AUBREY — Aubrey’s momentum entering District 10-3A action next week dissipated under the weight of a huge night by Fort Worth Trinity Valley wide receiver John Cleveland.
Cleveland gathered a fade pass from quarterback Cameron Matthews for a 23-yard touchdown with four seconds remaining in the game to lift the Trojans (3-3) to a 30-24 win over Aubrey.
The Chaparrals (1-5) had a 14-point lead at the break and an eight-point lead with 6:36 left in the game, but couldn’t salt it away.
Cleveland was the reason. The Chaps had no solution for the senior, who caught 16 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. He made Matthews look great, as the quarterback threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns.
On the game’s final drive, everyone in the stadium knew who was going to get the ball and the Chaps still couldn’t keep it out of his hands. Cleveland caught six passes on the go-ahead drive, and his final catch — the touchdown — caused the entire Aubrey side of the stadium to go silent in disbelief.
Evan Moore’s field goal gave Aubrey an 8-point lead with 6:36 to go, but the Chaps couldn’t make it hold up. The Trojans converted a second-and-23 with a 39-yard pass to Cleveland, which led to Cleveland’s 14-yard touchdown reception with 3:11 left. The two-point conversion failed and left Aubrey ahead 24-22.
The Chaps could have killed the clock and won by two. They put the ball in the hands of Daniel Longhenry, who was having a big night himself. After Clay Kelly left the game on the first possession with an injury, Longhenry assumed most of the rushing load. He carried the ball three times on the next possession and the Chaps moved the chains.
But when they turned away from Longhenry, the Chaps failed to keep possession. A sack of quarterback Mason Robinson for a 9-yard loss led to an Aubrey punt and the game’s final score.
Longhenry ended up with 162 yards and a score, while Matt Duncan added two scores on only four carries.
Longhenry scored the game’s first touchdown on the opening drive, one in which Aubrey held the ball for more than seven minutes. Duncan scored both of his in the first half as Aubrey built a 21-7 halftime lead. The defense, led by Sam Heath, kept the Trojans off balance.
Heath had two sacks and was responsible for hurrying Matthews on the late two-point conversion. Instead, Matthews’ pass fell incomplete and the Chaps kept a two-point lead.
Fort Worth Trinity Valley 30, Aubrey 24
FW Trinity Valley
AU — Daniel Longhenry 2 run (Evan Moore kick)
AU — Matt Duncan 21 run (Evan Moore kick)
FTV — John Cleveland 31 pass from Cameron Matthews (John DeChellis kick)
AU — Matt Duncan 7 run (Evan Moore kick)
FTV — John DeChellis 28 FG
FTV — John Factor 53 pass from Cameron Matthews (pass failed)
AU — Evan Moore 33 FG
FTV — John Cleveland 14 pass from Cameron Matthews (pass failed)
FTV — John Cleveland 23 pass from Cameron Matthews (Harrison Whitehead pass from )
Rushing — AU: Daniel Longhenry 30-162, Matt Duncan 4-36, Phillip Wilds 2-14, Sam Heath 1-9, Cole Cannon 4-9, Mason Robinson 6-8, Tyler Williams 2-3, Team Stat 2--2, Clay Kelly 1--3, FTV: John Factor 11-51, Zach Millan 5-17, Max Bolt 1-3, Eric Bussey 1--2, Cameron Matthews 7--30.
Passing — AU: Mason Robinson 2-8-0-47, FTV: Cameron Matthews 29-35-0-408.
Receiving — AU: Jack VerHoef 1-41, Calvin Stang 1-6, FTV: John Cleveland 16-272, John Factor 6-86, Benji Vasquez 4-24, Harrison Whitehead 2-23, Eric Bussey 1-3.