LA MARQUE — Penalties and mental errors by La Marque opened the door for Sweeny to capture a surprising 15-7 overtime win at Etheredge Stadium in the District 11-4A-2 opener for both teams.

Sweeny running back Trey Fields scored on a 3-yard run on the Bulldogs’ first possession of the extra period, a score that was set up by an unsportsmanlike conduct call on the Cougars that negated a 4-yard loss from running back Jayden Ward. The Bulldogs added a conversion pass from Trace Holmes to Caleb Williams to ice the win.

The Cougars (2-4, 0-1) forced two turnovers and had a possession start at the Bulldogs 25-yard line after a 1-yard punt but had only Jauron Reid Jr’s 44-yard touchdown run at the 8:33 mark of the second quarter to show for it.

For most of the evening, it looked as if the score would hold up as Sweeny (4-2, 1-0) was unable to cash in on two drives deep into La Marque territory. After a holding penalty and a sack of Cougars quarterback Armond Robinson led to a punt that stopped at the La Marque 32, the Bulldogs tied the score on Fields’ 9-yard run with 3:48 left.

Sweeny had a chance to end the contest in regulation after Justice Clemons’ 53-yard catch and a 10-yard run by Fields put Bulldogs kicker Mason Massey in position to win the game, but his 32-yard field goal attempt hit the goal post on the final play of regulation.

The Bulldogs, winners of three straight, will host Wharton next week.

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