Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Late touchdown lifts SOC over Kimball, into 11-4A lead
South Oak Cliff and Kimball traded leads eight times Friday night before SOC rallied for a 29-26 victory in front of a crowd of about 7,000 at Sprague Stadium, giving SOC the lead in District 11-4A.
SOC scored the winning points when senior running back Paul Franklin scored from 3 yards out with 2:32 remaining, capping a 45-yard drive.
Franklin had kept the drive alive by taking a swing pass from quarterback Jevone Valentine for 15 yards to convert a fourth-and-seven from the 18. SOC sophomore Kemonte Tompkins also caught a 25-yard pass over the middle on fourth-and-11 on the go-ahead drive.
Ranked No. 14 in SportsDay’s Class 4A poll, SOC (5-0, 2-0) took advantage of Kimball’s misses on its first two extra-point kicks. No. 10-ranked Kimball (4-1, 1-1) made one of its two-point attempts but missed another.
SOC’s Valentine continually kept drives going against a physical Kimball defense led by standout nose guard Justin Manning and end Victor Howell. Valentine ended with 149 yards rushing and 218 yards passing.
Kimball kept its hopes alive with speedy running back Teriyon Gipson rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Highly regarded junior receiver Prentavious Moorehead had seven catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Jaalen Adkins, filling in for injured starter Traveon Thibodeaux, who will be out two more weeks with a broken collarbone, passed for 216 yards.
Kimball took its last lead when Gipson’s 6-yard run made it 26-21 with 10 minutes to go, but Kimball didn’t hit the two-point conversion pass.
Kimball and SOC are used to tight competition after sharing the 11-4A title last year. Kimball defeated SOC last season, but neither school has been able to win in consecutive years during their last six meetings.
SOC led, 14-12, at halftime and just missed adding more points, as time expired with standout receiver Corey Callicut taking a quick screen 38 yards to the Kimball 1-yard line. Kimball had lost possession with a fumble while trying to run out the first-half clock. SOC nearly made it a very costly turnover.
Kimball missed extra-point attempts with a pair of kickers after its first two scores. Kimball scored first as Moorehead caught a 6-yard scoring pass after Gipson keyed the drive with runs of 32 and 10 yards. Gibson scored on a 2-yard run for Kimball’s second touchdown.