Bridgeport 35, Kennedale 28 (December 8, 2001)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kennedale 7 14 0 7 28
Bridgeport 7 0 14 14 35

Nutshell Summary: 
  • It's not to early to classify this game as the most exciting game in Bridgeport's history
  • The game came down to Kennedale having a first and goal with seconds remaining.
  • The final play involved a Miguel Tovar tackle of Kennedale's Josh Lanfear at the 2 yard line on fourth down. 
  • Earlier in the final series, a Kennedale player dropped a pass in the end zone
  • Bridgeport did not punt in the game and had only 11 penalty yards
  • Phillip Daugherty had a monster night with 392 passing yards, completing 24 of 34 passes
  • Shane Funk scored four TDs.
  • Kennedale amassed 350 total yards, 310 of which was on the ground
  • The game was played at Dragon Stadium in Southlake 
  • Ramey Herrera caught 7 passes for 147 yards
  • Funk caught nine balls for 146 yards
  • Kennedale ended the season 12-2
  • Bridgeport, which had struggled with PATs a couple of weeks ago, successfully converted on five attempts

How they scored:
B - Shane Funk 1 yard run, XP
K - Brandon Ross 11 yard run, XP
K - Rex Harper 72 yard run, XP
K - Rocky Smith 6 yard run, XP
B - Funk 17 yard pass from Phillip Daugherty, XP
B - Ramey Herrera 22 yard pass from Daugherty, XP
B - Funk 45 yard pass from Daugherty, XP
K - Garry Petty 1 yard run, XP
B - Funk 1 yard run, XP

From the Dallas Morning News:
SOUTHLAKE--Two yards. Eighteen seconds. That was the scenario that would end up as either a tying score for Kennedale or Bridgeport victory. And as the smoke cleared, Bridgeport's Miguel Tovar arguably made the biggest play of his career.Tovar tackled Kennedale's Josh Lanfear at the 2-yard line on a fourth-and-goal play to seal a 35-28 Bridgeport victory in front of 6,000 at Dragon Stadium. The win gave Bridgeport the Class 3A Division II Region I championship.Bridgeport improved to 9-5 on the season and next will face Commerce in the Class 3-A Division II semifinals at Pennington Field in Bedford on Friday night. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.Kennedale ended its best season in school history at 12-2. Kennedale completed three big pass plays -- two to Jason Tomlinson -- late to set up the goal line situation. But on fourth down, Tovar made the play after quarterback Rocky Smith connected with Lanfear on a short out pattern."I was watching the quarterback's eyes," said Tovar, who also had an interception in the game."I knew I had to make the play. When I hit [Lanfear], I knew we had won the game." Bridgeport jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on a 1-yard dive by Shane Funk. Kennedale answered back with three rushing touchdowns in the half by Brandon Ross (11 yards), Rex Harper (72 yards), and Smith (6 yards) to take a 21-7 halft ime lead.However, Bridgeport went on a scoring run of its own. Bridgeport held Kennedale scoreless on its first two possessions and scored on its first three possessions of the half -- the last of the three being a 45-yard screen pass from quarterback Phillip Daugherty to Funk with 4:48 in the fourth quarter.Kennedale then tied the score with the help of an option pass from Lanfear, a wingback and back-up quarterback, to Smith for 50 yards. Three plays later, Garry Petty punched it across from a yard out.Bridgeport struck back with a 1:34 drive paced by a 33-yard kickoff return by Ramey Herrera and a 26-yard pass play from Daugherty to Herrera. Funk scored on a 1-yard plunge, giving Bridgeport the lead for good.In a battle of two offensive stalwarts, Bridgeport finished with 465 total yards, while Kennedale had 450. Daughtery threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns on 24 of 34 completions. He completed 10 in a row at one point in the game. For Kennedale, Harper had 139 rushing yards and a touchdown. Kennedale finished with 310 total rushing yards.

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