Kingwood quarterback Grant Wall threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Mustangs took a major step towards a playoff berth with a 24-7 victory over Summer Creek on Friday at Turner Stadium.
Wall threw for 133 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Carson Mancuso, after opening the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run to help the Mustangs jump out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs got an 8-yard touchdown run from Sam Williams to slice Kingwood’s lead in half, 14-7, after one quarter of play. But the Mustangs defense stifled the Bulldogs the rest of the way, holding them to just 20 yards rushing while keeping them off the scoreboard.
Kaden Wooster booted a 24-yard field goal late in the third quarter and Kasey Duplechin put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. Duplechin led all rushers with a game-high 108 yards on 23 carries.
The victory lifted Kingwood to 4-4 overall, but more importantly 4-2 in District 22-6A play and sole possession of fourth place in the league standings. The Mustangs need one more victory or one more loss from both Summer Creek and South Houston to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Kingwood hosts 0-8 Pasadena at 7 p.m. Thursday in Turner Stadium with a chance to sew up that playoff slot.