FAIRFIELD â€” Palestine fell to Fairfield, 60-59, in overtime at Eagle Stadium on Friday, conceding the District 19-3A title to the Eagles.
Fairfield got the win by going for a two-point conversion after Larry Rose scored an 11-yard touchdown to make it 59-58 Palestine. Palestine had opened up the overtime with a score on a 15-yard touchdown run from Jarrell Owens.
Instead of playing for the tie and another overtime, Fairfield coach John Bachtel went for the win, and it paid off.
Rose ran behind the left side of the Fairfield line and made it into the end zone, sending the Fairfield sideline into celebration and the Palestine sideline into despair.
The game almost never got to overtime, with Palestine trailing 49-39 with less than eight minutes to play. Paul Barksdale and Gee Clark kept Palestine alive.
First, the two hooked up for a 40-yard touchdown on a play-action pass that left Barksdale wide-open over the middle to cut the Palestine deficit to 49-46.
Then, after a Palestine defensive stop, Clark hit Barksdale on a screen pass that the senior took 47 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Fairfield blocked the ensuing extra point try to leave it 49-46 Palestine.
The Eagles then went almost 60 yards in about one minute and Jacob Judd kicked the game-tying field goal as time expired to send the game into the extra frame.
Palestine opens up the playoffs Friday in Lufkin against state-ranked Carthage.
Palestine Westwood 28, Crockett 10
PALESTINE â€” The Westwood Panthers turned a close first half into a second-half runaway, as they defeated the Crockett Bulldogs in the final game of the season on senior night, 28-10.
In the second half, the Panthers began to assert their will over the Bulldogs, as the Panthers defense held the Bulldogs to a scoreless second half.
The Panthers offense however, was almost unstoppable in the second half.
Midway through the third quarter, Westwood reclaimed the lead at 14-10 with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Chris Thompson to Trey Jenkins.
In the fourth quarter, the Panthers put the game on ice with a pair of touchdowns courtesy of Keke Hicks. First from 4 yards out. Then as the game came to a close, Hicks produced a 54-yard run to put the game away.
Wills Point 47, Rains 12
EMORY â€” Dominique Granville rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns to lead Wills Point to a 47-12 win over Rains on Friday.
Chase Pemberton completed 13 of 19 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns without an interception for the Tigers (5-5, 3-2 District 14-3A). Jah Golden made five catches for 106 yards for Wills Point, which led 31-6 at halftime.
Carlisle 55, Beckville 13
BECKVILLE â€” Carlisle ended a four-game losing skid to end the season on a high note, defeating Beckville 55-13 on Friday.
The Indians (6-4, 1-4 9-1A Division I) led 21-0 after the first quarter and outscored the Bearcats 34-0 in the second half.
Caleb Colley had 293 total yards (150 passing, 143 rushing) and Bryce McGowan added 126 yards on the ground for Carlisle. Gustavo Martinez ran for three touchdowns.
Leverettâ€™s Chapel 62, Campbell 0
CAMPBELL â€” Leverettâ€™s Chapel won its first district championship by defeating Campbell 62-0 on Friday night.
The Lions won six-man 15-1A Division I with a 3-1 record, 8-2 overall. The game was called at halftime because of a 45-point-plus lead.
Clay White scored three times on the ground and once through the air. He carried five times for 89 yards. The Lions had 171 yards rushing and 39 passing on the night.
Matthew Morris led the Lions defense with five tackles and a fumble recovery. Paco Chavez had an interception.
Leverettâ€™s Chapel will play Apple Springs at Cushing on Friday at 7:30 p.m. to open the playoffs.