Dunne clips rival Lynch for state title
Victory avenges loss to Bishop Lynch in title game two years ago
Bishop Dunne quarterback found SIMEON EVANS Andrew Armstong on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 42 seconds left in a 13-9 victory over Bishop Lynch in the TAPPS Division 1 final.
HEWITT — Two years ago, Bishop Dunne was on the wrong end of a hard-fought TAPPS Division I state title thriller, losing 21-17 to rival Bishop Lynch in the game’s final moments.
On Friday, however, it was Bishop Dunne coming up big with time running out, as Andrew Armstrong scored on a 20-yard pass with 42 seconds to play in a 13-9 victory over Bishop Lynch in the TAPPS Division I title game at Waco Midway’s Panther Stadium.
Dunne (11-3) led for most of the contest but needed a final rally to come away with the hotly contested win.
“We knew this was going to be a battle and both teams fought hard on every play,” said Bishop Dunne coach Michael Johnson. “Our guys just rose to the challenge and came up with big plays when it mattered most.”
Bishop Lynch (8-5) nearly got the right end of the fight, however, taking a 9-7 lead with 8:59 remaining on a 2-yard run by Charles Crawford. The Lynch defense then got a big interception by Grayson Murphy with just over six minutes remaining to try and salt the game away.
However, the Dunne defense forced a punt to get the ball back with 4:46 to play to set up a final drive. Quarterback Simeon Evans twice ran for first downs in the series, setting up his 20-yard scoring strike to Armstrong to retake the lead.
Lynch did have a final attempt to get a winning score, but its last-second pass on fourth down fell incomplete.
Most of the first half belonged to Dunne, seeing its first three drives ending in Lynch territory.
And it was its second drive, going 62 yards on 11 plays, that put Dunne ahead 7-0 on a 17-yard catch by Armstrong with 8:34 left in
the first half.
Dunne looked to add to the lead on its ensuing drive,
but saw a 38-yard field goal blocked and returned to midfield by Lynch’s Cole Johnson.
Lynch, then drove inside the Dunne 5-yard line, but had a costly fumble to stop the series. Lynch then missed on a 40-yard field goal to end the opening half.
Bishop Dunne players celebrate after winning the TAPPS Division I state football championship game.