NEW LONDON – Robert Hodges plunged in from a yard out with three seconds left, Eligia Carter ran in the 2-point conversion and Gladewater rallied for a 22-19 win over previously-unbeaten West Rusk Friday at Bruce Bradshaw Stadium.
Raiders quarterback Jaylon Shelton had his own 1-yard touchdown run to give West Rusk a 19-14 lead with 5:35 left in the game, in talented District 8-3A, Division I.
Hodges then converted a pair of third-down passes on the Bears' next drive and got his team inside the 10 in the final minute.
Facing fourth down, Hodges put Gladewater ahead with his touchdown run before Carter tacked on the conversion.
West Rusk tried a couple of lateral passes on the ensuing kickoff, but one of them went forward and the game ended.
Shelton ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns, but the Raiders drop to 5-1 on the year and 1-1 in district play. The Bears move to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in district.
Shelton's first touchdown, a 6-yard run, capped a 98-yard drive and put West Rusk up 7-0 with 2:53 to go in the opening quarter.
Gladewater intercepted a pass on the final play of the first half and returned it for a score, but it was nullified by a block in the back penalty 20 yards behind the play.
That allowed West Rusk to maintain a 7-0 lead at the break.
Carter got the Bears on the board with a 70-yard touchdown run with 5:54 to go in the third, but he was stopped on the 2-point conversion, and the Raiders kept a 1-point lead.
West Rusk turned the ball over on downs inside the Bears 15 on the next possession, and Shelton dashed 38 yards to the Gladewater 11 on the Raiders' next possession.
He finished the drive from there two plays later, the PAT was blocked and West Rusk led 13-6.
The Bears responded immediately when Hodges returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown. He also ran in the conversion to put Gladewater up 14-13.
The Raiders visit White Oak Friday.