Chaps canÕt hold off Trinity Valley
By Matthew Postins
AubreyÕs momentum entering district action next week dissipated under the weight of the huge night of Fort Worth Trinity Valley wide receiver John Cleveland.
Cleveland gathered a pretty fade pass from his quarterback, Cameron Matthews, for a 23-yard touchdown with four seconds remaining in the game to lift the Trojans (3-3) to a 30-24 win over Aubrey.
The Chaparrals (1-5) had a 14-point lead at the break and an eight-point lead with 6:36 left in the game, but couldnÕt salt it away.
Cleveland was the reason. The Chaparrals found no solution for the senior, who caught 16 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. He made Matthews look great, as the quarterback threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns.
On the gameÕs final drive, everyone in the stadium knew who was going to get the ball and the Chaparrals still couldnÕt keep it out of his hands. He caught six passes on the go-ahead drive, and his final catch – the touchdown – caused the entire Aubrey side of the stadium to go silent in disbelief.
Evan MooreÕs field goal gave Aubrey an 8-point lead with 6:36 to go, but the Chaparrals couldnÕt make it hold up. The Trojans converted a second-and-23 with a 39-yard pass to Cleveland, which led to ClevelandÕs 14-yard touchdown reception with 3:11 left. Their two-point conversion, which would have tied the game, failed, and left Aubrey ahead, 24-22.
Aubrey could have killed the clock and won by two. They put the ball in the hands of Daniel Longhenry, who was having a big night himself. After Clay Kelly left the game on the first possession with an injury, Longhenry assumed most of the rushing load. He carried the ball three times on the next possession and the Chaparrals moved the chains.
But when they turned away from Longhenry, the Chaparrals failed to keep possession. A sack of quarterback Mason Robinson for a loss of nine yards led to an Aubrey punt and the gameÕs final score.
Longhenry ended up with 162 yards and a score. Matt Duncan, who had just four carries, on the game, scored two touchdowns.
Longhenry scored the gameÕs first touchdown on the opening drive, one in which Aubrey held the ball for more than seven minutes. Duncan scored both of his in the first half as Aubrey built a 21-7 halftime lead.
The defense, led by Sam Heath, kept the Trojans off-balance as much as they could.
Heath was especially pesky. He had at least two sacks and was responsible for hurrying Matthews on the two-point conversion that was meant to tie the game at 24-all. Instead, MatthewsÕ pass fell incomplete and the Chaparrals kept a two-point lead.