Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, in partnership with Visit Fort Worth, is proud to honor one head football coach in each classification with the Coach of the Week award. Each coach recognized with this special honor typifies the best in Texas high school football.
Congratulations to all the coaches and thank you for all you do for your players, schools and communities.
2019 Coach of the Week Award Winners
6A: Laban DeLay, Arlington Lamar
Coach DeLay’s squad embraced the underdog role in the opening round of the playoffs and proved the doubters wrong by going to Pennington Field and knocking off state ranked Euless Trinity 37-34, to improve to 10-1 on the season and advancing to the area playoffs where they will take on Midland Lee. The win is even more impressive considering Lamar trailed by two touchdowns for the majority of the first half.
5A: Phil Danaher, Corpus Christi Calallen
Calallen’s legendary head coach added another bullet point to his resume Friday night earning his 400th win at Calallen High School. Danaher is the first coach in TXHSFB history to earn 400 wins at one school. The Wildcats improved to 10-1 on the season with their 35-0 win over Edcouch-Elsa Friday night and advanced to the area playoffs where they will take on Kerrville Tivy.
4A: Cyril Adkins, Smithville
Sitting at 1-2 in district play heading into Week 9, the Tigers have been in playoff mode for three weeks now and it showed Friday as Cyril Adkins’ squad earned their third straight win stunning Sweeny 34-28 to advance to the 4A Division II area playoffs, earning Smithville their first playoff victory since 1965.
3A: Cody Fagan, Whitesboro
First year head coach Cody Fagan’s squad came into Thursday’s bi-district showdown with 9-1 Eastland as a big underdog, but the Bearcats proved doubters wrong with an impressive 30-21 win over Eastland to advance to the area playoffs. Fagan’s squad is an impressive 6-0 on the season away from their home stadium.
2A: Andrew Dickson, De Leon
Sitting at 3-7 and as a four seed, first year head coach Andrew Dickson’s squad surprised most of the experts Friday night with a thrilling 48-41 win over district champion Bruceville-Eddy to advance to the area round of the playoffs in Class 2A Division I, the Bearcats gave up a two score lead in the third quarter but showed plenty of fight in rallying back for the overtime victory.
1A: Eddie Gallegos, Jonesboro
The Eagles squeaked out a narrow 40-36 win over Leakey to advance to the area round, thanks in part to Gallegos’ decision to attempt a field goal — a rarity in six-man football — at the end of the first half.
6A: Jared Johnston, Schertz Clemens
In a battle of state ranked teams playing for the District 26-6A title, Jared Johnston’s Buffaloes served notice to the state that they are a contender to go the distance in Class 6A-Division II with an impressive 34-30 win over Converse Judson, handing the Rockets their first regular season loss in two years.
5A: Chris Ross, Red Oak
In just his second season at the helm Chris Ross has taken a Red Oak program that was 5-35 in the four years before his arrival and turned them into outright district champions for the first time in 37 years with a 48-13 win over Seagoville to head into the playoffs with a 9-1 record.
4A: Monty Stumbaugh, Hidalgo
“Coach Stump” as he’s known in the Valley has done it again, this time turning around a Hidalgo program that had won just six games in the previous five seasons, the Pirates 24-20 win over Kingsville capped off a remarkable 8-2 regular season and a second place finish in District 16-4A Division I.
3A: Mark Chester, Blue Ridge
First year head coach Mark Chester didn’t arrive in town until the middle of June after a successful run as DC at San Angelo Central, and his Tigers look to be hitting their stride right as the playoffs get going as Blue Ridge improved to 6-4 on the season and advanced to the playoffs with a dominant 48-21 win over Paris Chisum.
2A: Brian Gibson, Wink
Brian Gibson’s Wildcats took home their first district title since 2003 with a convincing 42-14 win over McCamey to finish an outstanding regular season at 7-3, heading into the playoffs with plenty of momentum.
1A: Garrett Avalos, Rankin
Facing off against one of the six-man legends in Balmorhea coach Vance Jones, Avalos guided his Red Devils to a 68-44 win over the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Bears to clinch the district title.
6A: Austin Flynn, Deer Park
Austin Flynn a year ago returned to his alma mater after a stint coaching in the college ranks in his second season at the helm he’s got the Deer back in the playoffs after a stunning 35-27 upset of Beaumont West Brook. Flynn’s squad after trailing 27-14 scored the game’s final 21 points and held the ball for most of the second half to get the playoff clinching win.
5A: Randy Allen, Highland Park
Highland Park needed overtime to get the job done, but the Scots got it done in a 42-35 overtime win over an outstanding Lancaster squad to give head coach Randy Allen career victory number 400 as a head coach. Allen joins some incredibly elite company in that list as only Phil Danaher and G.A. Moore have reached those lofty heights in the history of Texas High School Football.
4A: Ben McGhee, Sweetwater
After a run of great seasons between 2015 and 2017, Sweetwater head coach Ben McGhee knew 2018 and 2019 would be rebuilding years with incredibly young teams. However, Sweetwater is accelerating that learning curve and are right in the playoff mix heading into Week 11 after an impressive 35-21 win over Fort Stockton.
3A: Darrell Andrus, Jourdanton
Jourdanton’s district title hopes appeared to be fading away after falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter against Universal City Randolph, but Coach Andrus’ squad showed incredible grit rallying for a big 41-35 victory to put the Indians on the brink of a district title and the number one seed in District 15-3A Division I, which they can clinch with a win next week.
