SAN ANTONIO - Junior Kade Wenzel hit a 34-yard field goal with one second left to rally New Braunfels to a 24-21 victory over Judson during Taco Cabana's Thursday Night Lights presented by Thomas J. Henry.
The Unicorns (4-0 overall, 1-0 in district) were down 21-7 at one point before crawling their way back.
QB Aiden Baumann connected with Lance Beeghley for a 13-yard touchdown to cut the lead to just seven with 4:19 left in the third quarter.
Then Landon Marsh tied the game up with his second touchdown of the game - a nice 17-yard run to tie the game at 21-21 with 10:34 left in the game.
It was a defensive battle the rest of the way until the Unicorns got the ball back late to set up Wenzel's game-winning kick.
Anthony Evans and Marvin Beasley both ran the ball in for touchdowns to give Judson and early 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Marsh scored on an 8-yard run with 32 seconds left in the half to get New Braunfels on the board, down just 14-7 at the break.
Judson (1-3, 0-1) plays Clemens next week at Lehnhoff Stadium, while New Braunfels hosts Smithson Valley on Thursday.
SAN ANTONIO - A very interesting matchup between undefeated New Braunfels and Judson in Taco Cabana's Thursday Night Lights presented by Thomas J. Henry.
New Braunfels comes into their District 27-6A opener against Judson with a perfect 3-0 record, while the Rockets sit at 1-2. In Judson's defense, all three of their games were against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the state.
Both teams are fairly young, but gained valuable experience in these first three games.
New Braunfels has a solid, but small senior class, but have plenty of talent in both their junior and sophomore classes.
Senior quarterback Aiden Baumann has thrown for 611 yards and 11 touchdowns so far this season, and has no interceptions. His two favorite targets are sophomore Lance Beeghley and junior Landon Marsh, who have combined to catch nine touchdowns this season.
Head coach Glenn Mangold admits his team has scored a few more points than he thought they would to this point, given the youth of the team, especially up front. The Unicorns had to replace four of their five starting offensive linemen from a year ago, but so far so good.
New Braunfels is certainly alright with being undefeated to this point, but league play is what it's really about and that begins tonight against Judson.
Judson head coach Rodney Williams says you can't be afraid of adversity. That's why he scheduled all of those non-district games. He says he's not worried about his coaching record, but trying to get his team ready to play teams like New Braunfels in league play.
Now we'll see if games against DeSoto, Lake Travis and A&M Consolidated has then prepared for their district opener.
Judson knocked off DeSoto 35-28 to open the season, but lost their last two ball games against Lake Travis (52-20) and A&M Consolidated (28-14).
Senior QB Michael Burroughs has passed for 440 yards and two touchdowns, but also has thrown four interceptions.
You can catch all the action from D.W. Rutledge Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. on the CW 35.
Taco Cabana's Thursday Night Lights
At D.W. Rutledge Stadium
7 p.m. Tonight
Watch on CW 35
TNL Band Grant Contest
The chance for you to help your school band win $5,000 is HERE!!
Entering is easy, all you have to do is text the keyword below to 44332.
You can read the official rules here.
- Band1 O'Connor
- Band2 Brandeis
- Band3 Brennan
- Band4 Samuel Clemens
- Band5 New Braunfels
- Band6 Judson
- Band7 Clark
- Band8 Churchill
- Band9 John Jay
- Band10 John Marshall
- Band11 Burbank
- Band12 Jefferson
- Band13 Stevens
- Band14 Taft
- Band15 Samuel Clemens
- Band16 Wagner
- Band17 Floresville
- Band18 Boerne Champion
- Band19 Roosevelt
- Band20 Churchill