No. 16 Judson (Texas) holds off rally from Steele for clutch 35-28 victory

Judson held on for a 35-28 victory against Steele (Photo: Twitter screen shot) Photo: @texashsfootball/Twitter

No. 16 Judson (Texas) holds off rally from Steele for clutch 35-28 victory

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No. 16 Judson (Texas) holds off rally from Steele for clutch 35-28 victory

It was a cakewalk for Converse (Texas) Judson until it wasn’t.

The No. 16 team in the USA TODAY Super 25, Judson jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first half against traditional power Cibolo (Texas) Steele and extended the edge to 35-7 late in the third quarter as the game appeared to evolve into a whitewash. Then, suddenly, Steele woke up.

Steele scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-14. That was the score with 8:14 remaining when Steele mounted a late push, stiffening on defense and adding two more touchdowns to make the final score a nail-biting 35-28.

In fact, a Steele touchdown with 1:51 remaining gave the Knights a chance to mount a final, game-tying drive if they could grab an onside kick.

They couldn’t, and Judson escaped with a win that was far more dramatic than it should have been.

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