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Mansfield beats rival Timberview with Hail Mary pass
Brother combo hooks up for 52-yard score in game’s final seconds
MANSFIELD — Hollywood could not have scripted it any better.
Trailing by four with 10 seconds remaining, Mansfield quarterback Jerod Evans completed a 52-yard Hail Mary pass to younger brother Lance, who strutted across the goal line with one second left to give Mansfield a 29-27 win over rival Mansfield Timberview.
The District 5-5A matchup seemed to be in Timberview’s (3-1, 0-1) hands the majority of the night at Vernon Newsom Stadium.
Then came the fourth quarter, which featured three lead changes in the final four minutes.
With 40 seconds remaining, Timberview took a 27-23 lead when Rickey Gross scored on an option play from 10 yards out. The touchdown was Timberview’s first score since it took a 21-7 lead in the second quarter.
With four minutes left, Mansfield (4-0, 1-0) had taken its first lead of the night, 23-21, on Montreal Taylor’s 38-yard scoring reception.
Timberview opened the scoring with a nine-play, 54-yard drive. Josh Smith scored his first of two touchdowns in the opening quarter, going 29 yards to give his team a 7-0 lead.
Mansfield responded on its next possession, converting on fourth down from the Timberview 8-yard line when Jerod Evans hooked up with George Baltimore for a touchdown pass.
Timberview didn’t let up, though. Talo Pascal returned Mansfield’s kickoff 62 yards, and Smith scored two plays later from 10 yards out.
After Mansfield stalled on its next possession, Timberview struck again — quickly.
Starting on its own 21-yard line, Timberview used only four plays to march down the field to take a 21-7 lead. Quarterback Chuck Taylor connected with Gross for a 48-yard strike and the score.
Mansfield closed to within 21-10 in the closing seconds of the half on Taylor Stutsman’s 29-yard field goal.
Mansfield then got within striking distance in the third quarter on the back of Kenneth Burks, who rumbled for a 58-yard touchdown. Burks rushed 11 times for 132 yards on the night.