Irving, Texas. August 29, 2014 –
With 4:25 to go in the fourth quarter, Garland's Hunter Merriman hit a 25-yard field goal to put his team on top by two points. On the next posession, the Cardinals marched down to Garland's 21 yard line. Facing 4th and 10, Miguel Ruiz Chavez attempted a 38-yard field goal that sailed wide left.
Markeith Miller rushed for 213 yards and a touchdown to lead Garland to a come-from-behind, 24-22, season-opening victory at Williams Stadium.
Garland's defense forced a turnover on the first play of the game and it took just six plays for Miller cash it in for a score when he broke through the line of scrimmage for a 17-yard touchdown run.
Garland (1-0) stretched its lead to 14-0 midway through the first quarter when Michael Turman scored on a short plunge from two yards out on a drive highlighted by Miller's 66-yard run deep into MacArthur territory.
MacArthur (0-1) rallied with a couple of touchdown runs by Artiss Henderson to take a 15-14 lead midway through the second quarter but Garland regained the lead just before halftime on a 7-yard touchdown run by Jaylon Haskins.
Henderson finished the night with 120 yards rushing and staked Irving MacArthur to a 22-21 lead on the final play of the third quarter when he shook off a couple of defenders for a 9-yard scoring run.
Garland's defense came up with a huge defensive stop midway through the fourth quarter then Garland wasted no time moving the ball down the field to take the lead for good when Hunter Merriman booted a 25-yard field goal. Irving MacArthur had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds on a 38-yard field goal but the kick was nearly blocked and sailed wide left.
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