By Christy Suggs
Last Friday Mansfield came to Red River for the last district game and Senior night. Red River was coming off a bad lost to undefeated Many. Several players were out due to injury and illness against Many so some of the JV stepped up to help out.
Senior QB Eli Harper was back against Mansfield and was keeping the pace for the Bulldogs. Both teams held their own. RR put the running game in play and racked up yards. Mansfield scored first leaving the Bulldogs with only 4 mins in the first quarter. They would score again before RR could get on the board. The Bulldogs had one touchdown called back but finally got on the board with 4:15 to go. They put a field goal up to end the halftime with a score of RR 10 Mansfield 14. The Bulldogs held Mansfield from scoring in the third and managed to score again to end the quarter RR 17 MHS 14.
Not to be out done Mansfield scored at 11:13 in the fourth quarter. RR 17 MHS 22. At this point in the game there was a clock problem, and the time was unavailable to see. RR was able to score making it RR 24 MHS 22. The Bulldogs attempted a punt, but the snap was bad and went over the kickers head. This caused a safety, and the kicker Miguel Allen did some fancy footwork to kick it out of bounds to keep it from turning into a touchdown for Mansfield. Score was tied 24-24.
Overtime followed. Red River got the first attempt and scored a touchdown but was unsuccessful at a 2 Point conversion. RR 30 Mansfield 24. Mansfield had a chance to score and did. They were also able to convert the 2 point conversion which allowed them to win 32-30.
Coach Harper had this to say. “Last Friday was a heartbreaking game for our program especially our seniors. We outplayed Mansfield for 47 minutes but mistakes in the final 30 seconds cost us the ballgame. We were fortunate enough to qualify for the playoffs with the 24 seed. The strength of our schedule helped us get in even with the loss. The postseason is considered the 3rd season in football. Records don’t matter, it’s the opportunity to play another game and the winner continues on. #9 Rosepine (8-2) will be a tough test on the road, but our guys are excited for this opportunity.”
Red River begins it’s playoff program tonight at Rosepine. Kickoff is 7:00 pm.
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