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4A bidistrict HS football playoff roundup: Missed PAT dooms SOC in overtime; freshman QB leads Lovejoy
Touchdowns are worth six points, and only six points. The mythical seventh comes, or fails to come, on the extra point.
South Oak Cliff will not take that extra point for granted for a long while, as missing one in overtime ended the Golden Bears season, falling to Lincoln 17-16.
Down a touchdown in overtime, South Oak Cliff needed two plays to cover 25 yards — a 19-yard pass from quarterback Kenneth Authur to receiver Fonzale Davis followed by a six-yard fade route to Anjeus Jones for what should have been the tying touchdown.
It would have been the tying touchdown, if not for that fateful missed kick, ruined from the outset when the snap rolled to the holder, rather than shot through the air.
“Snaps have bothered us the last five games,” Golden Bears coach Emmett Jones said after snaps of all sorts led to fumbles and turnovers against Lincoln. “It just bit us tough this week.”
High snaps forced Authur to chase after the ball. Low snaps led to failed running plays. A botched snap on a punt led to a turnover on downs.
Lincoln forced the overtime by finding the end zone for the first time with only 55.7 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Tigers defense stopped South Oak Cliff on a fourth-and-one on the Bears’ 49-yard line with 1:36 left. Three plays later, quarterback Erick Neal ran for a six-yard touchdown.
A successful point after attempt later and the extra period was needed.
“We wanted the ball back in our hands to try and tie it up,” Lincoln coach James Argenti said. “Then we went into that two-minute offense and my quarterback made some plays tonight.”
Lincoln running back Monterric Surrell took an option pitch for 25 yards for the Tigers’ overtime score.
South Oak Cliff kicker Abel Luviano missed a game-winning 43-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Luviano made a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter.
FORNEY — Freshman quarterback Bowman Sells completed 17 of 23 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown to lead Lovejoy (11-0) to a convincing 40-13 victory over Hallsville in a Class 4A Division II bi-district game at City Bank Stadium on Friday.
Daniel Sefcik caught six passes for 156 yards, including a screen pass that he took 45 yards for a score. Sefcik added a rushing touchdown.
After trailing, 7-3, at the end of the first quarter, Lovejoy scored 37 straight points, including Thomas Kotecki’s 52-yard interception return for a score with 1:26 left in the first half that made it 24-7.
Lovejoy meets Lancaster at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Richardson’s Eagle-Mustang Stadium in the area round.
JUSTIN — Jerrod Heard accounted for 353 total yards and three touchdowns to help Denton Guyer pull away for a victory over Saginaw in a Class 4A Division I bi-district game at Northwest ISD Stadium.
Denton Guyer, the No. 1 team in SportsDay’s Class 4A area rankings, quickly built a 14-0 lead as Heard and running back Nate Maki scored on a pair of short touchdown runs. Saginaw trimmed the deficit to 14-7 midway through the second quarter on Russell Murphy’s 89-yard touchdown run, but that’s as close as Saginaw got.
Guyer (9-2) built its lead to 21-7 at halftime, and Richard Whitaker and Heard added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away.
Guyer faces Aledo in the area round.
Tyler John Tyler
GARLAND — Greg Ward passed for 352 yards and four touchdowns to lead Tyler John Tyler (10-1) to a thumping of Waxahachie (6-5) in a Class 4A Division I bi-district game at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.
Ward, who also rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown, hooked up with Fred Ross on touchdowns of 87 and 33 yards in the second quarter as Tyler built a 35-20 halftime lead.
Ward then ran for a 49-yard touchdown on the third play of the second half, the first of Tyler’s six unanswered scores.
Jermiah Brown caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Chris Henry in the fourth quarter, and Corey Avery added a touchdown run as Carter beat Woodrow Wilson in a Class 4A Division II bi-district game at Franklin Field.
Woodrow (5-6) had taken a 7-6 lead in the second quarter on Colin Spencer’s 42-yard scoring run on a reverse. Woodrow’s defense came up with four interceptions and a fumble recovery but couldn’t add to the lead.
Carter (9-2) advances to play Prosper at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grand Prairie’s Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
ROYSE CITY — Sophomore Carsen Cook passed for 198 yards and three touchdowns, and the Wylie defense forced six turnovers in a Class 4A Division I bi-district playoff victory over Mount Pleasant at Royse City ISD Stadium.
Wylie led, 20-14, at the half but pulled away in the second half with all three of Cook’s scoring passes to Alex Wesley, Kalen Winkler, and Freddy Gibbs.
Wylie (5-6), which opened the season 0-5, advances to the area round against Tyler John Tyler.
McKINNEY — Garrett McCain was 20-of-24 for 384 yards and a season-high seven touchdowns as Wylie East (9-2) cruised past Sulpher Springs (8-3) in a Class 4A Division II bi-district game.
Marcell Ateman eclipsed his season bests in receptions (11) and touchdowns (five) and totaled 197 yards. Senior Quan Jones added a pair of receiving scores.
Wylie East advances to play Whitehouse in the area round.
Lathan Quentrel rushed for two touchdowns to lead Samuell (7-4) over Adamson (6-5) in a Class 4A Division I bi-district game at Wilmer-Hutchins Stadium.
Michael Sheffield scored on a 23-yard pass from Kamron Jones in the second quarter to give Samuell the lead for good. Sheffield then returned the opening kickoff of the second half 86 yards for a score.
Samuell advances to take on Frisco in the area round.
MIDLOTHIAN — Austin Van Hove passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns as Red Oak (8-3) beat Corsicana (4-7) in a Class 4A Division I bi-district game.
MESQUITE — Brannon Beaton returned a fumble by Ennis quarterback Brandon Adams 70 yards for a touchdown in the final seconds as Whitehouse (10-1) escaped with a victory in a Class 4A Division II bi-district game.