Byrd coach Gary McCormick said before the playoffs began his team could make a run if they played hard and everything fell into place.

The No. 6 Yellow Jackets looked something like a team of destiny as they held off Caddo Magnet for a 2-0 win in Thursday night’s second-round match. Even Byrd’s Sam Miletello didn’t hesitate to acknowledge it took some luck to survive a relentless second-half attack from the No. 11 Mustangs.

They did everything but score in the final 40 minutes, when coach Nick Flowers moved standout junior midfielder Alex Witt to forward and later pushed center back Jacob Gill into the attack. Yellow Jackets goalkeeper Scotty Roblow stuffed Jordan Hooks on a breakaway in the 49th minute and Magnet sent the ball into the penalty box countless times only to see it cleared away at the last moment or have shots deflected.

“It’s definitely a disappointing result, especially for the seniors and especially given the way that the boys played in the second half,” Flowers said. “I truly believe they deserved to win that game. Jacob Gill, he put the team on his shoulders from a composure standpoint and a playing-wise standpoint and he definitely has been the leader of our team this year.”

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