Staring at a potential halftime deficit, Keller Timber Creek decided it was time for one last play with 5 seconds to go in the second quarter.
A Hail Mary pass from the Falcons proved to be the biggest difference on Thursday night.
Cade Schrader’s pass deflected off a defender and Erik Ezukanma was there to haul in a 50-yard touchdown pass as the first half came to end and Timber Creek went on to defeat Flower Mound 38-30 at Keller ISD Athletic Complex.
The Falcons begin 3-0 for the third time in their seven-year history.
“Another exciting game and we had to fight for our lives,” Timber Creek coach Kevin Golden said. “Flower Mound was game and they came at us and did some things to hurt us.”
Timber Creek quickly went from trailing 14-10 to leading 24-14 in four offensive plays between the second and third quarters.
After holding Flower Mound to a punt on the first possession of the third quarter, Schrader and Ezukanma hooked up again on a 62-yard touchdown with 10:23 in the frame.
Schrader threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-35 passing.
Flower Mound (1-2) wouldn’t quit. The Jaguars trimmed it 24-17 after a 21-yard field goal from Josh Grant midway through the third.
But the Falcons got two big interceptions from Blake Southern. He took his first pick for a 35-yard touchdown just seconds left in the third quarter to extend Timber Creek’s lead to 31-17. His second came midway through the fourth.
Ezukanma had seven catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, and added a 75-yard touchdown run after Flower Mound got within 31-24 with 6:36 to go.
Eric Mills added six catches for 119 yards and a 27-yard touchdown to give the Falcons the 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Flower Mound quarterback Jackson Averitt led the Jaguars with three rushing touchdowns. He also threw for 269 yards.
“Defense came up big a couple times, but they came right back at us — it was a great football game,” Golden said.
Timber Creek finished with 469 yards of total offense.