Written by Tommy Cummings
Mansfield Legacy comes up with late defensive stop to hold off Arlington Seguin, 44-41
MANSFIELD — It was an offensive shootout for most of the game Friday night, but Mansfield Legacy’s defense rose up in the closing minute to score a 44-41 District 15-4A victory over Arlington Seguin.
Quarterback Terrance Ivery had just scored on a 35-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run to put Legacy ahead with 3:56 left.
But in a game that produced 962 yards of offense, 85 points and four backs with more than 107 yards rushing, nothing seemed certain.
And Seguin had moved seven yards into Legacy territory with just more than a minute remaining. But back-to-back sacks by linebackers Peyton Fryer and Everett Williams threw back the once-promising drive and forced Seguin quarterback Kelton Moore into a fourth-down desperation pass that fell incomplete.
“This was a hard win,” Legacy coach Chris Melson said. “It’s hard to stop those suckers. And [our defense] did it when it counted the most.”
Seguin coach Carlos Lynn said his team simply ran out of time and couldn’t execute its offense on its final possession.
“They couldn’t stop us on offense and we couldn’t stop them on defense,” Lynn said. “But they made the stop that counted, so we’ll come back to fight again next week.”
The teams came in tied for second in District 15-4A. Legacy (7-1), No. 8 in the SportsDayHS 4A rankings, improved to 4-1, one game behind No. 2 Ennis (8-0, 5-0) and one game ahead of No. 11 Seguin (5-3, 3-2).
For most of the game, neither team seemed capable of stopping the other. They amassed 597 yards between en route to a 28-28 halftime score.
Ivery, a 5-8 senior, rushed for 175 yards and kept Seguin off balance with his quickness on inside keepers. Running back Kijana Amous rushed for 247 yards and three first-half touchdown runs.
On Legacy’s third possession of the second half, Ivery drove his team 74 yards. His two-point conversion run put Legacy ahead 36-28 with 4:19 left in the third quarter.
But Moore, who torched the Legacy defense for 300 yards of total offense, directed Seguin on back-to-back drives, scoring on 5- and 26-yard runs, the latter with 5:36 remaining.
On the ensuing kickoff, Kenton Mayberry returned the ball 40 yards to the Sequin 40. On fourth-and-5, Ivery found a gap running right and scored untouched with 3:56 left.
Moore got Seguin to the Legacy 43 before Legacy’s defense rose up.
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