Senior running back delivers for North Crowley in thriller

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Kris Barnes spoiled Grapevine’s rally by rumbling for a last-minute, 36-yard touchdown to give North Crowley a 43-36 season-opening victory Friday night at Panther Stadium.

The senior running back rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns, but he saved his best for last by scoring touchdowns on three of his last five touches. He was complemented by Tony Tunstall, who rushed for 122 yards to lead a Panthers attack that accumulated 357 yards on the ground.

The Mustangs actually kept North Crowley’s offense off the field for extended periods throughout the game, but the Panthers took full advantage once they got the ball.

And the thunder and lightning duo of Barnes and Tunstall produced too many big plays for Grapevine to overcome.

New coach Randy Jackson’s Mustangs played from behind the much of the game until the fourth quarter, when quarterback Sam Barry connected with Ty Jones from 22 yards to give Grapevine the lead.

Barry passed for 289 yards and guided the Mustangs to time-consuming touchdown drives, including a 16-play march that tied the game with 1:33 to play.

But it only took North Crowley three plays and a Barnes touchdown to steal the win.

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