MANSFIELD — In a game that saw just one punt, 790 total yards of offense and 215 yards rushing by Mansfield Legacy’s Kijana Amous, one defensive stop made all the difference.
Mansfield Summit shut Amous out of the end zone on three straight plays, including a rush from the 1-yard line on fourth down, to seal a 33-30 upset Friday at Vernon Newsom Stadium.
Several Summit defenders hurled themselves into the line on a simple goal-line rush up the middle, taking out Amous’ legs and stopping the senior back just inches short of a score.
The win was special not only because of the crosstown rivalry or Summit’s senior night celebrations but also because it put Summit back into the playoff race in a three-way tie with Arlington Seguin and Legacy for second place in District 15-4A after Lancaster lost Friday.
The game entered the fourth knotted at 27 after three quarters of back-and-forth football that saw both teams’ drives end with a score or a turnover.
Legacy (7-2, 4-2 District 15-4A), entering the game in second place in district, struck first with a 27-yard field goal by senior kicker Jeremy Hoelzer, giving Legacy a 30-27 lead with 10:06 left in the game.
Summit (4-5, 4-2) lost no momentum in the lead change, taking the kickoff 49 yards to set up a drive beginning in Legacy territory that ended with a quick 12-yard touchdown rush by Jordan Hester that turned out to be the game-winning score.
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