Under cloudy skies, play resumed Friday afternoon with North Dallas holding a slim lead over Bryan Adams with less than four minutes remaining in the first half. But that was enough time for the Cougars to score twice to take an eight-point lead at halftime.
After scoring again early in the third quarter and then converting a North Dallas fumble into another score, Bryan Adams had a 36-14 lead. The final score was Bryan Adams 45, North Dallas 30, as the Bulldogs scored twice in the fourth quarter.
ND running back Geovani Manning finished with 387 yards rushing and four touchdowns against Bryan Adams. He had 214 yards Thursday and added 173 Friday. For the season, Manning has gained 1,469 yards and has scored 17 touchdowns. With two games remaining, he surpassed last season’s total of 1,393 yards rushing.
Bad weather and lightning forced game officials to postpone the game Thursday night with the Bulldogs leading 14-8. North Dallas struck first on Manning’s 79-yard touchdown run with 4:19 left in the first quarter.
Bryan Adams came back quickly on Nathan Stewart’s 92-yard kickoff return. The Cougars converted the 2-point conversion for an 8-6 lead.
Manning broke free on a 60-yard scoring run and Sean Berry ran in for the 2-point conversion to give the Bulldogs a 14-8 lead with 8:25 left in the second quarter.
When play resumed, BA drove 80 yards to tie the score at 14-14, and then went ahead on Stewart’s punt return for a touchdown and a 22-14 lead.
After falling behind 45-14, the Bulldogs drove 77 yards with Manning scoring on a 2-yard run with 6:33 left in the game. Manning scored again on a 75-yard run with 24 seconds left.
The Bulldogs’ defense had an interception and fumble recovery to slow down Bryan Adams’ offense in the first half Thursday.