The Amarillo High Sandies overcame a rough third quarter to pick up their first district win Friday night.
John Grist kicked a 28-yard field goal with a minute left and the defense held on to lift the Sandies to a 27-24 victory over Lubbock Monterey in their District 2-5A Division I opener at Dick Bivins Stadium.
Amarillo High (4-1, 1-0 in district) trailed 24-17 in the fourth quarter as Monterey (2-4, 0-2) scored 17 unanswered points to claim that margin. But the Sandies scored the final 10 points of the game, capping it when Grist kicked his second field goal of the contest.
Monterey looked ready to perhaps seal it with a 21-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter when the Plainsmen drove to Amarillo High's 10-yard line. But the Sandies held, forcing Monterey to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Briley Alexander for a 24-17 lead.
The Sandies faced the challenge of making a comeback behind sophomore quarterback Will Maynard, making his first start in plsce of the injured Beau Barker.
"I was pretty confident because in practice we'd run all these plays and I knew we could make them work," said Maynard, who completed 13-of-22 passes for 131 yards. "We just hoped on the O-line's back and we let them take it from there."
Amarillo High went 64 yards on seven plays on the next possession, tying the game when Maynard's older brother Rhett, a senior, scored on a1-yard run with 4:25 left to make it 24-24.
The Sandies then forced a three-and-out and after a short punt took over at Monterry's 48. But a penalty and a bad shotgun snap forced them into a third-and-28 from their own 34, and overtime looked eminent.
But Will Maynard hit Brady Barthelemy on an improbable 36-yard completion that Barthelemy caught while lying on his back, giving the Sandies a first down at Monterey's 34.
"We were trying to draw (Monterey) offsides at first," Maynard said. "Brady wanted me just to get the ball up there and he got it. He was going down and I couldn;t believe he caught it."
Barthelemy, though, was less surprised by the outcome.
"I knew that the play was set up for everyone to to run a Go route and I was the one who had a height advantage so I could go get it," Barthelemy said. "I knew I was going to catch it."
Two plays later, a pass interference penalty moved the ball to Monterey's 14, and from there it was just a matter of positioning it for a field goal. Grist came on and hit it from 28 yards to give the Sandies the lead.
The Plainsmen moved the ball to Amarillo High's 37 but eventually faced a fourth and long, and Coreon Bailey's desperation pass into a crowd fell incomplete to seal Amarillo High's win.
The Sandies were able to scrape together enough offense in the first half to take a 17-7 half time lead. They took over at their own 20 on their first possession of the game and went nine plays for a touchdown, capping the drive when Will Maynard's twin brother Jake scored on a 3-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
That didn't last long though, as Monterey answered back with a 41-yard scoring run by Bailey to tie it 7-7. Bailey was a thorn in the side for Amarillo High with 163 yards on 27 carries, but the Plainsmen couldn't muster much offense apart from him.
The Sandies took advantage of great field position at the Monterey 41 after a short punt and Blake Bedwell capped the drive with an 11-yard scoring run in which he neatly juked by a Monterey defender and coasted into the end zone for a 14-7 lead. Amarillo High drove to the Monterey 20 on the next possession when the drive stalled, but John Grist salvaged it with a 37-yard field goal for a 17-7 halftiome lead.
The Plainsmen forced a three-and-out after Amarillo High took the second half kickoff. Monterey took advantage of good field position after a short Amarillo High punt and went 49 yards in 14 plays, with Bailey carrying it in from a yard out to cut it to 17-14.
Amarillo High had another three-and-out on the next possession and Monterey took over at the AHS 39 after another short punt. Bailey hit Tyrie Tipton in the end zone with a pass on the next play to make it 21-17.
Amarillo High 27, Lubbock Monterey 24
AHS—Jake Maynard 3 run (John Girst kick), 5:01
LM—Coreon Bailey 41 run (Briley Alexander kick), 3:01
AHS—Blake Bedwell 11 run (Grist kick), 10:08
AHS—Grist FG 37, 3:50
LM—Bailey 1 run (Alexander kick), 5:22
LM—Tyrie Tipton 39 pass from Bailey (Alexander kick), 3:21
LM—Alexander FG 27, 6:11
AHS—Rhett Maynard 1 run (Grist kick), 4:25
AHS—Grist FG 28, 1:00
RUSHING—Monterey: Zach Garcia 1-7, Ty Williams 15-50, Bailey 27-163. Amarillo High: Will Maynard 10-24, Blake Bedwell 11-61, J. Maynard 4-8, Taevon Hood 8-32, R. Maynard 8-46.
PASSING—Monterey: Bailey 15-28-0-179.Amarillo High: W. Maynard 13-22-0-131.
RECEIVING—Monterey: Tipton 5-70, Williams 7-78, Keatric Humphrey 1-15, Garcia 1-2, Donavaughn Hill 1-14. Amarillo High: Davin Lemmons 7-65, Cayden Johnson 1-5, Maycin Smotherman 1-13, Bedwell 1-(-3), Peyton Conner 2-15, Brady Barthelemy 1-36.