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DISTRICT 14-4A. DIVISION II
Mavericks hold off Bandera to clinch fourth and final playoff spot in 15-4A, Division II.
Pearsall held off a furious Bandera rally in the final minutes, intercepting a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game and secured the fourth and final playoff spot in District 15-4A, Division II in the process via a 24-22 win on Friday at Mack Laxson Field.
The Mavericks will now move on to the bi-district round of the playoffs and take on the Sinton Pirates on Thursday, November 12 at Floresville’s Eschenburg Field.
Pearsall seemed poised to blow out the Bulldogs last Friday, rolling out to a 21-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Joey Ramirez scored a pair of touchdowns and Brady Blackburn provided the deciding points on a 24-yard field goal.
Ethan Waldrum also picked off a pass and went the distance for a defensive score.
Bandera took the early lead with 32-yard field goal midway through the first. Ramirez then scored the first of his two touchdowns, going in from 29 yards out at a 7-3 lead.
The two then hit a stalemate for much of the first half as neither offense was able to crack the scoreboard. Turnovers proved costly for Pearsall as well as the team turned the ball over three times.
Pearsall moved quickly out of the gates in the second half as Ramirez went in from 17 yards out early in the third to build the Maverick lead to 14-3.
Bandera answered, however, scoring on a 31-yard pass play to pull within 14-10 midway through the third.
The Maverick defense turned the tide early in the fourth as Waldrum stepped in front of an errant pass and went down the sideline for a 45-yard touchdown.
Waldrum’s score put Pearsall comfortably ahead 21-10 with 11:44 to play. Once again, however, Bandera would answer, scoring on their next offensive play.
Less than a minute later, the Bulldogs were back in the game following a 55-yard touchdown pass. Bandera attempted a two-point conversion to pull within three points but came up short and trailed 21-16.
Pearsall held onto the lead through much of the fourth and extended it with 5:04 to play as Blackburn booted a 24-yard field goal to put the Mavs up by eight points.
The Maverick defense held late in the game and forced a fourth down play by the Bulldogs. Pearsall flushed the Bulldogs’ quarterback out of the pocket and forced him to scramble. He avoided several tackles and eventually scored on a 35-yard broken field run.
Needing a two-point conversion to tie the game, Bandera dropped back to pass but the Mavs’ Ben Medina stepped in front of the receiver and picked off the pass to secure the Pearsall lead with 1:36 remaining.
Pearsall was able to run out the clock and preserve the win and grab to the final postseason berth.
The team will now have a short week to prep for the Pirates this week as they open the playoffs Thursday at 7 p.m. Sinton is 6-3 this season but have seen a resurgence following an 0-3 start. The team crushed Poteet 41-7 for their first win. The Pirates have won six straight including a 20-14 win over La Vernia. Sinton, however, has not played since an October 23 win over Ingleside as they won their finale via forfeit over Robstown.