For the first time in UIL state football championship history, a title game was decided by a single point in overtime. It was also the first time a two-point conversion attempt in overtime determined a state champion.
And it was the Jim Ned Indians who converted that attempt and emerged with a 29-28 win over Hallettsville in overtime.
The game ended tied in regulation at 21.
Hallettsville had possession first in overtime and scored on a 4-play drive featuring Johnathan Brooks accounting for all 25 yards including the 4-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and Hallettsville lead 28-21.
When it was Jim Ned’s possession, they turned to their running back, Xavier Wishert, and he accounted for all 25 yards including a 17-yard touchdown run to pull Jim Ned within one point at 28-27.
The Indians then lined up to attempt a two-point conversion. Tate Yardley completed a pass to Zach Henderson and Jim Ned secured their first ever state championship with the 29-28 win.
Hallettsville’s Johnathan Brooks rushed for 299 yards on 36 carries breaking the record for rushing yards in a 3A state championship set at 277 yards by Daingerfield’s KoKo Smith in 2009.
The game was all Hallettsville in the first half at they built a 21-0 lead. Brook rushed for 225 yards in the first half including touchdown runs of 56 yards and 2 yards. Trace Paktel connected with Ty Gerke for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Jim Ned cut into the Brahmas lead with 0:59 remaining in the first half on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Tate Yardley to Zach Henderson to cut the lead to 21-7.
Yardley connected with Henderson again with 1:21 remaining in the 3rd quarter for another 35-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 21-14.
Jim Ned tied the score at 21 with 4:07 left in the game on Yardley’s third touchdown pass of the night, this time a 4-yard pass to Braden Lewis.
Johnathan Brooks was named the game’s offensive MVP with his record 299 yards rushing.
Xavier Wishert was named the game’s defensive MVP with a game high 9 tackles.
While field level access was limited, Antony Blalock did manage to capture these pictures from the stands.