EASTLAND - A 78-yard pass completion set up a two-yard touchdown run, and a 50-yard run added another fourth quarter score for Eastland, as the Mavericks handed Dublin its first loss here Friday, 27-15.

Injuries and a long touchdown run that was called back hampered Lions, as their attempt to secure the school’s first 3-0 start to a season since 1999 came up short.

“It was just one of those nights,” Dublin Head Coach Dwayne Ross said. “Every linebacker we had came out at some point with something wrong.”

The shake-up at linebacker hurt the Lions against Eastland’s power running attack, which gave DHS a steady dose of the isolation

and power plays.

Dublin appeared to be on its way to taking control and spoiling Eastland’s homecoming, but a small yellow handkerchief changed the course of the game.

Senior DHS quarterback DeWayne Keith broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run, that would have given Dublin a 21-14 advantage with the extra point attempt still to come. It wouldn’t stand, however, as the Lions were flagged for illegal motion.

Keith later left the game with what was believed to be a minor concussion. Ross said CAT scans were clear, and the signal caller reported to work Saturday in good condition.

DJ Sani also left the contest. He broke his finger early on, but returned to the field. He left the field again later after a hit left him “feeling a little woozy,” according to Ross.

Ross, who has never been known as one to complain about officiating, did express concerns over some calls, or the lack thereof.

“I have never seen a high school football game with no holding penalties until last night,” he said. “That’s pretty unbelievable.”

He quickly pointed out, however, that the Lions did more to hurt themselves, than did the officials or the Mavericks.

“We know we didn’t play well. That’s the bottom line,” he said.

Dublin scored on its opening possession of the game, as Keith crossed the goal line on a QB sneak from two yards out. Dublin added a two-point conversion for an early 8-0 advantage.

Eastland scored the game’s next 14 points, before a 72-yard jaunt by the Lions’ Sami Lopez put DHS ahead 15-14.

Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241,

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