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TEMPLE, Texas — The Tigers of A&M Consolidated were bringing their unblemished 5-0 record on the road for a catfight with Temple. In the end, it was the Wildcats who emerged on top for homecoming for victorious with a 28-20 win.

The Temple defense made an early statement, as Dalvin Filmore recovered an A&M Consolidated fumble of backup quarterback Gage Pahl. The sophomore Pahl got the start for an injured starter Caden Fedora.

Temple quickly capitalized on the turnover when Zion Leach scored on a 7-yard touchdown run. It was music to the ears of head coach Scott Stewart, who said that his young squad would focus on establishing the run game. The Tigers continued to struggle on offense and were forced to punt.

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The Wildcats got on the board once more, when TJ Rumfield hit Xavier Johnson on a 34-yard touchdown pass making the score 14-0 Temple. The ensuring Consolidated drive ended when Gage Pahl was sacked by Jaz Faulkner and Robert Jackson. Temple was able to score again, as Rumfield found D’Yonte Heckstall on a 13 -yard touchdown pass.

The Tigers were finally able to get some offense established with quick passes aided by poor tackling by Temple. Aaron Campbell-Love took a pitch 9 yards for a Consolidated touchdown, with 5:52 in the 2nd quarter, bringing the score to 21-7 Temple. The rest of the quarter was a defensive battle and the Tigers went for a fourth and 9 on the 25-yard line, but Pahl was sacked by a pack of Wildcats to end the half.

Temple received the ball to begin the third quarter and their drive stalled out after a TJ Rumfield interception. Consolidated would stall out on their next drive, ending with a Pahl sack on fourth down. Temple ran the ball down the field eating up the clock and eventually tacking on another touchdown, as Zion Leach ran for 2 yards to take a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

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The Tigers offense got their rally started with a Devin Price touchdown to make it 28-14. After a fail onside kick, the Consolidated defense held after Temple missed a field goal.

A&M Consolidated struck back late as Pahl hit Steven Ray for a 29 – yard touchdown on fourth down to make it 28-20 after the missed extra point. After some tough clock management by Temple, the Tigers had one final chance to score and break even. However, Pahl was picked off in the end zone by Dalvin Fillmore with 20 seconds left in the game to seal the victory for Temple.

Temple moves to 4-2 on the season 2-0 in district play, while A&M Consolidated moves to 5-1 on the season and 1-1 in district play. Temple travels to Bryan Rudder next week and A&M Consolidated will host College Station.

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