Round Rock falls to Klein Oak in double-overtime shootout


BRYAN — It isn’t uncommon for Round Rock to get into an old-fashioned Texas football shootout and Saturday afternoon had its fair share of fireworks. 

The Dragons fell to Klein Oak 66-59 in double overtime in the Area Round of the playoffs at Merrill Green Stadium. It was the sixth time they’ve scored more than 50 points in a game this season. 

Round Rock quarterback Ryan O’Keefe rushed 27 times for 222 yards, finished 8-for-12 passing for 141 yards and caught one pass for 71 yards. He accounted for five touchdowns, four on the ground and one through the air. 

Marquis Brown had 22 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Collin Sullivan caught two passes for 52 yards and Garrett Miller had four receptions for 69 yards. 

Klein Oak junior and Houston commit Kendal Taylor led the way for the Panthers, rushing 13 times for 205 yards. 

The Panthers and Dragons combined for 93 carries and 845 rushing yards. 

Klein Oak evened the all-time record in the series after Round Rock won in the Area Round of the playoffs in 2016.

It took until the seventh possession of the game for either team to not score. Round Rock scored a trio of touchdowns, all of which were runs by O’Keefe, while Klein Oak scored two touchdowns and a field goal. 

The Panthers and Dragons went on another streak in the second quarter, scoring on five straight drives that ended with O’Keefe in the end zone after a 71-yard double pass by Jordan Smart just before the half. 

Klein Oak continued to exploit the Round Rock defense in the second half and took its first lead of the game and each team scored again before the third quarter horn went off. 

After all the offense during regulation, the Panthers and Dragons failed to score on the final three combined possessions to send the game to overtime. 

Brown needed just two played and scored on a 4-yard rush for Round Rock, and Taylor scored on a 7-yard run after three Klein Oak plays in the first overtime period. Panther quarterback Montrell Bolton found Tyler Hudson for an 18-yard score in the second extra period. 

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