Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is proud to honor one team from each classification with the School of the Week award. The teams selected throughout the course of this program have exemplified the best of Texas high school football.
Congratulations to all the teams. We salute you.
2020 Team of the Week Award Winners
6A: Smithson Valley
Fueled by a big game from QB Jalen Nutt, the Rangers upset state ranked Converse Judson 35-32, handing the Rockets their first home loss since 2017.
5A: Denton Ryan
In a showcase matchup of Top 10 teams in 5A Division I, the Raiders polished off their sixth consecutive undefeated regular season with a 35-21 victory over Frisco Lone Star.
Special teams ruled the day for the Steers, who opened the game with Zach Martin’s 96-yard kickoff return touchdown and capped it with Chandler Dyer’s game-winning 37-yard field goal to topple Celina, 23-21.
3A: Mount Vernon
Brock Nellor put on a show and the Tigers defense came up with critical stops down the stretch as the Tigers stunned Malakoff, 37-34, to advance to the state semifinals.
Facing the team that has eliminated them the last two seasons, the Comanches rewrote the script, using a hard-nosed defense and tough running to take down previously unbeaten Refugio, 24-13.
1A: Richland Springs
The defending Division I champions survived a huge push from perennial power Strawn, holding off the Greyhounds to bring home a 59-56 state semifinal victory and advance to their 11th state title game.
PVT: Lubbock Kingdom Prep
The Warriors avenged their lone loss of the season in style, taking down Abilene Christian 62-24 in the TAPPS Division III state quarterfinals.
In a rare non-district regular season finale, Conner Weigman threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns — both to Dylan Goffney — as the Bears took down previously unbeaten Cy-Fair, 41-29, polishing off the first undefeated regular season in the program’s young history.
5A: San Antonio Alamo Heights
In a defensive slugfest, the Mules stifled Kerrville Tivy to bring home a 17-9 victory, clinching their first district championship since 2007.
4A: Austin LBJ
The Jaguars jumped on top of perennial power Corpus Christi Calallen from the word go and never relented, soaring past the Wildcats 38-24 to clinch a spot in the 4A Division I regional finals.
Juan Gonzales banged through a go-ahead 33-yard field goal in the final moments as the Tigers took down two-time defending 3A Division II state champion Grandview, 24-21, avenging last season’s playoff loss to the Zebras.
The Hornets went toe-to-toe with reigning state finalist Hamlin and Martie McCoy’s game-winning 19-yard field goal as time expired pushed Muenster into the regional final with a thrilling 31-28 victory.
A balanced attack with Gunnar Lamb and Braeden Williams guided the Tigers to the 1A Division II state semifinals with a 72-26 victory over Follett.
PVT: Waco Reicher
Despite falling behind early in nasty weather, the Cougars pushed through, getting 238 total yards from Eli Cummings in a 27-22 victory over Temple Central Texas Christian in the TAPPS Division IV playoffs.
6A: Pearland Dawson
In a hard-hitting 23-6A slugfest, the Eagles defense stood tall in overtime and Carter Brown banged through a game-winning field goal as the Eagles polished off a perfect regular season and a second consecutive district championship in a 31-28 victory over Alvin Shadow Creek.
5A: New Braunfels Canyon
Fueled by 338 yards on the ground from Drew Berry and Micah Williford, the Cougars clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 with a thrilling 24-21 win over San Antonio Veterans Memorial.
4A: Corpus Christi Miller
In a wild shootout, quarterback Andrew Body racked up 567 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns, and the Buccaneers defense made a critical fourth down stop in the final minute as Miller knocked off state-ranked Lampasas, 54-49.
Christian Riley scored three touchdowns and the Eagles’ defense stood tall to beat previously unbeaten Poth, 21-20, to move on to the regional semifinals.
Ryan Harris ran for 236 yards and five touchdowns as the Bearcats outlasted previously unbeaten Hearne 41-38 to advance to the third round of the playoffs for just the third time in program history.
In an intense Division I showdown, the Panthers came from behind to take down Anton, 44-43, earning a spot in the Region I final.
PVT: Lantana Harvest Christian
The Saints brought home their first state championship in program history, toppling Azle Christian 58-44 to win the TCAF Six-Man Division II title.
The Panthers’ defense stifled the high-powered Cedar Hill attack and quarterback Grayson James and company did just enough to take down the Longhorrns, 28-14, earning their fourth consecutive outright district championship.
In a matchup of high-octane state-ranked Houston area powers, the Mavericks ran for an astonishing 498 yards and seven touchdowns to cruise past previously unbeaten Richmond Foster, 66-28.
