Lingleville (1-5) battled back from behind again and again, tying the score twice and pulling within two in the closing minutes, but could never get over the hump after Comanche Paradigm (3-4) took the lead for good early in the second quarter of a 42-32 victory over the host Cardinals Saturday afternoon.
Lingleville started the scoring with just over a minute left in the first quarter on a 53-yard catch-and-run by Chris Carter from Robet VanKranenburg. The missed extra point left the score at 6-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Paradigmís Emilio Hernandez ran for 77 yards for the first Patriot touchdown of the day. The extra point sailed through the uprights to give the patriots an 8-6 lead with just 53 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
The first-period scoring didnít end there, however, as Lingleville jumped back on top when Carter ran 28 yards to the end zone. The Cardinals again failed to convert the extra point and led 12-8.
The scoring kept up in the second quarter, beginning with a 34-yard Paradigm TD run by Luke Dirickson. The Cardinals blocked the extra-point attempt, staying within two at 14-12.
The two defenses held strong until the Patriots got the ball with just over three minutes remaining in the half. Thatís when Dirickson busted loose again, scoring form 28 yards out. Another missed extra point left Paradigm on to 20-12.
Lingleville wasnít done in the first half, as Nery Suarez went 31 yards for a Cardinal TD and Ernesto Nava added the two-point kick to tie the score at 20-20.
The Patriots still had time to get something going and took the ball down the field before capping the drive with a 34-yard run by Hernandez to end the half with a 26-20 advantage.
The Cardinal defense made a big goalline stand after the Patriots had a big catch-and-run all the way to the Lingleville three in the third, then flexed its muscles on the goalline again early in the fourth.
After the second turnover on downs, the Cardinals evened the score again with a 64-yard run by Carter to make it 26-26 with 6:52 remaining.
Paradigm moved down the field on the next possession and scored on a 16-yard pass from Hernandez to Dirickson for a 32-26 lead. The extra-point kick was tipped but still had just enough to sneak through the uprights to make it 34-26.
With time winding down, the Cardinals pushed their way down the field. At the Patriot 11-yard line, Carter took a handoff to the right but was bottled up by Paradigm defenders and tossed the ball back to a waiting Cory Stevens who was uncontested as he took the reverse around the left end to the end zone.
Lingleville missed an important extra-point attempt, allowing the Patriots to hold on to their slim 34-32 lead.
Paradigm then put the game away by punching in a two-yard TD run and nailing the two-point kick to finish the scoring.
Lingleville continues to seek its second victory of their first season since 1967 when the Cardinals travel to Moran next week while Paradigm visits Rising Star.