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.