The season came to an end for the Byron Nelson football team on Friday night with the Bobcats losing a heartbreaker to Birdville by a score of 36-34 in the bi-district round.
The Bobcats wrapped up the regular season with an 8-3 overall record and 5-2 mark in District 5-4A competition in this, likely their last season before moving up to Class 5A.
After going down 7-0 in the first quarter, Nelson responded with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Gage Vines from Preston Haire, and the Bobcats would trail 14-7 at the end of one.
In the second quarter, Courtney Miles broke a 44-yard run to the tie the game at 14 heading into the break.
Nelson took its first lead of the game in the third quarter on an 11-yard run from Miles, but the Hawks came right back and scored and then tacked on a 2-point conversion.
After Birdville extended its lead to eight early in the fourth quarter, Haire scored for Nelson on a 3-yard run to bring the game to within two.
The conversion attempt came up short, however, and Nelson still trailed by two.
Each team exchanged another touchdown before the games end, including a 27-yard pass to Haire from Esteban Ortega before the game’s end.
The Bobcats will lose quarterback Esteban Ortega, receiver Jordan Diamond, kicker Parker McCabe, running back Jordan Ortiz, receiver Hayden Sanders and linebacker Bobby Jones to graduation this year.
Nelson will return running back Miles, quarterback Haire, and tight end Vines.
Coach Brian Polk could not reached for comment.
Texans nipped by Arlington Lamar
Over at Northwest, the Texans also came up short in their bid to advance to the area round of the postseason, losing to Arlington Lamar in the bi-district round by a score of 36-29 in the bi-district round.
This is the second straight season that Northwest has lost to Lamar by a seven-point margin in the bi-district game, last year falling to the Vikings by a score of 37-30.
The Texans got off to a good start when Chase Morrison caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Jesse Drummer to get things going early, and after allowing two unanswered touchdowns, the Texans responded late in the first quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Moore from Drummer.
Northwest regained the lead early in the second quarter on a one-yard run from Quinton Thorpe with a two-point conversion from the Texans, but Lamar scored again to make it 22-21 Northwest heading into half time.
The Texans would extend their lead to eight when Drummer and Haire hooked up again on a 19-yard touchdown pass, but it would be all Lamar from then on to get the Vikings the win.
Northwest finished the season with an 8-3 mark and 5-2 finish in district competition.
The Texans will lose receiver Chase Morrison, defensive lineman Duke Kicinski, running back Dennis Adrole, Dusty Cloud and receiver Jordan Muldrow to graduation.
Northwest will return Drummer, Thorpe, and Moore.
Coach Bill Patterson could not be reached for comment.