Upstart Conrad aims to oust another unbeaten

Of all the brow-raising finals from last week’s bi-district action, Dallas Conrad’s 30-23 win over South Oak Cliff may have caused the most double-takes.

Conrad (6-5) beat Dallas Hillcrest in its last regular-season game of the year to capture the fourth playoff spot in a mediocre District 12-4A.

South Oak Cliff strolled to an undefeated regular-season record. Only one team, Dallas Kimball, came within a touchdown of beating the Golden Bears.

None of that mattered last week. South Oak Cliff jumped out to a 16-0 lead behind two touchdowns passes from Jevone Valentine to Fonzale Davis. Conrad trimmed its deficit to 10 by halftime after touchdown runs by Silas Jefferson.

South Oak Cliff didn’t score in the second half. With the game tied at 23 with less than two minutes remaining, Conrad blocked a Golden Bears field-goal attempt and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown, giving Conrad its first lead of the game and the win.

Jefferson has proved to be one of the better rushing threats at quarterback in the area. He’s rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season and tallied 218 and two touchdowns against South Oak Cliff.

For Conrad to keep its season alive, it will have to beat another undefeated team – Frisco Centennial (11-0). The two play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Murphy's Kimbrough Stadium.