Little Cypress-Mauriceville comes up with huge two-point conversion stop to remain in playoff race
Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Lumberton saved all the fun for the final 12 minutes on Friday night. After a scoreless first three quarters, the teams came alive in the fourth. Lumberton quarterback Drake Boykin started the scoring with a quarterback keeper, bursting through the Bear defense for a 20-yard score. Little Cypress-Mauriceville answered immediately as quarterback Ashton Landry hit receiver Brendon Pollock near the pylon on the left side of the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown.
Pollock was the man again on the following drive as Landry scrambled around and threw up a jump ball. Pollock rose above the Lumberton defense and came down with the catch, racing all the way to the Lumberton one yard line for a 43-yard gain. Landry punched in on a quarterback draw to put the Bears up 14-7 with six minutes to go. Lumberton had one last chance. Boykin found Gabe Williams on a jump ball for a huge gain to the Little Cypress-Mauriceville 14-yard line. A few plays later, Boykin converted a quarterback sneak to cut the lead to 14-13 with just seconds remaining. Lumberton decided to go for jugular. However, the Bears rose to the occasion, denying Lumberton on a 2-point conversion attempt to seal a 14-13 victory.
The win means Little Cypress Mauriceville is now 1-2 in district and sits in fifth place. With a big game against Splendora, which is also 1-2 in district play, looming in two weeks in the season finale, the Bears will hope the momentum from this win will boost them to claim their seventh playoff berth in eight years.