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Argyle denied 3A-DII state title as Wimberley rides two big plays to win
ARLINGTON — Argyle and Wimberley went retro Friday, two strong defenses locking horns in the Class 3A Division II final.
Eventually 3 yards and a cloud of dust gave way to big plays, and Wimberley pulled away from Argyle. Wimberley took advantage of two mammoth plays and a costly Argyle turnover to win, 21-14, at Cowboys Stadium.
Brady Lambert’s 67-yard pass to Dennis Smith, and Trinity Wilson’s 76-yard run supplied the necessary points. And a fumble through the end zone negated an Argyle touchdown run, helping Wimberley (15-0) secure its second state title.
“It seemed like we were always on the cusp,” Argyle coach Todd Rogers said.“We couldn’t seal the deal.”
The teams were virtually mirror images, two balanced offenses and tough defenses. Argyle finished with 368 total yards to Wimberley ’s 319.
In the first half, which Wimberley led, 7-3, the teams had the same number of rushes, passes and first downs.
Such a tight game magnified the loss of receiver Ian Sadler, who left the game with a knee injury in the first quarter. And quarterback Austin Aune was suffering from flu-like symptoms.
“I was trying to cut, and my leg stuck in place,” Sadler said, walking through the tunnel on crutches as the Texans celebrated. “I wish I could have been out there.”
After Argyle was forced to settle for Cole Hedlund’s 24-yard field goal, Smith scored on a 1-yard run for a Wimberley 7-3 lead.
Then in the third quarter, Smith broke the game open when he hauled in perfect pass from Lambert and never broke stride. Argyle chipped away with Aune’s 8-yard touchdown run followed by Chadd Bossow’s acrobatic catch on the two-point conversion.
Wilson’s 76-yard run made it 21-11 with 9:53 left in the fourth. Another field goal by Hedlund with 6:56 left got Argyle within a touchdown, but that’s as close as they came.
Aune, who had IV treatment at halftime, completed 22 of 39 passes for 239 yards with two interceptions. Adam Kahn had nine receptions for 110 yards. On Argyle’s final drive, Aune’s pass was a little underthrown, and Brennen Blakemore made a one-handed interception.
“I gave it everything I had, but I just didn’t get it there,” said Aune, who has committed to TCU. “It’s a game of inches. If he misses it, who knows what happens?”