League City–Pearland quarterback Trey Anderson threw a 42 yard touchdown to Sam Ukwuachu with 11 seconds left as Pearland survived a double digit rally by Clear Springs, winning 40-38 Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City in high school football action. The win moved the Oilers to 4-0 overall and more importantly 1-0 in District 24-5A play while dropping the Chargers to 2-2 and 0-1 in district play.
“I’ll tell you it was a big win,” said Pearland Head Coach Tony Heath. “Words don’t describe a game like that because you have two great football teams slugging it out.”
Early on however, it didn’t look as if it would be much of a game at all. The Oilers jumped to a 28-7 first half lead, seemingly scoring at will on the Chargers. The Chargers cut the deficit to 28-14 on a 61 yard touchdown reception by Dimitri Donald with 6:57 remaining in the second quarter but on their next drive they received a huge break when a Pearland interception for a touchdown was called back because of an offsides penalty.
Given new life, Donald once again finished the drive, this time on an 11 yard reception and because the Oilers were offside on the extra point attempt, running back Trevon Randle was called upon to gain the yard and a half and did so by sneaking the ball over the plane of the end zone to cut the Oilers lead to 28-22. The Chargers added a field goal just before the end of the half and trailed 28-25 after an exciting and explosive first half.
“We took their best shot,” said Clear Springs Head Coach Phil Hartman. “I had no doubts that our team could fight back. They’ve never turned it in since I’ve been here nor will they start.”
The Chargers took their first lead early in the third quarter on a 10 yard TD run by Xavion Taylor with 9:36 remaining in the quarter, making the score 32-28. Only two plays into their next drive, Pearland responded when running back Dustin Garrison scored on a 63 yard touchdown run. This set up a tense and tight fourth quarter that hardly featured the offensive fireworks of earlier in the game. After a 10 yard touchdown run by Taylor that made it 38-34 with 8:59 remaining, both defenses stopped held serve on every drive until the game’s dramatic conclusion.
“We knew it was going to be a 48 minute game-we knew there were going to be some great plays, [that they’d make] some plays we’d have to come back from and we told our kids to keep their heads up and keep believing,” Heath said.
And keep believing they did, even after the Oilers drove to the Chargers’ 17 yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Springs went three and out and with 52 seconds remaining and punted the ball to their own 47 yard line with about 42 seconds left. The Chargers were in an excellent position to hang on but on third and 14 from the 42 yard line, Anderson received good blocking and was able to evade defenders before delivering a bomb to Ukwuachu. The tight end spoiled the Chargers’ comeback effort when he slipped behind the secondary and caught the pass in the back right corner of the end zone, setting off a wild celebration by the Oiler faithful in the visitors section of Memorial Stadium.
“They made a play,” Hartman said “They threw the ball where the guy could catch it and he did-they made a play. My hats off to them,” he said.
On the Pearland side, Garrison led all individual players with 282 yards rushing on 35 carries and 2 rushing TD’s with 2 catches for 30 yards and a receiving touchdown. Anderson went 9-19, passing the ball for 214 yards and 3 passing TD’s as well a rushing TD. Myles Kanipes added 5 receptions for 115 yards and a TD. The Oilers had 489 total yards and 23 first downs. 
For Clear Springs, Taylor rushed for 51 yards on 12 carries and 2 TD’s while Randle ran for 33 yards on 6 carries and a TD. The Oilers had 489 total yards and 23 first downs. Dylan Doebler went 20-30 passing with 1 TD and 1 interception. Howard Matthews went 2-2 passing for 62 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Springs had 407 total yards and 18 first downs. 
Clear Springs looks to rebound as they travel to Alvin on Friday while the Oilers will play their first District 24-5A game at home against Clear Lake.
Scoring by Quarter 
Pearland…….21 7 6 6 – 40Clear Springs..7 18 7 6 – 38 SCORING SUMMARYFirst quarterP – Trey Anderson 47 pass to Myles Kanipes (Dylan Nowak kick), 8:45.P – Dustin Garrison 2 run (Nowak kick), 6:27.CS – Trevon Randle 11 run (Eric Ferrufino kick), 2:10.P – Anderson 1 run (Nowak kick)Second quarterP – Anderson 19 pass to Garrison (Nowak kick), 7:38.CS – Dylan Doebler 61 pass to Dimitri Donald (Ferrufino kick), 6:57.CS – Howard Matthews 11 pass to Donald (Randle run), 1:16.CS – Ferrufino 34 kick, :07.Third quarterCS – Xavion Taylor 10 run (Ferrufino kick), 9:13.P – Garrison 63 run (kick blocked), 8:48Fourth quarterCS – Taylor 7 run (run failed), 8:59.P – Anderson 42 pass to Sam Ukwuachu (run failed), :11. Source  Stats of Joshua Buckley, Galveston County Daily News Thanks for reading. You might also like:
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