The Eisenhower Eagles staged a furious fourth-quarter comeback and then blocked a last-second field goal attempt to defeat the Hightower Hurricanes, 42-41, at Thorne Stadium on Friday night.
The win by Eisenhower made them the only District 18-5A to win on opening weekend, but four other district teams came up just short.
Eisenhower trailed Hightower 35-21 with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period before they reeled off three touchdowns in a row to take a 42-35 lead with three minutes remaining in the game. The go-ahead score came on a recovered fumble returned for a touchdown by Zachary Howard.
The Hurricanes would answer a little over a minute later as Bralon Addison connected with Dantrai Simmons for a 43-yard scoring pass to draw Hightower within one point with 1:55 to go. But the snap on the extra point attempt was bobbled and the point after was no good.
Hightower’s defense held and the Hurricane offense mounted one last drive with 39 seconds remaining. With three seconds to go, Eisenhower drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone, which allowed Hightower a 24-yard field goal attempt for the win on the final play of the game.
But the Eagles blocked the kick to preserve the victory.
While Eisenhower had reason to celebrate, other 18-5A teams were left to contemplate what might have been.
The Hastings Bears traded scores with the Dulles Vikings on Thursday and were tied 13-13 at the end of regulation, but Dulles got a 24-yard field goal from Ian Voorhies in overtime to deliver a 16-13 win.
On Friday at Crump Stadium, Alief Taylor gave up a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to Dobie before rallying in the second half.
The Lions scored on a nine-yard run by junior Trevorris Johnson with 1:14 to go in the third quarter to draw within 14-7.
The score would remain there until Alief Taylor quarterback Corey Lupton connected with Preston Foley for a 51-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Taylorhead coach J.D. Jordan opted to go for a two-point conversion and the win instead of a game-tying extra-point kick, but Lupton’s pass attempt was incomplete and the Vikings held on for a 14-13 win.
Aldine gave up a touchdown in each quarter to the Klein Bearkats at Klein Memorial Stadium on Friday, but rallied for two late scores, in a 28-13 loss. The Mustangs got a 40-yard fumble return by Devonte Gabriel and a 35-yard touchdown run by Tyron Watson in the final three minutes of the game.
In similar fashion on Saturday night at Mercer Stadium, Nimitz allowed three touchdowns to the Bush Broncos, and fell behind 20-0, before getting a pair of two-yard touchdown runs from Dre’Vian Young and safety late in the game. The Cougars still fell short, losing 20-16.
Elsik got the best individual performance of the weekend by a district player, as senior running back Jerry Bynum ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns, but still came up on the short end of a 29-15 score against Kingwood at Turner Stadium on Friday night.
Elsik outgained Kingwood in offense, 330 yards to 327 yards, but turned the ball over three times, including a fumble that was returned by Kingwood’s Tony Winslow for a touchdown that gave the Mustangs the lead for good.
MacArthur did not play and will begin the 2011 season at Thorne Stadium this Friday night against Chavez.
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joltleft.com 18-5A Player of the Week
Jerry Bynum, senior RB, Elsik: 15 carries, 197 yards, 2 TD
- Bradford Hamm, senior QB, Hastings: 14-23 passing, 127 yards; 16 carries, 46 yards, TD
- Corey Lupton, senior QB, Alief Taylor: 10-21 passing, 177 yards, TD
- Preston Foley, senior WR, Alief Taylor: 4 receptions, 100 yards, TD
- Trevorris Johnson, junior RB, Alief Taylor: 15 carries, 109 yards, TD
- Donald Catalon, sophomore RB, Eisenhower: 14 carries, 121 yards