ROYSE CITY — The Gainesville Leopards finally met their match Saturday.

ROYSE CITY — The Gainesville Leopards finally met their match Saturday.


The Gladewater Bears (7-6) used a relentless ground game to top the previously undefeated Leopards, 24-17, in the Class 3A Division II Region II semifinals.


James Reese’s 27-yard touchdown run gave Gladewater a 24-10 lead with 1:16 remaining in the game. Gainesville’s Adam Berryman returned the ensuing kickoff back 83 yards for a touchdown, but it was not enough.


The Leopards’ onside kick attempt failed and Gladewater ran out the clock.


"Basically, they kept the ball from us," Gainesville coach Keith Hall said. "We kind of got going there at the end. If we could’ve gotten a stop, one stop, maybe we could’ve gotten on the plus-end and maybe had a chance."


Gladewater will meet Argyle (13-0) next Friday night in the Region II finals at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas.


The stingy Bears converted on 5-of-5 fourth down tries throughout the game, keeping the ball out of the hands of Gainesville’s dangerous running back Adam Berryman.


Berryman was held to 43 yards on 10 carries. In total, Gladewater held Gainesville to 107 yards of offense.


"I think they’re awful good up front, defensively," Hall said. "Their front seven is awful good."


The Bears rolled up 255 yards on the ground, led by James Reese’s 19 carries for 87 yards and Daylon Mack’s 60 yards on 15 carries.


Gladewater scored on its first possession of the game, a 74-yard, 12-play drive capped by Justice Centers’ 6-yard touchdown run.


After a Gainesville three-and-out, the Bears chewed up more clock, driving 54 yards in 14 plays for another score, a 1-yard touchdown dive by the 315-pound Mack.


Things started to lean the Leopards’ way mid-way through the second quarter when Gladewater coughed up the ball on its on 14-yard line.


Two plays later, Gainesville quarterback Mason Copeland found Devin Mims crossing the middle for a 9-yard touchdown pass.


The Bears fumbled again on their next possession, but Gainesville was unable to move the ball. The Leopards’ fake punt attempt on fourth-and-14 from Gladewater’s 43-yard-line lost eight yards just before halftime.


The Bears opened the third quarter with another bruising, time-consuming drive, marching 81 yards in 14 plays to take an 18-7 lead. The drive ate up seven minutes.


The Leopards’ Hector Sagrero booted a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to draw Gainesville to within 18-10, but Gladewater responded with another long drive, capped by Reese’s back-breaker.