Thursday's road contest against Humble did not appear to be an ideal matchup for Lamar Consolidated.
The Mustangs faced a 6A opponent coming off a 10-win season, but head coach Kiah Johnson's squad proved to be almost too much for the Wildcats to handle in a 24-21 loss for Lamar Consolidated.
Despite the fact the team is now 0-4, the Mustangs have plenty of momentum to build on entering District 10-5A DII play next week against A&M Consolidated.
Lamar Consolidated was able to get within striking distance of taking the lead on the final play when junior quarterback Dylan Garrett's helmet was forced off during a sack, thus requiring a 10-second run-off to end the game.
Garrett slung the ball all over the place for the Mustangs. He passed for 383 yards and one touchdown on a 56 completion percentage (20x36). Unfortunately for Lamar, he also threw three interceptions.
Humble scored off the first two interceptions, one of which came in the end zone for the Mustangs. The Wildcats built a 21-9 lead at the half.
Junior Rayshawn Glover accounted for the Mustangs' lone first-half touchdown with a two-yard run on the game's opening drive.
Junior Sebastian Gomez added a 27-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter for the Mustangs.
The Lamar Consolidated defense held the 6A Wildcats to three points in the second half while the Mustangs offense chipped away at the Humble advantage.
Garrett connected with sophomore Jason McCullough for a 44-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter to set the score at 21-15.
Humble responded with a field goal to lead 24-15 entering the final frame.
The Mustangs defense forced a fumble in the end zone for a touchback in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs continued to keep Humble off the board when senior Darrin Boston made a late adjustment to tip a pass to himself for an interception in the end zone.
Garrett flipped the field with a 72-yard pass to senior Michael Clark to set up Glover for his second touchdown. Lamar trailed 24-21 with 3:49 remaining in the game.
The Mustangs forced a punt and took over on their 25-yard line with 2:23 on the clock.
Lamar Consolidated was able to get inside the red zone with 30 seconds remaining, but a fumble put the Mustangs out of field goal range. The final sack ended the comeback effort for the Mustangs.
Lamar Consolidated outgained Humble 373 yards to 279. Clark had six catches for 143 yards while Boston had four for 70.
The Mustangs held the home team to under 100 yards passing. Wildcats quarterback Jeremiah Price was 9-for-19 for 87 yards and an interception. Running back X'zaiver Sydney had 31 carries for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Humble Observer Newspaper reporter Marcus Gutierrez contributed to this report.