DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — On a chilly and breezy Friday night at Tiger Stadium, Dripping Springs made its first Class 6A playoff game one to remember.
Behind the strong arm of quarterback Austin Novosad, Dripping Springs thumped Manor 69-14 to win a 6A-Division II bi-district playoff game at home by scoring on every possession in the first half, and then scoring some more.
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Novosad, who will play for Baylor next year, tossed three touchdowns in the first half and the Tigers rolled up a 42-0 lead by halftime.
Manor had trouble with fumbles and bad snaps, and whenever the Mustangs would gain momentum and start to put a drive together, disaster struck and the ball would be loose on the turf.
Manor running back Quinten Joyner, headed to Southern California next year, put his team on the board with a 9-yard run with 0:26 remaining in the third quarter.
The other touchdown for the Mustangs came with some entertainment value. Dripping Springs fumbled the ball and a Manor defender picked up. While everyone was in a scrum fighting for the ball, 325-pound defensive lineman Jayden Cofield yanked it out of his teammate’s arm and then rumbled 78 yards for a touchdown.
Kaden Curry scored three times on the ground for Dripping Springs. Koch caught two touchdown passes from Novosad and Garon Duncan hauled in the other. Dripping Springs scored two defensive touchdowns late in the game — one on an Owen Rhodes interception return and the other on a Noah Chomout fumble recovery.
Dripping Springs (10-1) will now play Brandeis in the area playoff game next week. Brandeis beat San Marcos 27-14 to advance.
Manor ends the season 7-4. It was also the Mustangs’ first playoff game in Class 6A after moving up from 5A.
FINAL: Tigers 69, Mustangs 14. The Tigers win the bi-district trophy in blowout fashion on a cold and windy night at Tiger Stadium. Dripping Springs will play Brandeis, a 27-14 winner over San Marcos, in the area championship next week.
1:27 4Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Manor puts it on the turf and Noah Chomout is in the right place at the right time. He scoops and scores on a 33-yard fumble recovery. PAT no good. Tigers 69, Mustangs 14
4:04 4Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Right after the Tigers fumbled the ball and Manor recovered, Dripping Springs’ Owen Rhodes read the pass to the sideline perfectly and he makes the pick-sox look easy. He runs untouched with the interception 48 yards for a touchdown. PAT good. Tigers 63, Mustangs 14
7:14 4Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Williams plows into the end zone from 4 yards out. PAT good. Tigers 56, Mustangs 14
11:34 4Q: TOUCHDOWN MANOR – Things got weird there. Williams fumbles the snap and then Manor recovers it, the teams get in a scrum and then big fella Jayden Cofield (6-3, 325 pounds) grabs the ball from his own teammate and then rumbles, and I mean rumbles, 78 yards the other way for the score. What on Earth just happened? Just look at the clip below. It’s fun. PAT good. Tigers 49, Mustangs 14
End 3Q: Tigers 49, Mustangs 7. Dripping Springs took Novosad out on the last play of the quarter, letting junior quarterback Jack Williams get some time.
0:26 3Q: TOUCHDOWN MANOR – Manor finally gets on the board behind Joyner’s 25th rushing touchdown of the season. The big man scores from 9 yards out. PAT good. Tigers 49, Mustangs 7
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Kade Curry rushed for another touchdown on the Tigers’ first possession of the second half. It’s 49-0 Dripping Springs over Manor.
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Halftime: Tigers 42, Mustangs 0. Everything going right for Dripping Springs, and not much is going right for Manor. Manor hasn’t completed a pass and Dripping Springs quarterback Austin Novosad has been tremendous given the windy and cold conditions. The Tigers made Manor pay for turnovers and they’ve bottled up Joyner.
0:14 2Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Novosad finds Garon Duncan wide open over the middle for a 34-yard touchdown. The Tigers are 6-for-6 now. PAT good. Tigers 42, Mustangs 0
1:17 2Q: The Manor coaching staff needs to have a chat with the center, quarterback and running backs about the snap and handoffs. Another low snap forces Decondre Jeffery to fall on it and it’s another big loss for the Mustangs.
1:56 2Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Curry scores from 2 yards out, and the Tigers cash in another turnover for a touchdown. That’s five possessions, five TDs for the Tigers. Tigers 35, Mustangs 0
HIGHLIGHT ALERT: Dripping Springs’ Boston Papp takes a tap pass from Novosad and turns the corners, builds a head of steam and then hurdles a defender on a big gain down the sideline. What a play!
3:25 2Q: Manor fumbles the handoff on a sweep and Elijah Gonzales is the big man who falls on it for Dripping Springs. The Tigers take over on Manor’s 40-yard line
4:19 2Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Kade Curry cuts upfield and gets into the end zone on a 6-yard run. The Tigers made the Mustangs pay for that special teams mistake on the kickoff. The Tigers have scored on every possession so far. PAT good. Tigers 28, Mustangs 0
4:56 2Q: The wind holds up the kickoff by Dripping Springs and the Manor returner misplays it. An attempted fair catch is dropped and the Tigers fall on it on Manor’s 10-yard line. What a mistake by the Mustangs and what a chance for the Tigers to really put pressure on Manor early.
5:01 2Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Novosad rolls out and finds — who else — Koch for a 3-yard score. PAT good. Tigers 21, Mustangs 0
5:29 2Q: Novosad is throwing the ball like there’s not a breath of wind in his face. He spins a 15-yard pass over the middle to Koch that puts the Tigers on the 3-yard line
5:53 2Q: The Tigers have to go for it again on 4th down because the wind is so strong there’s no point in kicking a field goal, and Novosad hits Koch again on a crisp sideline route for an 8-yard gain.
6:52 2Q: Dripping Springs goes for it on 4th-and-6 and they get it on a Novosad pass to Koch for a 10-yard gain down to Manor’s 32-yard line
8:22 2Q: Dripping Springs stops Manor on 4th down and the Mustangs turn it over. The Tigers take over on their own 32-yard line.
End 1Q: Tigers 14, Mustangs 0. The wind at Tiger Stadium is whipping through the stadium pretty good, and now Manor will have the wind at its back during the second quarter, so let’s see if that helps the Mustangs get something going.
0:00 1Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Jack Tyndall barrels into the end zone from a yard out as time in the first quarter expires. PAT good. Tigers 14, Mustangs 10
8:14 1Q: TOUCHDOWN DRIPPING SPRINGS – Austin Novosad lofts a pass to the corner of the end zone to Kyle Koch for 26 yards. Koch may not have got his foot down in bounds after watching the replay, but the official who was right next to him thought his foot was in, and that’s the only opinion that matters. PAT good. Tigers 7, Mustangs 0