4A: Nevada Community
In the most stunning upset of the first round of the Texas high school football playoffs, Paul Testa’s 1-yard go-ahead touchdown run with 2:08 remaining capped a 15-play, 91-yard drive with 2:08 left, and the defense stood tall as the Braves shocked state-ranked Glen Rose, 28-25.
The Cardinals defense shut down an explosive Rockdale attack and the offense rode a balanced attack to a dominant 42-15 bi-district victory over Rockdale.
The Pirates avenged a regular season loss to Cushing by blowing past the Bearcats 44-8 in bi-district play, earning the first playoff victory in the program’s 60-year history.
A week after snapping a long district title drought, the Tigers did one better in the bi-district round, taking down Oakwood 62-52 for their first playoff victory since 1984.
PVT: Katy St. John XXIII
In an emotional regular season finale, the Lions exploded for 15 fourth-quarter points to take down San Antonio Christian 21-14 and earn their first victory of the season.
6A: Katy Tompkins
Jalen Milroe hit Joshua McMillan for three touchdown passes and the Falcons’ defense put up a relentless performance as Tompkins took down Katy 24-19, snapping the Tigers’ 75-game district winning streak.
5A: Fort Worth North Side
Fueled by a big fourth quarter led by star Da’Wain Lofton, the Steers pulled away from district foe Fort Worth Polytechnic for a 28-13 victory, moving to 5-0 for the first time since 1946.
The Badgers soared past district rival Fredericksburg 56-20, clinching the program’s first undefeated regular season since 1923.
In a win-or-go-home final regular season game against rival Fairfield, the Lions stood tall, withstanding the Eagles’ attack to bring home a 28-21 victory and clinch a playoff spot for the ninth consecutive season.
After winning just three games in the previous eight seasons combined, the Cubs are headed for the playoffs for the first time since 2006 after a 38-0 romp over Munday.
In a thrilling season finale, the Bulldogs held off district rival Loraine to bring home an overtime victory, 81-75.
PVT: Dallas St. Mark’s
In a low-scoring slugfest, the Lions got a touchdown run from sophomore Keats Leffel and another scoring strike from Alex Nadalini to Kit Colson, and the defense did the rest, earning their first victory of the season 14-0 over Dallas Greenhill.
6A: San Antonio Holmes
Christopher Medelez scrambled for a 11-yard touchdown in overtime and the Huskies defense made it stand up as Holmes defeated San Antonio Lee 21-13, snapping a 16-game losing streak.
5A: Wichita Falls
Cameron Gould’s third touchdown of the game and Zy Gravitt’s two-point conversion pass to Tye Willie gave the Coyotes the lead with 4:11 left, and the special teams unit blocked a would-be game-winning field goal as Wichita Falls down district rival Canyon Randall, 36-35.
In a rare late-season non-district battle, the Wildcats shut out high-powered Wimberley in the second half to grind out a 17-14 win over the Texans.
In the finale of what’s been a discouraging season, the Elks finished strong, upsetting district rival Huntington 16-14 to earn their first win of the year.
In a bruising defensive slugfest, the Eagles earned a critical district victory with a 9-8 victory over Alba-Golden, keeping themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot.
1A: White Deer
In a six-man stunner, the Bucks got a huge game from Hunter Warminski and soared past state-ranked Turkey Valley in emphatic fashion, 74-34.
PVT: Austin Brentwood Christian
In a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter, the Bears scored a go-ahead touchdown with under five minutes to go, and stopped a would-be game-winning two-point conversion in the final minutes to hang on for a 27-26 win over Boerne Geneva.
6A: Cy Springs
Quezean Bou plunged in for a go-ahead touchdown run with 3:43 left and the defense did the rest as the Panthers took down Cy Laks 35-20, snapping a 19-game losing streak.
5A: Colleyville Heritage
The Panthers rallied from an early deficit to force overtime, and Braxton Ash scored the game-winning touchdown in the extra frame as Heritage held off district rival Richland, 48-42.
4A: Manor New Tech
The Titans’ offense ignited for 54 points — the most in program history — in a 54-7 win over Austin Achieve, bringing home the fourth victory in the program’s three-year history and clinching a playoff spot for the first time.
3A: Odessa Compass Academy
In their first year of varsity play, the Cougars roared out to a 25-2 halftime lead and never looked back, winning the first game in program history with a 31-16 victory over district rival Anthony.
Trailing 7-6 in the final moments, Cole Reynolds ran for a go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds to play and the Cowboys held firm to stun district rival Seagraves, 14-7, beating the Eagles for just the second time in their last ten meetings.
