“It is a game of inches, and it seemed like that is how close we were.”
The Longhorns’ season completed a four-year run for seniors Michael Cherry, Emory Allen, Pedro Lopez, Stephen Plowman, Evodio “Rodeo” Rodea, Blake Thompson, Alex Montelongo and Tyler Pool. The nine players were freshmen in Mallory’s first year at Gordon when the ‘Horns finished 1-9.
“I have developed a bond and tremendous respect for all of our guys, but particularly the seniors,” Mallory said. “They have truly become an inspiration to me. I can’t thank them enough.
“I learned as much from this group of seniors as they learned from me.
“These seniors have turned into men from boys over the past four years. Football is over for them, but they all have outstanding qualities and will do big things with their lives.”
Trailing 66-60, the ‘Horns stopped a power sweep on fourth down and 10 which made Abbott turn the ball over on downs at the GHS 24 with 3:45 remaining in the contest.
On first down, Allen scrambled for nine yards.
On the next play, it appeared Allen had completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Lopez, but the officials ruled Lopez had stepped out of bounds before the catch as Gordon was penalized for illegal touching.
Later in the drive, the ‘Horns were called for holding, but on the ensuing snap Allen scrambled to the GHS 34 to set up a fourth and five.
On the fourth down play, Lopez was open on the right sideline, but the pass was dropped and wiped out what would have been at least a first down.
“We gave a few possessions away,” Mallory said. “That was uncharacteristic of us, and it was the difference.”
Abbott struck first as Russell scored the first of his nine TDs on a one-yard blast off right tackle.