KATY — George Ranch squandered a two-touchdown lead in the second half as Clear Lake scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left to get a 30-28 win Thursday night at Legacy Stadium.
It was tough defeat to take as the Longhorns got a big 41-yard touchdown run by Kenneth White to take the lead with 2:45 left. But the defense gave up four plays of 11 yards or more on the ensuing drive, ending with a 20-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Donovan Sweeney to a wide-open Nick Straughter, who scored his fourth touchdown of the game.
“It’s all about attention to details and finishing,” George Ranch head coach Nick Cavallo said. “We had two third downs where we got a personal foul and an offsides call, which shoots us in the foot, and it’s not finishing.
“We had (Clear Lake) driving and all we have to do is stop them, and the game’s over. So that’s the finishing part. We didn’t finish, and we didn’t do the little things right.”
George Ranch took a 21-7 lead in the third quarter after back-to-back successful drives, as the Longhorns went 69 yards on 10 plays, ending with a 3-yard touchdown run by Brett Jetton. After Clear Lake shanked a punt on its next drive, it took George Ranch only five plays to score as quarterback Sam Miller ran for a10-yard score with six minutes left in the quarter.
But the Falcons responded with a long drive, using short passes and screens. Back-to-back penalties by the Longhorns set up a Clear Lake score as Straughter ran it in from 16 yards out to pull with a touchdown.
Then as the quarter ended, Clear Lake stripped the ball from running back Davion Jenkins’ grasp for a fumble recovery. The turnover turned into a 24-yard field goal by Maxwell Loucks to put the Falcons closer.
After George Ranch went three-and-out, Clear Lake took over and got a big run, followed by a targeting penalty. But the drive stalled at the Longhorn 27-yard line, and on fourth down, Straughter went up the middle for a touchdown to put the Falcons ahead for the first time in the game.
The Longhorns had a productive drive as Jenkins and running back Hymond Drinkard chewed up yards to get to midfield. Then White found a hole on the right side of the line and took it 41 yards for the go-ahead score with 2:45 left in the game.
Both teams were even after the first half of play, as Drinkard scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, only for Straughter to answer with a 41-yard touchdown run to tie the game at seven.
The loss drops George Ranch to 0-2 on the season, while Clear Lake moves to 1-1. The Longhorns hope to bounce back against Clear Springs next Friday night.