Ponder's Mason Durrett rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown and got into the end zone a second time on a short catch in the second quarter, but the performance wasn't enough as Ponder fell to Paradise 35-20 in a key District 4-3A Division I road game.
The Lions (3-5, 1-2 district) led 20-14 going into the fourth quarter before giving up 21 unanswered points. Paradise, which hadn't won a game in district, finished with 310 yards — 250 on the ground. Four of the Panthers' five scoring plays went for 65, 39, 61 and 58 yards.
The loss hurts Ponder, which came in tied for the fourth and final playoff spot with Bowie. A win would have given the Lions some help with games against Breckenridge and Bowie on the horizon.
Durrett opened the game with a short 2-yard scoring run and added a 3-yard reception to give Ponder a 14-7 lead going into halftime. Kaden McEwen added a 27-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Dallas Bishop Lynch 7, Liberty Christian 0
In a defensive battle, Dallas Bishop Lynch (8-0, 5-0 Tapps Divison I, District I) came away victorious against Liberty Christian (5-3, 3-2) in Roffino Stadium.
Bishop Lynch scored the only points of the game on its first drive courtesy of a Charles Crawford III 13-yard touchdown run. Liberty had the ball on Bishop Lynch's 35-yard line with 41 seconds left, but Lynch's defense forced an incomplete pass on fourth down to secure the victory.
Lynch was led by Jacob Lewis's 76 yards on the ground and Jarek Broussard's 74 yards on nine carries. Lynch's defense was swarming to the ball all night, giving up only 76 yards and 6 first downs.
Liberty's defense kept it in the game by allowing only 194 yards and forcing the only turnover of the game.
Pottsboro 27, Pilot Point 21
Pilot Point quarterback Jacob Pitts found Quincy Kemp for a touchdown pass with 2:02 left in the game, but Pottsboro showed why it is the district leader going into the final stretch of the season as it ran the final seconds off the clock.
The Bearcats, who were coming off a close loss to Whitesboro, were trailing 27-14 earlier in the quarter when Pitts drove his team the length of the field before being intercepted in the end zone. Pilot Point got the ball back, leading to Kemp's touchdown catch. But it was too little, too late.
Despite the loss, Pitts completed seven of his 11 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns. His touchdown passes went for 32, 32 and 66 yards. Tyler Williams caught two of those passes for the Bearcats.
Pilot Point (2-6, 1-2 District 5-3A Division I) is still in the playoff hunt, but it will need a win Friday against Howe.
Harvest Christian Academy 46, Calvary 0
Calvary's hopes of getting back into the win column after last week's loss were dashed as it managed only 62 yards of offense in a loss.
The game was the TAPPS six-man Division I, District I opener for both teams. Harvest Christian, which won last year's meeting 44-6, picked right back up where it left off by rolling up 240 yards of offense and scoring 24 points in the third quarter to break open what already was a 22-0 lead going into halftime.
Jacob Helzer, Calvary's dynamic quarterback, was held to nine passing yards and 17 yards on the ground. PJ Orr carried the ball five times for 20 yards.