5A/4A Review: Round 2
Second-round playoff action didn't quite match the fervor of the opening week of the 2012 postseason, but there was still plenty to love this time out.
After the crazy circus that was Week 11, almost anything that came out for an encore would be a step down in drama.
But all that said, Week 12, the second round of the 2012 playoffs, was still a child that anyone could love. Red Oak, SA Brandeis and Edcouch-Elsa all sprung significant upsets, while DeSoto and Allen posted statement wins that had everyone talking. Here's a quick-look at all the action. Enjoy!
DeSoto 42, Coppell 14
The DeSoto defense was by far and away the story of this game. Don’t get me wrong — the Eagle offense was flying high, as usual, behind the theatrics of RB Dontre Wilson and QB Desmon White. But the defense was the best unit on the field, at all times. The defensive line, even in DeSoto’s 3-4 system, was exceptional, and NG Bryce English, though just a sophomore, was a terror for Coppell to manage all day long. DeSoto scored in the first quarter, quick as a wink, then forced a punt after Coppell’s penalty-filled opening drive. DeSoto scored again for a 14-0 lead midway through the first, and that was more or less going to set the tone for the day. Coppell played hard, but DeSoto was the better team.
Allen 42, Mesquite 28
Unbeaten Mesquite matched title favorite Allen punch for punch through the first half, taking the Eagles to halftime at 21-21 on the shoulders of RB Junior Session’s pair of touchdowns, the latter of which gave Mesquite a short-lived lead with 3:14 to play in the second quarter. But young Allen QB Kyler Murray, who has been so good this year, threw a 38-yard score to Cameron Calcote with 43 seconds left in the half to tie things up at the break. The third quarter belonged to Allen, though, as Marcus Ward and Murray both ran for touchdowns to blossom the Eagles’ lead to 14 points and put Mesquite behind for good. Allen survived three lost fumbles on the day.
RR Westwood 34, The Woodlands 26
Westwood made the third round of the playoffs for the first time ever this weekend by knocking off The Woodlands, building a 27-7 lead at halftime that the Highlanders simply couldn’t overcome. Westwood was very sharp in the first half — QB Bear Fenimore threw two touchdown passes (one to Ty Marshall, one to Brad Watson), and Colin McGuire sandwiched two short field goals around Tanner Osborn’s short run to build the big lead. But The Woodlands roared back in the second half, getting a field goal midway through the third, and touchdown late in the third, and then a big Jayme Taylor touchdown run with a minute left to play. Things got scarier when The Woodlands recovered the resulting onside kick, but two incomplete passes and two sacks ended the threat.
SA O’Connor 34, Converse Judson 28
O’Connor was widely overlooked heading into this postseason, but the Panthers have surged into the forefront of the River City with two-straight postseason wins that put them into the third round for the first time since 2003. But the win didn’t come easy, as this back-and-forth affair never featured a team scoring twice in a row and never saw a field goal — this was a good ole’ boxing match, just back-and-forth action. The key quarter was the third, when Judson got two rushing TDs out of Jarveon Williams and a touchdown pass from QB RayJohn Austin-Ramsey to erase a 14-7 halftime deficit and tie the game at 28. But O’Connor got a Tre Johnson touchdown run early in the fourth (and missed the PAT) to set the six-point margin. The teams traded stops through the final 12 minutes, none bigger than O’Connor stuffing Judson after fumbling the ball away with less than a minute to play.
Hewitt Midway 54, Colleyville Heritage 44
The Midway offensive line was special in this one, paving the way for an impressive showing in the ground game — 403 rushing yards on 56 carries and two 100-yard rushers, RB B.J. Kelly (205 yards, 3 TDs) and DeChaar Greer (151 yards, 3 TDs). But Heritage finally sold out to stop the run in the fourth quarter, loading up the box with Midway nursing a 47-44 lead. The result was sharp passing from QB Kramer Robertson, who threw for 87 yards on one crucial fourth-quarter drive that ended in Kelly’s third score of the night. That set the final margin. Midway was the better team here, but Colleyville Heritage QB Cody Thomas, an OU pledge, was magnificent, throwing for 375 yards and four scores. His stellar senior season ends with 4,154 passing yards and 46 TDs.
