Dunne clips ri­val Lynch for state ti­tle

Vic­tory avenges loss to Bishop Lynch in ti­tle game two years ago

The Dallas Morning News - - Sports Day - By ROBERT THOMAS Spe­cial Con­trib­u­tor

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.

Ash­ley Lan­dis/staff

Ash­ley Lan­dis/staff Pho­tog­ra­pher

Bishop Dunne play­ers cel­e­brate after win­ning the TAPPS Di­vi­sion I state foot­ball cham­pi­onship game.

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