HS Playoff Recap (So Far...)
The 5A and 4A Texas high school football playoffs continue tonight, and DCTF gets you ready.
It's been one of the most remarkable weekends in Texas high school football historry, with a huge weather system wreacking havoc on the playoff schedule. In all, we've played 28 of the scheduled 44 playoff games, with another 16 to be played today!
To see a preview of the 16 games that are scheduled to take place on Monday, click here for DCTF associate editor Greg Tepper's preview.
But there was plenty of action this week, with teams punching their tickets to the state semifinals! DCTF's Greg Tepper gives you a recap of every game in 50 words or less.
DON'T FORGET: DCTF Playoff Central has everything a true Texas high school football fan needs for the playoffs, including brackets, matchups and DCTF associate editor Greg Tepper's complete predictions for every bracket.
5A Division I
Allen 48, Spring Westfield 13
Allen continues to be a mismatch for pretty much everyone in Texas. The Eagles had a 34-7 lead early in the first two minutes of the second half, and cruised past unbeaten Westfield. QB Kyler Murray’s 364 total yards and 5 TDs were great, but Allen’s D holding Westfield to just 222 yards was better.
Pearland 10, Cy-Fair 3
We expected defense, we got defense. In a game that had under 400 total combined yards, it was Pearland’s Zachary Boegler who provided the lone touchdown six minutes into the game. From there, the Oiler D took care of the rest, including a pair of interceptions.
San Antonio Madison 33, Converse Judson 29
An Alamo City classic. Judson looked like it would win this back-and-forth affair early in the 4th, but back came Madison, scoring twice in the final 7 minutes – capped by Alex Ardoin’s go-ahead 30-yard TD run with 1:18 left – to soar into the semifinals.
5A Division II
Lake Travis 21, A&M Consolidated 7
Lake Travis’ defensive masterpiece in this one, holding the crazy-explosive Consol attack to just 147 yards and one fourth-quarter TD. Meanwhile, the Cavs’ offense wasn’t always great, but RB Shaun Nixon’s 191 yards and 2 TDs on 36 carries provided the difference.
Katy 56, Manvel 14
All hail the king of Houston – the Katy Tigers, who ran away from Manvel in the second half. The Tigers never punted en route to running up 547 yards of total offense (led by Rodney Anderson’s 247 yards and 4 TDs on the ground). The defense was more than good enough.
San Antonio Johnson 42, Cibolo Steele 41
The slipper still fits for Cinderella story Johnson, who took the fight to Steele behind a big day from QB Hunter Rittiman. Steele stormed back to score a would-be game-tying touchdown late in the 4th, but opted to go for two and the lead, only to be turned away by Johnson.
4A Division I
Houston Stratford 38, Pearland Dawson 7
We knew that if the Stratford running game got going, they’d be dangerous. Well, Terrence Peters and Raqueem Boyd combined for 222 yards and 5 TDs on the ground, and the Stratford D held Dawson to just 246 total yards to storm the semifinals.
San Antonio Brennan 30, Leander Rouse 7
The bad news for Brennan: they surrendered their 5th defensive touchdown of the season, a 6-yard run from Billy Ray McCrary in the 3rd quarter. The good news: QB Da’Shawn Key was more than enough offensively, and the D absolutely suffocated Rouse overall.
4A Division II
Ennis 43, Mesquite Poteet 21
The only game to be played Thursday came in driving freezing rain and frigid temperatures, but Ennis heated up quickly in the second half, riding the grinding running game of RBs Terence Williams and Nick Gabriel and three fourth-quarter INT-return TDs to the semifinals.
Brenham 35, George Ranch 6
George Ranch’s storybook run came to an abrupt halt at the hands of Brenham, who got a virtuoso performance from QB Caleb Hill (265 yard and 3 TDs) and an opportunistic defense that forced four turnovers. The Cubs hit TD passes of 76, 61 and 49 yards.
Port Lavaca Calhoun 46, San Antonio Alamo Heights 22
This one was basically over at halftime, when the Sandcrabs took a 27-2 advantage into the break. How? They rolled up 485 yards on the ground for the game, including 194 from RB Cory Williams and another 85 from QB Hunter Boerm. Calhoun threw two passes all game.
3A Division I
Kilgore 59, Tyler Chapel Hill 19
Complete domination from Kilgore, who racked up 514 yards of total offense and got three touchdowns apiece from RBs Kevrin Justice and Juju Brown. Kilgore really could’ve named its score in this one; the Bulldogs led 31-6 at halftime.
