Jones helps Wildcats sink Pirates in double overtime
By TREY HILL | News-Telegram Correspondent

Nov. 12, 2005 - MESQUITE- The Rains Wildcats picked up their second playoff win in school history with a 19-16 double-overtime victory over the Crandall Pirates Friday night at E.H. Hanby Stadium in Mesquite. 

Rains will advance to the area round of the playoff where they will take on the Bonham Warriors on Friday night at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

Rains senior Tyler Jones scored his second touchdown of game on a 1-yard run in the second overtime to seal the win. Jones finished the game with 140 yards on 31 carries.

Rains took the game's first lead in the second quarter when Jones capped a 15-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. The point-after kick failed, leaving a 6-0 score with 9:23 left in the second quarter.

A fumble recovery by senior Tobey Armstrong late in the second quarter gave the Wildcats a scoring opportunity late in the second quarter. The drive stalled and a 35-yard field goal attempt failed leaving a 6-0 score at the half.

After being held to 75 yards of offense in the first half, the Crandall offense came to life in the second half. Crandall opened the second half of play with a 13-play scoring drive to even the score. Terry Carpenter scored on a 4-yard run, but the run for two failed, leaving a 6-6 score. Rains took advantage of a second Crandall turnover to retake the lead.

Anthony Lewis recovered a muffed punt at the Crandall 34-yard line to re-spark the Rains offense. Mandel Christian capped the four-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. Derek Hurst added the point-after kick to give the Wildcats a 13-6 lead with 4:14 remaining in regulation.

Crandall answered the Wildcats' score three plays later with a 48-yard touchdown run by quarterback Colton Kvapil. Ronnie McGrath kicked the extra point to even the score at 13-13.

Crandall put together a scoring threat in the final seconds. Kvapil, who finished the game with 140 yards on 13-of-22 passing, attempted a 29-yard touchdown pass to Carpenter. Jones broke up the pass to preserve the tie. After both teams had their first overtime possessions end on fumbles, Crandall kicked a 22-yard McGrath field goal to take their first lead in the game.

Rains responded with an 11-yard run by Jones and a 9-yard run by Hurst, which put the ball on the 5-yard line. After three quarterback sneaks by Aaron Potts, Jones sealed the win with his 1-yard run. Along with their second playoff win, Rains made also made school historywith a win in their first overtime game in school annals. The Wildcats will try to make more history Friday night as they try to capture back-to-back playoff wins.

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