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Irving Nimitz 24, Richland 16
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS - Nathan Smith rushed for 124 yards and one touchdown and caught a 53-yard screen pass for another as Irving Nimitz (5-4, 3-4 District 6-5A) pounded out a win over Richland (5-4, 3-4) at Birdville ISD Complex.
Nimitz, Richland, Grapevine and Irving MacArthur are now in a four-way tie for the final playoff berth in District 6-5A.
An 11-yard touchdown run by Smith on the second play of the fourth quarter gave Nimitz a 24-3 lead.
Lorenzo Smith, who led Richland with 141 yards rushing, caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Walker Burns with 10:22 left. Burns scored on a 3-yard run with 33 seconds to play, but Nathan Smith recovered the onside kick to preserve the victory for Nimitz.