La Porte 21, FB Bush 17
La Porte gave us another one of its patented nervous moments in this one, going to halftime with a 14-7 deficit that had most of the Houston area raising its eyebrows. But the Bulldogs clamped down on Bush QB Ronald Monroe in the second half, shutting the Broncs out of the endzone over the final two frames and getting a 62-yard touchdown catch and run out of Jordan Jackson and a 3-yard TD run out of superstar do-it-all Hoza Scott. It wasn’t a great showing offensively, but it was enough, and the defense was exceptional in the third and fourth quarters. For the day, Bush finished with five punts, an interception, a fumble and 11 penalties. In a four-point game, that’s just too many miscues to survive. But still, it marked an impressive year for Bush, and one not many people were expecting.
SA Brandeis 28, Smithson Valley 20
It’s hard not to view this result as the upset of the second round, not as much because Brandeis was clearly the inferior squad, but because Smithson Valley was one of 5A’s best all year and it had already beaten Brandeis once this season (badly). But Brandeis didn’t have RB Trinton Ynclan in that year-opening defeat, and his presence this time around made a big difference; 194 rushing yards and a score to go with a 17-yard reception. Despite it all though, the Rangers looked like the better team early — they built a 17-7 halftime lead behind a 79-yard kickoff return for a score, a 62-yard interception return for a TD, and a 30-yard field goal. But Brandeis owned the second half, getting short TD runs out of Ynclan and QB Brian Chapman after the Broncos started the third quarter with a blocked punt for a touchdown by Christian Olguin. Smithson Valley made it a one-possession game with a short field goal late in the fourth, but Brandeis held from there to solidify the outcome.
Denton Guyer 42, Aledo 30
Just a week after Lake Travis’ five-year run atop Class 4A came to a close, Aledo’s three-year sprint to three titles officially wrapped up shop, too. There was no doubt as to who was the sharper squad early on, as the Wildcats ripped off a 21-0 run in the first quarter to put Aledo behind the 8-ball; the last touchdown came on a 70-yard catch and run from WR Josh Harris, who made a magnificent one-handed snag of the ball to earn our Fox Football Friday show’s Play of the Night. Aledo WR Willie Gibson pulled Aledo back a bit with a touchdown in the second quarter, but Guyer QB Jerrod Heard salted things away with two third-quarter touchdown runs to bury the Bearcats for good. Heard was exceptional, completing 8-of-10 passes for 143 yards and a score and rushing for 108 yards and three more.
Red Oak 28, Sherman 17
Red Oak sprung a major upset last week, downing high-powered Sherman in a masterful defensive effort — the Hawks held Sherman to just 2.25 yards per carry, allowed just 51 percent passing, and picked off two passes, the latter of which came off of Sherman’s backup QB after starter Dru Smith departed with a knee injury. It happened right when Sherman was starting to round into form offensively, too, and Smith ends the year with 3,826 yards and 39 TDs, both school records. But the credit still goes to the Red Oak defense, which was stifling, and a balanced offense that produced 187 yards rushing (127 from Cameron Bausley) and 143 yards passing (from QB Austin VanHove). Those two dominated the scoring for the Hawks; VanHove ran for a score and threw for two; Bausley caught one of those, then ran for one of his own, as well. The only score that involved another player was VanHove’s 21-yard toss to Shedrick Collins with 8:58 left to slam the door shut.
