Two plays later, Morales scored his second touchdown of the game on a six-yard run off right tackle for a 20-14 lead. However, the Wildcats blocked the extra-point attempt as MWHS led by six with 4:51 left to play.
Eager to score the game-tying touchdown and knowing an extra point would give them the lead, Kennedale drove 30 yards on seven plays before it faced a fourth and eight from the MW 37.
The Wildcats kept the drive alive by completing an 11-yard pass on a diving catch with 1:20 left to play.
But on the next play, the Rams defense came through with a big hit that caused a fumble that was recovered by MWHS defensive back Cameron Weiss.
It was at this point that the plot thickened.
Kennedale had three timeouts remaining and used all three, and on third down disaster occurred as the Rams fumbled the ball to the Wildcats, giving Kennedale one more chance with 50 seconds left to play.
After a short pass completion stopped the clock when the KHS receiver went out of bounds, the ‘Cats came back with an outside running play to try and set up one more passing play to the end zone.
But on the running play the Kennedale running back inexplicably did not run out of bounds when he was close to the sideline and the hustling Rams defense kept the runner in bounds as the clock was winding down under 10 seconds.
The Wildcats hurried to the line and got a snap off with one tick left on the clock, but the quarterback was pressured by a Rams’ defender and his pass to the end zone fell harmlessly to the ground and near no receivers as the Rams danced on the field to celebrate their district championship.
A key element to the Rams’ success Thursday was the play of the offensive line, which took on a larger Kennedale defensive line. But the line gave running back Johnny Morales holes to run through and allowed quarterback Trent Guinn time to throw.