DALLAS- In a game filled with mistakes and penalties, the South Oak Cliff kicking game made the difference in a 12-5 Class 4A Region 2 Division 2 Area Playoff matchup at Kincaide Stadium. South Oak Cliff (9-3) kicker Mario Valdez kicked a 33 yard field goal with 19 seconds left to give the Golden Bears a 6-5 lead over Ennis (7-5). SOC LB LeDarius Pendleton would pick off sophomore QB D.J. Betik and return it 24 yards for the final score as the Ennis offense failed to muster any kind of offense for the afternoon.
The first half was filled with sloppy plays through as the two teams combined for just as many fumbles (8) as first downs in the first half. Ennis had the ball three times in South Oak Cliff territory in the first half yet the Lions were unable to come away with any points. South Oak Cliff had one sustained drive in the half as they were able to move the ball to the Ennis one yard line but LB Andy Laza recovered a Timothy Jefferson fumble to end the Golden Bears scoring threat. The only points of the first half fittingly came on a fumble as a bad snap went over SOC QB Garry Jefferson's head into the end zone, Jefferson did recover the fumble but he made an attempt at a pass in the end zone that did not cross the line of scrimmage and Jefferson was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.
SOC took a 3-2 lead late in the fourth quarter on the first field goal by Valdez which was a 24 yard field goal to give the Golden Bears a 3-2 lead. Ennis responded with a 68 yard drive capped by a 23 yard Ivan Solis kick to make it 5-3 Ennis. SOC would then respond with a solid drive capped by the game winning kick by Valdez to give the Golden Bears the one point lead and then the win would be capped by the Pendleton INT return. South Oak Cliff takes on the winner of tonight's game between Highland Park and Kilgore.