The first-ever meeting between Pflugerville Hendrickson and Pflugerville Weiss was certainly one to remember last Thursday. After a 54-yard Breean Arrant touchdown run with just over five minutes to go in the third quarter, Hendrickson looked to be cruising up 35-14. But after a touchdown catch by Weiss sophomore receiver Micah Gifford and a touchdown run by Devin Cross, the Weiss deficit was suddenly only seven. Hendrickson responded by advancing the ball to the Weiss four-yard line. With their backs against their own goal line, the Wolves defense rose to the occasion.
Pressure of the edge put Hendrickson quarterback Jordan Oldoerp under instant duress and he threw an off-balance pass right into the arms of Weiss defensive back CJ Meeks, who raced the other way for a 99-yard pick-six to improbably tie the game at 35 with nine minutes to play. The wild scores kept coming.
Just minutes later, Hendrickson receiver Jaden Williams caught a receiver screen on 3rd-and-25 before cutting across the entire defense and turning up the sideline, dodging Weiss defenders en route to a 47-yard score. Weiss answered yet again with another Cross touchdown with five minutes to go, signaling that this one would go down to the wire. Jasiya Demps scored from eight yards out to put Hendrickson up 49-42 with just 50 seconds left to seemingly seal the game. However, there was one more twist in the tale.
Weiss moved down the field before quarterback Dior Bradfield found receiver Jeremiah Robinson on a hitch route with just seven seconds left for a touchdown. After such a wild night, Weiss decided to go for two to try and finish the game off in regulation. Bradfield took the snap and rolled to his left, looking to run. He never got to the end zone though as the Hendrickson defense stripped him of the ball before reaching the pylon, sealing a 49-48 thriller in Pflugerville.
Hendrickson desperately needed this win as they moved to 1-2 in district play and avoided an 0-3 start in 11-5A Division I play. This game was certainly quite a way to start a rivalry series and set a high bar for when these two teams face off against each other in the years to come.