Bryson 24

Perrin (8-1, 3-0) is set for a District 9-1A title clash with Saint Jo (8-1, 3-0) after squeaking out its tightest win of the sea

son 28-24 over Bryson Friday.

Both teams’ defenses dominated the contest that featured 11 turnovers, but Pirates had a 7-4 advantage in takeaways. Statistically, it was a game Perrin shouldn’t have won as the Pirates were held to 0-7 on third down, while Bryson managed to go 6-8 in that category.

Despite running 26 fewer plays and having almost 100 fewer yards the Pirates’ most significant edge proved to be five fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Perrin jumped out to a 22-12 first-half lead with Landon Draper finding Rafael Alvarado on a 25-yard scoring pass and an 8-0 lead. Bryson returned the favor with a 20-yard run but didn’t convert its extra-point attempt, and on the ensuing kickoff Sammy Hernandez went to the house on a 70-yard return.

Hernandez would prove to be the difference in the contest as he ran for a two-yard score and the game-winner on a 50-yard jaunt in the third quarter that spotted Perrin a 28-12 lead. Bryson tacked on two additional touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Perrin travels to Saint Jo to battle for the outright district championship, and regardless of the outcome the Pirates are in the playoffs for the first time as six-man team in only their second year of competition.

Jacksboro 28

Millsap 24

Millsap gave District 6-3A Division II-leading Jacksboro everything it wanted Friday night, taking a 24-21 lead into the halftime locker room.

The Tiger defense held Millsap without a score in the final two quarters and got just enough offense to post a 28-24 win over the Bulldogs before a small crowd at Tiger Stadium.

Millsap slip to 1-3 in district and 4-5 overall while Jacksboro clinched the district title with the win and is now 6-3 overall.

Each team scored on its opening drive, Jace Davis and Hunter Matthews combining on a 30-yard strike to tie the game with 4:32 left in the first. After Jacksboro had gone ahead 14-7, it took Millsap little more than two minutes to tie the game with Davis and Matthews combining once again, this time from 13 yards out. 

Following the lone punt of the first half, Millsap capped a 70-yard, five-play drive with Davis cutting right and going 57 yards to the end zone for a 21-14 lead. Jacksboro would tie the game at 21 before Wyatt Birdwell’s 25-yard field goal as the first half horn sounded gave the Bulldogs a 24-21 lead. 

The squads traded punts before Jacksboro went 87 yards for their final scoring drive, Caleb Helm going 51 yards for the TD.

Millsap’s final two drives ended on an interception and a turnover on downs.

Davis was 14-25 passing for 206 yards and ran for 112 yards on 12 carries. Matthews led the way receiving with 8 grabs for 139 yards. 

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