AMERICAN STATESMAN: Stony Point keeps playoff hopes alive, beats McNeil

AMERICAN STATESMAN: Stony Point keeps playoff hopes alive, beats McNeil

Stony Point’s focus was on beating McNeil Friday and not on its possible playoff future.

But in what could be a season-saver, Stony Point (5-3, 3-3 District 13-6A) scored 28 unanswered points in the second half and took a 42-21 win over the Mavericks at Dragon Stadium to keep its playoff hopes alive.

“It’s a big win,” said Stony Point junior running back Kendall Thomas, who finished with 54 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. “We were coming off a loss (to Round Rock), and we just needed to focus on executing and playing how we know we can play, and that’s what we did.”

The Tigers are tied for fifth place in the nine-team District 13-6A and still have a shot at a top-four finish and playoff berth, but without Friday’s win, chances at postseason play would have been minimal.

Trailing 21-14 at the break, the Tigers opened the third quarter clicking on all cylinders, scoring three times in six minutes as quarterback Kyle Overton sandwiched touchdown passes to Quaylen Lomax (20 yards) and Daelan Loyden (17 yards) around Thomas’ 2-yard scoring plunge.

“We came out and said we’ve got each other’s back, and it showed,” Overton said. “We had great play-calling and we executed. The line blocked really well, and we were able to do a bunch of things.”

Overton, who threw for 174 yards, finished off Stony Point’s dominant second half when he crossed the goal line from the 10 in the fourth quarter. The Tigers’ defense kept McNeil to less than 70 yards of total offense the final two quarters.

“Our kids are real resilient,” Stony Point coach Craig Chessher said. “To come out in the third, score right off the bat, then get a turnover and score again, that really got us momentum. And our defense just played lights-out. We challenged our offensive line that we have to run the football, and we did tonight.”

The Tigers ended with 220 yards rushing, 146 of which came from Tyler Cleveland.

McNeil (4-4, 3-3) answered with a 33-yard touchdown run by Winston Hutchinson — who rushed for 112 yards — and a 40-yard scoring strike from Zane Kampfer to Malik Gordon to take a 14-7 lead.

Thomas’ first touchdown run, from 1-yard out, tied the game at 14 early in the second before Kampfer dove in from the 1 to give the Mavericks their halftime lead.

But the back-and-forth stopped from there as Stony Point ruled the second half.

“You never know,” Chessher said about the playoffs. “We’re 3-3 (in the district). … We have a lot to build off from this.”

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