Georgetown 38, Summer Creek 21
This battle of unbeatens didn’t disappoint, but it was heavily influenced by the second quarter, when, after Summer Creek had taken a 14-7 lead after two straight touchdown catches by Gregory Hogan (from QB Aaron Sharp), Georgetown rattled off 17 unanswered points in ten minutes: a 65-yard Jake Hubenak pass, a fumble recovery TD by Randy Knightner (the guy who caught that 65-yard strike), and a 20-yard field goal as time ran out in the second quarter. Just like that, Summer Creek was down 24-14, and the Georgetown defense did the rest — Summer Creek managed just 2.26 yards per carry on the day. Knightner caught another touchdown pass midway through the third, and then Hubenak’s short scoring toss — his third of the day — early in the fourth set the final margin.
EP Burges 35, Hereford 28
The dynamic Jones brothers, Aaron and Alvin, were on full display Friday night, combining for 344 yards, all five Burges touchdowns, strong defensive play, and a dizzying array of excellence that left West Texas mightily impressed — all that to get Burges into the third-round for the first time in school history. Burges wanted to control the clock, and boy did they do it — by the third quarter, Burges already had three drives of ten plays or more, including three successful fourth-down conversion attempts. Aaron Jones ran for two short touchdowns early to maintain a 14-13 lead, but the real gem came in the second half, when Aaron was stuffed on a run attempt, and simply threw it to his brother across the field to see what he could do. How there wasn’t an illegal man down field, I’ll never know, but Alvin ran the catch out for a 43-yard gain. He scored soon afterwards, and the defense slammed the door shut late to seal the win.
Waco 24, Lake Dallas 21
One of the toughest games to call in the second round came down to the wire when Waco’s Ben Diaz kicked a 38-yard field goal to seal a trip to the third round — but things weren’t easy getting there. After the two teams traded scores early, Waco finally got a toehold with a Traynham Moore 1-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter; that put Waco up by seven with just 6:43 to play. But Lake Dallas finally broke through in the clutch, getting a 14-yard TD catch from Josh Jackson (thrown by Marshall Dominy) with just 36 seconds to play to tie the ball game and seemingly force overtime. But Waco started the last-second drive at the Lake Dallas 32 yard line, and a couple of short plays and timeouts set up the game winner.
Wylie East 63, Whitehouse 56
We told you to expect a scoring fest in this one, and these two teams didn’t disappoint — the lowest-scoring quarter of the night — the fourth — featured 21 combined points, the last of which came Wylie East and RB Kevon Mack, a 6-yard run with 41 seconds to play. Whitehouse’s final drive only made it to its own 25 yard line before time ran out. But the offensive numbers here are ridiculous — Wylie East QB Garrett McCain threw for 227 yards and three scores, all of which were caught by Marcell Ateman, andRB Jabari Anderson rushed for 384 yards and two more. Whitehouse countered with QB Pat Mahomes, who threw for 445 yards and four scores, as three Wildcat receivers eclipsed the 100-yard mark.
Rosenberg Terry 26, North Forest 25
Things got tense in the late stages of this one, as North Forest got a 19-yard touchdown catch from DeMarcus Jackson with just 1:03 left to play to pull within one point. Coach Plez Atkins decided against the game-tying PAT attempt, instead opting for the two-pointer that Terry LB Tairus Bishop blew up on a blitz up the middle. The desperation pass fell incomplete, and Terry escaped with a win to make the third round. The key player was probably DB Victor Davis, who picked off two passes, one of which he returned 75 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. That was, in many ways, the story of the game — North Forest outgained Terry 394 yards to just 202, but Terry forced four turnovers and got two stops on fourth down.
Edcouch-Elsa 36, Port Lavaca Calhoun 34
Edcouch-Elsa, which had lost to Calhoun in three of the last four playoff runs, finally got the win it desired over the Sandcrabs when QB Eric Morales ran for a 1-yard TD with just 1:17 left to play that all but salted the game away. Calhoun made things tense with a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown right afterwards, but E-E recovered the resulting onside kick to finish things out. Calhoun got its ground game going, rushing for 354 yards, but the E-E offense was up to the task, churning out 406 yards of its own to spring the upset and push into the third round.
Travis Stewart is the managing editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.