The Shiner St. Paul Cardinals were in the lead only once in their state semifinal battle against Bryan Brazos Christian Friday night in The Woodlands, but their timing was excellent.
A 1-yard run by Conor Kresta gave St. Paul a 41-38 lead with just 27 seconds left in the ball game as it completed a Cardinal rally from a 38-28 deficit.
The win sends St. Paul to their second straight state championship game and their fifth appearance in seven seasons. St. Paul was runner up in 2011 and took home the crown in 2010, 2012 and last year (2015).
The Eagles took a 7-0 lead 24 seconds into the game with a 71-yard run by Tucker Hartis and the Cardinals got on the board with a 58-yard run by quarterback Austin Barton at the 10:18 mark of the first quarter.
BBC took a 14-7 lead on the 1-yard run by Garrett Fleming later in the quarter.
St. Paul again tied the score, 14-14, on a 1-yard run by Kresta. The Eagles ended the frame with 10-point surge — a 7-yard run by Hartis and a 39-yard field goal by Blake Griffin.
Kresta got St. Paul within 24-21 with a 3-yard run at the at the 7:07 mark of the third box and The Eagles reestablished the 10-point window with a 5-yard run by Fleming with 2:27 left in the quarter.
St. Paul responded with a 62-yard run by Kresta for his third score of the game.
BBC went up 38-28 with 11:06 remaining in the game on a 28-yard pass from Jacob Jordan to Tyler Chism.
The Cardinals cut it to 38-35 with 7:58 left with an 8-yard run by Kresta, minutes before his game-winning score.
GAME STATISTICSsource: Shiner Gazette Shiner St. Paul 41, Bryan Brazos Christian 38 November 25, 2016, 7:30 pm Warrior Stadium, The Woodlands SCORING SUMMARY 1 2 3 4 F Bryan Brazos Christian 14 10 7 7 -- 38 Shiner St. Paul 7 7 14 13 -- 41 SCORING DETAILS: First Quarter BBC — Tucker Hartis 71 run (Blake Griffin kick), 11:36 1Q. SSP — Austin Barton 58 run (Frank Benes kick), 10:18 1Q. BBC — Garrett Fleming 1 run (Griffin kick), 5:49 1Q. Second Quarter SSP — Conor Kresta 1 run (Benes kick), 10:13 2Q. BBC — Hartis 7 run (Griffin kick), 6:18 2Q. BBC — Griffin 39 FG, 0:33 2Q. Third Quarter SSP — Kresta 3 run (Benes kick), 7:07 3Q. BBC — Fleming 5 run (Griffin kick), 2:27 3Q. SSP — Kresta 62 run (Benes kick), 1:37 3Q. Fourth Quarter BBC — Tyler Chism 28 pass from Jacob Jordan (Griffin kick), 11:06 4Q. SSP — Kresta 8 run (Benes kick), 7:58 4Q. SSP — Kresta 1 run (kick failed, 0:27 4Q. TEAM STATISTICS: St. Paul Legacy Christian First downs 19 17 Rushes-yards 57-435 19-132 Passing yards 37 190 Passes 1-4 17-30 Penalties-Yards 3-25 6-55 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-3 Punts-Average 0-0.0 3-39.3 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS: Rushing BBC: Tucker Hartis 22-225, Garrett Fleming 8-37, Jacob Jordan 2-2. SSP: Conor Kresta 36-284, Austin Barton 9-91, Joseph Natal 7-57. Passing BBC: Jordan 12-28-0-157. SSP: Barton 3-10-0-107. Receiving BBC: Hartis 5-68, Tyler Chism 3-42, Ben Weber 2-24, Parker Smith 1-15, William Lockett 1-10. SSP: Natal 2-50, River Haynes 2-57.
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