Thompson cornerback John Rico bars the door on Beverly Hills running back David Eldridge while teammates rush in to provide assistance.
LIONS LAY DOWN LAW: NO SWEEP FOR BEARS
Thompson's DeAndre Jackson forced a fumble on the lip of his team's goal-line Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium, enabling the Lions to hang on for a 16-8 victory over rival Beverly Hills and the championship of the Pasadena ISD's Eighth-Grade "A" Team Division.
The Thompson victory prevented the Bears from sweeping all four intermediate school divisions. Beverly Hills won the regular-season contest between the two schools, 14-6.
Beverly Hills appeared primed to tie the game with time winding down. But with 1:23 left in the game, Jackson forced a fumble at the Lions' 4 yard-line and made the recovery himself. Thompson easily ran out the clock to secure the title.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Jackson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a
Thompson's offense devoured the entire
first quarter. On the first snap of the second quarter, wide receiver Ryan Williams caught a short pass from Ty Lozano and squirted 12 yards into the end zone for the game's first TD. A two-point extra-point by Alexis Saldivar gave the Lions an 8-0 lead.
Williams later made a leading interception to help keep the Bears at bay, but only briefly.
Beverly Hills tied the game midway through the third quarter following a Thompson fumble. The Bears used a 4-yard TD run by Carlos Gonzalez to cap a short drive and tie the game.
Thompson regained the late in the third quarter on a 12-yard TD burst by Jackson. Saldivar again added the two-point kick.
Beverly Hills used a late Lions' fumble to come storming back in the closing minutes. The Bears converted an improbable fouth-and-14 situation with 1:34 left before Jackson's recovery sealed the outcome.
DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Eighth-Grade "A" - Thompson 16, Beverly Hills 8
Eighth-Grade "B" - Beverly Hills 16, Southmore 0
Seventh-Grade "A" - Beverly Hills 14, Thompson 0
Seventh-Grade "B" -- Beverly Hills 14, Thompson 12
Thompson's Rashaad Randall breaks into the Bears' secondary in first-quarter action.
Carlos Gonzalez helps Beverly Hills tie the game with a 4-yard TD blast in the third quarter.
Thompson's Ryan Williams spins away from a Beverly Hills defender to turn a short reception into a 12-yard TD, the game's first.
The Bears' Brandon Ryan barges through a gap in the Thompson line.
Thompson's DeAndre Jackson (36) goes airborne to score the go-ahead TD late in the third quarter.
Thompson defenders chase down a fumble near the Lions' goal-line late in the game, caused and recovered by DeAndre Jackson (background right).