3A/2A/1A/6M/PVT Recap
3A/2A/1A/6M/PVT Recap
2012-11-26 06:00:00

Greg Tepper on the upsets, shootouts and stunners across the small-school landscape.

 By Greg Tepper
 DCTF Associate Editor

I'm still full from Thanksgiving, and totally satisfied from an awesome weekend of high school football playoffs, especially in Classes 3A, 2A, 1A, six-man, and privates schools.

Let's get to the recappin'.

Class 3A Division I

Three Best Games

Silsbee 45, Stafford 21: I’ll be honest, folks, and tell you that there weren’t a ton of competitive games in this bracket. In this one, Silsbee’s offense was the star here, with QB Patrick Reed throwing for three touchdowns, all three of which went to WR Jordan Holmes. Stafford got a nice game from RB Adrian Seales, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Tigers.

Ingleside 55, Kingsville King 22: In a game that got pushed back due to weather, it was all Ingleside, and specifically, all QB Tristen Barajas, who lit up Kingsville for five touchdown passes. It also helps when RB Marquis Barrolle runs for three scores. More or less, nobody has been able to slow down the Mustangs of late.

Stephenville 56, Kennedale 24: Like I said, not a ton of competitive games, but QB Tyler Jones went berserk in this one for Stephenville, throwing for eight touchdowns and almost 500 yards against what was a pretty darn good Kennedale defense.

Biggest Surprise

Both Region II games – Gainesville’s 40-14 win over Princeton, and Kilgore’s 41-14 win over Paris – were more lopsided than I predicted, but overall, a pretty ho-hum weekend in this bracket.

Three Games Next Weekend for Which I’m Already Excited

Abilene Wylie vs. Stephenville, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Wichita Falls
I’d argue that this is the game of the week across any classification. In my estimation, two of the top three teams in the state tangle for a spot in the final four.

El Campo vs. Ingleside, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Victoria
I mentioned that nobody has been able to slow down Tristen Barajas and the Ingleside offense, but then again, nobody’s been able to contain El Campo all season. Something’s gotta give.

Carthage vs. Silsbee, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Lufkin
Carthage has the pedigree, but don’t sleep on Silsbee, especially if QB Patrick Reed continues to play as well as he has of late.


Class 3A Division II

Three Best Games

Monahans 21, Shallowater 7: First things first: it’s important to note that Shallowater RB Jarek Black, one of the state’s top rushers, only played sparingly in this one due to injury, logging just nine times for 82 yards. But, well, Monahans really won this game. The Loboes’ defense forced six turnovers, and got outstanding rushing efforts from Hassan Walker (124 yards and two touchdowns) and Rogelio Sauceda (90 yards), among others. To say anything else would be taking away from Monahans, who was simply the better side in this one.

La Marque 35, Coldspring-Oakhurst 21: Remember back in September, when Coldspring-Oakhurst upended La Marque, 27-21 in overtime, to hand the Cougars their only loss of the year? La Marque didn’t forget. The Cougars dominated the second half defensively, shutting out Coldspring, and QB Demun Mercer (three total TDs) and RB Ellis Jones (129 yards and a game-sealing score in the fourth quarter) did the rest.

Bellville 21, Wimberley 7: And down goes another defending champ. The story in this one was Bellville’s defense, which shut out Wimberley through three quarters and held them to just 224 total yards, a paltry amount for the Texans. From there, it was a balanced effort from QB Kyle Fuchs and RB Bronson Allen that pushed the Brahmas to the regional semifinals.

Biggest Surprise

How about District 4-3A? Abilene Wylie’s still trucking in the Division I bracket, and with Monahans’ win over Shallowater and Midland Greenwood’s win over Perryton, the district is 6-0 in the playoffs this year.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Argyle vs. Gilmer, 7 p.m. Friday, Mesquite Memorial Stadium
Oh, this is going to be fantastic. Argyle hasn’t even been bothered since their Week Zero loss to (still) unbeaten Abilene Wylie, and Gilmer is as hot as ever behind QB Tanner Barr.

