Kole Allen

Godley senior QB Kole Allen accounted for 7 TDs to help lead the Wildcats to a wild 64-54 win on homecoming over Ponder.

GODLEY — An overflowing homecoming crowd at Godley Field got its money’s worth and then some Friday night as Godley and Ponder lit up the scoreboard with the Wildcats coming away with a 64-54 win.

Facing a fourth-and-7 and clinging to a 3-point lead with just a minute left to play, Godley quarterback Kole Allen lofted a pass out into the right flat just ahead of Landon Thigpen. The ball seemed just out of Thigpen’s reach, but he was able to get a finger on it, tip it to himself, and outrun 11 Lions all the way to the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown and the game-clinching score.

The Wildcats (2-2) evened their season record and handed the Lions (3-1) their first loss.

Godley punished the Lions on the ground to the tune of 320 yards, led by Thigpen, who toted the rock 40 times for 238 yards and added 96 more through the air. Allen threw five touchdowns and added two more on the ground to provide plenty of highlights on the evening.

Ponder made it a shootout from the jump with a 70-yard touchdown pass on its second play from scrimmage to tie things up after the Wildcats took an early 7-0 lead on a two-yard scoring run from Allen.

A Thigpen six-yard touchdown run less than 2 minutes later put Godley back ahead, 14-7.

Then the second quarter saw both teams trying to one-up the other offensively. Ponder scored 33 points in the second quarter while Godley put up 21 points.

The Wildcats struck first in the second quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Drew Coleman for a 21-7 lead. But Ponder answered back on touchdown passes of 23 and 74 yards to pull to within 21-20 after a missed PAT.

The scoring frenzy continued when Allen scored on a one-yard run, then Ponder answered immediately when Mitch Nuziard returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown.

Thigpen then found the end zone from 56 yards out before the Lions closed the first half with a pair of touchdowns, one an 11-yard pass with 1:36 left and the other a 24-yard run with 42 seconds remaining, to give Ponder a 40-35 halftime lead.

After a slow start to the second quarter, Allen threw touchdown passes of 10 yards to Coleman and 27 yards to Thigpen to give Godley a 50-40 lead before the Lions scored right before the fourth quarter to make it a 50-47 game going into the final 12 minutes of play.

Cameron Leverett hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Allen to give Godley some cushion at 57-47. Six minutes later, the Lions made it a one-score game again on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 2:28 remaining, setting the stage for Thigpen's game-sealing, acrobatic catch for a touchdown.

On a night with video game numbers for both offenses, it was the Godley defense that stepped up huge in the second half, forcing the Lions to turn the ball over on downs four times, giving their offense a chance to come back.

Not to be outdone, the Wildcat special teams unit was able to come up with two recovered kickoffs, including one with 34 seconds remaining to seal the game.

Allen finished 14-of-20 passing for 245 yards while Coleman hauled in seven receptions for 67 yards and two scores.

Ponder senior quarterback Clifton Cooper — who entered the game leading the state in passing yards — had touchdown strikes of 70, 23, 74, 11, 16 and 25 yards and finished the game just five yards shy of 600 through the air as he'll continue to sit atop the Texas passing yards leaderboard.

Nuziard caught 13 balls for 287 of those yards and two scores and added a 78-yard kickoff return touchdown as well.

The Wildcats are back in action next Friday night in Gatesville against the 3-1 Hornets.

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