowley to emerge with a 21-20 victory Friday and a share of the District 3-5A lead.
Though the Texans (3-2, 2-0) never trailed, they could not finish the game off until late.
Leading by a point with just under 2 minutes remaining, Darrion Flowers reeled off an 11-yard run to convert a fourth-and-8 to seal the win. It marked the key play in a 12-play drive that used up the game’s final five minutes.
The Texans took a 21-14 lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter when Daylon Woods, who rushed for 164 yards, barreled in from 24 yards out. The run capped a three-play drive after the Sam Houston defense had forced a three-and-out and a short punt.
North Crowley (0-5, 0-2) relied on its ground game most of the evening, and three minutes later it started a drive that went 90 yards on seven running plays to get within a point. Dez Henderson had the two biggest plays of the drive, a 52-yard run and the 3-yard touchdown.
However, the Panthers’ 2-point conversion attempt failed as the Texans retained the lead.
In an exciting first-half finish, the Texans had the ball at the North Crowley 32 with 58 seconds left and no timeouts. Quarterback Ervin Hill scrambled for 13 yards, passed toFlowers for an 18-yard gain to the 1-yard line, then ran it in with 40 seconds remaining.
North Crowley’s Dez Henderson returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards to the Sam Houston 23. Four plays later, QB Kailin King found slot receiver Rodney Stewart for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The pair connected again for a 2-point conversion that tied the game at 14.
Kris Barnes rushed for a game-high 176 yards on 31 carries for North Crowley.
Sam Houston’s Hill contributed 139 total yards for the Texans.
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