“I’m glad he plays on our side,” Jenkins said.
Edwards ran 18 times for 174 yards and scored on runs of 8 and 13 yards. He took two passes for 74 yards, one a 67-yard touchdown.
“This is what we expected and I thought we had a good game plan,” Mobbs said. “(Edwards) is a phenomenal player and probably the difference in the game.”
Lanier took the lead 14-0 with two quick touchdowns.
The first was a hard-earned 75-yard drive that culminated in a 12-yard touchdown by Tyler Washington.
The second was a gift. On Dacula’s first play, the ball was snapped over quarterback Blaine Edwards’ head and recovered by Lanier’s Matthew Laughlin at 1. Three plays later quarterback Blackford threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Savodd Underwood.
Dacula ultimately established his running game in the second quarter when Kaleb Edwards was transferred to quarterback, where both he and Jenkins took substantial photos. Dacula finally scored with 5:06 left over time on an 8-yard run by Edwards.
The Falcons equalized on Edwards’ 13-yard run and enjoyed a 21-14 lead after Edwards made a pass in the left pot, lit the burners and passed Lanier’s defense for a 67-yard touchdown. .
This sparked a series of scores. Lanier equalized him on a 16-yard course from Washington, but Dacula responded with a 5-yard touchdown from Kyle Efford, which was difficult to tackle.
Lanier’s chances seemed to be fired up once Dylan Hand intercepted a pass with 4:28 left, only to have the Longhorns force a three-and-out and lead 82 yards for what appeared to be the tie score. A pass from Blackford to Reese Scott covered the last 52 yards.
Blackford had 14 of 23 for 218 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice. Scott took nine passes for 151 yards.
Jenkins was finally able to exhale as time ran out of time. “Our children have never panicked,” she said. “They took one play at a time and were able to move on. We have a lot of work to do, but we kept fighting there. We have to clean up our mess.”