Navasota vs. La Marque, 7 p.m. Friday, Woodforest Stadium
La Marque was a preseason favorite to win a state title. Navasota has looked every bit the state champion material all year. One of these teams is going home.

Celina vs. Henderson, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mesquite’s Hanby Stadium
Two programs with outstanding pedigree, but beyond that, it’s a battle of playmakers with Celina’s Nathan Elliott and Henderson’s Patrick Brown.


Class 2A Division I

Three Best Games

Merkel 21, Littlefield 14: The lone Thanksgiving Day game in the state certainly provided us with a dandy, as Merkel had to rally twice in the final minutes to win. After Merkel QB Baylor Mullins hit Hunter Green for a 46-yard TD pass to go up 14-8, Littlefield’s Paul Rucker burst for a 50-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 14 with just 3:11 to play. That’s when Mullins marched the Badgers down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge with just 14 seconds left to storm to the victory.

Lago Vista 35, George West 28 (OT): Lago Vista is going to give all of its fans heart attacks. A week after beating Edna, 14-13, the Vikings got pushed to overtime when George West RB Andrew Katzfey scored from 2 yards out with just 19 seconds left. But in overtime, Lago Vista RB Brad Hood’s 5-yard touchdown run was followed by a huge Vikings defensive stand, and LV moves on in thrilling fashion for a second consecutive week.

Hempstead 54, San Diego 35: It’s officially time to start fearing Hempstead again. In one of the most impressive offensive displays of the playoffs so far, QB Will Smith went nuts, rushing for 259 yards and two touchdowns and adding 124 yards and two scores through the air. Until they meet a lockdown defense, they won’t lose.

Biggest Surprise

Bangs’ 23-6 upset win over Idalou is certainly surprising, and really puts Region I up in the air. I could see any of the four semifinalists – Merkel, Wall, Eastland and Bangs – coming out of there.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Newton vs. Grandview, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bullard
Newton has been perhaps the most impressive team in this division this season (either them or Cameron Yoe), but Grandview’s high-flying offense should provide a real challenge.

Hallettsville vs. Hempstead, 7 p.m. Friday, Rosenberg’s Traylor Stadium
Hempstead looks red-hot once again – like they were on their way to last year’s state title game. Hallettsville is unbeaten and has passed every test they’ve faced.

Cameron Yoe vs. Lago Vista, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Georgetown
Yoe won the first meeting between these two foes, 41-20 back in October. Will the rematch be any different?


Class 2A Division II

Three Best Games

Canadian 27, Cisco 20: Canadian is known as a high-flying air raid offense, but it was the defense and the running game that won this one. After scoring on Boston Hudson’s 11-yard scamper with just 6:15 to play to put the Wildcats up 27-20, the Wildcats defense forced a three-and-out on Cisco, taking over with 5:04 to play. From there, it was RB Chris Marquez who took over, running behind the big offensive line for first down after first down to run out the clock. I called it an upset on Twitter, and was quickly corrected by Panhandle fans that nobody wants to play Canadian. Cisco found out the hard way.

Colorado City 21, Sanford-Fritch 19: What a thriller this was. After giving up the opening kickoff for a touchdown to Andrew Reynolds, Colorado City settled in and took care of business, especially RB Nathan Jackson, who ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns, including one with 1:42 remaining to swell the Wolves’ lead to 21-13. Back came Sanford-Fritch, getting a Ryan Blakely-to-Cody Brom touchdown pass with just 14 seconds remaining to pull within two. But the Colorado City defense stood tall on the two-point conversion attempt, stopping the runner short to hold on for a close win.

Elysian Fields 24, Deweyville 22: Give the Elysian Fields defense tons of credit. A week after giving up big play after big play, the Yellow Jackets made the biggest play of all while clinging to a 24-22 lead late in the fourth quarter. Don Deramus sacked the Deweyville QB and stripped the ball, giving EF the ball back with just 40 seconds to play to give them the hard-earned victory.

