Garland got a career night from 2015 running back Markeith Miller (pictured above), who set up kicker Hunter Merriman for a game-winning 25-yard field goal with 4:25 remaining in the game in Garland's 24-22 season-opening home win against Irving MacArthur.
MacArthur (0-1) drove the field for a final shot at a go-ahead score, but missed a long field-goal attempt in the game's final half-minute.
Miller had a huge night, leading Garland (1-0) with 213 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. His touchdown was the first score of the game, a 17-yard scamper that saw him reverse field from the left sideline all the way outside the right hash for the touchdown.
Miller also had runs of 60-plus and 30-plus yards later in the game.
MacArthur got a strong performance from 2016 running back Artiss Henderson, who ran for 120 yards and all three of MacArthur's touchdowns on 26 carries. Henderson's touchdown runs covered 3, 5, and 9 yards.
Henderson's third touchdown run gave MacArthur a 22-21 lead with two seconds left in the third quarter. Garland built a 14-0 lead before MacArthur fought back to take a 15-14 second-quarter lead. The teams traded leads three more times, concluding with Merriman's game-winning field goal.
MacArthur 2016 quarterback Kane Hardin threw for a game-high 179 yards on 19-for-28 passing. Classmate Damien Victor led all receivers with seven catches for 85 yards. Junior receiver Coree Compton led Garland with five catches for 36 yards, accounting for two-thirds of 2015 quarterback/safety Luther Kirk's 58 passing yards.
Garland travels to Mesquite (Texas) next Thursday. MacArthur plays at Plano (Texas) on Friday.
Statistics courtesy the Dallas Morning News