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Mansfield holds off South Grand Prairie rally for 41-28 win
GRAND PRAIRIE — Mansfield quarterback Jerod Evans didn’t need any last-second heroics this week.
He left the heroics to running back Kenneth Burks, who ran for 209 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 41-28 win over South Grand Prairie at the Gopher Bowl Friday night.
Mansfield (5-0, 2-0) was coming off a dramatic last-second victory over Mansfield Timberview the week before (29-27), when Evans threw a hail mary to younger brother Lance for the win. It would have been easy to have a letdown for the Tigers against South Grand Prairie, but that wasn’t in the cards Friday night.
Mansfield entered the fourth quarter with a 41-7 lead and the game in hand.
But South Grand Prairie didn’t quit, putting up three unanswered touchdowns in the final seven minutes of play. Louis Dailey had his second touchdown of the night in the stanza, as Bryan Ajumobi put in the second touchdown and Kevin Brigham added the third
All four touchdowns came on passes from Jared Johnson, who finished the night with 284 yards passing.
In the third quarter, Gary Davis got Mansfield’s first touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Evans, giving Mansfield a 34-7 lead.
On the ensuing South Grand Prairie possession, Mansfield forced a turnover on downs, then marched down the field again for Burks’ third score of the night, giving Mansfield a 41-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Mansfield stopped the Warriors (2-3, 1-1) on the game’s opening possession, then ground its way to a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers drove the ball 91 yards in 17 plays, eating more than six minutes off the clock in the process. Chad Whitener got the score on a 1-yard run. The extra point was missed.
South Grand Prairie answered on the next drive. Going 75 yards in 11 plays, Louis Dailey put the Warriors up 7-6 following a 14-yard pass from Johnson.
It would be the only time South Grand Prairie would lead, as Mansfield went back up on the ensuing possession.
Enter Burks, who ran for 61 of the drive’s 77 yards and capped it off with a 5-yard run to give Mansfield a 13-7 lead.
South Grand Prairie missed on a field goal opportunity with a little less than five minutes left in the half, and the Tigers again took advantage.
Mansfield finished a nine play, 80-yard drive with another Burks touchdown, this one from four yards out to take a 19-7 lead.
A pass intercepted by Lane Meyer was returned 39 yards for another Mansfield touchdown, as the Tigers took a 27-7 lead into the break.