BEST GAMES OF THE 1980′S
1989 5A Playoffs: Huntsville-36 Richardson Lake Highlands-33
Huntsville won this game in dramatic fashion behind the great passing of record-setting QB Steve Clements. Huntsville won on a touchdown pass with just seconds remaining the game.
1988 5A Semifinals: Dallas Carter-14 Odessa Permian-9
Carter was allowed to play despite a player eligibility dispute, and went on to beat Odessa Permian on two touchdown passes in the rain at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin. Next week, the Cowboys beat Converse Judson for the state title but later forfeited their playoff wins due to rules violations.
1987 5A Quarterfinals: Odessa Permian-35 Arlington-35
The Arlington Colts would storm out of the gate in Texas Stadium and take a commanding 28-7 lead into the half. Then Mojo Magic would take over in the second half as Permian would rush back to tie the game in the final minutes of the game. Permian would advance to the semis on penetrations.
1985 5A Area Playoffs: San Antonio Holmes- 30 Converse Judson 29
Judson led 29-14 at the beginning of the 4th quarter before Holmes QB Wilbur
Odom, Keith and Kerry Cash lead Holmes back for a 30-29 victory.
1983 5A State Championship: Converse Judson-25 Midland Lee-21
Led by tailback Chris Pryor, the Rockets erased an 8-point halftime deficit to beat the Rebels.
1982 Class 5A Region I Final: Hurst L.D. Bell 14, Euless Trinity 14
Two arch rivals just 5 minutes apart on Airport Freeway play for the second time in four weeks, the first in front of 29,000-plus at Texas Stadium and both 9-0 in the regular season final. This time close to 40,000 fans show up on a chilly December night and the two rivals battle to a 14-14 tie with Bell advancing with a 4-2 penetration edge. Bell eventually loses to first-year Beaumont West Brook in the state championship in the Astrodome. Submitted by Greg Goffinet, www.grandprairiesports.com
1981 Class 5A Regional: Grand Prairie 7 Dallas Kimball 3
Dallas Kimball dominated this game throughout and had almost 500 yards offense. Yet Kimball led only 3-0 and after a goal line stand with just over a minute left, had the ball on its 1-yard line. Then the unthinkable happened — Kimball quarterback Marcus King tried to lateral out of his end zone and the ball was fumbled. Several GP players fell on it for a touchdown, giving GP a 7-3 win. Submitted by Greg Goffinet, www.grandprairiesports.com
1980 5A State Championship: Odessa Permian-28 PA Jefferson-19
The Panthers were down 19-7 at halftime, but stormed back to shock Jefferson in the end.
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