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HS Notebook: Bridge City survives Hail Mary pass at the finish

November 14, 2016 GMT

With one second left, and the ball at midfield in a one-score game, Bridge City fans held their breath as Center quarterback Kyle Parks lofted a Hail Mary toward the end zone.

A Center receiver caught the ball at the three yard line, and Bridge City junior safety Justyn Romero charged ahead and stopped him short of the goal line, sealing the Cardinals’ first playoff win since 2002.

Bridge City played without senior fullback - and leading rusher - Cayce Draper, who head coach Dwayne DuBois confirmed had fractured his right big toe last Monday when a weight was accidentally dropped on it.

“It was just one of those freak accidents,” DuBois said. “We’re hoping he will be available on gameday or a day before. It just takes time to heal.”

Freshman Andy Lara played in place of Draper, and Bridge City had to come from behind. They tied the game at 28 with seven minutes left in the game, then scored the go-ahead touchdown with 25 seconds left.

Bridge City will play Bay City (7-4) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Galena Park ISD Stadium in Houston.

Silsbee’s season ends against Carthage

It was third and goal at the five near the end of the fourth quarter on Friday night at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, and Silsbee looked to extend a 30-28 lead over Carthage with a handoff to the area’s leading rusher, Calvin Tyler Jr.

Tyler slipped, then ran into the end zone as the whistles blew: the officials marked his knee down at the seven yard line. Senior quarterback Willie Jones’ fourth down throw fell incomplete, and Carthage marched down and scored the go-ahead touchdown, 34-30, with 14 seconds left in the game.

The Tigers’ season was one of gradual improvement under first-year head coach Randy Smith. Silsbee started 1-3 in non-district, then won five of their next six to finish second in District 10-4A-I.

Tyler rushed for 360 yards and three touchdowns of 77, 72 and 69 yards against Carthage, and finished the season with 2,850 yards and 29 touchdowns.

“He’s going to play a lot more football,” Smith said of Tyler, who has offers from California and Illinois. “He carried us at the start of the season, and he continued to carry us as we improved around him. He’s a good kid, and his leadership will be tough to lose.”

Evadale volleyball stops at region final

The Evadale volleyball team lost in the 2A Region III final on Saturday to Iola 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-11).

This was the last time Evadale had advanced to the region final since 2003. Iola also eliminated Evadale in the area round in 2014.

The Lady Rebels finish the season 32-7, and Iola will advance to the state tournament to play Archer City.

Southeast Texans in state cross country meet

There were 10 high school runners from Southeast Texas who competed at the UIL state cross country meet in Round Rock on Saturday.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville sent seven runners and finished 11th as a team. LC-M sophomore Eli Peveto finished 22nd overall with a time of 16:36.21.

Here are the rest of the results:

GIRLS

3A

Woodville

Bethany Mitchell (Sr.) finished 127th (14:06.62)

4A

Hardin-Jefferson

Audrey Albanese (Jr.) finished 34th (12:23.33).

BOYS

4A

Orange Little Cypress-Mauriceville

Eli Peveto (So.) finished 22nd (16:36.21)

Jackson Baeza (So.) finished 62nd (17:08.19)

Rayce Piper (Jr,) finished 79th (17:18.12)

Blake Kresser (Sr.) finished 113th (17:48.67)

Braden Bridges (So.) finished 141st (18:44.97)

Trevor Turner (So.) finished 150th (20:19.28)

Stephan Kusek (Fr.) finished 151st (22:22.58)