Written by Jon Machota
South Garland shakes early deficit, scores 24 straight points to top Garland Lakeview
Defense denies a 2nd comeback win
GARLAND — The South Garland defense made sure there wouldn’t be a second consecutive comeback victory for Garland Lakeview at Homer B. Johnson Stadium Friday night.
After falling behind 10-3 in the first quarter, South Garland scored 24 consecutive points en route to a 27-17 victory over Lakeview.
While senior running back Marquel McNac and the offense deserve credit for going on the scoring run for South Garland (5-2, 3-0 11-5A), the defense provided a short field with two fourth-quarter fumble recoveries.
McNac finished with 186 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. South Garland quarterback Trey Porter only completed six passes for 20 yards, but he added 53 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
McNac’s best run of the night came on South Garland’s third play of the second half. After taking the inside handoff, the 5-7, 170-pounder bounced it out near the far sideline. The play set up an Elier Garcia 34-yard field goal that gave South Garland a 13-10 lead. Garcia opened the scoring with a 37-yard field goal.
Aside from a 55-yard touchdown pass from Brent Davenport to Neiman Reed late in the fourth quarter, the South Garland defense was exceptional during the final two quarters. With 3:30 remaining, Lakeview (4-3, 1-2) had only 38 yards of offense in the second half.
The most important drive for South Garland came in the final two minutes of the second quarter. Trailing 10-3, and seemingly needing to pass the ball to have a shot at any points before halftime, Porter calmly dropped back on two consecutive plays before tucking the ball and running on both. The first run went for 16 yards and the second carry totaled 42 yards. He then capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown.
Lakeview had a chance to take a lead into the halftime locker room, but a 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked as time expired.
Lakeview was coming off a come-from-behind win over previously unbeaten Sachse. In that game, Lakeview trailed 41-21 in the second half but rallied for a 49-41 victory.