Wichita Falls rallies by Mansfield Summit

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Wichita Falls overcame first-half turnovers to beat Mansfield Summit 25-18 Friday night at R.L. Anderson Stadium.

“We had to get it together and be the team we were in the playoffs and do what we do,” said Coyotes senior running back Robert Williams, who scored the game-winning touchdown on a 35-yard run with 2:43 left in the game.

The Jaguars took a 15-0 lead into halftime after turnovers on back-to-back offensive plays by Wichita Falls led to a pair of touchdowns in a span of 50 seconds.

Junior quarterback Braden Nolen accounted for both scores. Nolen capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive set up by a Kendrick Welsh interception with a 1-yard touchdown run, and then threw a 9-yard TD pass to Jordan Lawson in the back of the end zone after Wichita Falls fumbled on the first play of its ensuing possession.

But Summit couldn’t build off that momentum in the second half. After Robert Rodriguez missed a 39-yard field goal, Wichita Falls responded with a six-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 22-yard TD pass from Eric Butler to Mikal Penn.

A fumble recovery by Deshyn Lambert at the Summit 24 on the second play of the Jaguars’ ensuing possession allowed the Coyotes to pull within a point on a 26-yard run by O.J. Clark.

The Coyotes briefly took the lead with a 21-yard field goal by Tristen Pence, but Rodriguez kicked a 37-yard field goal, giving the Jaguars an 18-17 advantage with 5:34 remaining in the game.

A double-pass trick play allowed Wichita Falls to convert a fourth-and-15 on its final drive and Williams powered his way into the end zone for the winning score three plays later.

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