Tigers end playoff hopes with 28-27 loss to Mustangs

A late fourth quarter Manor Mustangs touchdown scored Friday off a blocked field goal try brought the Dripping Springs Tigers’ 2019 season to a shocking end in a 28-27 heartbreaker.

The defeat marked the second straight season Manor has eliminated the Tigers in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Both of Manor’s postseason wins over Dripping Springs have been by a combined four points.

Dripping Springs (9-2) trailed by a touchdown in the first frame before the team battled back with a touchdown run from quarterback Preston Alford that tied the game at 7-7. Alford went 6 of 14 for 117 yards passing while also rushing for 75 yards on 31 carries and a pair of scores.

Both teams traded scores in the second frame with the Tigers getting a 13-yard touchdown run from Alford, along with a 17-yard field goal by kicker Desi De La Cruz.

But the Mustangs (6-5) tallied a pair of second quarter touchdowns to take a 21-17 lead. Dripping Springs fought back with a three-yard touchdown run by running back Curtis Cox, giving the Tigers a 24-21 lead at intermission.

Cox capped his Tiger football career by rushing for 79 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown run.

Dripping Springs expanded its lead to 27-21 via another 17-yard field goal from De La Cruz. With less than five minutes to go in the game, the Tigers sought to take a 9-point lead with a short field goal attempt by De La Cruz.

However, Manor blocked the kick and returned it 80-plus yards for a go-ahead score. Dripping Springs had one final chance for a game-winning score but was unable to capitalize.

Dripping Springs’ offense amassed 376 total yards in the contest, 199 of those yards on the ground. Meanwhile the Tiger defense limited Manor to 232 total yards. Manor running back Tahj Brooks rushed for 85 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown.

Tiger quarterback Cameron O’Banan went 3 for 3 passing for 69 yards, while also rushing for 31 yards on five carries. Tiger wide receiver Andres Flores-Perry caught two passes for 54 yards in the contest.

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