Brock Eagles vs. Malakoff Tigers
Malakoff 23, Brock 21
Unlike a lot of other State Semifinals games, the scoring in this game was front-loaded, but it still took a late touchdown for Malakoff to emerge victorious.
Malakoff scored first on a 23-yard field goal from Hector Romero with 5:23 remaining in the 1st quarter to take a 3-0 lead.
That would be the only scoring in the 1st quarter, but there was plenty to come in the second quarter.
Malakoff extended their lead to 10-0 with 10:22 remaining in second quarter on 1 -yard run from Keevie Rose.
Brock cracked the scoreboard with 4:09 remaining in the 2nd quarter on a 3-yard run from Zakk Young to cur the Malakoff lead to 10-7.
Brock would strike again quickly on a 1-yard touchdown run from Takota Taylor with 1:58 remaining in the 2nd quarter to take the lead 14-10.
Malakoff would answer back on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Darion Peace to Kaderrius Thomas to reclaim the lead 17-14 with 0:37 remaining in the 1st half.
But that wouldn’t be all the scoring in the first half as Brock would score with 4 seconds remaining in the half on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tripp Jones to Baylor Cupp to take the lead back 21-17.
And that would be all the scoring until late in the 4th qauter.
With just over 3 minutes remaining in the game, Malakoff face a 4th and 7 from the Brock 11-yard line. Darion Peace lofted a pass into the end zone to Andreas Garrett that fell incomplete. However, Brock was flagged for pass interference on the play and Malakoff found new life at the Brock 2-yard line. Reese ran it in from 2-yards out to give the Tigers the lead again 23-21 (after the PAT was blocked) with 3:00 remaining in the game.
The statistical leaders for Malakoff were Reese with 100 yards rushing on 9 carries, Peace with 171 yards passing with 9 completions on 15 attempts, and Andreas Garrett with 5 receptions for 92 yards.
The statistical leaders for Brock were Toby Morrision with 90 ayrds rushing on 20 carries, Takota Taylor with 50 yards passing with 2 completions on 4 attempts, and Jake Teskey with 3 receptions for 63 yards.
Grandview Zebras vs. Yoakum Bulldogs
Grandview 28, Yoakum 14
The game opened with a fumble on the opening kickoff return which Grandview recovered at the Yoakum 5-yard line. Elijah Golden gave the Zebras the early 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run just 39 seconds into the game.
On Yoakum’s first play from scrimmage Montreal Jones raced 75 yards for the score to tie the game at 7.
Grandview regained the lead late in the 1st quarter on an 18-yard run from Dane Jentsch. Grandview lead 14-7.
Grandview pushed the lead to 21-7 in the second quarter on 96-yard, 14 play drive capped off by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jentsch to Cooper Deans.
There would be no scoring for the remainder of the 2nd quarter and the entire 3rd quarter.
But early in the fourth quarter Jentsch broke free for 43-yard touchdown run to expand the Zebras lead to 28-7.
With just under 5 minutes remaining in the game, Jones added a 43-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs to pull with 28-14.
That would be the final score of the game.
For the Zebras, Montreal Jones finished the game with 167 yards rushing on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns. Dane Jentsch also had 167 yards rushing on 25 carries.
For the Bulldogs, Hagen Garvin completed 8 of 18 pass attempts for 108 yards.