Senior quarterback Cameron Pavloski plunged in from one yard out on fourth down with just under six minutes to play in the game to complete a wild second-half comeback in Kingwood’s 23-20 victory over Spring Dekaney on Thursday at Turner Stadium.
Trailing 20-0 at halftime, Kingwood used two fourth-quarter blocked punts to turn the tables.
The Mustangs began to swing the momentum in their direction in the third quarter. Blake Parr, who led Kingwood’s ground attack with 50 yards on 17 carries, capped a late third-quarter drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
Mustangs kicker Kaden Wooseter added his first of two successful PAT kicks before drilling a 42-yard field goal in the final minute of the third quarter to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 20-10 entering the final period.
That’s when Carter Amarantos broke through for the first punt block, recovered by Bryce Sniderwin in the end zone, further trimming Dekaney’s lead to 20-16.
The Mustangs broke out on top after Brandon Lewis blocked a punt on Dekaney’s very next possession, setting up the dramatic fourth-down, game-winning touchdown.
Casey Roth and Ben Jones played key roles in the running game with 45 and 27 rushing yards, respectively, for Kingwood, which evened its record at 1-1 following a season-opening 21-14 loss at Fort Bend Ridge Point in Hall Stadium.
In that game, Pavloski scored in a 1-yard run and Roth, who finished with 53 rushing yards, added a 9-yard scoring dash. Parr had a team-high 86 yards rushing and Garrett Graham caught two passes for 23 yards.
The Mustangs defense was led by key plays from Brandon Lewis, Dominik Izydorczyk and Ryan Vincent (interception).
Kingwood hosts Atascocita on Friday in a key district game of neighboring rivals before welcoming in Sam Rayburn on Friday, Sept. 21. Both district games are set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Turner Stadium.