Quarterback Tanner Prewit scored on a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter and the Dripping Springs defense held McCallum on downs with 42 seconds left as the Tigers survived a District 12-5A Division II shootout on Friday at House Park.
The Tigers (4-1 overall, 2-0 in district) opened a seemingly safe 30-14 lead in the third quarter on Jake Cox’s 1-yard touchdown run but the Knights (2-3, 0-2) came roaring back. McCallum scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cole Davis to Cruz Escobar and then recovered the ensuing onside kick. The Knights cut Dripping Springs’ lead to 30-27 on a 9-yard pass from Davis to Deron Gage.
McCallum tried another onside kick, but the Tigers recovered it and Prewit scored on his long run to put the Tigers up by 10. McCallum added a field goal with about four minutes left but could get no closer.
Prewit had 110 yards on the ground and added 99 yards passing to lead the Tigers. Cox added 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Dripping Springs. Davis led the Knights with 202 total yards for McCallum and Jalen Sutton had 87 yards on the ground.
The Tigers took a 16-14 lead into halftime after a 30-yard field goal by Coleman Chapman with 17 seconds left in the second quarter. McCallum scored on its first possession of the game, with Davis hitting Tino Depaz for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Dripping Springs’ first two drives stalled and the Tigers had to settle for field goals. Cox had a 7-yard touchdown run to open the second quarter and give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 13-7. The Knights regained the lead on a 12-yard touchdown run by Deron Gage before Chapman’s third field goal of the half.