Veterans held its breath. Veterans breathed a sigh of relief. Veterans then found out it had all been for naught.
That is. Trailing 14-3, the Warhawks were finally showing signs of life. They had just missed a field goal – the game just over nine minutes into the third quarter – but they had held their host, Carrollton, on three plays, and were about to force a punt and get the ball back.
Or so they thought.
The Trojans instead faked the punt and threw a pass that went about 80 yards for the score.
Or so they thought.
Instead they were flagged for an ineligible receiver. This time they did punt. See: sigh of relief. Then, see: All been for naught. The punt hit a Veterans player and was recovered by Carrollton on the Warhawks’ 42. The Trojans did have to earn a fourth-and-five along the way, but they eventually – 14 plays in all – turned it into a one-yard run by Myles Morris from inside the 1. The point after made it 21-3.
Veterans did answer it with a drive of its own – 11 plays, 80 yards and a Lebron Fields touchdown from the 1 as well – but just wasn’t able to gain any more momentum from there.
Carrollton went on to win 21-10. It advanced to the next round of the Class AAAAA state tournament. It also improved to 12-0 while the Warhawks’ year came to an end at 9-3.
The Trojans did miss a couple of field goals to start the game. The first one was blocked. The second was just a miss. Those came on their first two possessions of the first quarter. Veterans had three possessions during that end. All three of its ended in punts.
Morris got them on board in the second quarter – the drive starting just before the first quarter ended – on a 33-yard score. It was the end to a drive that went 83 yards and 11 plays.
Veterans answered that with a seven-play drive that was finished off by a Daniel Gibbs field goal of 53 yards.
That made it 7-3, which is where it stood at the half.
Carrollton then came out to start the third by going 80 yards on seven plays and a score. Melvin Edwards Jr. finished it off with a 10-yard run.
That made it 14-3. Both punted before the aforementioned field goal miss by Gibbs and the series of events – held its breath, etc, that followed.