2A: Clint Conklin, Clarendon
Coach Conklin’s squad wasn’t given much of a chance by the experts to take down high powered Gruver last week, but behind an incredible defensive effort the Broncos stunned Gruver 28-14 to improve to 6-3 on the year and give themselves the inside track to the number two seed in the playoffs out of District 3-2A Division II.
1A: Josh Connor, Bynum
The Bulldogs pulled out a thrilling 47-42 win over Morgan, clinching their first playoff berth since 1992.
6A: Ged Kates, Richland
Left for dead by most after starting the season 0-4, Ged Kates’ squad has turned it on in district play in District 3-6A and now with two weeks left in the season the Rebels are in the district title chase after knocking off arch rival Haltom 28-17 to improve to 3-1 in district play. Kates’ squad stayed the course after a rough start to the season and its paying off in a big way down the stretch in the games that count!
5A: Todd Patmon, Bastrop
It’s been an up and down season for Todd Patmon’s Bears who started the season 3-0 and then dropped four straight games in the always entertaining District 13-5A Division II race. Bastrop however kept their playoff hopes alive with the biggest of wins as the Bears stunned district co-leader Brenham 30-25 on Friday night. Patmon’s squad is still alive for a playoff spot as they need to win out and get some help, but Friday night was certainly a high mark.
4A: Frank Sandoval, Mexia
Playing in one of the state’s toughest districts as one of the state’s smallest 4A schools hasn’t phased Coach Sandoval’s bunch who bounced back nicely from their loss to second ranked Waco Connally with an impressive 41-24 win over Robinson to improve to 3-1 in district play, putting themselves right in the thick of the playoff race.
3A: Triston Abron, Paul Pewitt
Second year head coach Triston Abron has the Brahmas flying high at 8-0 on the season after a hard fought 45-33 win over always tough Elysian Fields on Friday night. The Brahmas can clinch a district title next week at home against nearby and second place Daingerfield in a game that should have the attention of all of East Texas Friday night.
2A: Stephen Oversteet, Tahoka
Coach Overstreet’s squad used a suffocating defense to neutralize a potent ground attack from Ralls as the Bulldogs earned a 14-6 win over the state ranked Jackrabbits Friday night to get the inside track towards a district title. The usually ground oriented Bulldogs got two touchdown passes from Braden Stone and the defense did the rest pitching a shutout for nearly three quarters before hanging on down the stretch in the final quarter.
1A: Malcome Cole, Avalon
The Eagles are flying high at 8-0 after a thrilling win over Coolidge, matching the most wins in a single season in program history.
6A: Jerry Edwards, Killeen Harker Heights
After starting the season 0-4 and 0-2 in 12-6A play, many had written the Knights off. But Jerry Edwards’ squad has had other ideas and Harker Heights has rattled off four straight wins to get back in the playoff hunt and Thursday nights 17-14 win over Waco Midway may have been the biggest win of all as the Knights ended Midway’s impressive 37-game district winning streak in the process.
5A: Hugh Sandifer, Abilene Wylie
The long nightmare is over for Hugh Sandifer’s Abilene Wylie Bulldogs as they snapped an eighteen game losing streak on the road Thursday night with a 21-14 win over Wichita Falls. Once one of the top programs in all of the state at the 4A level, Coach Sandifer’s squad has fallen on hard times the past two years since the jump to Class 5A, but Thursday night’s win did more than just break a long losing skid as it puts the Bulldogs squarely in the middle of the playoff race in 3-5A Division II as the Bulldogs are now 1-1 in district play.
4A: Matt Nally, Melissa
The Cardinals rode a terrific defensive effort and some heroics from quarterback Brendon Lewis to an impressive 29-17 win over district foe Celina.
3A: Marcus Gates, Dallas Madison
Coach Gates’ squad has managed to fly under the radar for the most part in 3A-Division I but at 6-1 and 2-0 in district play the Trojans are no longer off the map as they rolled to an impressive 53-7 win over Kemp. That win sets up Dallas Madison with a big showdown on the road next week as the Trojans tangle with state ranked Malakoff on the road in a game that could decide the district title.
2A: Kyle Little, Harleton
After winning just four games in the past three years, most Harleton fans would have been happy with a .500 record under first year head coach Kyle Little, but Coach Little and his Wildcats have had other ideas as Harleton is flying high at 6-2 and 3-1 in district play after an impressive 28-13 win over perennial power Tenaha on Friday night.
1A: Toby Goodwin, Ira
The Bulldogs showed their might against district rival Spur, outscoring them 30-6 in the second half to pull away with a 54-24 victory.
6A: Roy Stroman, Weslaco
First year head coach Roy Stroman has the Wildcats absolutely rolling as Weslaco improved to 5-1 and 2-0 in District 30-6A play with an impressive 44-28 win over Edinburg Vela. The win for Weslaco ends Edinburg Vela’s 33-game district winning streak handing the Sabercats their first district loss since 2014.
5A: Robert Koopmann, Friendswood
District 10-5A Division I may be known around the Houston area as the “Little SEC” but Robert Koopman’s squad is showing they are more than up to the task improving to 6-0 and more importantly 3-0 in district play knocking off state power Richmond Foster 34-32 Friday night. Luke Grden led the Mustangs attack with four touchdown passes and the often overlooked Friendswood defense came up with several timely stops to build the big lead and hang on down the stretch.
4A: Bill Elliot, Celina
A year ago, Celina was en route to a 4th place district finish and looking for answers after they were blown out by Paris 54-14, the tables have turned in a big way for Bill Elliot’s squad in 2019 as Celina on Friday night played inspired defensive football and rolled past a very good Paris squad 34-0 to put their name in contention among the many contenders in 4A Division I Region II.
