Rematches don't always the same way
Beating a team twice in the same season is tough. That cliché's been repeated plenty of times over the years, but in a lot cases it's true.
Not only did we have a number of teams’ season end at the hands of teams they’d beaten during the regular season, a few of them were lopsided routs. Take Waco La Vega and Argyle for example. Argyle won the Week 2 game, 49-35, only for La Vega to take down the Eagles in the 4A DI Region II Final, 44-20. And it wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates, the Pirates went up 31-6 in the first quarter and more or less controlled things before Argyle rolled 21 in the final quarter.
Head down I-35 and you’ll run into the 4A DII Region IV final Wimberley who topped Navarro, 42-12 after losing to the Panthers, 42-14 during district. Or maybe you fancy Silsbee reversing its 17-9 loss to West Orange-Stark with a 35-28 win in the Region III? And then who can leave out Fort Bend Marshall 40-10 handling of the only team to beat them this season, Manvel.
Who’s the best receiver in Texas?
Good luck picking this one.
Whose side are you on, that of Rockwall's Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Frisco Lone Star's Marvin Mims? Honestly you can’t go wrong at this point as both receivers have been torching secondaries this season and putting up historic numbers. This weekend Mims broke both the national and the Texas high school single-season receiving record with 2,247 yards after his 10-catch, 214-yard game against an athletic Lancaster defense Friday night.
Not to be outdone, Smith-Njigba added 11 catches and 218 yards with four touchdowns to his season total against Prosper. The Ohio State commit has 1,892 yards and 31 touchdowns this season even after missing a few games and is within striking distance of the all-time Texas high school receiving mark. He’ll have his shot against Duncanville in the state semifinals next week.
Again, whose side are you on? It’s okay to say it because there’s really no wrong answer here.
Did anyone have any doubts of a few teams this year?
I’ll raise my hand and admit that I did. At times, I was worried about teams like San Antonio Wagner and Lake Travis either not being challenged (Wagner) or looking pretty pedestrian at times for their standard (Lake Travis). Well, both teams along with a host of others answers a lot of questions over the weekend.
Wagner dismantled Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, 74-14, while the Cavaliers ended Converse Judson’s season for the third year in a row, 48-35 after once trailing 14-3. Hudson Card finished 19-of-27 for 342 yards and three touchdowns in his return to action after missing most of the season since October.
Oh, and North Shore won. By a lot. In case anyone was concerned about them.
Ace Whitehead conquers the Slot-T
Remember when I said that we all messed up by letting a team like Liberty Hill sneak into the playoffs? Well, they got it going and made it all the way to the 4A DI Region IV final, so I hope you’re all happy.
But unfortunately for the Panthers, the one guy who’s had their number this season has been Lampasas quarterback Ace Whitehead. The junior playmaker accounted for all 49 of the Badgers’ points in their 49-34 win in the 4A DII Region IV final.
He finished with 403 yards passing. During the regular season, he accounted for 255 yards through the air. Now with a meeting with perennial powerhouse Carthage on the docket in the state semis, Whitehead has Lampasas on the verge of a state championship appearance.
The playoffs are always a great chance to see examples of real recognizing real as coach Reggie Samples did here.
We mentioned him earlier, but here's the score that earned Mims the nation's receiving mark in a single season.
Emani Bailey. That's it, that's the write-up.
De'Anthony Lewis showing off the hops against Lake Travis
Fort Bend Marshall proving a bunch of losers who picked against them wrong. (Sorry, Buffs)
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