No one on the current coaching staff at North Side could remember the last time the Steers defeated Fort Worth Southwest, but they won’t forget Saturday’s victory over the Raiders.
The Steers will also long remember Jayden Lopez’s fumble recovery with 3:42 left to play that helped North Side secure a 33-29 District 4-5A Division II win at Clark Stadium.
The game, which started Thursday night, was postponed because of inclement weather and resumed at the start of the second quarter Saturday.
The victory also erased all memories of last year’s 57-7 win by Southwest. Over the past five seasons, the Raiders outscored the Steers 288-90.
North Side (3-3, 2-0) put the game away after Lopez’s fumble recovery on a Raiders kickoff return. Southwest had no timeouts remaining, and the Steers were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.
Southwest lead 8-7 as the game started Saturday, and the Raiders tacked on two touchdowns quickly for a 22-7 lead with 6:58 to play before halftime.
First, Caleb Ollison ran 19 yards for a score, and then LaDarius Rucker scooped up a fumble and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Ollison finished with 48 yards on 10 carries and threw for 188 yards.
On its next possession, North Side chopped the Raiders’ lead to 22-13 when Da’Wain Lofton scored on a 2-yard run. It was the second of three touchdown runs by Lofton, who finished with 60 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Facing a fourth-and-4 at the Southwest 35, the Raiders attempted a fake punt, but punter C’ing Blanton’s pass was incomplete with 1:40 to play in the first half.
North Side took full advantage of the opportunity by driving 35 yards on three plays to score on an 8-yard pass from Isaak Rosales to Andrew Anguiano that cut the lead to 22-20.
Southwest added to the lead, 29-20, with 7:55 to play in the third quarter when the Raiders scored off a fake field goal. Ollison, the holder, rolled out and hit Anthony Adams for an 8-yard score. Adams caught seven passes for 115 yards.
Lofton got the Steers to within 29-27 when he returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a TD. With 3:52 to play in the game, Lofton scored on a 1-yard run that gave North Side at 33-29 lead. The score capped a 9-play, 70-yard drive.
North Side’s Jorge Aguirre paced the Steers’ running game with 15 carries for 77 yards.