3A/2A/1A/6M/PVT Recap
3A/2A/1A/6M/PVT Recap
2012-11-19 09:00:00

Greg Tepper recaps a wild first round of action in the 3A, 2A, 1A, six-man and private school playoffs.

 By Greg Tepper
 DCTF Associate Editor

So much small-school playoff goodness, so much time.

To consolidate it as best as possible, I'm going to go through each bracket, pick the three best games from the past weekend, talk about the biggest surprise from the bracket this weekend, and look ahead to three games next week in that bracket that I'm looking forward to.

Ready? Let's hit it.

Class 3A Division I

Three Best Games

Taylor 17, Waco La Vega 14: The bracket got an early shake-up when the Ducks upset perennial power La Vega. This was a defensive slugfest, with La Vega’s efficient running game managing just 130 yards while Taylor racked up just 209 total yards. But defense – forcing two fourth-quarter turnovers – ruled the day for Taylor, who sprung the upset just a year after almost knocking out eventual state champ Wimberley in the bi-district round.

Princeton 28, Ferris 21: A back-and-forth game got off to a rocky start for Princeton, fumbling on the first play from scrimmage. But from there, Princeton’s defense stood tall, getting key stops against Ferris to set itself up to score the game-winning touchdown in the final minutes. Princeton was supposed to foll in this game, but give Ferris – and RB Javaughn Thurman, who ran for 174 yards and three scores – credit for fighting tough.

Carthage 30, Palestine 27: A near-disaster for Carthage as Palestine played arguably its best game of the year, nearly coming all the way back from a 17-point third-quarter deficit thanks to the heroics of QB Gee Clark. But in the end, the Carthage defense made enough stops, and RB Tevin Pipkin got enough yards, to survive and advange.

Biggest Surprise

Anything other than Taylor’s win over Waco La Vega is reaching.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Stephenville vs. Kennedale, 2 p.m. Friday at Mineral Wells

Two high-powered offenses square off after hanging a combined 124 points on their overmatched bi-district foes.

Kilgore vs. Paris, 6 p.m. Friday at Forney

Does former Daingerfield coach Barry Bowman have something up his sleeve to topple the seemingly impenetrable Kilgore defense?

Ingleside vs. Kingsville King, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Stadium

The biggest question here: can anyone slow down Ingleside QB Tristen Barajas, who threw for 259 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Carrizo Springs?


Class 3A Division II

Three Best Games

Quinlan Ford 33, Paris North Lamar 28: What a fun, back-and-forth affair this was between two teams that already met once back in September. This game featured a couple of lead changes and some outstanding offensive performances – North Lamar RB Chance Kelley’s 158 yards and a touchdown, Quinlan Ford RB Taylor Sikorsky’s 171 yards and a score – but Ford didn’t salt it away until late, when RB James Silkey found the end zone from 4 yards out to swell the lead to 33-21.

Fairfield 21, Center 17: You want drama? Center, trailing 21-17, drove into the red zone twice in the fourth quarter with a chance to go ahead, and both times, the Fairfield defense picked off a pass to preserve the win. It was an all-around effort for the Fairfield offense, too, with QB Aaron Cain and RBs Andre Welch and Larry Rose III turning in big performances alongside WR Cooper Cole, who hauled in two touchdown passes.

Geronimo Navarro 76, Pleasanton 49: What a shootout in this one. The teams racked up 1,100 yards and 125 points on a night that saw Navarro RB Zane Conlin run for 264 yards and four touchdowns. All told, Navarro’s running game was unstoppable, with L.J. Anderson, Jay Leal and Evan DeLeon joining Conlin in racking up 622 yards and ten touchdowns on the ground.

Biggest Surprise

Orange Grove’s 49-0 win over Devine doesn’t necessarily register as an upset – both teams were 9-1 – but I’m surprised at OG’s dominance, holding RB Joseph Fraga, one of the state’s leading rushers, in check all night.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Coldspring-Oakhurst vs. La Marque, 8 p.m. Friday at Reliant Stadium

This has all the makings of an instant classic.

Argyle vs. Melissa, 2 p.m. Friday at Denton’s C.H. Collins Athletic Complex

Defending 2A DI champ Melissa goes up against an Argyle squad that looks hungry to finish the job this year. Get your tickets now.

