It was the sudden change Mountain Pointe needed to end all hope.

The Pride just got the ball back from Hamilton on the defense’s third interception of the Division I championship game in the 42-19 win.

It went to a TV timeout and the play called for Pride running back Paul Lucas to hesitate just a bit as guard Natrell Curtis pulled to kick out Hamilton defensive end Qualen Cunningham.

“The coaches asked Natrell to pull one more time for us to get the big play we wanted,” Lucas said. “It was a huge hole. All I had to do was hit it hard. The line did all work and Natrell led the way.”

Lucas, who had 13 carries for 159 yards, went 56 yards for the score to go up 35-13.

Curtis said he’ll never forget coming through one final time in a Pride uniform against a top player like Cunningham.

“We had that TV timeout and they were calling for me to get one more kickout (block),” he said. “I came to the line and saw where Q was and knew I had to seal him off after that Mr. Speed left.”

Curtis, who is committed to Washington, said competing and coming out on top against quality players like Husky linebacker Santana Sterling and a defensive end like Cunningham is one of the things he will remember most.

“Those guys are tough,” he said. “You work all this time to be ready for games and plays like that. They got us last year, but we were hungrier this time. There weren’t anybody who was going to stop us.”

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