3A: Jamie Dixon, Vanderbilt Industrial
Don’t look now but the Cobras are making noise down in the Crossroads region of Texas as Jamie Dixon’s squad opened District 14-3A Division I play with an impressive 49-20 win over perennial power Yoakum. The Cobras are now 5-1 on the season and are making a major case as a district title contender in Region IV’s toughest district.
2A: John Contrucci, Junction
It’s been an up and down start to the season for first year head coach John Contrucci’s Junction Eagles as they finished non-district at 2-3, but things may be coming together at the right time as JHS opened up District 14-2A Division I play with a huge 46-0 win over Sabinal to even their record at 3-3 and put themselves squarely in the middle of the playoff discussion as they prepare to visit Mason next week.
1A: Charles Steele, Covington
Steele’s Owls flew past Abbott 42-18, earning their first win over the rival Panthers since 1991.
6A: Mark “Red” Behrens, Sachse
Sachse’s 45-17 win over Garland High was big for a lot of reasons, the Mustangs evened their record in 10-6A play at 1-1 and also it was big for head coach Red Behrens who earned career win number 100. Behrens who opened Sachse back in 2004 is the only coach the school has known and he’s turned the Mustangs into the top program in Garland ISD year in and year out.
5A: Joseph Sam, Fort Bend Hightower
After going 0-2 in their first two games of the year, first year head coach Joseph Sam has the Hurricanes rolling with their third win in a row, a key 10-5A Division I win over Angleton 23-20. The Hurricanes are now 2-0 in district play and are right in the thick of playoff contention in one of the state’s toughest districts.
4A: Chris Soza, Beeville Jones
So far so good in Chris Soza’s return to Beeville as the veteran Trojans who had ten offensive starters back have picked up Soza’s unique and balanced Slot-T offense to the tune 43 points per game in their 6-0 start in 2019. The Trojans closed out non-district play with an impressive 50-34 win over a solid private school program in San Antonio Central Catholic.
3A: Jeff Cordell, Crane
First year head coach Jeff Cordell has the Golden Cranes soaring as Crane improved to 6-0 on the year with a 50-39 win over Ozona. Crane’s fifty point output is even more impressive considering Ozona had not allowed a point in their last four games. The Golden Cranes are averaging an impressive 54.7 points per game thus far in 2019.
2A: Craig Horn, Italy
Craig Horn has won at every stop in his coaching journey, including a state title at Tenaha and he’s working some magic in year two down in Ellis County as the Gladiators are off to a 4-2 start and more importantly 2-0 in district play after a thrilling 44-43 win over pre-season district favorite Bosqueville. The victory puts Italy right in the middle of the district title race along with surprising Bruceville-Eddy.
1A: Justin Wayne Rucker, White Deer
In a matchup of state-ranked foes, Rucker’s Bucks used a second-half surge to topple Milford, 64-42.
6A: Mike Rabe, Katy Mayde Creek
Rabe’s squad opened district play Saturday night with an impressive 40-14 win over Katy Cinco Ranch to improve to 5-0 for the first time in school history. The Rams have long struggled but Rabe’s enthusiasm and his staff’s tireless work has made a big impact. Mayde Creek now moves into their bye week before a showdown with Katy Tompkins in two weeks.
5A: Eric Ezar, Bryan Rudder
First year head coach Eric Ezar has Rangers fans thinking they can get into the playoffs for the first time in school history after their third straight come from behind win Friday night. The Rangers knocked off Montgomery 56-50 in their district opener, rallying from a 36-15 halftime deficit as EJ Ezar’s four-yard run with forty seconds remaining in the game proved to be the difference as Rudder improved to 3-1.
4A: James Polk, Gainesville
Coach Polk and the Leopards offense is on fire halfway through the season averaging over 45 points per game in an impressive 5-0 start. Last week Gainesville’s offense kept their torrid pace up rolling past Bridgeport 53-35 to close out the non-district portion of the schedule. The Leopards now have a bye week as they gear up for 4-4A Division I play, which will include matchups with state ranked Springtown and Decatur.
3A: Trae Stevens, Mathis
First year head coach Trae Stevens has his Pirates sitting at 2-2 and feeling good about where they stand after opening up District 16-3A Division I play with an emphatic 58-22 win over previously unbeaten Falfurrias. Stevens has Pirates fans excited about the future as he looks to get this proud program back to the elite along the Texas Coast.
2A: Matt Lovorn, Stratford
In a top ten battle in 2A-Division II, Matt Lovorn’s Stratford Elks made quite the statement blasting past number one ranked Hamlin 39-6 in a neutral site game in Abernathy. Lovorn who in the past has employed a run oriented offense has opened up the offense up in 2019 to take advantage of the talent on hand and it’s paid off in a big way as the Elks are off to a 4-1 start and a contender to make a run to AT&T Stadium.
1A: Matt Hoover, Anton
In his first season at the helm of the Bulldogs, Hoover has guided Anton to back-to-back wins, including a 46-32 homecoming win over O’Donnell.
6A: Joe Castillo, North Garland
The Raiders continue to be one of the DFW area’s biggest surprises in 6A as Coach Castillo’s squad is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1990 after a 28-14 win on Thursday night over Garland Lakeview Centennial. North Garland’s veteran squad has bought into Coach Castillo’s system and its paying off big in 2019.
