Lamar was first to score but couldn’t hold on to their lead as their dreams of returning to the state finals fell just short against Pearland. Lamar lost 21-13.
With the clock winding down the final three seconds and Lamar 53 yards from the goal line, all-state quarterback Darrell Colbert lofted the ball toward a crowded end zone. Colbert’s last-ditch attempt failed to connect, and Lamar’s season ended with the incompletion.
“It’s just all about believing,” said Oilers coach Tony Heath, whose defense forced three turnovers and held Lamar under 20 points for the first time this season. “We talked all week about two things the P (on the helmets) stood for. It stood for physical, and it stood for passion. If you can be physical and passionate for 48 minutes, at the end we’ll find a way. That’s what happened today.”
The Oilers struggled to start the game, with Lamar forcing Pearland to punt four consecutive times without gaining a first down. Those nine offensive plays totaled 5 yards. Lamar ended their opening drive by missing a 33-yard field-gaol attempt. The first of two misses in the half.
Colbert put Lamar up 7-0, scoring on a quarterback draw in the first quarter. He just missed a TD pass to Shelby Walker to start the second quarter, which opened the door for the Oilers.
A Pearland linebacker intercepted Colbert on the next play.
Oilers quarterback Connor Heath found Carter Jefferson on a 42-yard pass play two plays later and again on a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game with 9:35 left in the second quarter. “You have to get turnovers in a game like this,” Phillips said. “Turnovers will change for you. They build up your momentum, and we needed that.” The Redskins then punted, and Pearland went 50 yards in 10 plays to take the lead.
The Oilers made it 21-7 early in the third, scoring off Lamar’s second turnover. This time, Heath and JaColbie Butler connected for an 80-yard TD. “Pearland just outplayed us; they made fewer mistakes than we did,” Redskins coach Tom Nolen said.
Pearland (12-1) advances to face Cy-Fair (12-1) in the quarterfinals, with the game scheduled for Dec. 7 at Mercer Stadium or Rice Stadium.