HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Second-half surge powers Georgetown past Connally

The Eagles scored 24 unanswered points in the second half

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Through a second-half deficit and torrential downpours, Georgetown found clarity. 

The Eagles battled to knock off Connally 35-15 in their final regular season game at The Pfield on Thursday night.

"I think this game speaks to the maturity and resolve of the team," Georgetown head coach Jason Dean said. "We came out and challenged (Connally) in the second half and played really good football in the second half."

Quarterback Jackson Sioson had two rushing touchdowns, running back Xavier Torres added another on the ground and kicker Matt Diaz booted two perfect field goals in the win. 

The defense recovered three Connally fumbles during the Thursday night match, during which the Eagles trailed 15-10 at halftime and were forced off the field as lightning flew through Pflugerville.

Georgetown, which clinched a postseason spot last weekend, won its fourth straight game and finished the regular season at 6-4 (4-2 District 11-5A-DI) with the win. 

"Obviously we want to go into the playoffs on the right foot and getting a win here tonight helps," Dean said. 

The Eagles will play one of Dripping Springs, Seguin, or Austin-LBJ in the bi-district round of the postseason..

Everything started as planned for the visiting Eagles in the first quarter. After a fumble recovery by defensive end Jonathan Neitsch gave Georgetown the ball early in the game, quarterback Jackson Sioson pummelled his way into the end zone on a 10-yard rushing touchdown and Diaz added a 33-yard field goal.

The Cougars' defense picked off a Sioson pass and forced three punts in the 12-minute span, while the offense went to work through the air. Demetris Gardner caught a Darius McGrew sideline pass and fended off Georgetown defenders for a 33-yard touchdown.

McGrew would tack on another touchdown on the final offensive play of the first half by throwing to the back shoulder of wideout Jahdae Barron in the middle of the end zone for a 38-yard passing touchdown. 

A big third quarter on both sides of the ball gave Georgetown a lead they would not relinquish. The Eagles used the ground game to their advantage and Torres capped off the possession with an eight-yard  touchdown.

The Eagles' defense went to work, sacked McGrew twice and Joahan Salas recovered the ensuing blocked punt in the end zone in the third quarter. Sioson would rush for another tough running touchdown, Diaz nailed a 23-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

"Being able to come out in the second half and play like that after being challenged was big," Dean said.

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