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December 8, 2012

Russell, Abbott outlast Gordon, 74-60, in state semifinals

HICO - Tyler Russell scored nine rushing touchdowns to lead the Abbott Panthers to a 74-60 win over the Gordon Longhorns Saturday night in a six man Division I state semifinal game at Tiger Stadium.

Abbott advances to the state championship game where they will face Throckmorton.

The game was a seesaw affair in the first quarter, but with 18 seconds left in the opening period Gordon took a 24-18 lead after a 29-yard touchdown pass from Emory Allen to Pedro Lopez.

But a pair of Rusell TD runs surrounding a Gordon turnover gave the Panthers a 30-24 lead, where it remained at the half.

In the third quarter, Lopez caught a two-yard touchdown pass to knot the game at 30.

But Abbott returned the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown and booted the PAT to take a 38-30 lead.

On the Longhorns' ensuing possession, Abbott forced Gordon out on downs and took a 46-30 lead on a 17-yard sprint to pay dirt by Russell.

The 'Horns got the score back on their next possession when Michael Cherry threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Allen to cap a six-play, 49-yard drive. Jeremy Jorgensen booted the PAT to cut the Panthers' lead to 46-38.

But just before the third quarter ended, Russell struck again. On Abbott's first play from scrimmage, Russell scored on a 69-yard run to extend his team's lead to 52-38.

Gordon needed just four plays to get back into the game. Allen threw a strike down the middle to Tristen Garmon, who briefly bobbled the ball but regained control and sprinted down the left sidleine to compete a 35-yard TD pass play with 9:27 left in the fourth period.

Jorgensen's kick cut Abbott's lead to 52-46.

On Abbott's first play from scrimmage on its following series, Russell ran past the 'Horns and reached the end zone on a 37-yard jaunt to increase the Panthers' lead to 60-46.

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