Shallowater vs. Monahans, 3 p.m. Friday at Andrews

Two of the better defenses in West Texas square off in what is sure to be a slugfest.


Class 2A Division I

Three Best Games

East Chambers 24, Troup 17 (2 OTs): One of the state’s most exciting games, Troup looked to have this one in the bag. Leading 17-7 late in the third quarter, the Tigers had to feel good about their chances. But back came East Chambers, getting a touchdown run from QB Brandon Johnson and a game-tying field goal from Victor Lopez to send the game to overtime (after a heart-stopping collection of turnovers in the final two minutes that gave both teams a chance to win). After a scoreless first overtime, East Chambers struck with a touchdown pass from Johnson to Nick King. And on fourth down, the EC defense stood tall, stopping a 4th and 1 play short to grab the thrilling win.

Lago Vista 14, Edna 13: We expected this one to be close, but this was ridiculous. The two defenses dominated the game, but this was a lesson in ball control. Lago Vista, clinging to a 1-point lead with 6:56 to go, went on a 16-play drive that ultimately ran out the clock and preserved the win. The Vikings ran for 245 yards, and while it’s not the prettiest win in the world, it counts all the same.

Boyd 21, Farmersville 15: The interesting thing about this: all of the points were scored in the first half. It was a big-play fest in the first frame, kicked off by Boyd QB Blake McDonald’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Michael Partin. After 15 straight points from Farmersville, the Boyd rushing attack – specifically RB Fino Cardona – took flight, scoring the final 14 points of the first half and, ultimately, the game. The Boyd defense held Farmersville to just 235 total yards.

Biggest Surprise

How about Hempstead smashing McGregor, 47-14? Any questions about the 2A DI runners-up were swiftly answered with a win over an outstanding McGregor squad.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Cameron Yoe vs. Marion, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Buda

Cameron Yoe was our wire-to-wire No. 1 in 2A Division I, but the games really count now, starting with a tough-running Marion team.

Tatum vs. Godley, 7 p.m. Friday at Athens

Godley had no trouble with Trinity in bi-district play, but Tatum is playing with exceptional momentum right now, which should make for an outstanding matchup.

Littlefield vs. Merkel, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium

Not only will this be a great game – the Littlefield rushing attack led by Damadrick Moore vs. the blistering Merkel defense – but it’s the state’s lone Thanksgiving Day game.


Class 2A Division II

Three Best Games

Tolar 23, Holliday 20 (OT): We’ll get to overtime in a minute, but what a wild regulation period in this one. Three lead changes and three ties…and then a scoreless fourth quarter, sending the game to overtime. In the extra frame, Holliday got the ball first and could only manage a field goal. That gave Tolar a chance to win, and the Rattlers responded, getting a 17-yard touchdown run from Cory Solomon on fourth-and-2  to walk off with the win.

Crawford 27, Corrigan-Camden 26 (OT): You want drama? Look no further than this one, which saw Crawford tie the game up on a Colten Claxton-to-Colton Adamcik 17-yard touchdown strike with 5:37 to play to send the game to overtime. Crawford got the ball first in overtime, and RB Crawford Fritscher made it count with his 1-yard touchdown run, putting Crawford up 27-20. Corrigan-Camden scored on a Carlos Iguanzo 3-yard touchdown run, but coach Steve Armstrong (rightly, in my humble opinion) didn’t want to play for a second overtime; he wanted to go for two and the win. But the Crawford defense was ready, stopping the running play short to earn the win.

Rogers 35, Hitchcock 21: They may have started off slow, but Rogers got things going as they usually do, getting the running game of RB Carson Skala rolling soon after the opening whistle en route to 332 yards on the ground for the Eagles. But perhaps most importantly, they scored on defense and special teams as well, an important factor if they’re going to win their next game

Biggest Surprise

Edgewood hanging 75 on Tom Bean. I thought Edgewood would win that one, but mercy.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Refugio vs. Rogers, 3 p.m. Friday at Columbus

This year’s road to a potential state championship game will be much, much more difficult for Refugio than last year’s. This is Exhibit A of that argument.

Cisco vs. Canadian, 2 p.m. Friday at Plainview

Perennial power Canadian gets to take on one of the new kings of West Texas small school football.

