Reuben Leveridge blocked a point after touchdown attempt and Titus Mason intercepted a pass in the Purcell end zone with two seconds left lifting Purcell to a 48-47 district victory over Lone Grove at Conger Field last Friday night.
The breathtaking victory assures Purcell a berth in the state playoffs.
After Purcell turned the ball over on downs at the Longhorn 20, Lone Grove drove the ball to the Dragon five yard line with under a minute to play when Mason stepped in front of a Longhorn pass to preserve the victory.
A Longhorn running back broke free for a huge gain on a flair pass down to the Purcell five yard line with under a minute to play.
Out of time outs, Lone Grove spiked the ball and tried a run up inside. That play was stuffed by Leveridge and Nick Albright, forcing the quarterback to spike the ball on third down.
And on fourth down Mason fetched the pigskins out of the coolish October air and took it south.
“I print out an itinerary for every week and I used a Pele quote this week, ‘The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning’,” Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott said.
Turned out to be very apropos.
“That was one of the wildest games I’ve been a part of,” Scott said.
Creed Smith and Mojo Browning kicked off the scoring on a pass off Smith’s arm covering 65 yards.
Love, who rushed 25 times for 192 yards, scored four times. He scored on runs of 21, 26 and 20 and hauled in a pitch on a hitch and pitch from Browning and scampered in from 75 yards out.
Kroth, who was 22-30 for 279 yards, threw the strike to Browning setting up the touchdown play.
Kroth also threw touchdown passes of five yards to Smith and 68 yards to Browning. Browning ended the night with seven catches for 166 yards and the two touchdowns. Smith, who was 1-1 passing for the 65 yard touchdown, hauled in 10 catches for 90 yards and the one score.
“Creed had a good game,” Scott said. “He made some clutch catches. Mojo had a good game. Love had a good game and Kroth had a good game throwing the ball.”
Kroth also had six rushes for 21 yards.
Even though it gave up 47 points there were plenty of attaboys handed out on defense by the head coach.
“Nick Albright had a great game,” Scott said. “He just made plays when we needed them. He has for the last two weeks.
“Addison Love, Jeremy Cudd, Gage Askew, Jaysen Shea, Kyan Davis, Sam Wofford and Reuben Leveridge all had good games,” Scott said.
Albright led the team with 14 tackles from his safety position. Wofford and Leveridge had 13 tackles apiece. Love registered 12, Cudd had 10, Shea eight and Askew nine.
“The thing is, our kids just kept fighting the whole time,” Scott said. “They never gave in and I think that’s what I’m the most proud of.
“I told them it was going to be a four quarter war and that we had to out-tough ‘em and out-last ‘em,” the coach continued. “Our seniors really stepped up. They said they didn’t want to go out with a loss on Senior Night.”
Up next is a tall order traveling to Marlow for the end of the regular season.
The Outlaws are 6-3 overall and 5-1 in league play while Purcell is 5-4 and 4-2.
“They are a good team but we want to continue our (winning) streak,” Scott said.
The Dragons have won the last four games.
“We want to continue to play well and get better,” Scott continued. “We need to work on us getting better every week.”
Scott said Marlow runs an offense very similar to Lone Grove only with a lot more double tight end sets.
“They run it and then hit you with play action passes,” Scott said.
Defensively, the Outlaws will show a 3-3 stack defense.
“It seems like that’s what we get every week,” Scott said.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Nick Albright as the Defensive Player of the Week. Albright registered 14 tackles against Lone Grove.
Offensive Coordinator Questin Autry nominated Kody Kroth as the Offensive Player of the Week.
Kroth was 22-30 for 279 and three touchdowns and rushed for another 21 yards.
Jaysen Shea got the nod as the Defensive Lineman of the Week for his eight tackle performance.
Line coach Kurt Gray nominated Gage Askew as the Offensive Player of the Week. Askew graded out at 92 percent against the Longhorns.