Lone Star Gridiron

LSG’s 2010 Games Of The Year #21 – 25

Each year, Lone Star Gridiron reviews thousands of great games and picks out the best of the best from the previous season.  This year, we had over 200 games in the running for those top 25 spots so narrowing it down was tougher than ever.  It will long be debated which ones were better than others and which games should have made the list that didn't.  What is certain, however, is that this IS Texas high school football, and it doesn't get any better than this!

Join us for this first installment as we begin to count down the top 25 games of 2010 with #'s 25 through 21.

#25 - Mineral Wells 26   Bridgeport 17  (OT)

Bridgeport had this game under control and led 17-3 at half.  The second half was all Mineral Wells though as they scored 14 points without answer.     Regulation ended with the scored tied 17-17.   In overtime, Mineral Wells had the ball first and had it first and goal at the four, but Bridgeport's goal line stand forced Mineral Wells to kick a field goal making the score 20-17.   On Bridgeport’s possession a 3rd down pass was intercepted by Mineral Wells and was returned 84 yards for the touchdown to give Mineral Wells the come from behind victory 26-17.

#24 - Cibolo Steele 25, Converse Judson 24  (2 OT)

This was a game between two football powers in the San Antonio area.    This hard fought game was tied 10-10 at the end of regulation.  In overtime, each team traded touchdowns.  When Cibolo Steele scored their second touchdown in overtime, they decided to go for two.  Trailing 24-23 and with a district 25-5A championship on the line, the gamble paid off and Cibolo Steele got the victory.  Steele’s great running back Malcolm Brown ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the game.

#23 - Flower Mound 52, Plano East 50

The game featured 1,150 total yards of offense including 493 yards and 4 touchdowns passing by Flower Mounds superstar quarterback Paul Millard.   Flower Mound looked to have this game won, up 49-36 with 9:01 remaining in the game.  Plano East fought back and scored on two quick drives taking the lead 50-49 with less than a minute left.   Flower Mound took the short kickoff and moved down the field.  The key play was a pass interference call against Plano East on a 3rd and 10 that moved the ball to the East 34 yard line.  Flower Mound then advanced the ball down to the 18 setting up for the game winning field goal as time expired to defeat Plano East 52-50.

#22 - San Antonio Memorial 19, Austin Eastside Memorial 13

San Antonio Memorial ended their 43 game losing streak with this win over Austin Eastside Memorial.  Eastside scored on a 95 yard run with only 2 minutes left taking a 13-12 lead.  It appeared the game would end like the 43 previous outings as San Antonio Memorial’s chance for a victory seemed to slip away once again.  Memorial was not to be deterred however, and stormed back scoring from 4 yards out with just seconds remaining to get their first win in 5 years.  The 43 losses is tied for 7th all-time.

# 21 - Lexington 45, Refugio 24

Lexington won this battle of 2A Division II powerhouses in the state semifinals.  Both teams were undefeated going in with explosive offenses and great defenses.  The key play of the game was when Refugio attempted a fake punt right before half and failed.  Lexington took over and scored twice scoring 15 points in a span of 50 seconds.  This turned a 10-9 Refugio lead into a 24-10 Lexington lead at half.   Lexington outscored Refugio 21-14 in the 2nd half to cruise to the big win to send them to their second appearance in a state championship (vs. Idalou) and silencing critics around the state.

If you were at one of these games, let us know what you loved (or hated) about it and check back as we continue to count down the top 25 games of 2010.  Also, don't forget to share this story on your favorite social media site using the icons below!

by Michael Wright & Chris Doelle
Lone Star Gridiron

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