Lexington vs. Poth, 1 p.m. Friday at Hays Consolidated High School

After Poth hung 62 on Taft and Lexington spending the weekend resting QB Kogan Garrett’s arm, this has shootout written all over it.


Class 1A Division I

Three Best Games

Cayuga 28, San Saba 21 (OT): We all love when a game comes down to one play, right? That’s what we had here. In overtime, Cayuga struck first to take a 28-21 lead. San Saba, on its possession, drove down to the 5 yard line, facing 4th and goal from there. That’s when Cayuga linebacker Wesley Rigdon made the playoff the game, stopping the San Saba ball-carrier just short of the goal line to send the Wildcats to the next round.

Panhandle 27, New Deal 26: Another thriller in this bracket that saw the game decided on a late play. New Deal surged to the lead with 1:20 remaining in the game on Demetrius Jackson’s 7-yard touchdown run, putting the Lions up 26-20. From there, it was up to Panhandle QB Tyler Hall, who drove Panhandle 75 yards in the final 80 seconds, capping it with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Travis Hammer with just one second left to give Panhandle the victory.

Ganado 55, Ben Bolt 35: We knew this Ganado offense was explosive, but this took it to an entirely new level, and produced perhaps the most interesting bit of trivia from the weekend. A reader e-mails to say that three brothers – Benny Garcia, Michael Garcia and a third Garcia (whose name I cannot locate) – all scored in the game, perhaps marking the first time in Texas high school football history that three brothers have scored in the same game. If you can help us out with this bit of trivia, I’d certainly appreciate it. Remarkable nonetheless.

Biggest Surprise

Tahoka’s surprisingly easy 43-30 win over Sunray moves the needle for me, specifically because the Tahoka offense, led by QB Tristan Hilger, was able to beat a sturdy Sunray defense.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Sundown vs. Quanah, 3 p.m. Friday at Amarillo’s Bivins Stadium

Quanah’s light-it-up offense, led by breakout QB star Clay Robertson, against a Sundown defense allowing just 13 points per game? Yes please.

Joaquin vs. Bosqueville, 7 p.m. Friday at Palestine

Hanging 63 on Colmesneil, especially with QB CJ Collins going off like he did, is impressive for Bosqueville, but Joaquin will be a much tougher test.

Mart vs. West Sabine, 6 p.m. Saturday at Palestine

Two outstanding defenses tussle in this one, but it might be the playmakers – DeNarian Thomas for Mart, Desmond Lacey for West Sabine – who decide it.


Class 1A Division II

Three Best Games

Wink 29, Miles 28 (OT): OK. This game was insanity, but I’ll try to illustrate it as best I can. With 6:26 left, Miles RB Hayden Ray runs for a 6-yard touchdown, knotting the game at 14. Wink gets the ball back and, with 1:54 to go, RB Jordan Sonnier bursts for an 18-yard touchdown run, seemingly putting the game away at 21-14. But back comes Miles, all the way down the field, as Ray hits Shelton Hohensee on a halfback pass with 18 seconds left to force overtime. Crazy, right? Just wait. Miles gets the ball first in overtime, and scores easily on Dawson Halfmann’s second touchdown run of the game, putting them up 28-21. Wink answers with a 3-yard touchdown run from Riley Richardson, his third of the game. And what does Wink coach Andy Hrncir do? You betcha: he goes for two and the win. Three yards from Richardson later, Wink’s celebrating a thrilling overtime win. Crazy, crazy, crazy.

Runge 22, Granger 0: What a performance from Runge defense, holding Granger to just 141 yards of total offense and forcing three turnovers. And the offense, which prides itself on ball-control, did its part, running for 227 yards, led by Dylan Torres’ 130 yards.

Frost 28, Detroit 14: A battle of two hard-nosed rushing attacks lived up to expectations, but ultimately, it was two-on-one. That’s to say, Frost was able to ride Danial Steels and Robert Worley – who combined for 225 yards and three touchdowns – to a victory, while Detroit RB Devonya Bell ran for 235 yards and two touchdowns himself. But it wasn’t enough for Detroit, as the Polar Bears move on.

Biggest Surprise

No real big surprises in this bracket this week, though Iraan’s win over Bronte – 35-14 – was surprisingly lopsided.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

McCamey vs. Muenster, 2 p.m. Friday at Clyde

You want to see some fireworks? Get yourself to Clyde on Friday.

