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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Little Elm's gamble wins double-overtime thriller

By Jeff Andrews

A gamble in double overtime helped Little Elm capture a thrilling 50-49 victory over Carrollton Creekview on Friday.

After Keaun Kinner answered a Creekview (0-3) touchdown by scoring on a 16-yard run, Little Elm (2-1) elected to go for two and the win. Kinner reached the end zone again on the ensuing attempt to clinch the victory.

Being able to win close games bodes well for the Lobos as they try to return to the playoffs after missing out in 2010.

After a breakout 2009 season that saw Little Elm reach the playoffs in a loaded district, the Lobos ceded their playoff spot in District 4-4A to Denton in 2010.

In their head-to-head matchup, Denton erased a 15-0 deficit with less than three minutes remaining in the game to shock Little Elm, 16-15. By virtue of that win, Denton made the playoffs over Little Elm.

In a much improved 4-4A, a spot in the playoffs may come down to another head-to-head matchup. Denton Ryan (3-0), Wichita Falls Rider (2-1) and Lake Dallas (2-1) look like locks for the postseason, leaving just one spot for Little Elm, Denton (1-2) and The Colony (1-2) to fight over.

Back-to-back games against The Colony (Sept. 30) and Denton (Oct. 7) could decide Little Elm’s playoff fate.

The Lobos play at Denison on Friday.