Mustangs can't hold lead in 31-27 loss
October 19, 2013, 12:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Vandegrift quarterback Jamie Hudson scored on a 4-yard run on third down with 48 seconds remaining to give the Vipers a 31-27 come-from-behind win over the Marble Falls Mustangs Friday at Monroe Stadium.
The Vipers drove 75 yards in 10 plays to seal the victory. The Vipers overcame a holding penalty and converted four first downs on the drive.
Hudson carried the ball six times on the drive and had a key third-down pass to Travis Brannan down the Mustangs sideline for a 24-yard gain to the 26. On the next play Hudson bulled up the middle for 14 yards and a first at the 12. Hudson then carried for gains of three, five and four for the game-winning score.
The victory pushes the Vipers to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in District 25-4A.
Marble Falls, which has played two of the top teams in the district off their feet in the last two weeks, fell to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in district.
The loss puts the Mustangs in a situation where it needs to win out in its final three games to have a shot at the playoffs.
Marble Falls got the ball back with 48 second left on its 25. The Mustangs completed on 10-yard pass to Garrett Gray and then ended the game with three incomplete passes and a quarterback sack. On the game’s final play, quarterback Brennen Wooten launched a deep pass to Gray that was knocked away inside the Vipers’ 20.
Marble Falls had the momentum in the third quarter when the Mustangs scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter. First Aidin Parnell picked off a pass to set up the Mustangs early in the quarter and Wooten wasted no time hitting Gray on a 32-yard pass on the first play for a 21-14 lead at the 10:37 mark.
Marble Falls forced another turnover when Tyler Ryan came out of a pile of players on a fumble by Hudson on the next possession. Marble Falls took over at the 21 and need just three snaps to cover the distance. Wooten hit J.T. Watson on a fade pattern in the left corner of the end zone.
But on the extra point kick, Vandegrift senior Max Regan broke through the line and scooped up a blocked extra point. Regan returned the football for a two-point conversion for the Vipers.
Marble Falls still led, 27-16.
The Mustangs held the Vipers to just one first down on the next possession and forced a punt. The Vipers also shut down the Mustangs on their next drive before the Vipers put together a 67-yard drive to cut the lead to 27-24. The Vipers converted a fourth-and-11 play from the Mustangs 27 on a pass to Luke Peterman.
The play carried to the six-yard line. It took the Vipers three plays to punch in the score on a 2-yard run by Hudson.
Hudson finished with 162 yards on 29 carries.
In the fourth quarter, the Mustangs had four possessions, but never got closer than the Vipers’ 35.
Marble Falls returns home to face the Vista Ridge Rangers next week.
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