Daylon Mack’s Two-Point Conversion Gives Gladewater 35-34 Win Over Pittsburg [VIDEO]
GLADEWATER -- Senior running back Tyler Price rushed for 183 yards and scored a touchdown, teammate Derrick Daniels added 134 yards on the ground and Gladewater defeated Pittsburg, 35-34, in the Bears' home opener Friday night at Jack V. Murphy-Bear Stadium.
Daniels scored on a 22-yard run with 2:25 remaining, bringing the Bears to within a point. Gladewater coach Jerrod Baugh opted to go for two, putting the ball in the hands of his 297-pound defensive tackle Daylon Mack who powered it across for the eventual game-winning points.
Pittsburg (1-1) had one last shot, but quarterback Garrett Truitt was intercepted by Gladewater's J'mal Barnes with 33 seconds remaining.
The Bears (2-0) ended the night with 467 total yards with 404 on the ground.
Truitt finished the night 17-of-36 for 170 yards. Kel Wallace was his favorite target with seven catches for 145 yards.
Pittsburg received the opening kickoff and went 59 yards, ending with a 3-yard pass from Truitt to sophomore Teriyan Cuba for the game’s first touchdown. The Pirates, however, couldn’t convert the extra point.
With a 6-0 lead, Pittsburg’s defense recovered a fumble on Gladewater’s first play from scrimmage and 27 seconds later increased its lead to 12-0. This time, Derek Allen reached the end zone from 3 yards out.
Gladewater settled down and with a six-play, 59-yard drive resulting in a Bears touchdown. Daniels found the end zone from 41 yards out on a drive that took 2:29 off the clock. Mack, in the Wildcat role, took the direct snap and powered his way to the end zone for the two points, cutting the Gladewater deficit to 12-8.
Pittsburg responded by going to the ground game and Cuba scored from 22 yards. Carl Leonard’s kick was good and the Pirates' lead increased to 19-8.
With just a little more than a minute left in the first quarter, Price answered Cuba’s 22-yard touchdown run with one of his own. The two-point attempt after was no good and Gladewater ended the first quarter, trailing 19-14.
Pittsburg scored the only touchdown of the second quarter when Allen found the end zone for the second time. Allen, who rushed for 119 yards on 16 carries, capped off a 13-play, 68-yard drive with a 1-yard run off the right guard. Leonard’s kick split the uprights to increase the Pirates' lead to 26-14.
Down 26-14, Gladewater used its lengthiest drive of the night with Price finding the end zone for the second time of the night, this one a 3-yard run.
It wasn’t until the nine-minute mark in the fourth quarter until Gladewater had its first lead of the night. Daniels put the Bears up 27-26. But the lead lasted just 1:11.
Allen scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 46-yard run down Pittsburg’s sideline and a Truitt-to-Wallace two-point conversion put the Pirates back up 34-27.