24 Oct Pottsboro holds off Van Alstyne wins 3rd straight district championship!! Final Pottsboro 23 Van Alstyne 21
The Cardinals just keep rolling………call it “Bird Power”, “Cardiac Cards”, call it whatever you want. The 2013 Pottsboro Cardinals are WINNERS, period. Pottsboro got a 4th down stop late in the game to preserve a 23-21 district 2A-6 victory and claim, at worst, a co-district championship. The Cards defense rose to the challenge in the 4th, tackling 6-4, 230 pound Panther QB Alex Phillips inches short of the first down and the Cardinals were winners again. How do the Cardinals do it? Heart, Smarts, Desire, all of the above. At times Phillips seemed unstoppable, he finished with 32 carries for 168 yards but when it mattered the most the Cardinals ‘D” came through.
Pottsboro got 2 6-yard touchdowns runs from Thaddeus Flinn and a 23 yard field goal from Kory Waller to lead at half 16-7. The Panthers quickly marched 80 yards in 11 plays to open the 2nd half and got a 9 yard td run from Terry Lawrence to cut the lead to 16-14. At that point you just knew it was “hang on to your hats time”, and it was. Pottsboro benefited from a strange play late in the 3rd quarter, Hunter Mullinex completed a disputed 17 yard pass to Austin Tol, the ball popped out and bounced right in to the hands of Cardinal Nate Watson who scooped it up and never broke stride taking it the final 60 yards for a touchdown. The VA coaches and fans thought it should have been an incomplete pass and let the officials know it. At that point Pottsboro was up 23-14, but a Card fumble at their own 24 gave Van Alstyne a short field and they scored on a 13 yard Don’te Kehler run with 7:58 to play.
With the score 23-21 the Cards move to the VA 19 before failing to convert on 4th down. Van Alstyne took over at their own 6 with 3:38 to go and that’s when the Cardinal defense rose to the occasion and secured the victory.
Pottsboro improved to 8-1 and 5-0 in district 2A-6, they won their 7th straight game this season and their 17th straight district game dating back to 2010, which happens to be a school record. Pottsboro tries to make it a clean sweep in district play hosting Sunnyvale in the last regular season game Friday November 1st. Pottsboro wrapped up their 3rd consecutive district championship also a school record.