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Wakeland’s second-half comeback in 37-34 loss to TCA-Addison cut short by late controversial call
FRISCO — TCA-Addison senior running back Nahshon Ellerbe clearly remembered the embarrassment of a blowout loss to Frisco Wakeland last season. But on Friday night, it was Ellerbe who rushed to a midfield mosh pit with his team and student section after a thrilling finish at Frisco Memorial Stadium.
TCA-Addison showcased its high-powered offense and benefited from a controversial touchback call late in the fourth quarter to beat Wakeland, 37-34.
Ellerbe finished with 21 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown, and senior quarterback Christian Hutzler completed 18 of 36 passes for 209 yards and had three touchdowns.
“We came in scared last year, we really did,” Ellerbe said. “The difference was we knew we were going to win this game. We had confidence. We knew what to expect.”
TCA-Addison (4-0) held a 30-20 advantage at halftime, thanks to two touchdown passes and another rushing from Hutzler, and a score on the ground from Ellerbe. But Wakeland (1-2) fired back in the second half when senior running back Alex Marr rushed for a 37-yard score.
TCA-Addison went three-and-out on its next possession, and Wakeland capitalized with a six-play drive, capped with another Marr rushing touchdown — giving Wakeland a 34-30 lead.
“That was tough,” Ellerbe said. “You see guys getting their heads down. But we just needed a few plays here and there. It was one step at a time. We knew we could get it back.”
Hutzler put TCA-Addison back on top when he connected with sophomore wide receiver Parker Oliver on a 27-yard touchdown pass. But with less than three minutes left in the game, it looked as if Wakeland would deliver the final blow.
At the TCA-Addison 6-yard line, Marr rushed to the near-side pylon and crossed the goal line. But officials said Marr let go of the ball before he crossed, resulting in a touchback instead of a touchdown.
“I won’t really know until we see the film,” Wakeland coach Marty Secord said. “They said he didn’t have possession. I trust that they’re right. I hope they’re right.”
Wakeland had one last chance to score when they forced TCA-Addison to punt with 1:35 remaining. But TCA-Addison defensive back Patrick Rea intercepted a Jackson Lamb pass to close it out — giving the large private school a victory against a top-20 ranked 4A team.
“I’m just so proud of our kids for believing that we could do it,” TCA-Addison coach Steve Hayes said.
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