Craziness ruled on the gridiron in 2014

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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2014 did not lack for drama.

Starting in February, there was Makayla Mayfield’s 3-pointer at TWU, followed the next Friday by Philip Walker’s shot to beat Dallas Roosevelt, both setting off wild celebrations.

Richard Greene

Richard Greene

Drew Jones then wowed us with his eagle on 18 to shoot 62 at Turtle Hill. Nick Trachta sent us home with the walk-off homer against Gainesville. Brandon Rivera gave us the tongue-wagging victory in the 800 at state to couple with Taylor Clayton’s career-capping sprint to gold in the 1,600.

To top it off, there was the Decatur Lady Eagles dogpile on the court at Curtis Culwell Center after a second straight state volleyball crown.

But the craziness on the gridiron this past fall will be my lasting memory. In 16 games, I covered this season there were 1,075 points (67 per game) and 12,369 yards (773 per game).

After never seeing a four-overtime game, I saw two of them this season. The first was Bridgeport’s 56-48 victory over Boyd in the second week of the season. That game also provided Qualynn Wells’ 427-yard night.

Then there was Stephenville’s 66-64 win over Decatur in the 4A Division I bi-district playoff game. Stephenville, who went on to play in the region final, kicked a field goal as time expired in regulation to force overtime.

It was the second week in a row a Decatur opponent scored on the final play of regulation to force overtime. Graham scored twice in the final 46 seconds and got a two-point conversion to extend the game and steal the league title from a Decatur team that was only picked third in the district.

Decatur also provided a storm-shortened game in Waxahachie and the 4-4A Division I opener that ended nearly 24 hours after kickoff.

Perhaps the craziest moment of the year was Keller celebrating its 35-33 loss to Northwest, having clinched a playoff spot on a tiebreaker and the Texans coming up short despite winning.

I hope 2015 provides a few shorter games.

Richard Greene is the Messenger’s sports editor.

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