Westbrook Christian erased a two-touchdown deficit in the first quarter to rally past the homestanding Wildcats, 31-20.
Sand Rock junior quarterback Dylan Mackey put the Wildcats (3-4, 2-3) out in front 7-0 with 6:19 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run. Junior Ethan Jimmerson connected on the extra point.
Mackey completed 8 of 20 passes for 138 yards and three interceptions. He also ran for 35 yards on 10 carries with a score.
Junior running back Dustin Chambers added to Sand Rock’s lead on a 6-yard scoring run with just 14 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, putting Sand Rock in front 14-0.
Westbrook Christian (5-2, 3-2) opened the second-quarter scoring on junior running back Jake Kilgo’s 4-yard touchdown run. Chris Underwood’s extra point cut Sand Rock’s lead in half at 14-7 with 4:42 remaining before halftime.
In the third quarter, Warrior senior quarterback Jonathan Ford connected with senior receiver Clay Templeton on a 25-yard touchdown pass at the 9:10 mark. The extra point was no good, keeping the Wildcats in front 14-13.
Ford finished the game going 18 of 24 through the air for 266 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 53 yards on 12 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown run with 6:34 to go in the third. Templeton passed to junior receiver Noah Hunt for the 2-point conversion, giving Westbrook its first lead of the night at 21-14.
The Warriors tallied one more touchdown in the third – a 13-yard run by senior DeVernon Marshall. Underwood’s kick gave Westbrook a 28-14 advantage with 1:38 remaining in the third.
Wildcat senior all-purpose threat Sean Wylie opened the fourth quarter with his 2-yard touchdown run. The extra point was unsuccessful, but Sand Rock had crept back in it, trailing 28-20 with 9:45 left in the game.
Wylie rushed for 45 yards on four carries with a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 43 yards and had an interception on defense.
Underwood put the game away with his 30-yard field with 4:02 remaining for the final.
Sand Rock travels to West End of Walnut Grove on Friday. Westbrook Christian hits the road to Section.