CEDAR CREEK – After six years of frustration, Bastrop County’s newest kid on the block finally seemed ready to seize neighborhood bragging rights.

But Bastrop had no intention to let Cedar Creek make school history.

Bastrop (4-1 overall, 2-0 District 13-5A DII) rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to secure a thrilling 29-28 win over Cedar Creek (2-3, 1-1) and retain a perfect record in the seven-year series between the only two schools in the Bastrop school district. The comeback didn’t come easy; the Bears seized a 23-22 lead by the end of the third quarter but still needed one more rally in the final minutes of the game.

“I told the kids at halftime to keep battling,” said Bastrop coach Todd Patmon, who has coached the Bears in six of the games against Cedar Creek. “There were a couple of moments we almost melted down, because there is pressure on the kids. No one wants to be the first senior class to lose this game.”

Bastrop senior running back Jhe’Quay Chretin ran for 193 yards on 30 carries and scored two touchdowns, including a 2-yard scoring burst with 4 minutes, 42 seconds left in the game that gave the Bears their final margin of victory. He credited Patmon and his assistant coaches for tweaking the game plan enough to reverse the momentum that Cedar Creek carried into the halftime break.

“The coaches saw a lot of things from the pressbox,” he said. “We fixed them and went from there.

“We came back and did what Bastrop does. We want to continue going undefeated (against Cedar Creek) year after year.”

The victories over their western neighbors are certainly becoming more difficult. Bastrop opened the series with two wins by a combined score of 133-7, but the last two games have been decided by a total of three points.

Cedar Creek coach Jon Edwards said his program is far beyond any moral victories.

“This hurts,” he said. “You shouldn’t lose a game when you're up like we were at halftime, but we have to learn from it and move on.”

Cedar Creek, which opened district play last week with an impressive victory over preseason district favorite Brenham, dominated long stretches of the first half but couldn’t put Bastrop away.

Despite having just 89 yards of offense through the first 20 minutes of the first half, the Bears seemed to have some life after an impressive, 69-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter. Quarterback Desmond Young had moments of brilliance on the drive, including a 25-yard run on fourth-and-11 and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Tarver.

That score trimmed Cedar Creek’s lead to 15-8 with just 15 seconds left in the half, but Eagle quarterback Hunter Hughston wasn’t done with his big first half. After a personal foul on the kickoff moved Cedar Creek to Bastrop’s 48-yard line, Hughston barely overthrew Ty Pruett on a deep pass. Undaunted by the near miss, Hughston rifled a 48-yard pass through the air to Javon Livingston, who crossed the goal-line just as the halftime horn blew. The score gave the Eagles a 22-8 lead, and it silenced the partisan Bastrop crowd eager to retain their dominance in the brief but spirited series.

“They played a good half, and we made mistakes,” Patmon said. “You can’t give up a bomb like that at the end of the half.”

Hughston had 184 yards on 6-of-13 passing before the break as the Bastrop secondary had trouble corralling Pruett and Livingston on deep routes. But Bastrop’s defensive adjustments made a big difference in the second half. Cedar Creek had one yard of offense in the third quarter, and Hughston threw for just 41 yards in he final two quarters.

But Cedar Creek showed the scrappiness that has the Eagles hopeful for their first winning season in school history. Running back Aaron Perales, who led Cedar Creek with 78 yards on 14 carries, bounced through the Bastrop defense for a 12-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give his team a brief lead.

However, a 49-yard pass from Young to Donavon String on the next drive set up Chretin’s final score.

“I was here when they (Cedar Creek) beat Brenham, so I knew they were good,” Patmon said. “I told our kids to keep battling all game, because they had to. Coach Edwards and his staff did a heck of a job, and I knew it would be a game like this. This is what football here in Bastrop needs to be about.”