Watch: HS Team Wins State Title on Insane Last-Second Desperation Play

There’s nothing quite like Texas high school football.

The latest example came in the Class 6A Division I final between Galena Park North Shore and Duncanville last Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Galena Park North Shore won the state title 41-36 in stunning and dramatic fashion. The Mustangs scored on a last-second Hail Mary as time expired.

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Trailing 36-35 with three seconds remaining, Galena Park was down to its final play. The Mustangs had the ball on Duncanville’s 45-yard line and called for the Hail Mary.

Quarterback Dematrius Davis dropped back and was forced out of the pocket by the Duncanville pass rush.

He stepped up out of the pocket and let the desperation pass fly toward the end zone. His left foot was perilously close to the line of scrimmage, but clearly behind it, when he threw the pass.

Davis threw a high arching pass toward wide receiver A.J. Carter in the back right corner of the end zone.

Carter was surrounded by Duncanville defenders, but somehow managed to come down with the ball for the touchdown.

“I knew he was going to catch it because he’s just long. AJ is 6-3,” Davis said after the game, reported the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“I just knew he was going to catch it. It’s a blessing to be one of the best teams in the nation. I just owe it all to my team. None of this is me. It’s my O line, my receivers, it’s all them,” Davis added.

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“I was so excited I couldn’t even breathe,” Carter said after making the catch. “This is a blessing. I’ll never forget this.”

It was a wild game filled with eight lead changes. Duncanville had scored a touchdown with 1:02 left in the game to take a 36-35 lead,

“Proud of the kids,” Duncanville coach Reginald Samples told the Star-Telegram. “I’d be worse off if they didn’t fight until the end. Who would’ve thought that was going to happen? I’m proud of them.”

“It was a great season. It was a one-play season, that was the game. It’s not the first time you’ve seen that, you see it in all levels,” Samples said.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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