NEW DEAL — DK Blaylock had been a thorn in Slaton’s side all night long ahead of 4th-and-15 from the Lions’ 30-yard line with 1:14 to play.

He was playing like a mad man and saved his best play for last Friday at Noland Stadium.

Blaylock rubbed out the opposing receiver to save homecoming in a 19-13 win, delivering on a promise he issued to friends earlier in the day Friday on social media after having already amassed 141 receiving yards on three receptions and an interception.

“It’s homecoming,” Blaylock said. “Pride, home field, I’m not losing that game. I told my team we had to come out here and get mad. You saw what happened. We got mad.”

Slaton (2-1 overall) had been a friendly enough opponent in the first half. It struggled through the game’s first 24 minutes to get anything going and allowed New Deal (3-0) to establish a lead of 19-0.

The game turned into a tale of two halves.

The Lions couldn’t muster any points while the Tigers jumped from 78 total yards to 243 by game’s end.

New Deal had to weather a second-half storm that started with a 72-yard touchdown drive capped by Eli Martinez, a Martinez punt return of 31 yards down to the Lions’ 18 and a 10-yard touchdown by Kevondrick Gober seconds later.

The game-tying, or even game-winning, touchdown was far harder to come by in spite of a squib kick recovered by the Tigers’ Tavon Flowers after their second touchdown.

 

Slaton’s perfect start to the season ended with a punt, Blaylock’s interception — on third-and-9 from the Lions 29 — and his pass breakup.

“It was a really hard battle tonight,” New Deal coach Matt Hill said. “Slaton came with a great game plan tonight and we were fortunate to get up early and hold on for a win. I was just proud of the way our team rallied with some adversity going.”

New Deal’s defense controlled the first half, defensive lineman Deandre Nelson recovered a fumble on a bad snap while the offense thrived on big plays out to a 19-0 lead -- the third consecutive game the Lions got off to a 19-0 lead or better in as many games.

Running back David Morgan got things started on a 31-yard screen pass touchdown from Jett Whitfield on the team’s second possession and Iowa State commitment DK Blaylock put an exclamation point on the period with a 54-yard touchdown reception.

Whitfield ran in from 25 yards in the late in the second quarter for what held up to be the game-winning score.

The only downers for the Lions other than two punts were a missed opening PAT and a failed two-point conversion trying to recover the point.

“I feel like if we keep coming out with the same chemistry and the same bond, ‘Hey, Dallas, here we come,” Blaylock said.

Player of the Game

DK Blaylock, Sr., WR/CB, New Deal

In addition to his defensive work and touchdown, non of Blaylock’s receptions were for less than 32 yards.

Notable

Slaton’s Eli Martinez jumped from 28 yards at the half to 121 by game’s end to serve as the game’s leading rusher. … Jett Whitfield complete six passes for 209 yards.

What’s next

Slaton gets to open its renovated football stadium at 7:30 p.m. next Friday against Coahoma.

New Deal will visit Stanton at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.