Team DFW outscored Team Louisiana 23-0 in the second half to pull away for a 35-14 victory Saturday in the FBU National Championship Dallas Bracket championship.
Louisiana defensive end Jamal Ligon scooped and scored from 10 yards out to make it 14-14 with 3:38 before the half, but DFW ripped off 29 straight points en route to a 43-14 victory at John Paul II High School in Plano.
The two squads played an even first half, but DFW pulled ahead, 20-14, on a 2-yard touchdown run by Trysten Smith with 25.3 seconds left before halftime. The 2-point try was no good.
The final two quarters belonged to the team located closer to the event’s site.
After scoreless football for the first eight minutes of the third, Aaron Cooper hauled in a pass for a touchdown. With a 2-point try, it was 28-14.
A suffocating defensive effort in the fourth quarter was supplemented by two more DFW touchdowns in the final quarter, completing the scoring.
DFW got the scoring underway at the 9:05 mark of the first quarter when Cooper intercepted Louisiana quarterback Mark Patton and returned the ball 60-plus yards to the house
Jase McClellan converted a 2-point try on the next play for an 8-0 DFW lead.
But Louisiana returned the favor shortly after, making full use of a great punt return by Liquensi October midway through the frame. A few plays later, Tobias Owens scored on a short run and Jacobi Bellazin added the 2-point try to make it 8-8.
October was at it again late in the quarter, earning an interception of his own and returning it to the DFW 36 yard-line to give Louisiana some momentum.
The teams would trade touchdowns from there until late in the second quarter, when Smith scored just before the half.
DFW moves on to the next round of the FBU tournament, where they will face Northern Colorado in Dallas, Tx.
Jacobi Bellazin (Below)
By Ethan Grant
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