As predicted, Euless (Texas) Trinity got its toughest test of the season against Allen (Texas) High Friday night.
It passed. But it did so in a most unpredictable way.
Kicker Tyler Orwig made three long field goals (47, 41 and 39 yards) to help lift Trinity, No. 3 in the RivalsHigh Top 100, to a 37-35 victory over No. 72 Allen before an estimated crowd of 40,000 at Cowboys Stadium.
The game highlighted a busy day of action in Texas for Top 100 teams, all of which won as expected.
No. 9 Katy defeated Cypress Fairbanks, 55-20; No. 30 Round Rock Stony Point topped Klein Oak, 55-31; No. 79 Midland beat El Paso El Dorado, 31-7; and No. 89 Abilene eliminated El Paso Coronado, 45-28.
The game of the day, however, was Trinity-Allen in Class 5A, Division 1.
And the key player was the unheralded Orwig, who took over as kicker midway through the season and had only one field goal coming into the game. He wasn't, however, concerned.
"I was working all season to do this," Orwig told the Dallas Morning News. "I was waiting for this moment."
But which moment?
His most impressive effort may have come at the end of the first half, when he and the rest of the kicking team raced onto the field with no timeouts and just got off his 47-yard kick. The effort gave Trinity a 24-14 halftime lead.
His biggest field goal was his final one, a 39-yard effort that gave Trinity a 37-28 lead.
Then, after Allen pulled to 37-35, Trinity's vaunted running game took over.
Facing a 3rd-and-16 in the closing minutes, Trinity got a 17-yard run from Brandon Carter for a game-clinching first down.
Carter, who threw two TD passes, was in the right place at the right time all night.
"Coach just told me to hang on to the ball and get the first down," Carter said. "I knew where the first down marker was."
Carter and fellow backs Terrence Tusan and Tevin Williams combined to rush for more than 200 yards.