5A: Chris Steinbruck, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff
In a major 15-5A Division I showdown on the Texas Coastal Bend, Steinbruck’s Hornets defense stood incredibly tall with an impressive 21-0 win over Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial. The win is a big step for the Hornets as they look for a district title, it also ended Veterans nine game district winning streak and marked the first time they had been shutout in school history.
4A: Wayne Condra, El Campo
After a disappointing 3-7 season in 2018, Coach Condra’s squad is showing that may have simply been a bump in the road as the Ricebirds are flying high at 4-0 after a 31-13 win over Wharton on Friday in the Wharton County rivalry. Condra’s squad is getting back to the roots with a physical running game and Friday night it paid off with over 350 yards on the ground as the Ricebirds rotated in three separate backs to grind out the win.
3A: Antwain Jimmerson, Jefferson
Despite losing a highly decorated group of seniors Coach Jimmerson and his Bulldogs are showing they’ve got staying power improving to 4-0 on the year with a 35-7 win over Class 4A Paris North Lamar on Friday night.
2A: Andreas Aguirre, San Saba
First year head coach Andreas Aguirre has taken over a tremendous San Saba squad and the Armadillos haven’t missed a beat under their young head coach starting the season 4-0. After last week’s 70-0 win over Snook, the Armadillos have outscored their opponents 247-3 and have shutout their last three opponents.
1A: Ennis Erickson, Rising Star
The Wildcats snapped their 14-game losing streak, knocking off Three Way 59-36 to earn their first win since October of 2017.
6A: David Raffield, Cypress Bridgeland
In just their second varsity season, Raffield’s Bridgeland Bears are putting themselves right in the playoff discussion in the always tough Cy-Fair ISD. The Bears improved to 3-0 and equaled their win total from 2018 with an impressive 38-0 district opening win over Cypress Springs on Friday night — their first shutout in program history.
5A: Aaron Roan, Abilene Cooper
Third-year coach Roan has the Cougars at 3-0 on the season, and he got the most important win of the year — a victory over rival Abilene in the annual Crosstown Showdown, avenging last season’s heartbreaking loss through a dominant defensive effort.
4A: Hector Guevara, San Angelo Lake View
Often overlooked in their own town, the Lake View Chiefs are making waves of their own in 2019 under second-year coach Guevara. Lake View on Thursday night knocked off Snyder 39-12 to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1983. Guevara, who had a full off-season with his team this year after taking over in June of 2018 has Lake View poised for big things in 2019.
3A: Drew Johnston, Newton
In his first home game as head coach, Drew Johnston’s Eagles put to rest any talk of a “down year” in Newton as the Eagles took down the state’s number three team in 4A-Division II West Orange-Stark in a physical 20-14 game, that embodied the style of both teams.
2A: Jon Ward, New Home
In just their second season playing eleven-man football, the Leopards are making quite the impression under first-year head coach Ward, who has the Leopards flying high and thinking playoffs in their eleven-man infancy after an impressive 69-6 win over Plains on Friday night.
1A: Stacy Perryman, Happy
In a fierce rivalry game between two perennial six-man powers, Perryman helped guide the Cowboys to a thrilling 40-36 victory over Turkey Valley.
6A: Rodney Williams, Converse Judson
Williams who is the interim HC at Judson for the 2019 season is doing all he can to secure the head coaching job permanently as the Rockets are flying high with a 2-0 start after a dominant 52-14 win over rival San Antonio Wagner in the Hammer Bowl. Judson’s defense was dominant holding the state’s highest scoring offense in 2018 to just four scores, while Judson’s offense is humming right along.
5A: Chad Dunnam, Amarillo
After a disappointing loss in Week 1, most wrote the Sandies off this week as Amarillo High took on arch rival Amarillo Tascosa, a team that went to the state semi-finals in Class 6A in 2018. Chad Dunnam’s squad didn’t get the memo Friday night as the Sandies in front of a packed house at Dick Bivins Stadium stunned Tascosa 36-33 as QB Will Maynard hit Peyton Conner with a 21-yard scoring pass with four seconds remaining to even Amarillo High’s record at 1-1.
4A: Todd Rodgers, Argyle
In a rematch of last year’s 4A-Division I Region II final, Todd Rodgers’ third ranked Argyle Eagles made a major statement Friday night, going into Willie Williams Stadium and handing top ranked and defending state champion Waco LaVega a 49-35 defeat, the Pirates first home loss since 2014.
3A: Bo Robinson; Yoakum
Bo Robinson’s young Yoakum squad grew up in a hurry Friday night as the Bulldogs rolled into the home of their DeWitt County rivals Cuero and handed the defending Class 4A Division II Gobblers a convincing 40-21 defeat. Yoakum’s speed gave the Gobblers fits all night and their defense was key pitching a first half shutout which allowed the Bulldogs to race out to a 26-0 lead at the halftime break.
2A: Shawn Alvarez; Kenedy
The Kenedy Lions last earned a win on September 9, 2016, but first year head coach Shawn Alvarez’s squad doesn’t have to wait any longer as the Lions not only won on Friday night, but did it with an emphatic 49-6 win over Louise to even their record at 1-1 and earn Coach Alvarez his first win as a head coach.
1A: Karry Owens, Robert Lee
Owens stepped out of an eight-year retirement in the offseason to take over the Steers and it’s already paying dividends, as the Hall of Fame coach led Robert Lee to a 34-20 win over Sidney.
Class 6A: Mike Glaze, Hurst Bell
After winning just one game in back-to-back seasons, Glaze and his staff quietly installed a new flexbone offense reliant on ball control and a tough defense during the off-season. That change paid immediate dividends for the Blue Raiders as Bell stunned Plano East 27-21 in overtime to open the season on Thursday night equaling their win total from the past two seasons. Glaze, a former offensive coordinator at Cedar Hill showed his versatility and is playing to his team’s strengths with the flip to the old school offense.
