High School Football

Special teams the deciding factor in Eaton’s comeback win over Fossil Ridge

Eaton running back Massai Burks (32) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown against Keller Fossil Ridge during the first half, October 4, 2018 played at Northwest ISD Stadium in Justin, TX.
Eaton running back Massai Burks (32) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown against Keller Fossil Ridge during the first half, October 4, 2018 played at Northwest ISD Stadium in Justin, TX. Special to the Star-Telegram

When high school football coaches talk about wins, they often refer to three aspects of the game — offense, defense and special teams.

Fossil Ridge committed too many mistakes on special teams while Eaton got three field goals from Dakota Lamb including the go-ahead 38 yarder to beat the Panthers 30-28 on Thursday in a District 5-6A contest at Northwest ISD Stadium.

Running back Dawson Pell, who scored two touchdowns, gained 28 yards on the second play of the game-winning drive for the Eagles (4-1, 1-1) before they got down to the 21-yard line of Fossil Ridge.

Lamb, who previously missed a 28-yard try as time expired in the second quarter, nailed the 38-yard field goal with room to spare. He also hit from 25 and 27 yards.

The Panthers (3-2, 1-1) committed four errors on special teams.

With Lamb lining up for a 42-yard attempt with 55 seconds left, Fossil Ridge was called for a leaping penalty that resulted in a first down. Eaton would run the clock out.

Eaton gained 301 yards on offense including 48 carries for 184 yards.

Pell rushed 28 times for 165.

Fossil Ridge quarterback Scottie Colis hit Aharanne Pacheco for a 21-yard TD midway through the first quarter to put the Panthers up 7-0.

Brandon Lewis, out of the Wildcat formation, ran for 66 before punching in a 4-yard TD run to extend Ridge’s lead to 14-3 with 11:04 in the second.

Eaton grabbed its first lead 17-14 with back-to-back rushing TDs from Massai Burks and Pell.

The Panthers led 21-17 when Colis found Taha Sharif for 11 yards with 1:06 before the break and went into halftime 21-20 after Lamb connected on his second field goal.

Pell added a second 1-yard TD run midway through the third and Colis gave Fossil Ridge a 28-27 lead after his 3-yard TD run with 6:22 to play.

Fossil Ridge also threw two picks — both caught by Eaton’s Oscar Moore — and muffed a punt and kickoff return. Eaton was able to block one punt too.

The Panthers rushed for 193 yards — Lewis led with 149 — and gained 320 yards total.

Eaton travels to Keller on Oct. 11 in Week 7 while Fossil Ridge gets Keller Central.

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