D’Wonyae Newton and Rowlett overcame a double-digit deficit to post a 35-28 victory over Garland on Friday at Williams Stadium. 

Rowlett and Garland engaged in a wild, back-and-forth affair on Friday night.

When the dust settled, it was the Eagles who had the final answer, as they claimed a 35-28 victory at Williams Stadium.

Rowlett completes its zone play at 3-0, making it the only undefeated team in the district.

The Eagles took the lead early in the fourth quarter when Colton Yarbrough’s 7-yard touchdown run made it 27-26.

The Owls were on the verge of retaking the lead when they fumbled and Rowlett recovered at the 2-yard line.

However, the Eagles were pinned deep and the Garland defense came through with a huge play, tackling a runner in the end zone for a safety to take a 28-27 lead with three minutes left.

Rowlett then had to kick to the Owls and on the ensuing possession, it was the Eagle defense that came up big, with Johnny Ray recovering a fumble.

That led to a 59-yard drive, with Tre Carr finding Ernest Thomas for a 17-yard touchdown pass with just 15 seconds left in the game. Rowlett went for two and succeeded when Colton Yarbrough hooked up with Corey Kirkling to make it 35-28.

Garland actually moved into Eagle territory in the waning seconds, but their final Hail Mary attempt came up incomplete to spark the Rowlett celebration.

The Eagles did not get off to an ideal start, as Cergio Perez got free for a 25-yard touchdown run, and following an interception, Damerian Wigenton scored on a 17-yard run to take a 13-0 lead.

Rowlett finally got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a short touchdown run from Carr, who then found Kirkling on a 19-yard scoring strike to surge ahead, 14-13.

The Owls responded later in the quarter, as Perez hit Ellis Rogers on a 10-yard touchdown pass to take a 19-14 lead into halftime.

Garland got the ball to start the second half and picked up where it left off, with Perez adding his second rushing score of the night to push the advantage to 26-14.

Carr’s 7-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter made it a one-score game at 26-21 and that it would stay that way until the fourth, when Rowlett was able to pull it out in a wild finish.

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