Class 5A: Carlo Hein, Laredo Cigarroa
The Toros last win came on October 19, 2017, but Carlo Hein’s squad made sure that streak wouldn’t last any longer in the 2019 season as Cigarroa ended a twelve game losing streak with a season opening 20-15 home victory over Zapata. The key in the win was a tough Toros defense that came up with big stops and timely turnovers that played a huge role in the win.
Class 4A: Finis Vanover, Livingston
Finis Vanover’s Lions came into the season opener against Shepherd as a heavy underdog, after all Livingston was riding a 17-game losing streak and they fell to the Pirates 68-7 in the opener a year ago. The Lions showed just how far they’ve come in year as they knocked off Shepherd 32-29, showing they have potential to be a major sleeper in 2019.
Class 3A: Matt Schobel, Columbus
Local legend Matt Schobel and his Columbus Cardinals made quite the statement in Region IV in Division I with a 41-20 thumping of eighth ranked Goliad Friday night and to be honest, the game wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Columbus dominated in every aspect and served notice in a wide open 3A-Division I that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Class 2A: Denney Faith, Albany
We thought Albany HC Denny Faith would get win number 300 a year ago, but after an 0-5 start to the season the Lions wound up falling a game short of AT&T Stadium and getting their coach that milestone in a state semi-final loss to Gruver. Albany made sure Coach Faith didn’t have to wait long in 2019 taking care of Colorado City 18-3 to put Denny Faith in rare air when it comes to all-time Texas High School Football coaches with that 300th victory.
Class 1A: Joel Baker, Baird
Baird helped sell to the community that six-man football was the best direction for Baird, and then led the Bears to a dominant 57-12 win over Sands in their first-ever six-man game. What’s more, Baker even let the big kids score some points, something they’d likely never get the chance to do in 11-man ball.
2018 Coach of the Year Winner: San Saba head coach Jerod Fikac
2018 Coach of the Week Award Winners
WEEK 14 (REGIONAL SEMIFINALS)
6A: Riley Dodge, Southlake Carroll
Despite being one of the state’s youngest coaches in his first year at the helm, the Dragons have silenced all critics with a 13-0 start after a dominant 35-7 win over perennial power Euless Trinity.
5A: Shaun McDowell, Richmond Foster
McDowell’s young Falcons have improved every week and taken flight in the playoffs, knocking off state power and previously unbeaten Hutto 41-31.
4A: Don DeLozier, Hereford
Despite finishing third in their own district and losing their starting quarterback, the Herd have stampeded through the playoffs, avenging a district loss to Canyon with a 14-3 victory.
3A: David Lucio, Tidehaven
The Tigers may have entered the playoffs at just 4-6, but they’ve hit their stride in the postseason, capped by a 17-0 shutout upset win over Van Vleck — a team Tidehaven lost to by 20 in district play.
2A: Russell Lucas, Hamlin
Heavy underdogs entering their regional semifinal showdown with unbeaten Wellington, the Pied Pipers stunned the state with a 21-18 upset win over the Skyrockets.
1A: Tommy Tritz, Oakwood
The Panthers held on to defeat Richland Springs 66-56 and advance to the DII semifinals. This will be Oakwood's first ever semifinal appearance.
WEEK 13 (AREA PLAYOFFS)
6A: Ken Plunk, Amarillo Tascosa
There may be no hotter team in the state than the Rebels, who made a statement to the state with a 35-24 win over previously unbeaten Arlington.
5A: Jason Todd, South Oak Cliff
The bright lights and big stage of the Ford Center in Frisco didn’t phase the Golden Bears, who rolled past homestanding Frisco High 48-16 to remain unbeaten.
4A: Joe Cluley, Lubbock Estacado
First-year coach Cluley’s Matadora put together one of the state’s most impressive efforts in the area round, knocking off defending regional champion Graham with a 46-30 win.
3A: Jamie Driskell, Malakoff
Using a ball-control ground game and a strong defensive effort, the Tigers knocked off regional favorite and previously unbeaten Jefferson, 31-21.
2A: Demetrius Rector, Celeste
The Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, surging past Bosqueville 42-28 for an impressive win.
1A: Joe Helms, Grandfalls-Royalty
Coach Helms’ Cowboys mounted a tremendous second-half comeback, getting a safety with under two minutes left and following it with a go-ahead touchdown with 9 seconds left to stun Lueders-Avoca, 65-60.
WEEK 12 (BI-DISTRICT PLAYOFFS)
6A: David Collins, Richardson Pearce
Not many believed the Mustangs could pull off the upset over powerhouse Cedar Hill, but the defense forced five turnovers as Pearce shocked the state with a 23-21 win.
5A: Dan Sherwood, Amarillo Caprock
The Longhorns jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back, soaring past El Paso Eastwood 42-17 for the program’s first playoff win since 1975.
4A: Marcus Schulz, Splendora
The Wildcats earned their first playoff win in their 71-year program history with a 47-19 win over Houston North Forest, improving to 10-1 on the year.
3A: Steve Smith, Eustace
The Bulldogs entered the playoffs at just 3-7, but shook up the bracket with a dominating 59-34 win over heavily favored Bonham.
2A: Mitch Ables, Hawley
The Bearcats’ soared past Chico with an emphatic 69-15 win to improve to 10-1 on the season.
