KELLER — Keller Central quarterback Jake McClurg only completed two passes Friday night, but fortunately for the Chargers, his first one was all that was needed in a 13-9 win over Keller Fossil Ridge at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
McClurg hit Jaylind McMath for a 39-yard score with 7:17 left in the second quarter. It was the biggest play of the night for Central (4-3, 3-1 District 4-5A), which totaled 102 yards, ran 15 plays for loss and was forced to punt eight times.
But the Chargers’ defense proved to be the difference maker on a night where wet and windy conditions limited both teams’ offenses.
The Panthers’ usually efficient quarterback, Jacob Gnacinski, threw two interceptions — both in the second half — and finished 9-of-29 passing for 108 yards.
And late in the game, with Fossil Ridge (5-2, 3-1) pushing for a score, Central held the Panthers for seven straight plays inside the 15-yard-line.
Fossil Ridge had driven to the Chargers’ 13-yard-line for a first down with less than five minutes left in the game. From there, the Panthers moved to the Central 7 in three plays.
When they went for it on fourth down, Central was called for a pass interference, giving Fossil Ridge another first down on the 2-yard-line.
The Panthers would be stopped again, getting pushed back to the 5-yard-line before two pass incompletions.
Central ended up taking a safety, then recovered a fumble on the Fossil Ridge return as the clock expired.
K.T. Smedy led the Chargers with 43 yards on 23 carries.
McClurg was under pressure all game from the Fossil Ridge defense, which held him to 1 yard or less on 13 of his 14 rushes.
Taylor Robinson and Matt McQuillan had the interceptions for Central. Keith McGee recovered a Central fumble for Fossil Ridge in the first half.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST
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