Fourth-quarter interceptions secure Taylor victory
After last week’s thrilling come-from-behind win over Clear Creek, nine points seemed like a pretty paltry amount to overcome.
But the script of a week ago couldn’t be repeated as Katy Taylor sent Deer Park into its bye week and the conclusion of non-district with a 19-10 defeat at Clyde Abshier Stadium Friday night.
The Mustangs intercepted four long Broc Weidner passes in the fourth quarter as the Deer were looking for the home run ball, passes that were being completed all over the place against Clear Creek.
Katy Taylor sophomore Trevor Woods, who doubled as the team’s punter, accounted for two of the interceptions including his first one when he may have robbed Weidner of a touchdown pass. Woods leaped up at the goal line, snatching the ball out of the air that was intended for Dylan Heim, who was right behind Woods.
Deer Park held a brief 7-6 first-half advantage, but by intermission, Deer Park was down 12-7, its third straight game where it found itself on the short end of the score for halftime.
Deer Park wasted a golden opportunity to snare its second lead when the team was a mere eight yards shy of a go-ahead score, following a 54-yard pass completion to Clyde Bellow, who slipped out of the grasp of Jacob Kelley to finish the nice play.
After two Tyrek Saylor running plays only managed three yards, Weidner was sacked for a huge 13-yard loss by Braedon Mowry, resulting in a 35-yard field goal by Cameron Garner and 2:19 remaining in the third stanza.
But the Mustangs and quarterback Dalton Burden responded with a 73-yard touchdown drive, a true backbreaker if ever there was one. Taylor’s offensive line was huge, maybe as big a line as the Deer will see all season.
The play of the drive was a Burden 43-yard pass to C.J. Tolbert, depositing the visitors in the red zone. Two plays later, Mustang running back Casey Shorter ran around right side for a 16-yard touchdown gallop.
Taylor’s secondary then took over in the fourth with those four picks.
Taylor’s fourth one was the result of all-district wide receiver Tylan Love getting leveled as he was catching the ball. The ball flew out and into the arms of a defender. Deer Park coach Austin Flynn came running onto the field with the trainers, yelling at the referee that the defender led with his helmet, but no flag was thrown because the referee said he delivered the hit with his shoulder.