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October 21, 2012

Hail Mary pass helps East overtake Greenville


GREENVILLE —   WYLIE — A Hail Mary pass for a touchdown with one second left in the first half helped the Wylie East Raiders claim a 42-17 football victory over the Greenville Lions on Friday night.

  The underdog Lions appeared to be headed to the locker room with a 17-14 halftime lead after playing their best half of the season but the Raiders reclaimed the momentum with Garrett McCain’s 49-yard touchdown pass to Marcell Ateman with 0:01 showing on the Wylie ISD Stadium clock. The Raiders, instead, went into the half leading 21-17.

  East scored three more touchdowns in the second half to up their season record to 5-2 and District 13-4A mark to 3-1.

  The Lions fell to 0-7 and 0-4 with their 27th straight loss despite holding the Metroplex’s No. 1 rated offense well under its season average. The Lion defense, led by linemen Shaquille Anderson and John Franklin, did something to the Raiders that Sherman’s defense couldn’t do the previous week: force East to punt. Sacks by Anderson and Franklin forced the Raiders to punt on their first possession.

But the Raiders got a break on Greenville’s first punt that went straight up and took a bad bounce, giving East the ball on the Greenville 29 following a 6-yard punt. It took the Raiders eight plays to make it to the goal line as Jabari Anderson ran in from the three for the touchdown.

  Greenville bounced right back from the 7-0 deficit with a 56-yard drive that followed a short squib kickoff by East. Quarterback Marquist Davis fired a 36-yard strike to Neftali Vargas and then kept for gains of 22 and 10 yards. Running back Tyler Matthews polished off the drive with a 5-yard run for Matthews’ first touchdown of the season. Kellen Cox’s kick tied it at 7-7 with 10:33 left in the second period.

  Trevor White set up Greenville’s next touchdown when he recovered a fumbled Raider pitch at the East 10-yard line. The Lions scored in three plays, including a 4-yard touchdown strike from Davis to Chance Hamilton. It was Hamilton’s second touchdown of the season. Cox’s kick gave the Lions a 14-7 lead with 9:15 left in the second quarter.

  East bounced back, marching 75 yards in four plays topped off by a 24-yard touchdown pass from McCain to Quan Jones. Dylan Cook’s kick tied it at 14-14.

Greenville then drove from its 30 to the East 21 as Davis dashed for gains of 25, 7 and 5 yards before the Raider defense finally dug in. Cox then booted a 39-yard field goal to give Greenville a 17-14 lead with 1:40 left before halftime.

  But the Raiders then drove 84 yards in seven plays, scoring on the Hail Mary pass.

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