Late field goal propels Mansfield Summit to win over Lancaster, playoff berth

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Ryan Rodriguez kicked a 19-yard field goal with seven seconds left to propel Mansfield Summit to a 29-27 win over Lancaster on Friday night at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium.

The win clinched a playoff berth for Summit, which drove 67 yards in less than two minutes to set up winning kick for Rodriguez.

“I was just thinking I have to do this for my team,” said Rodriguez who had two other field goals earlier in the game. “I’m only a junior, so I knew I had to do it for the seniors.”

Summit (5-5 overall, 5-2 District 15-4A) will play Nacogdoches at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Forney.

The Jaguars, who enter the 4A Division 1 bracket, started the season 0-3 but have since won five of their past seven games.

Drama has followed Summit — all of its wins this year have come by a touchdown or less.

“They fight to the end,” Summit coach Travis Pride said. “Sometimes they drive me crazy.”

Lancaster’s Shannon Simpson scored on a 9-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up 27-26 with 2:21 left in the game. That capped an 11-play drive for Lancaster (4-6, 3-4) following a 1-yard touchdown run from Summit’s Jordan Hester.

Summit was boosted on its final drive by a personal foul penalty by Lancaster. Lane Schwab dropped a pass from Braden Nolen but was hit after the play, tacking on 15 yards and putting Summit into field goal range.

Two plays later, Nolen connected with Johnson Ubani for a 21-yard pass down to the Lancaster 7.

“I was just thinking [before final drive] that we have to go out there and get it done, all that we’ve practiced for, and we just went out and did it,” Nolen said.

The sophomore finished 23-of-28 passing for 264 yards and had a 41-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Aikens to give the Jaguars a 7-6 lead.

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