United clinches playoff spot

Football with laces out. Stock photo
Football with laces out. Stock photoRich Johnson of Spectacle Photo / Getty Images/Flickr RF

Senior Trey Richards returned a failed field goal 100 yards in the final minute, preserving Beaumont United’s 24-14 victory over Goose Creek Memorial.

The Timberwolves sealed their regular-season finale in a strange manner, finishing with their third straight win and qualifying for the 5A Division I state football playoffs as District 9-5A’s third seed.

Highly regarded Manvel will entertain BU next Friday night in the 5A-1 bi-district round at 7 p.m. The game will be played in the Alvin area, but BU coach Marcus Graham was uncertain about the venue at press time.

Goose Creek ended its season 1-9, but the Patriots tried to force overtime in the last minute Friday night at Beaumont ISD Stadium. Patriots place-kicker Saul Paramo attempted a 34-yard field goal with his team trailing 17-14.

Paramo’s kick sailed toward the goal line with a low trajectory to the Timberwolves senior who headed right in front of BU’s sideline untouched for the game-clincher with 46 seconds left.

Graham’s home squad (4-6 and 4-3) dominated in total yards, 376-202, but BU seemed to be its own worst adversary with turnovers and penalties. United was penalized 14 times for 110 yards.

More Information

High school football scores

Thursday scores

Atascocita 37, West Brook 7

East Chambers 42, Tarkington 7

Friday scores

Bmt. United 24, Goose Creek Memorial 14

Friendswood 28, Port Arthur Memorial 27

PN-G 56, Santa Fe 0

Crosby 31, Nederland 17

West Orange-Stark 42, Bridge City 0

Vidor 28, Lumberton 27

LC-M 41, Splendora 7

Orangefield 27, Hardin-Jefferson 13

Hamshire-Fannett 34, Liberty 14

Jasper 35, Madisonville 13

Anahuac 37, Woodville 31

Newton 62, Corrigan-Camden 7

Kountze 27, Warren 13

Evadale 35, Burkeville 6

Kirbyville 31, Buna 26

Deweyville 68, High Island 0

St.Pius 28, Kelly Catholic 14

First Baptist 77, Legacy Christian 12

Junior quarterback Johnathan Martin experienced the night’s highest of highs and lowest of lows for the Timberwolves. Martin ran 18 times for 154 yards and a touchdown. He hit 10-of-16 passes for 116 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown catch-and-run by senior Sir Zollocofer.

Martin also lost two fumbles and the second one gave Goose Creek its late opportunity to tie the game.

“We haven’t had that many penalties in a game all year,” United coach Graham said. “But we ran for 260 and that’s our best game on the ground.”

The Timberwolves dominated virtually all of the first half details, except for the scoreboard, bringing only a 10-7 edge to the locker room.

United led in first downs, 9-5, and total yards, 224-46, but eight penalties for 60 yards and a costly fumble enabled Baytown’s visitors to stay within striking distance.

After leading BU to a flawless 84-yard, seven-play touchdown drive to start the game, Timberwolves quarterback Johnathan Martin had the ball jabbed from his hands on the first play of United’s second possession.

Goose Creek’s Josiah Rice forced the free ball backwards at BU’s 22. Patriots teammate David Pierre scooped it up and dashed 16 yards for a touchdown. Goose Creek’s extra point kick tied the count at 7-7 with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

BU regained a 10-7 advantage with 10:07 left in the first half when T’wolves senior kicker Aiden Cruz converted a 24-yard field goal from the left hash. The kick completed a 72-yard series highlighted by junior Athean Renfro’s 67-yard bolt up the middle of GCM’s defense on first and 15.