Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 29, 2013

Rally falls short

Tigers fall to Lions 34-27

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review


The historic season for the Malakoff Tigers came to a crushing halt as the New Boston Lions won 34-27 in the Region II-2A, Division I regional round contest at Longview Lobos Stadium.
New Boston put the nail in the coffin with a 76-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Conkleton to Jeff Gladney with 4:05 remaining in the game and the 27-20 lead.
The Lions (12-1) will now face Daingerfield in the regional quarterfinals next weekend.
This is the second time the Tigers have won 11 games in a season — matching the mark of the 1940 Malakoff Tigers. The Tigers (11-2) wrapped up the year with 634 points scored in 12 ball games this season.
The Tigers’ wrapped up the season as the final team in Henderson County to play in the post season this year.
On Malakoff’s opening possession, the Lions Quinn Dedmon recovered a Malakoff fumble and rumbled 55-yards to pay dirt for a 7-0 lead with 10:55 remaining in the first quarter.
Malakoff then tied the game as Dariuhn Jackson blasted his way for a 40-yard punt return with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Omar Gonzalez booted the PAT good for the 7-7 tie.
In the second quarter, New Boston found an opening in the Malakoff defense as Aaron Conkleton found Jeff Gladney for the 15-yard touchdown. Cole Pace booted the PAT good with 11 minutes remaining.
With the Tigers down 14-7 at the half, the New Boston Lions capitalized on Malakoff mistakes throughout the game with two interceptions and one of them being a pick-six with 3:27 remaining in the ball game. Wes Teague scored from 42-yards out to give the Lions a 34-20 lead.
The Tigers then scored its final touchdown of the game as Damontes Dowell scored from 19-yards out to cut the lead to, 34-27 with 52 seconds remaining in the game.
Damontes Dowell finished the game with 19 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Dowell wrapped up the night with 10 carries for 94 yards. Damontes Dowell also had two receptions for 39 yards.
New Boston wide receiver Gladney finished out the night with four receptions with 153 yards with two receptions.