LUBBOCK (AP) — Goldthwaite quarterback Tyler Horton threw for 211 yards, ran for 90 and scored four touchdowns to lead the Eagles to their first state championship in 15 years with a 29-25 victory over Canadian in the Class A Division I championship Saturday night.
Goldthwaite (15-0) brought an end to Canadian’s dominance over the last two seasons after the Wildcats captured two consecutive state titles in Class 2A (2007) and A (2008).
In a game defined more by a plethora of offense in the second half, two defensive plays locked up the third state title for Goldthwaite head coach Gary Proffitt.
Linebacker Hunter Melton picked off Canadian quarterback Brandon Robinson on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game and ran it back for two points to give the Eagles their four-point lead. Kiefer Wilson intercepted the final pass with one minute, 12 seconds remaining to end any comeback attempt.
Canadian (12-2) missed the extra point on its first touchdown and could get very little going the rest of the first half as Goldthwaite dominated time of possession. The Eagles were diligent with the run and timed passes when they needed it the most, controlling the ball for 19 minutes, 14 seconds with 237 yards of total offense. The Eagles had 462 yards.
Horton connected with running back Jonathan Williams on a 34-yard pass back across the field for the Eagles initial score and then Horton took it in himself from the 1-yard line to give Goldthwaite a 13-6 advantage at the break.
The two teams combined for 284 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the third quarter. Goldthwaite scored twice on 2-play, 70-yard drives to help build a 27-13 lead.
CLASS 3A DIVISION I
Abilene Wylie 26
UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) — Darian Godfrey passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Gilmer to a 43-26 win over Abilene Wylie in the Class 3A Division I state championship Saturday night.
Gilmer (15-0) won its second state championship in four title game appearances. Gilmer also won the 3A Division II title in 2004.
Godfrey, a senior quarterback, was 21-of-29 passing for 273 yards. He also ran 19 times for another 146 yards and accounted for 419 of Gilmer’s 492 yards of offense.
Wylie (12-2) trailed 21-0 midway through the second quarter but fought back to make it a 10-point game, 24-14, with 7:15 left in the third.
Godfrey then led Gilmer on a 93-yard scoring drive, highlighted by a 52-yard completion to Daniel McLaren, to push the lead to 30-14.
Godfrey tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Gus Osborne to open the scoring. His second touchdown pass came in unconventional fashion: a 22-yard completion to Kedon Franklin, who fumbled. Lineman Caleb Denton scooped up the loose ball and covered the remaining seven yards for the touchdown.
Wylie’s first score came on a 28-yard fumble return by Kolter Wright. Wylie quarterback Matt Preston tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another score, but was intercepted twice and sacked three times. Wylie was held to 191 yards, 70 on the ground.
SIX-MAN DIVISION II
Borden County 28, Highland 14
ABILENE (AP) — Flynn Chapman scored two touchdowns and kicked a 26-yard field goal as Borden County beat Roscoe Highland, 28-14, for the Class A Six-Man Division II title Saturday.
The Coyotes (15-0) won their 29th straight game and their second straight Division II title at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. Borden County also became the fifth school to win three or more state championships, including a title in 1997.