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2011-10-13 / Sports

Giddings Outlasts LaGrange 38-35

by Mike Organ


Giddings Buffalo Joseph Glenn heads goal-ward on a 71-yard kickoff return. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Giddings Buffalo Joseph Glenn heads goal-ward on a 71-yard kickoff return. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Giddings jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and then hung on as LaGrange gave them their best shot. Joseph Glenn ran for the first, Deon Hickey caught a pass and ran for the other two. Michael Rangel added all the PAT’s.

LaGrange got on the board early in the second quarter on a huge 76- yard pass play. The LG quarterback threw the ball at least 50-yards in the air as the Buffs thought the receiver was out of range. Giddings struck back quickly on the ensuing kickoff. Glenn picked up the squib kick, cut back around the left side of the field, and took it home 71 yards. LaGrange scored two more times in the second quarter, to close to 28-21. One problem, Giddings’ Garry Cooper scooped up another squib kick and returned it 70 yards just before halftime. Rangel continued to be perfect on his PAT kicks.

Midway through the third period Rangel toed a 20 yard field goal. Little did anyone know those would be the winning points. LaGrange’s defense played really inspired football the rest of the game and their offense posted 14 points that made the game very close. The Leopards had the ball the last three plays of the game on a really unusual call.

Giddings quarterback Jacky Wade faked a kneel down and sprinted around the right side. The official on the opposite side of the field whistled the play dead with 41 seconds left. After conferring for a minute or more, the officials called it fourth down and put 45 seconds back on the clock and did not wind the clock. The Buffs then had to punt the ball to LG with 18 seconds left in the game.

No damage was done, but the blown call could have cost Giddings the game.

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