The scoreboard clock had run out by the time Great Falls linebacker Ernest Talford crossed the goal line on the final play of the first half.
Turns out, the Lewisville Lions' chance of winning pretty much ran out with that touchdown, too.
Talford's fumble recovery and 39-yard return for a touchdown gave the Red Devils a two-touchdown lead, en route to a 47-7 victory in the Class A Region III contest.
"I saw the ball bounce off the quarterback's shoulder pads, so I attacked," Talford said. "We run a scoop drill in practice, and it came in handy there."
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That was a huge momentum swing, coming at the end of a quarter in which Lewisville had stymied the Red Devils' multifaceted running attack that had led to two touchdowns in the first 10 minutes of the game.
"That just killed our momentum," Lewisville coach Marvin Burke said. "We were doing a great job on defense in that quarter, and that killed the momentum. We had bad communication on the snap, and he just missed it."
So, instead of a 14-7 game, it was 20-7 at halftime and the Red Devils wasted no time crushing any Lewisville thoughts of a second-half comeback.
Great Falls scored on all three of its third-quarter possessions - a 5-yard run by fullback Alstevis Squirewell, a 5-yard run by quarterback Shaquille Lamar and a 64-yard run by Squirewell - and the first one of the final quarter, a 67-yard run by Talford.
"That was huge because it gave us breathing room," Great Falls coach Kenneth Schofield said. "When we came back out, we were able to do a lot of things we wanted to do, that we weren't able to do in the first half. We loosened it up with some passing plays and things worked out great for us."
The Red Devils finished region play with a 4-1 record (7-3 overall), with the state playoffs opening Friday.
"We've got a meeting tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock, and we'll decide (who we're playing) then," Schofield said. "I think we're looking like Southside Christian, but I'm not positive about that. That would be a home game. I think we're ranked third."
The Lions finished 2-3, fourth in Region III play, and 2-8 overall.
There was a very touching moment at halftime, when Brian Colvin was honored along with the rest of the Lewisville seniors on Senior Night.
Colvin, a running back, collapsed during the season-opening Chester County Jamboree and died at the hospital shortly after.
GREAT FALLS 47
L - Carlos McGraw 12 run (Matt Shelton kick)
GF - Shaquille Lamar 22 pass to Xavier Holmes (Cody Mobley kick)
GF - Shaquille Simpson 8 run (Mobley kick)
GF - Ernest Talford 39 fumble return (kick failed)
GF - Alstevis Squirewell 5 run (kick failed)
GF - Lamar 5 run (Mobley kick)
GF - Squirewell 64 run (Mobley kick)
GF - Talford 67 run (Mobley kick)
RUSHING - Great Falls: Alstevis Squirewell 11-122, Ernest Talford 8-130, Shaquille Simpson 6-32, Shaquille Lamar 2-4. Lewisville: Larvenski Gaither 10-38, Larnell Robinson 12-107, Carlos McGraw 12-40, Tony Gaston (5-(minus-22), Omar Talford 4-25.
PASSING - Great Falls: Shaquille Lamar 3-9-0-73, Clark Schofield, 0-1-0-0. Lewisville: Tony Gaston 0-2-1-0, Carlos McGraw 1-1-0-10.
RECEIVING - Great Falls: Xavier Holmes 1-22, Alstevis Squirewell 1-6, Ernest Talford 1-45. Lewisville: Larnell Robinson 1-10.
RECORDS: Great Falls 7-3; Lewisville 2-8.