Mansfield Legacy sophomore defensive back Cinque Williams intercepted a Mansfield Timberview pass with 1:24 remaining as the Broncos held on for a 27-22 victory against their crosstown rival Friday night at Newsom Stadium.
Legacy quarterback Cam Clark scored on an 11-yard keeper with 6:43 remaining in the fourth quarter to build a 27-15 Broncos lead. That advantage appeared it would hold up, but an 8-yard punt by the Broncos (2-3, 1-1 in District 6-5A Division I) with 2:52 left gave the Wolves (2-3, 1-1) new life.
Timberview quarterback Jordan Davis needed just one minute to drive the Wolves 36 yards for a touchdown. His 12-yard pass to Teslim Abubakar with1:48 remaining cut the Legacy advantage to 27-22.
Timberview’s Tre Jones then recovered the onside kick, giving the Wolves a chance to go 40 yards for the potential game-winning touchdown. But on the third play of the drive, Williams hauled in a deep throw by Timberview, returning it 15 yards and sealing the win.
It wasn’t the only big defensive stand by the Broncos in the second half. Davis was held to a 2-yard gain on fourth-and-3 at the Legacy 5 late in the third quarter.
Defensive lineman Taurean Carter’s third-down sack early in the fourth quarter forced a punt on a drive that had reached the Broncos 28.
“We can execute when we need to, when we just have to get it,” Carter said.
Game was over when: Williams intercepted a pass on the final Timberview drive.
Play of the game: Montaye Dawson set up a Timberview touchdown late in the second quarter with an electrifying 82-yard run in which he started up the middle, veered left, and weaved back toward the middle of the field. Stacy Sneed scored his second touchdown, on a 10-yard run, the very next play.
Offensive player of the game: Legacy running back Kaleb King exploded for 212 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns. His 20-yard run midway through the third quarter put the Broncos ahead for good.
Defensive player of the game: Williams prevented a potential Timberview come-from-behind victory with his game-clinching INT.
Unsung hero of the game: Abubakar, the Timberview receiver, hauled in six receptions for 95 yards, including the 12-yard touchdown grab that gave the Wolves a fighting chance late.
What’s next? Legacy takes a week off before traveling to Highland Park, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. TImberview also gets a bye before traveling to face Dallas Samuell at Forrester Athletic Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12.