Late rally dooms Tigers
DUBLIN – Many times, life will turn on a dime, Friday’s Jacksboro versus Dublin game turned on a nickel.
A Lion interception with 5:55 left and the Tigers leading 20-14 would set the stage for a comeback in a game the visitors had dominated for the most part. A second interception not even 90 seconds later would ultimately seal the deal in a disappointing 21-20 loss for Jacksboro.
The Tigers are now 1-1 in District 5-3A Division II and 3-3 overall while the upstart Lions are 2-0 and 6-1.
Tyler Harwell’s interception gave the hosts decent field position which they quickly used to their advantage. Chris Teten’s 43-yard pass to Christian Ramirez moved the ball to the Tiger 15.
Cameron Patton then finished the job two plays later with a 10-yard run up the gut to paydirt. Ramirez, who was a thorn in the Tigers’ paw throughout the evening, tacked on the extra point with 4:43 left for a 21-20 lead.
Teten had a solid night in the air, going 18-30 for 265 yards and two scores, putting him over 2,000 yards passing for the season.
With plenty of time left, Jacksboro began its drive which was quickly stopped by a Ramirez interception on the first play. Ramirez’s runs and a 14-yard pass to Cooper Hubble would move the ball down to the one. With the Tigers out of timeouts, Dublin simply ran out the clock.
After the Lions opened the scoring on a Teten to Hubble 5-yard pass with barely a minute gone, Jacksboro would score the next 20 points, showing quick strike capability as well.
Kaleem Howard’s interception would ignite the Tiger offense. A 50-yard pass from Lando Belcher to Paul Shackelford moved to the ball into Lion territory at the 30. Hard running Baylor Laake, back in the lineup after a shoulder injury, got the ball inside the red zone with an 11-yard run.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 20 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.