NEW LONDON – Gavin Smith threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and recovered both an onsides kick and a fumble.

But his third-down conversion run late in the fourth quarter provided the game's biggest play, and West Rusk held on to beat Winnsboro, 37-33, Friday at Bruce Bradshaw Stadium.

The Raiders finish the regular season with a 7-3 overall record, including 3-3 in district play. They have an open date the final week (next Friday, Nov. 8). They now must wait a week to find out if they will make the postseason. That will happen if Gladewater beats Tatum next Friday. An Eagles victory would create a multi-team tiebreaker scenario.

Against Winnsboro (5-4, 2-3), Smith had a hand in three touchdowns.

He got the scoring started when he threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Jaylon Shelton with 2:57 to go in the opening quarter.

Winnsboro tied the game early in the second, and Talon Winings tossed an 18-yard scoring strike to Andon Mata on an end-around pass play.

Winings then found himself on the receiving end of a Smith scoring pass to make it 21-7 with 2:45 to go in the half.

After Winnsboro scored to cut the deficit to seven, Jimmie Harper put the Raiders up two scores when he dashed in from six yards out with 13 seconds remaining in the half.

Winnsboro again closed the gap to a touchdown, but West Rusk's Parker Mizzell sacked the Raiders quarterback in the end zone to make it 30-21 going into the fourth.

Smith followed a Winnsboro touchdown with one of his own for a 37-27 West Rusk lead with 5:57 to go in the game.

Following a Winnsboro touchdown run, Smith recovered an onsides kick then converted a 3rd-and-15 with a 21-yard run inside the final minute of the game.

On the play, he broke around the end of the line and dragged a jersey-pulling Winnsboro defender over the first-down marker to seal West Rusk's victory.

Smith had 99 yards rushing and completed both of his pass attempts for touchdowns and 93 total yards. He also recovered a fumble on defense, while Jeremiah Edwards forced one fumble and recovered another.

Winings caught three passes for 89 yards to go with his touchdown pass.

Carson Martin threw for 47 yards and ran for 26 more in his first career varsity start under center.

Lakeedrian Jones had 106 yards and a touchdown for Winnsboro, while Landry Deaton added a touchdown run and 77 yards on the ground.


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