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Hawks triumph in double OT, 36-34

by Brian Tyl | November 20, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

FRISCO, Texas -- Pleasant Grove and Glen Rose played in an epic, double-overtime high school football playoff game on Saturday at The Star.

Jaylen Boardley made a leaping 2-point conversion catch as the Hawks (7-5) edged Glen Rose, 36-34, in a Class 4A, Division II area playoff game.

"Our kids are special," Pleasant Grove head coach Josh Gibson said. "We lost two more kids to injury, both game-changing players. One of our key players was getting banged up, but he kept fighting. In addition, so many young kids stepped up and played big.

"Our kids' belief is one of the most special things about our program. They always grind and find a way to grow. They don't fall apart; they pull together. That is why we won and why our program is special."

Boardley caught an 11-yard fade pass touchdown from Jarret Halter to give Pleasant Grove a 34-28 lead in the second overtime. The catch came on a 4th-and-6. Boardley caught the 2-point conversion pass from Halter to give the Hawks a 36-28 advantage.

It was the Tigers' turn to possess the ball. Tristan Black ran the ball in for a TD from 4 yards out to make it 36-34, and Glen Rose had to go for the 2-point conversion. Pleasant Grove's Lance Jackson tackled Black short of the end zone to seal the win.

Silva scored from a yard out in the first overtime for the Tigers. Boardley responded for the Hawks with a 4-yard run to knot the game at 28-all.

Silva found the end zone from 3 yards away to give Glen Rose a 21-7 lead with 7:26 to go in the third quarter.

Alex Galvan worked free and caught a 31-yard pass from Halter to help bridge the gap for Pleasant Grove, 21-14, with 3:30 left in the third period.

With Glen Rose facing a 3rd-and-14 with 3:50 to go in the fourth, the Hawks' Ezra Youngblood sacked the quarterback for a 9-yard loss. After a shanked punt, Pleasant Grove took over on the Tigers' 33-yard line.

Senior Davion Stewart went full-tilt as he rushed for 17 yards to give the Hawks a first down at the 16-yard line. Stewart broke a tackle and hit paydirt with 1:30 left in the game. After the point after, Pleasant Grove found itself knotted with Glen Rose, 21-21.

The Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-7 edge. The Hawks' victory broke Glen Rose's 10-game win streak.

Silva plunged into the end zone from a yard out to give Glen Rose a 14-0 advantage with 9:06 to go in the second quarter. Pleasant Grove got on the board on a 48-yard, 9-play drive in 4:04 that was capped by a 13-yard touchdown run by Boardley.

White threw a 9-yard TD pass to Silva late in the first quarter as Glen Rose took an early 7-0 lead. The scored was set up by a Pleasant Grove fumble that was recovered by the Tigers.

The teams' halftime stats were similar as the Hawks gained 147 yards on the ground and 64 through the air for a total of 211. The Tigers had 56 yards passing and 120 yards rushing for a total of 176 yards. Pleasant Grove had two turnovers, an interception and a fumble lost, in the first half.

Boardley finished with 93 yards rushing and a reception for 17 yards, while teammate Jojo Bailey finished with 88 yards on 15 totes. Halter hit on 4 of 7 passes for 95 yards, an interception and a TD.

Pleasant Grove plays Quinlan Ford (12-0) in a Class 4A, Division II regional championship football playoff game at Mount Pleasant High School's Sam Parker Field at 1 p.m. Friday.

Quinlan Ford nipped Pittsburg, 35-34, in its area playoff game.

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