Greenville’s Lions escaped with a 21-19 homecoming victory after a two-point conversion pass from Terrell quarterback Wesley McCoy to wide receiver Javasky Hartfield was ruled incomplete on the final play of a District 10-4A football thriller on Friday night at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.

Terrell scored on the final play of regulation when McCoy threw a 23-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Hartfield, who scored with no time left on the clock. Terrell, trailing 21-19, had no choice but to go for two points in hopes of forcing overtime.

The Tigers called a timeout to set up their strategy and when the game resumed McCoy, in shotgun formation, had to chase down an errant snap from center, barely avoided a big rush and got off a hurried, but low throw to Hartfield in the end zone. Hartfield somehow came up with the ball and tried to convince the officials it was a catch but they ruled the Terrell receiver trapped the ball.

“That call could have gone either way,” said Lions coach Jeff Cordell. “I think he trapped the ball. I think they made a good call.”

The victory upped the Lions’ season record to 2-3 and squared their district record at 1-1.

Terrell dropped to 1-4 and 0-2.

Terrell took the opening kickoff and drove 76 yards to score in 11 plays. McCoy connected with Hartfield on a 25-yard completion and Derek Kenedy also dashed 15 yards on a reverse before McCoy capped the drive with a 19-yard sprint up the middle. J.D. Simmons converted to make it 7-0.

Greenville responded with an 11-play touchdown drive that covered 78 yards. Running back Dakieston Williams got the drive rolling with bursts of 17 and 15 yards and quarterback Jeremy Fowler kept for gains of nine and 11 yards and also connected with C.J. Nelson on an 11-yard completion. Williams picked up gains of seven, five and one yard before Jamaine Hamilton finished the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. Andrew Tarrant's kick tied at 7-7 with 2:34 left in the first period.

The tie lasted only 25 seconds, long enough for Logan Smith's short kickoff return and then DeAndrick Johnson's 76-yard touchdown run. Johnson showed why he is the reigning District 10-4A 100-meter dash champion while beating the Lions down the left sideline. The Lions got a break on the conversion try as the holder Logan Smith was stopped short of the goal line after retrieving a low snap.

Greenville then marched from its 25 to the Tiger 18 as Fowler reeled off runs of 12 and 10 yards and also tossed a 10-yard completion to Williams, who powered ahead for three 6-yard runs.

Terrell's defense dug in and the Lions ended up empty handed when Tarrant's 35-yard field goal attempt bounced off the left upright.

Greenville let another scoring opportunity slip away later in the first half after driving from its 37 to the Tiger one. C.J. Nelson threw to wide receiver Alton Dennis for a 17-yard completion on a trick play. C.J. Nelson then made a dazzling 26-yard catch of a Fowler pass over the middle. Fowler connected with Derreck Lucas on a 9-yard completion and then Williams powered ahead nine yards for a first and goal at the Terrell two. The Lions went back to Williams, the sophomore running back, and he was churning ahead to the goal line but lost the ball only inches away from the goal line. Terrell linebacker Melvin Lee fell on the fumble at the 1-yard line to stop Greenville's threat with 49 seconds left before halftime.

Greenville took its second possession of the second half 60 yards in eight plays as Williams dashed for gains of eight and 12 yards and Fowler nailed completions of 15 and 16 yards to receivers Klayton Moore and Alton Dennis. Williams ran two yards for the touchdown and Tarrant converted to put the Lions up 14-13 with 4:23 left in the second half.

Greenville got a break two plays later when the Tigers fumbled a shovel pass and the Lions recovered the ball at the Tiger 33.

The Lions scored in just two plays with Williams dashing 21 yards for his fifth touchdown of the season. Tarrant’s kick made it 21-13.

Greenville wound up with a 321-228 edge in total yardage as Williams rushed for 135 yards on 22 carries and Fowler was 11-of-18 passing for 104 yards.

McCoy was 11-of-16 passing for 148 yards for Terrell.

“He makes that thing go,” Cordell said of Terrell’s quarterback. “He almost made a big play at the end of the game.”

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