Biggest Surprise

I still think Canadian over Cisco, the defending state runners-up, is an upset, but if I had to choose something else, how about Blanco edging Karnes City, 21-14? With defense like that, Blanco’s dangerous.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Lexington vs. Refugio, 7:30 p.m. Friday, San Antonio’s Farris Stadium
Refugio took its first step toward a repeat with a resounding victory over Rogers; now, they must deal with Kogan Garrett and high-flying Lexington.

Corsicana Mildred vs. Clarksville, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Longview
Two teams that have been very impressive all year, especially offensively, and I’m interested to see if Clarksville has the weapons to slow down Mildred and QB Nic Shimonek.

Canadian vs. Sonora, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sweetwater
Can Canadian keep the magic going? Can Sonora slow down Canadian? Why am I talking in questions?


Class 1A Division I

Three Best Games

Stratford 21, Anson 16: This one looked to be a blowout about midway through the third quarter, with Stratford going up 21-3 on Colten Rendon’s 46-yard touchdown run. But Anson crawled back, getting touchdown runs from Mitchell Hudson and Jalen Garcia to pull within 21-16, and even getting the ball back in the final minutes. But Rendon made the biggest play of the game, picking off a pass with 18 seconds left, to nab the win.

Bosqueville 21, Joaquin 20: Joaquin had Bosqueville on the ropes, going up 20-14 midway through the third quarter on Tra Rogers’ 4-yard touchdown run. But as they’ve done all year, back came the Bulldogs, with QB C.J. Collins hooking up with Ben Perez for a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. From there, it was up to the Bosqueville defense, who stymied previously unbeaten Joaquin to earn the victory.

Quanah 34, Sundown 21: You have to be impressed with Quanah’s offense. The Indians took on what has been a very salty Sundown defense, and rolled up 338 total yards, including 206 on the ground. RB Craig Miles ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and QB Clay Robertson added 223 all-purpose yards of his own to deliver one of the more impressive offensive statements of the 1A DI playoffs so far.

Biggest Surprise

Weimar’s 34-21 win over Ganado definitely messed up my bracket. Weimar jumped all over the Indians, taking a 26-7 lead into the fourth quarter, and while Ganado tried to climb back, Weimar was too much.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Stamford vs. Quanah, 7 p.m. Thursday, Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium
Great job bottling up Sundown, Quanah! Now all you have to do is slow down Hagen Hutchinson. Gulp.

San Augustine vs. Mart, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Palestine
Mart hung 69 points on West Sabine. San Augustine shut out Axtell. Unstoppable force, meet immovable object.

Mason vs. Thorndale, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Marble Falls
Thorndale’s defense has been terrific, giving up just 29 points in its first two playoff games (most of which came in garbage time last week). But now, they’ll face Rio Schmidt and the hard-charging Punchers offense.


Class 1A Division II

Three Best Games

Booker 21, Seagraves 14: You want drama? This game – which was flying under my radar – had it in spades. Booker QB Hunter Lile fired a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jared Reagan with 27 seconds left to push the Kiowas to the thrilling victory.

Frost 16, Chilton 12: It was a slugfest to the very end, with the Polar Bears getting big rushing games from Danial Steels and Robert Worley. But it took a goal-line stand – specifically, the Frost defense stopping Chilton five yards short of the would-be game-winning touchdown – to win. And now, the Polar Bears are through to the third round for the first time since 1989.

D’Hanis 35, Runge 28 (OT): Back and forth and back and forth. A relatively mild-mannered first three quarters exploded in the fourth, when D’Hanis and Runge traded punches to the tune of 28 total points, capped by D’Hanis QB Clint Rothe’s 6-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left to force overtime. In the extra session, D’Hanis got the ball first and scored on Rothe’s 4-yard run. And the Cowboys defense made the key stop on Runge to survive and keep its unbeaten season alive.

Biggest surprise

No real surprises here, but I am a little surprised that Bremond put such a hurting on a really good Hubbard squad, beating them 49-28.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Wellington vs. Springlake-Earth, 7 p.m. Friday, Canyon’s Kimbrough Stadium
Wellington QB Klark Ashmore vs. that Springlake-Earth defense? Yes, please!

