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Carrollton Newman Smith 28, Rockwall 14
FRISCO - Jerome Akintunde and Braxton Bearden scored two touchdowns apiece as Carrollton Newman Smith (6-5) beat Rockwall (7-4) in a Class 4A Region II bi-district playoff game Friday at Pizza Hut Park.
Akintunde scored twice on the ground for Newman Smith. Bearden caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jose Martinez and also scored on an 8-yard run.
With 5:45 left and trailing 21-14, Rockwall was facing a fourth-and-4 at the Newman Smith 11-yard line and looked poised to tie the game. However, the Newman Smith defense forced Rockwall quarterback Alan Reed into throwing an incomplete pass to turn the ball over on downs.
Newman Smith then marched 89 yards in 10 plays, a sequence capped by Bearden's 8-yard scoring run.
Rockwall made one last effort to come within a touchdown but Reed was intercepted by Newman Smith senior defensive back Jerric Porter to seal the victory.