Hubbard vs. Bremond, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco ISD Stadium

Two sensational defenses will make sure this game stays in the 20s.

Springlake-Earth vs. Wheeler, 1:30 p.m. Friday at Canyon’s Kimbrough Stadium

Wheeler was one of my picks to be a sleeper in this bracket, and after beating Claude, they’ve got a chance to really shake things up.


Six-Man (Both Divisions)

Three Best Games

Petersburg 61, Miami 38: So many times, six-man games come down to who plays defense, and that’s the case here. Give the Petersburg offense some credit – the running game, led by Ryan Smith, racked up 309 yards on the ground and paced the Buffaloes – but it was ultimately the three turnovers that gave them the impressive victory over the Warriors.

Jonesboro 116, Trinidad 80: The highest-scoring game of the night was as much of a shootout as the score indicates. The numbers in this game are borderline obscene: Trinidad RB Zach Spencer ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Trinidad RB Jordon Wright ran for five touchdowns. Jonoesboro RB Spencer Lord ran for 263 yards and four touchdowns. Jonesboro QB Tyler Wise ran for 228 yards and three scores. I love you, six-man football.

Savoy 34, Walnut Springs 26: I’ve told Savoy’s story before – this is their first trip to the playoffs in school history, since their last district title came in 1942, well before six-man playoffs – so this win is obviously pretty historic. RB Chase Lowery is the hero in this one, bursting into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes to go.

Biggest Surprise

How about Grandfalls-Royalty 45’ing Loop? I think the G-R team is on a mission.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Richland Springs vs. Jonesboro, 7:30 p.m. at Richland Springs

No explanation needed. This game has major state title ramifications.

Throckmorton vs. Water Valley, 6 p.m. at Early

With all due respect to both Rotan and Garden City, this is the first big test of the playoffs for both teams.

Borden County vs. Valley, TBA

Another game in the loaded left side of the Division I bracket. Just a shame that one of these teams will have to lose.


TAPPS (All Divisions)

Three Best Games

Fort Worth Christian 35, Tyler Grace 34 (OT): What a back-and-forth affair in this one. Every time one of these teams would score – Fort Worth with a win-heavy offense, Tyler Grace with a nice balanced attack – the other would respond. That eventually led to overtime, where Fort Worth Christian struck furst on a TD run from RB Chase Hamilton, his fourth of the game. Tyler Grace responded with a touchdown run from Kade Clayton, but instead of settling for a second overtime, Tyler Grace opted to go for the win. But the Fort Worth Christian defense was ready, stuffing the run from Tyler Grace to earn its way to the next round.  

Lake Country Christian 21, Bryan Brazos Christian 14: Can I interest you in another thriller? Lake Country Christian found itself trailing 14-13 in the waning minutes of this Division III contest, and it needed a big play. And, well, they got it: RB Trey Epperson burst through for a 6-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds left to give LCCS a hard-earned win.

Austin St. Michael’s 58, Dallas Bishop Dunne 28: Not a ton of really great games in Division I this week – most were pretty convincingly won – but this game illustrated just how explosive St. Michael’s can be, specifically QB Reed Carlton. The signal-caller ran for 218 yards and two touchdowns on just 212 carries, easily the ying to RB Scotland Butler’s yang (he ran for 179 yards and four touchdowns). As long as the Crusaders are running the ball this well, they’ll be tough to beat.

Biggest Surprise

Again, not a ton of big surprises this week, but what about Midland Christian putting a walloping on Bullard Brook Hill, 44-3? Even without RB Christian Whigham, who is out for the year with an injury (thanks to the reader who alerted me to that), this is a dangerous Midland Christian squad.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Plano Prestonwood vs. Austin St. Michael’s, TBA

A great passing attack (Prestonwood) against an unstoppable rushing attack (St. Michael’s)? Yes, please.

Shiner St. Paul vs. League City Bay Area Christian, 9 p.m. Friday at Robinson

Late night football that should feature some hard-hitting defense.

Addison Trinity Christian vs. Argyle Liberty Christian, TBA

Another battle of two sensational offenses; who’s going to get the stops necessary to move on?

Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.

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