1A: Vance Jones, Balmorhea
The six-man icon wrote another chapter in his legend, stunning state-ranked Sterling City with a resounding 64-22 bi-district playoff win.
6A: Scott Peach, Arlington
The Colts captured their first outright district title since 2002 and their first unbeaten regular season since 1988 with an impressive 42-31 win over previously unbeaten and state-ranked Arlington Lamar.
5A: Eddie Salas, San Antonio Harlan
With their season on the line in a hostile environment, Salas’ Hawks didn’t flinch, knocking off Laredo Martin 16-5 to clinch a playoff spot in their first varsity season.
4A: Kodi Crane, Gonzales
Picked by most as an afterthought, the Apaches earned a share of the District 15-4A DI title with a 35-28 win over district frontrunner Boerne.
3A: Bobby Nicholson, Goliad
The Tigers bounced back from a loss the previous week to knock off state-ranked Yoakum, 17-14, and clinch a share of the district title.
2A: Matt Hill, New Deal
The Lions remained unbeaten and made an impression to the rest of the state with a 61-19 rout of state-ranked Sundown, clinching the district crown.
1A: D.T. Torres, Lometa
Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Torres’ Hornets fought to the finish, upsetting Zephyr 66-44 in the season finale.
6A: Jeff Hulme, Hewitt Midway
The Panthers embraced the underdog role and went into one of the state’s most hostile environments to come away with a massive 31-28 win over state-ranked and previously undefeated Temple.
5A: Bill Poe, Justin Northwest
The Texans rolled past Fort Worth Carter-Riverside with an emphatic 71-0 victory, clinching its first district championship since 1962.
4A: Che Hendrix, Boerne
In his first season at the helm of the Greyhounds, Hendrix guided his squad to a thrilling 46-45 victory over previously unbeaten La Vernia, scoring the game’s final 15 points to take charge of the District 15-4A DI race.
3A: John Fish, Bonham
The Warriors moved to 8-1 and 5-0 in district with a 63-27 thrashing of Commerce, scoring 60 or more points for the third time in Fish’s first season.
2A: Josh Moore, Cushing
The Bearkats rallied for a 35-26 win over Union Grove, improving to 6-2 on the year and clinching its first playoff berth since 1997.
1A: Andy Copley, Follett
Facing state-ranked Groom, first-year coach Copley guided his Panthers to a resounding 84-56 win, surging to the top of District 1-1A DII.
6A: Brian Basil, Flower Mound
The Jaguars put themselves in position to win District 6-6A with a 59-21 thrashing of archrival Flower Mound Marcus in the annual Mound Showdown, rolling up 675 yards of total offense in the most lopsided result in the series’ 19-year history.
5A: Travis Bush, Seguin
The Matadors got a signature win in front of a raucous home crowd on Friday night, stunning Dripping Springs 42-39 to put themselves in position to clinch their first district title in a dozen years.
4A: Aaron Dunnam, Dumas
In his first year at the helm of the Demons, Dunnam guided his squad past previously unbeaten Canyon with a thrilling 35-28 victory, taking charge of the District 3-4A DI race.
3A: Darrell Daily, Abernathy
Facing unbeaten and state-ranked Colorado City, the Antelopes were not phased, soaring past the Wolves with an emphatic 40-0 win at home.
2A: Chad Lechler, Snook
Coach Lechler’s squad won over any skeptics with an outstanding offensive effort in a 50-30 win over a solid Flatonia squad, improving to 7-1 on the year and 2-0 in district play.
1A: Andy Rivera, McDade
Playing in their first season as a UIL program, the Bulldogs took down Buckholts 66-65 to pull within one win of a historic playoff berth.
6A: Toby Foreman, Killeen Shoemaker
The Wolves emphatically snapped their 27-game losing streak, outscoring Waco 26-0 in the second half to soar to a cathartic 47-10 victory over their district rival.
5A: Rudy Rangel, The Colony
Trailing 14-13 and facing 4th and long from their own 43-yard line in the final minute, the Cougars ran a perfectly executed hook-and-lateral play to stun state-ranked Frisco Lone State, 21-14.
4A: Chad Butler, Wharton
Facing one of the state’s best defenses and a top-10 squad? No problem for the Tigers, stunning Sweeny with a defense-first 17-15 win.
3A: Rex Sharp, Sabine
Heavy underdogs at home against undefeated West Rusk, the Cardinals’ defense forced five turnovers and held the explosive Raiders attack to just 113 yards in a thrilling 23-7 win.
2A: Jared Fikac, San Saba
The Armadillos are turning into the darlings of Texas high school football after a 55-14 rout of Hico, improving to 7-0 after a 3-7 year in 2017.
1A: Jarratt Shipp, Gholson
Shipp steered the Wildcats to the biggest win in program history with a 34-8 upset of perennial power Abbott.
6A: Jason Tucker, Haltom
The Buffaloes proved to the entire state that they are legit with a stunning 48-34 win over state-ranked Eules Trinity, moving to 6-0 on the year and getting a signature win.
5A: Brandon Faircloth, Port Neches-Groves
Faircloth’s Indians pulled out another heart-stopping win over Crosby, scoring with 10 seconds left to earn a key district road win and move to 3-0 in district play.
4A: Steve Hohenberger, Paris
The Wildcats made a statement to the state of Texas on Friday night, blitzing perennial power Celina 54-14 to win their fifth consecutive game.
3A: Mike Bonewald, Columbus
In their first district game as a 3A program, the Cardinals knocked off preseason favorite Hitchcock, 32-20, making quite an impression to Region IV.
