Melissa beats Hempstead 28-15 in 2A Div. I

December 17, 2011 1:59:10 PM PST
Kristov George ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns and got a key fourth-quarter sack on defense as Melissa beat Hempstead 28-15 to win the Class 2A Division I state football title Thursday night.[SPORTS BLOG: Read the latest from the Eyewitness Sports team]

An 8-yard touchdown run by George, the game's Offensive Most Valuable Player, capped a decisive 13-play, 79-yard drive at the end of the third quarter. That gave the Cardinals (15-0) a three-touchdown lead in a game between first-time state finalists before 8,435 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Hempstead quarterback Obie Wilder led Hempstead offensively with 165 yards passing and a touchdown, but he was sacked five times.

The Cardinals took control of the game on quarterback Wes McQueen's 68-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Webb midway through the third quarter. McQueen tossed two touchdowns on 12-of-28 passing for 233 yards, including a 31-yard completion to Brad Bush on third-and-15 to keep the Cardinals big third-quarter drive alive.

The Bobcats (14-1) flirted with comeback early in the fourth quarter. Hempstead finally gained some momentum offensively after going without a first down in the third quarter and finished off a 59-yard drive with a touchdown pass from quarterback Obie Wilder to Trechel Momon.

The ensuing kickoff resulted in a safety, giving the Bobcats a nine-point swing and hope. But they would get no closer.

The Bobcats had one last chance to make a run with 7:05 left in the game as they drove within Melissa's 20-yard line. But on second-and-2, George sacked Wilder, making for long-yardage plays on third and fourth downs.

The Bobcats couldn't convert.

Melissa appeared poised to take a 7-0 lead into halftime on the strength of a 12-play, 79-yard drive capped by McQueen's 17-yard touchdown pass to Landon Wilson.

But Hempstead finally answered when Tribete Smith, the game's Defensive MVP, intercepted a deflected ball and returned it 19 yards for the tying touchdown with 2:07 left in the first half.

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