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Juan Resendiz (right) receives the ball from quarterback, Derek Clamon (left) during Friday’s game against Terrell.

 

In another monster matchup between 4A area powers, the Kaufman Lion football team found a way to defeat Terrell 28-21 on Oct. 8. This victory was significant because it clinched a second consecutive playoff berth for the Lions. 

With this result, Kaufman improves to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in District play while Terrell falls to 4-2 and 1-1 respectively. Coming into this game, Kaufman was ranked seventh in the Dallas Morning News’ Class 4A area poll and 10th in the state by the Associated Press. On the flip side, Terrell was ranked eighth in the Dallas Morning News’ area poll As of Oct. 10, Kaufman is currently ranked sixth in the Dallas Morning news’s Class 4A area poll.

Individually, the marquee performers in this game for Kaufman were as follows: 

Aundrea Freeman: 13 carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

Braxton Garmon:10 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown.

Juan Resendiz one carry for five yards and one touchdown.

Daylon Dickerson: six receptions for 90 yards.

Derek Clamon: 11 of 15 passing for 117 yards and one interception.

On the opening drive of this game, Terrell showcased their powerful rushing attack. Working out of the Wing T formation, Terrell used 16 plays to move 75 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown came on a eight-yard run by Kanye Nix. Note:  Only one play on this lengthy drive featured a pass. At the 5:48 mark of the first quarter, Terrell led 7-0.

However, Kaufman would respond on their initial drive of the game as well. The Lions went on a 10 play 65-yard touchdown march to tie the game at 7-all. The drive was capped off in celebration thanks to a two-yard touchdown run by Garmon. 

Then, in the second quarter, a special teams mistake by Terrell directly benefitted Kaufman. During a punt sequence, the Tigers snapped the ball over their punter’s head and Kaufman recovered it at Terrell’s 37-yard line. After this enormous gift, Kaufman moved 37 yards in four plays for another touchdown. The touchdown on this drive was registered via a 14-yard by Freeman. At the 5:30 mark of the second quarter, Kaufman led 14-7.

At halftime Kaufman led 14-7.

In third quarter, Terrell came up with a big defensive stop when they forced Kaufman to turn the ball over on downs. So, the Tigers took over the ball at their own 48-yard line. From that point, Terrell embarked on a 13 play 52-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 14-all. This drive was finished off nicely with a one-yard quarterback sneak by Lindon Henderson.

The late in the third quarter after a Kaufman punt, Terrell started another drive at their own five-yard line. But then Terrell produced a very explosive play when Chase Bingham broke to the outside on a toss sweep and raced down the sideline for a 95-yard touchdown run. This electrifying touchdown run gave Terrell a 21-14 lead at the 1:08 mark of the third quarter. For the game, Bingham rushed for 150 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. Bingham’s backfield mate Ta’Nyrious Baker also hit the 100-yard rushing mark in this game for the Tigers with 108 yards on 13 carries.

In the fourth quarter, Kaufman regrouped and found a way to win. The Lions put together a crucial 10 play 64-yard touchdown drive to the game at 21-all. The touchdown on this drive was produced by Resendiz via a five-yard run. 

Another key play on this drive was a 36-yard pass on third down from Clamon to Dickerson which gave the Lions a key first down. 

On Terrell’s next drive, Kaufman forced a punt. Then, Kaufman would begin what turned out to be the game winning 86-yard touchdown drive. This drive was finished off in style on a 31-yard run by Freeman. On this play, the offensive line did some excellent blocking indeed. So, now Kaufman was out in front by a count of 28-21 at the 4:09 ark of the fourth quarter. 

Kaufman was back in the lead now, but Terrell had enough time to mount one final serious drive. 

 The Tigers would start their last drive at their own 24-yard line. From there, they would move the ball all the way to the Lions’ 23-yard line. At this point, Kaufman’s defense would come up with a huge sack Then, on the last play of the game, Kaufman’s Brayson Gomez intercepted the Terrell pass to seal the win for the Lions. 

Final Score Kaufman 28 Terrell 21.

Up next, Kaufman will have a bye week. The Lions will be back in action on Oct. 22 when they will travel to take on Paris High School. This game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. 

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