Hamlin vs. Munday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Abilene Wylie
Hamlin escaped with a low-scoring win over Eldorado last week, but now they have to contain the great Dee Paul.

Bremond vs. Tenaha, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Crockett
I think I’ve definitely underestimated both of these teams, and one of them will continue to prove me wrong.


Six-Man (Both Divisions)

Three Best Games

Petersburg 70, Grady 60: Grady tried to make a game of this, but ultimately, it was too much Thomas Roden. The Petersburg star caught three touchdown passes, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and notched a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown. That’s a quality Thanksgiving.

Valley 53, Borden County 46: Borden County has an outstanding defense, and even they couldn’t slow down Kameron Buchanan and the Valley Patriots enough to win. Buchanan ran for five touchdowns, abd QB Ketch Smith was 10-for-11 with two touchdown passes to surge to a win.

Grandfalls-Royalty 34, Robert Lee 30: Give Robert Lee a ton of credit. The Steers basically pushed unbeaten Grandfalls-Royalty as far as they’ve been pushed all year, but that’s where Grandfalls made the biggest plays, specifically picking off three passes inside their own five yard line to survive.

Biggest Surprise
Down goes Ira! Rankin’s a heck of a team, but record-smashing RB Lance Morris and the Bulldogs being done certainly ranks as an upset in my book.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Richland Springs vs. Milford, 7 p.m. Friday, Hico
This is the game we’ve all been waiting for, with two unbeatens squaring off. I think the winner of this one likely wins the Division II state title.

Abbott vs. Oakwood, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mexia
Two of the most explosive offenses in the state will answer the question: how many digits does the Mexia scoreboard have?

Rankin vs. Throckmorton, 6 p.m. Saturday, Snyder
We’re all impressed with you, Rankin, bottling up Ira. Now, if you can do the same to Throckmorton, we won’t just be impressed; we’ll be calling you a title favorite.


TAPPS (All divisions)

Three Best Games

Austin St. Michael’s 30, Plano Prestonwood 22: Look, it’s not my fault that they played the best game of the week. The story here: the St. Michel’s defense. Sure, RB Scotland Butler was incredible again (232 yards and two touchdowns), but St. Michael’s defense forced four Prestonwood turnovers, and that was the difference in this one.

Houston Northland Christian 43, San Antonio Christian 36: This game got close at the end, but really, this one was all Northland, specifically RB Carter Odenweller, who ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Cougars. Add in two touchdown passes from Walker Whitehorn, and you’ve got the recipe for a win.

Colleyville Covenant 49, First Baptist Dallas 48: A wild affair that was one of the shootouts of the weekend, these two teams combined for over 1,000 yards despite seven turnovers. First Baptist QB Max Parlo was excellent, throwing for 349 yards and 3 TDs, and RB Justen Tatum ran for 140 yards and three scores. But Colleyville Covenant got the last laugh, getting a touchdown pass from Kade Thomas to Donovan Jeanne (Thomas’ second TD toss) and a touchdown run from Micah Lutz (his second of the game) to pull out the close win.

Biggest Surprise
Fort Worth Nolan 28, Houston St. Pius X 14. It’s not surprising that Fort Worth Nolan won; they’re very good. What’s surprising is that only 42 points were scored.

Three Games Next Weekend For Which I’m Already Excited

Abilene Christian vs. Dallas Covenant, TBA
Quite simply, in my estimation, the two best private school six-man teams in the state. Need I say more?

Fort Worth Nolan vs. Austin St. Michael’s, 3 p.m. Saturday, Temple
I hope I’ve illustrated how fond of both of these teams I am.

Midland Christian vs. Dallas Christian, 7 p.m. Saturday, Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium
Two teams that have started to play that low-scoring, hard-nosed defensive games that we don’t necessarily associate with private school games, I wonder if this game gets out of the teens.

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

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