McMain came through with a sack of Louis Landrum as time expired to defeat Lusher 22-20 on Thursday night at Pan-American Stadium.
McMain quarterback Omari Jones passed for 218 yards and two touchdowns, his last attempt a 27-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Williams on fourth-and-14 with just over two minutes remaining to tie it at 20. McMain took the lead for good by converting the two-point conversion. Williams led all receivers with 111 yards, and e caught Jones’ other touchdown pass.
McMain’s go-ahead score came 90 seconds after Landrum connected with Diego Griffin to break a second-half stalemate and put the Lions up by six after their two-point attempt was unsuccessful.
Lusher drove all the way to the Mustangs 8-yard line on its final possession. The Lions elected to run one more play with 12 seconds left and no timeouts to get closer for a game-winning field goal attempt, but the sack did them in.
The Lions’ Joshua Barney led all rushers with 124 yards on 24 carries.
Twice in the first half, Lusher seemed poised to take control of the game, but McMain’s Joseph Bermudez created turnovers to keep the Mustangs in it. The first takeaway was an interception off a Landrum shovel pass, and the second was a fumble recovery when Lusher was inside the McMain 10. Both turnovers led to touchdowns for the Mustangs.