ARLINGTON — Trailing Hallettsville 21-0 with 5:19 remaining in the second quarter, things looked dire for Jim Ned. The Indians couldn’t get their patented running game going on offense and were struggling to slow standout running back and University of Texas signee Jonathon Brooks on the other end of the field.
But with hope dimming for most in red Thursday at AT&T Stadium, coach Matt Fanning’s team leaned on the mental and physical toughness that had gotten it to a state championship game in the first place. And as they had done so many times before during the 13-game winning streak that had earned them their trip to Arlington, the Indians made the plays they needed to at the end to win.
Jim Ned scored just before halftime to trim the Brahmas’ lead to 21-7 at the break, outscored Hallettsville 14-0 in the second half, answered their challenger’s touchdown in overtime and converted a pressure-packed two-point conversion to pull out a thrilling 29-28 win for the Class 3A Division I title.