2A: Abe Vargas, Runge
First-year coach Vargas’ Yellow Jackets pulled off one of the state’s biggest upsets, stunning previously unbeaten Pettus 21-20 to put themselves right in the middle of the playoff race.
1A: Shane Mallory, Union Hill
In a matchup of state-ranked squad, Union Hill scored twice in the final three minutes to take down previously unbeaten White Deer, 52-45.
6A: Chris Brister, Cy Falls
The Eagls showed the state that they are a force to be reckoned with, stunning archrival Cy-Fair 14-7, snapping the 6A Division II state champions’ 19-game winning streak.
5A: Casey Walraven, Cleburne
The Jackets are off to a sizzling 5-0 start after their 44-25 win over Arlington Seguin, making last year’s 0-10 season seem like a distant memory.
4A: Darrell Barbay, Jasper
The Bulldogs exorcised a few demons on Friday night, knocking off longtime nemesis and state power West Orange-Stark, 34-24, to move to 6-0 on the year.
3A: Kyle Maxfield, Bangs
First-year coach Maxfield guided the Dragons to their first win since September 2016 with a 27-0 victory over San Angelo Grape Creek, snapping a 20-game losing streak.
2A: Xavier Rangel, Woodsboro
The Eagles are flying high at 5-0 after routing Kenedy, 52-20, their hottest start since 2013.
1A: Josh Stanaland, Jayton
The Jaybirds earned a hard-fought victory over rival Rotan, 42-12, in a game where Stanaland faced off against his brother, Rotan coach John Stanaland.
6A: Kirk Thor, Mansfield Lake Ridge
The Eagles made believers out of the entire state with a thrilling 34-29 win over powerhouse DeSoto, scoring with six seconds left to move to 4-1 in their first season as a 6A program.
5A: Brad Butler, Alvin Shadow Creek
The Sharks made quite the statement, stunning state-ranked and previously unbeaten Angleton 35-14 to move to 4-0 on the year in their first varsity season.
4A: Ray Biles, Lorena
In a battle of state-ranked teams, the Leopards rolled past Fairfield to remain unbeaten with a dominant 41-13 victory.
3A: Bradley Morgan, Buna
The Cougars opened District 12-3A DI play in impressive fashion, taking down previously unbeaten Orangefield thanks to a fourth quarter surge to remain undefeated on the season.
2A: Steven Cerny, Shiner
The Comanches continued to make their case as the top team in Class 2A with a 21-20 road victory over state-ranked Goliad, one of the state’s preeminent 3A powers.
1A: JaMarcus Ashley, Calvert
The chief Trojan guided his squad to a stunning upset over Oakwood, 46-35.
6A: Patrick Longstreet, South Houston
In his first year with the Trojans, Longstreet has South Houston off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1975 following a 47-7 win over previously unbeaten Humble.
5A: James Williams, Fort Bend Marshall
After being dominated by Manvel the past two years, Williams’ squad got the monkey off their back with a 52-51 overtime win over their nemesis, scoring on a game-winning two-point conversion in the extra frame.
4A: Joe Dale Cary, Crandall
Moving their game up a day didn’t phase Cary’s Pirates as they made a statement with a 35-21 win over Dallas Carter.
3A: Jerry Long, Edna
The Cowboys improved to 4-0 with a hard-fought defense-first 14-6 win over Long’s former team, state-ranked East Bernard.
2A: Kade Burns, Mason
The Punchers are putting together one of the most impressive résumés in Class 2A following a dominant 35-7 win over Tuscola Jim Ned, moving to 4-0 on the year with all four wins coming against 3A opponents.
1A: Terry Crawford, Abbott
The Panthers struck with less than two minutes left in the game and held on to take down Bryson in a must-see six-man matchup, 40-39.
6A: Trey Sissom, Fort Bend Travis
The Travis Tigers are 2-1 thanks to the inspiration from coach Sissom, who is overcoming a cancer diagnosis to return to the sideline and guide the Tigers to victories like Friday’s 56-53 win over Spring.
5A: Jeramy Burleson, Kaufman
In their first district game as a 5A school, Burleson’s Lions showed no signs of being intimidated as they dominated longtime 5A power Ennis, 37-7.
4A: Shane Mobley, Sealy
Coach Mobley has his Tigers in high gear in his second year after improving to 3-0 with a 36-23 victory over 5A Waller, jumping out to a 22-0 lead and never looking back.
3A: Bob Cervetto, Dublin
The Lions beat their second state-ranked opponents in as many weeks with a 46-23 win over DeLeon, improving to 3-0 for the first time since 1999.
2A: Jared Fikac, San Saba
After losing 23 of their last 26 games, coach Fikac has the Armadillos rolling at 3-0 with a 40-6 win over Junction, having beaten its three opponents by a combined score of 146-12.
1A: Tom McVey, Crowell
In his first season at the helm, McVey has the Panthers off to a 3-0 start with a hard-fought 69-66 win over Aspermont.
6A: Joe Hubbard, San Antonio East Central
After winning just one game in his first two seasons at the helm, coach Joe Hubbard has the Hornets buzzing at 2-0 in 2018 after a 28-14 win over San Antonio Roosevelt.
5A: Rodney Smith, Waco University
For the second week in a row, the state’s longest losing streak came to an end as Waco University ended their 47-game losing streak in dominant fashion taking down Austin Travis 37-0 at Waco ISD Stadium. It was the first win for the Trojans since a 31-21 win over Joshua on September 27, 2013.
