Max Thompson

These Texas high school football Cinderellas are still dancing

Will midnight strike in the regional finals, or do these underdogs have a few more upsets left in the tank?

Cinderellas aren’t just for March Madness. Every summer, we prepare our preseason rankings with the help of Jerry Forrest’s formula. Predicting the future with a preseason ranking is a fool’s errand, but hey, we try. The silver lining when we get a few wrong is we stumble upon some of the most compelling stories, and these six teams are giving…

Friday Night Five: Did we just watch the craziest bi-district round of all-time?

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESULTS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DURING FOOTBALL SEASON, BUT WE'LL SPOTLIGHT FIVE EACH WEEK THAT MADE HEADLINES.

The opening round of the Texas high school playoffs, while exciting, is rarely packed with as many crazy finishes and upsets as we saw on Friday night. If the next five weeks are anywhere near as much fun as the last five hours, we’re in for a treat. Port Neches-Groves 72, Crosby 69 We knew there would be a lot…

SLEEPERS: Under-the-radar teams in the Texas high school football playoffs

Looking for teams that may shock the Texas football world? We've got one for every region in every classification. Hope you've got a comfy seat, this may take a while.

What do we consider a sleeper? A team outside the top 3 or 4 teams in the region that’s not getting picked to win a state title, and probably isn’t even getting picked by many to win the region, but has the intangibles and/or resumé to prove everyone wrong. So without further ado, let’s get to know your bracket busters,…

Friday Night Five: Breckenridge stuns Brock, shakes up 3A DI title race

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESULTS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DURING FOOTBALL SEASON, BUT WE'LL SPOTLIGHT FIVE EACH WEEK THAT MADE HEADLINES.

Breckenridge 30, Brock 28 Brock has been a Top 5 team all year in our 3A DI rankings, a reputation the Eagles have won with a state championship and state semifinals appearance in the last two years. We’ve had little reason to doubt their pedigree through 10 weeks this season, but Breckenridge played spoiler and shook up the 3A DI…

Is time running out for more coaches than we thought? Five questions from college football Week 10

ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS FROM WEEK 10 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN TEXAS.

Did we see the fortunes of three FBS head coaches change? Kliff Kingsbury’s Texas Tech lost a late lead and then floundered in overtime to fall to Kansas State 42-35 in Lubbock. Kevin Sumlin’s Texas A&M got outclassed 42-27 by Auburn in College Station. David Bailiff’s Rice was blown out of the water 52-21 by UAB. Tech needs to win…

Friday Night Five: Cedar Park remains the king of 5A in Central Texas

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESULTS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DURING FOOTBALL SEASON, BUT WE'LL SPOTLIGHT FIVE EACH WEEK THAT MADE HEADLINES.

Cedar Park 35, Hutto 25 This was supposed to be Hutto’s year, and when Cedar Park quarterback Mak Sexton went down with a broken leg, it actually seemed like the Hippos might have a chance to pull off a district title win. But the Timberwolves are the kings of 19-5A, and they didn’t get there by wilting when things got…

Friday Night Five: Duncanville slays rival DeSoto, 24-14

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESULTS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DURING FOOTBALL SEASON, BUT WE'LL SPOTLIGHT FIVE EACH WEEK THAT MADE HEADLINES.

As the playoffs near, every week has high stakes action. Here are five results that really stood out. Duncanville 24, DeSoto 14 We’ve had this one circled since early in the season, and Duncanville’s probably had it circled for a lot longer. The Panthers were impressive on the road, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and the result…

The SMU Mustangs won the weekend

ON THE BRINK OF A BRUTAL COLLAPSE IN CINCINNATI, THE MUSTANGS FOUND A MIRACLE AND SOME METTLE.

On the face of it, a 31-28 overtime win over a Cincinnati team that was 2-5 entering the contest is nothing to get terribly excited about. And yes, the fact that the other teams in Texas didn’t exactly rack up a bunch of impressive wins elevates this victory, but consider all the circumstances around SMU and the win becomes bigger….

Friday Night Five: Cedar Park loses star QB Mak Sexton, mounts stunning comeback to win

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESULTS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DURING FOOTBALL SEASON, BUT WE'LL SPOTLIGHT FIVE EACH WEEK THAT MADE HEADLINES.

Cedar Park 28, Georgetown 27 During a decade of statewide success, Cedar Park has had some special players, but Mak Sexton has been the Timberwolves’ most talented quarterback, particularly through the air. When he left Friday night’s game in an air cast after a scary leg injury, the Timberwolves understandably looked a little deflated. At one point in the game,…

Surprise star of the weekend: Texas A&M kicker Daniel LaCamera

EVERY COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND, WE'LL PICK OUT A PLAYER IN THE FBS RANKS WHO ROSE ABOVE EXPECTATIONS.

The Aggies haven’t been the most reliable team in Texas this season, but they may have the most reliable kicker. Daniel LaCamera has made 10-of-12 field goals with a long of 52, which came last week against Alabama. He’s also perfect on 24 extra point attempts. But no performance has been as clutch as the night he put together in…