Carthage 28, West Orange-Stark 14
Carthage jumped out to a 20-0 lead, and that looked like it would cruise. But back came WO-S and actually had a chance to take the lead…until Tee Goree picked off a pass in the end zone. From there, Carthage scored again and put it out of reach.
La Grange 21, Gonzales 8
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective for La Grange, who held star Gonzales QB Alyas Ramirez to just 109 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, the steady dose of RBs Bralon Hutchison and Rodney Filmore, and QB Dillon Davis, provided enough oomph in a low-scoring affair.
3A Division II
Fairfield 42, Rockdale 7
This one was all about the Fairfield defense, which completely froze the Rockdale attack, holding it to just 166 total yards on the night. Meanwhile, RB Larry Rose did the rest, breaking out in the second half to finish with 141 yards and 3 TDs on the ground, plus a TD catch.
Sinton 27, La Vernia 14
Tyler Handson is a name to remember; the Sinton QB was sensational in the win over La Vernia, running for two scores and throwing for another. The defense was the real star, though, as La Vernia musterd just 255 total yards and basically one big play (a 65-yard TD pass from Colby Skelton to Colton Parrish).
2A Division I
New Boston 41, Daingerfield 14
New Boston avenged its regular season loss to Daingerfield in dominating fashion, holding the Tigers to negative-9 yards all game. But don’t overlook the offense; RBs Quinn Dedmon and Keith Baldwin ran wild on Daingerfield, providing more than enough offense.
White Oak 31, Franklin 0
A completely dominant evening from White Oak. On the defensive side, the Roughnecks held Franklin (who averaged 48.5 points per game) scoreless and forced five turnovers in the process. Offensively, QB Dylan Gale was sensational (294 yards and a TD).
Cameron Yoe 28, Hallettsville 26
One of the best games of the year, Cameron Yoe came back from an early deficit take a lead into the final quarter. Hallettsville scored a touchdown with 4 seconds remaining, but DB Reid Nickerson knocked away the would-be game-tying 2-point conversion pass to preserve the Yoe win.
2A Division II
Waskom 24, Corrigan-Camden 22
Corrigan-Camden’s Malyk Johnson broke off an 89-yard TD run with 3 minutes left, but Waskom’s Keileon Johnson broke up the two-point conversion to preserve the Wildcats’ two-point lead. From there, Waskom and RB Junebug Johnson went on a clock-devouring drive to finish off the win.
Refugio 40, East Bernard 34
Refugio avenged its loss to East Bernard last year, overcoming an unusual batch of turnovers to grab a thrilling victory. RB Isaiah Perez delivered the final blow, running for a 2-yard touchdown with 3:30 left to put the Bobcats ahead for good.
1A Division I
Hico 14, Goldthwaite 7
Hico may have lost to Goldthwaite earlier this year, but it wasn’t to be again, as the Tigers advanced to its first-ever state semifinal thanks to 114 yards and a touchdown on the ground from RB Blake Hyles. Meanwhile, the Tiger defense was stifling, holding Goldthwaite to a season-low in points.
Mart 58, Bosqueville 26
QB De’Nerian Thomas played like the best player on the planet, racking up more than 400 total yards and seven total touchdowns to move on to its fifth straight semifinal. The Mart defense did its part, too, making key stops to keep Bosqueville at bay.
Shiner 14, Thorndale 10
Exactly what we expect in this one: a low-scoring slugfest. Jacob Stafford and Chad Neubauer ran for more than 100 yards apiece and overcame a hot start from Thorndale QB Riley Schaefer to punch its ticket to the state semifinal.
1A Division II
Wellington 52, Seagraves 0
The Wellington defense completely shut down Seagraves star RB Cory Kyle, and from there, it was the Skyrockets’ running back, Terry Gilbreath, who took flight, running for 196 yards and adding another 64 yards receiving to lead the rout.
Tenaha 24, Bremond 7
A complete game from Tenaha – and specifically Chavis Gregory – led Tenaha back to the semifinals. The star RB recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown, ran for a 41-yard touchdown and caught a 43-yard touchdown pass. The Tenaha defense did not let Bremond breathe all night.
Falls City 55, La Pryor 0
The Beavers are, right now, Texas’ most dominant team at any level. Justin Twine ran for 172 yards and 3 TDs on just 10 carries, and added a TD pass for good measure. The Falls City defense held La Pryor to just 164 yards of total offense, by far a season-low.
Six-Man Division II
Grandfalls-Royalty 67, Follett 58
The only six-man semifinal we actually got to see this weekend, Grandfalls rallied from a halftime deficit, forcing a few key defensive and special teams plays while star SB Thomas Burns did the rest, punching the Cowboys’ ticket to AT&T Stadium next week.