4A: Derek Lewis, Dallas Pinkston
The misery in West Dallas ended as former Texas Longhorn TE Derek Lewis’ Dallas Pinkston squad ended a 36-game losing streak by toppling Dallas Life Oak Cliff 22-13.The Vikings last win was September 26, 2014 when they defeated Dallas Madison 25-22.
3A: Jon Berry, Gladewater
Berry’s Bears made a huge statement with a 37-20 victory over Atlanta, using a grinding running game in rainy weather to roll up nearly 400 yards on the ground.
2A: Dane Ashley, Panhandle
Ashley’s squad has more than lived up to its high expectations through two weeks as the Panthers improved to 2-0 on the season with a dominant 54-6 win over Memphis.
1A: Andy Copley, Follett
In his first full game as head coach of the Panthers after their Week 1 game ended early due to weather, Copley guided Follett to a big 38-30 win over state-ranked Valley.
6A: Jon Kay, Galena Park North Shore
You’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive performance than Kay’s Mustangs, who went into the Tigers’ den and took down Katy in impressive fashion, 35-21. The win avenges a 31-3 loss in the fourth round of the playoffs last year.
5A: Sadd Jackson, Frisco Lebanon Trail
In their first ever varsity game, Sadd Jackson’s squad looked like seasoned veterans as the Trail Blazers took down Fort Worth Southwest, 28-14. It was also the first varsity game coach Jackson coached in since the passing of his brother, longtime Austin-area coach Andrew Jackson, died in the winter.
4A: Oscar Castillo, Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis
The state’s longest losing streak came crashing down in a big way on the opening night of the season as Castillo’s Eagles ended 77 games of frustration with an emphatic 40-12 win over Dallas Conrad on Thursday night. The Eagles, who had not won a game since a 31-7 win over Dallas Jefferson on September 18, 2010 jumped out to a 16-0 lead at the half and after a big third quarter put the game out of reach at 34-0. It was Coach Castillo’s first ever win as a head coach.
3A: Ryne Miller, Marion
There may not have been a more impressive first-year head coaching debut this weekend than in Marion, where Ryne Miller — in his first ever game as a head coach after coming over from San Antonio Harlandale — made a major statement with a 71-6 win over Luling to open the 2018 season.
2A: Jon Lowrey, Lovelady
Coach Lowrey’s squad wasted no time in letting Class 2A Division II know they were a team to contend with as the Lions rolled past Groveton 48-6, behind a 42 point first-half explosion. The win for the Lions was just their second win in school history in Groveton.
1A: John York, Paducah
In his first game as head coach of the Dragons, York guided Paducah to a hard-fought 58-30 win over Meadow.
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6A: Rodney Webb, Rockwall
5A: Jason Strunk, Lubbock
4A: Kodi Crane, Gonzales
3A: Mike Nichols, Little River Academy
2A: Jason Keller, Sabinal
1A: Tye Keith, Happy
6A: Danny Servance, Odessa
5A: Justen Evans, Corpus Christi Miller
4A: Mike Fuller, Decatur
3A: Judd Thrash, McGregor
2A: Chris Tobola, Wortham
1A: Randy Sims Jr., Mullin
6A: Manny Gomez, Harlingen
5A: Joe Willis, Colleyville Heritage
4A: Cornel Thompson, West Orange-Stark
3A: Cody Burris, Tornillo
2A: Chad LaGrone, Milano
1A: Luis Guereca, Iredell
6A: Ken Plunk, Amarillo Tascosa
5A: Joseph Turner, Fort Worth North Side
4A: Lupe Florez, Bay City
3A: Brandon Hankins, Kemp
2A Jason Herring, Refugio
1A: Caleb Callaway, Knox City
6A: Mickey Moss, Rockwall-Heath
5A: Mark Perez, San Antonio Burbank
4A: Josh Gibson, Texarkana Pleasant Grove
3A: Mike Jackson, La Marque
2A: David Yeager, DeLeon
1A: Evan Cardwell, Paint Creek
6A: Mike Uribe, PSJA Memorial
5A: Chad Cole, Frisco Reedy
4A: Jowell Hancock, Rusk
3A: Jake Fieszel, Gunter
2A: Steven Grigsby, Roby
1A: Brandon Smith, Turkey Valley
6A: Todd Dodge, Austin Westlake
5A: Kemmie Lewis, San Antonio Memorial
4A: Lee Wiginton, Midlothian Heritage
3A: Brad Davis, Grandview
2A: Jason Thibodeaux, Sabine Pass
1A: Sammy Winters, Hermleigh
6A: John Snelson, Dickinson
5A: Randy Jackson, North Forney
4A: Tom Allen, Sinton
3A: Josh Finney, Mount Vernon
2A: Lance Connot, Bogata Rivercrest
1A: Ronny Crumpton, Milford
6A: Tim Anuszkiewicz, Midland
5A: MT Tyeskie, Dallas Conrad
4A: Kent Jackson, Seminole
3A: Tal Sanders, Maypearl
2A: Jason Hodde, Burton
1A: Wayne Ware, Coolidge
6A: James Showers, Aldine Davis
5A: Dale Keeling, Everman
4A: Marcus Shavers, Lubbock Estacado
3A: Donnie Osborn, Teague
2A: Jayson Wilhelm, Menard
1A: Eddie Gallegos, Jonesboro
6A: Jason Tucker, Haltom
5A: Seth Parr, Lubbock Coronado
4A: Clifton Terrell, Houston North Forest
3A: Frank Johnson, Holliday
2A: Russell Lucas, Hamlin
1A: Dalton DeGraffenried, Klondike