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Rayburn quarterback Francisco Jimenez (top) unloads a 46-yard pass to
Ramon Trevino (bottom) in the first quarter. Pasadena's Noel Martinez
(12) hauled Trevino down at the Eagles' 19-yard line.
Jonathan Murillo caught a 67-yard touchdown pass for his team's first
points, but it was his 5-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter that
lifted Sam Rayburn to a 35-28 victory over rival Pasadena High at
Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday night in a competitive and thrilling
season finale for both schools.
After combining for 49 points in the first half, the two teams went
silent offensively in the third quarter. Early in the fourth, the Eagles
tied the game on a 2-yard TD pass from Nick Bernal to Tray Williams.
The Texans promptly marched the other way and reclaimed the lead for good on Murillo's TD run.
The victory allowed Sam Rayburn to maintain possession of the Pride
Trophy, which goes to the winner of the annual rivalry contest.
The Texans finished the season with a 4-6 record and a 2-5 mark in
District 22-5A action. The Eagles failed to post a victory in their 10
games this season.
The contest was one of only three in 22-5A play this season to be decided by seven points or less.
Memorial plays host to Alvin on Saturday in the final regular-season
contest for 22-5A schools. The Mavericks have already clinched a playoff
spot, but Dobie can make the playoffs only if Memorial beats Alvin.
The Yellowjackets can claim the final playoff berth if they prevail over the Mavericks. That would eliminate the Longhorns.
Sam Rayburn quarterback Francisco Jimenez sparked the Texans' victory
with his best game of the season. Jimenez had a hand in his team's first
with Murrillo from 67 yards out, he ran 22 yards for the Texans' second
TD. In the second quarter, he launched two TD strikes to Ramon Trevino,
one of 60 yards and the other of 48 yards off a trick play.
Jimenez completed only six of 10 passes, but accounted for 160 yards through the air and another 90 on the ground.
Pasadena quarterback Nick Bernal completed 19 of 29 passes for 231
yards. He threw three TD passes but was intercepted three times.
Williams hauled in a 38-yard TD strike, the first of his two TD grabs.
Bernal gained 116 yards on the ground on 19 carries.
The Eagles scored first in dramatic fashion. Chris Cerda blocked a
Texans punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a TD.
Pasadena wide receiver Tray Williams makes a sensational, one-handed grab of a Nick Bernal pass for a first down.
Chris Cerda (5) greets teammates -- and Sam Rayburn players leave the
field dejected -- after Cerda blocked a punt and recovered it in the end
zone for the first points of the game.
strange play that even the Sam Rayburn cheerleaders couldn't figure
out: The Texans' Ramon Trevino streaks 48 yards to the end zone after
catching a Francisco Jimenez pass on a trick play. In a set position at
the line of scrimmage, the Texans snapped the ball as soon as the
officials put it in play, catching the Eagles off guard.
Sam Rayburn's Jonathan Murillo leaves dust as he bolts 67 yards on a pass from Jimenez for the Texans' first points.
Pasadena's Tray Williams turns on the jets as he races 38 yards to the end zone after snagging a pass from Nick Bernal.
Bernal sets up in the pocket and fires for a first down in the second quarter.
Texans quarterback Francisco Jimenez darts 22 yards for a TD late in the first quarter.
Pasadena's Kristian Castillo is greeted by a host of Sam Rayburn defenders after catching a pass.
Sam Rayburn's Ramon Trevino hits the fast lane on his way to a 60-yard TD on a pass from Jimenez.
Jimenez clears the pile to pick up a first down early in the game.