Defensive stand, late touchdown secures 24-22 win

Photo by Tonia Edwards

Tiger captains Caden Bennett, Lamont Thomas, Brody Bushnell and Sloan Rodberg make their way to midfield for the coin toss. 

Tigers wrap up district title 

 

 

Wills Point has shown plenty of resiliency throughout the 2016 season, bouncing back from an 0-4 start and season ending injuries to multiple key contributors to run off five consecutive wins and claim the top spot in District 6-4A.

The latest chapter to Wills Point’s story was written at Forester Field on Friday night, with the Tigers facing off against a Dallas Lincoln team that entered play with an identical 3-0 record in district play.

Down a quarterback due to an injured ankle suffered by Caden Bennett near the final stages of Wills Point’s 21-7 win over Emory Rains Oct. 21, the Tigers got a solid performance under center from junior quarterback Tyler James in a 24-22 come from behind win over Lincoln that wrapped up the top seed in district play.

Lincoln opened play on offense, marching from their own 23-yard line to the end zone in just seven plays. The Lincoln passing game contributed the two biggest plays of the drive, as quarterback Keiontay Coleman connected on a 17-yard strike to Lamarsay Austin for a first down early in the sequence and on a 37-yard pass to Devodric Bynum for a touchdown.

Lincoln added a two-point conversion on another Coleman to Austin completion, building an 8-0 lead in the early stages of the first quarter.

Wills Point was able to push the ball near midfield on its first possession of the night, eventually being forced to punt the ball back to Lincoln. Vincent Tobias delivered one of his best kicks of the season, pinning Lincoln deep in their own territory to begin their second drive.

Fresh off forcing five turnovers the week before, the Wills Point defense showed its teeth again by forcing and recovering a Lincoln fumble just two plays later.

Set up at the Lincoln 9-yard line to start their second drive, the Tigers needed just three plays to tally their first points of the night on a one-yard Brandon Smith run. Vincent Tobias added the PAT, puling Wills Point to within 8-7 with 5:35 to play in the quarter.

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