December 10, 2011

Texas semi sees wild finish with fox on the field

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A touchdown. A successful onside kick. A fox on the field. Another touchdown. All in the final 1:07.

Wait, what? A fox on the field?

That's right. As the high school football season comes to a close in states across the country, it's hard to imagine a more unusual finish than this.

No. 31 Southlake (Texas) Carroll's stunning 28-24 victory over No. 3 Dallas (Texas) Skyline in the Class 5A, Division I semifinal had it all at Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Saturday afternoon.

About the only thing more surprising than Carroll's two-TDs-in-21-seconds rally, was the run of a gray fox across the field during Kenny Hill's game-winning 35-yard touchdown run.

"Yeah I saw it run by," Hill told reporters after the game. "That was just weird."

The fox, meanwhile, apparently didn't stick around for the final plays.

According to reports in the Dallas Morning News, the fox - which began its run on the closed part of the horseshoe-shaped stadium - ran out the other end.

Of course, the fox already had seen what figures to be one of the wildest finishes in this championship season.

Skyline had the better of the play throughout and appeared to be in control of the game when Juan Ramos kicked a 34-yard field goal to give his team a two-score lead, 24-14, with 2:26 to go.

Then Carroll's offense, which had been bottled up for most of the day, got going.

Hill moved the team down the field - then went in himself from 3 yards out to pull Carroll to 24-21 with 1:07 left.

The ensuing onside kick create a bit of controversy as the ball just went 10 yards - Skyline argued it didn't - before Carroll recovered it.

From there, Skyline couldn't stop Southlake - not with a box or a fox.

Carroll needed just three plays to take the lead and earn a spot in the state final.

Southlake Carroll will meet No. 39 Missouri City (Texas) Ft. Bend Hightower. And while the game figures to be high-scoring and exciting, it's hard to imagine it could top this one. is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
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