MANSFIELD — Mansfield Timberview needed a victory Friday night to keep pace in the highly competitive District 7-5A.
The Wolves got it, but it took a last-minute touchdown run by Mason Miller for Timberview to outlast South Grand Prairie 14-7 at Newsom Stadium.
With three district losses going into the game, South Grand Prairie (2-5, 0-4) was resigned to a spoiler’s role and nearly pulled off the upset.
After a dismal first half offensively — 43 yards and four first downs — the Warriors tied the score 7-7 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jaelan Austin with 9:27 left in the third quarter.
At that point, both defenses stepped up, forcing six punts and a turnover. But Miller and quarterback Tevin Muse took over on the Wolves’ final drive.
The duo handled the ball 13 times on a 14-play, 90-yard drive for Timberview (6-1, 3-1) with Miller darting in from 1 yard out to break the tie with 1:43 remaining in the game.
The Warriors took the ensuing kickoff at their own 30 and drove to the Timberview 43 but lost the ball on downs with six seconds left.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Wolves took advantage of a short SGP punt and marched 51 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead.
A 12-yard pass by Muse to Matthew Martin kept the drive alive, converting a fourth-and-10 at the Warriors 32-yard line. Two plays later, slot back Bryce Johnson took a quick pitch from Muse and outran the SGP defense to the corner of the end zone with 7:21 left in the half.
The Wolves had another chance to score late in the half, but a 35-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide left. Timberview started the drive at its own 31 and looked to have a 69-yard touchdown pass from Muse to Myron Gailliard, but an illegal block wiped out the score.
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