1A: Sterling City
In one of the most anticipated games at any level in Week 9, Sterling City got three touchdowns from Cross Knittel and three interceptions from Damian Calderon en route to a 38-28 win over No. 1 Westbrook.
PVT: San Antonio Christian
Fueled by a big game from quarterback Joel Allen, the Lions earned their first win of the season with an impressive 38-21 win over Austin St. Dominic Savio.
After Spring Westfield kicked a go-ahead field goal with 25 seconds left, Travis Sims hauled in a 51-yard heave from Bishop Davenport for a game-winning touchdown, pushing Spring past Westfield 27-23 for the Lions’ first win over their Spring ISD rival since 2011.
5A: Corpus Christi Carroll
The Tigers got a huge game from receiver Andre Sanders and the defense stifled Corpus Christi Ray as Carroll brought home a 40-7 victory, snapping a 25-game losing streak that dated back nearly three years.
The Bulldogs took the lead on an interception return for a touchdown with 3:38 remaining and the defense stood tall to bring home Borger’s first win of the season, stunning Lubbock Estacado 23-20.
In a matchup of perennial powers, the Yellowjackets rallied from a three-touchdown deficit late, and Trevion Sneed’s 15-yard touchdown run in overtime pushed Mineola to a 55-49 win over 2019 state finalist Pottsboro.
2A: Ben Bolt
After an offseason that included the cancellation and resurrection of the 2020 campaign, the Badgers made the most of their long-awaited season opener, taking down Riviera Kaufer, 23-0.
1A: Robert Lee
In a renewal of one of the oldest rivalries in Texas high school football, the Steers held off nemesis Bronte to score a 43-42 win in the Coke County Rivalry.
PVT: Waco Live Oak
The Falcons rang off 24 unanswered points in the second quarter and held off a last-gasp heave from Plano Coram Deo to bring home a 36-32 win, avenging last season’s playoff loss.
6A: Clear Brook
Cameron McCalister threw for three touchdowns and the defense held Clear Lake to just 127 yards of offense as the Wolverines moved to 3-0 — and 1-0 in District 24-6A play — with a 24-0 victory.
5A: El Paso Andress
Quarterback Jeremiah Tosky threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and the Eagles defense held off a would-be game-tying two-point conversion in the final minutes to hold on for a 21-19 win over El Paso Chapin.
Trailing at halftime, the Chaparrals rallied for 16 unanswered points in the third quarter and held off a late Celina rally to topple the Bobcats 36-27, Aubrey’s first win over Celina since 1993.
With much of the varsity team unavailable due to COVID-19 exposure, a piecemeal Eagles team largely comprised of junior varsity players stood tall to bring home an improbable 8-6 win over Valley View.
Darian De La Rosa caught a touchdown pass and ran for the game-winning score as the Mustangs snapped a four-game losing streak to take down Sudan 25-21 in the District 2-2A Division II opener.
Coming off of four consecutive losing seasons, the Cardinals became one of just eight UIL six-man teams to reach a 7-0 record with their impressive 71-42 district opening win over Aspermont.
PVT: Tyler Grace Community
The Cougars held Cypress Christian to a field goal in their possession of overtime and found their way in for the game-winning touchdown to move to 3-0 with a 13-10 overtime victory.
6A: Pasadena Rayburn
The Texans defense held Houston Milby to just 125 yards of total offense and Brayan Aguirre’s touchdown pass to Esteban Nava was just enough offense as Rayburn snapped its 29-game losing streak dating back to 2017 with a 7-6 victory.
5A: Lubbock Coronado
In a South Plains showdown, it was the Coronado defense who stood tall, stifling Lubbock-Cooper and giving quarterback Sawyer Robertson more than enough latitude as the Mustangs beat the Pirates, 28-0.
4A: Dallas Carter
Kace Williams found Redd Mu’min-Walker for a 12-yard go-ahead touchdown with 2:38 left as the Cowboys surged past rival Dallas Kimball for a 24-20 win in the annual Oak Cliff Super Bowl.
The Bulldogs held Premont’s powerful rushing offense in check en route to a 33-7 victory, becoming the first public school team from the hard-hit Rio Grande Valley to win a game in 2020.
Braden Adams ran for a pair of touchdowns and the Hawks’ defense dominated district rival Beckville in a 32-6 win, improving to 6-0 and clinching the program’s first winning season since 2010.
The Panthers rode an eight-touchdown performance from Kadyn Johnson to a 73-28 win over defending state champion Blum, moving to 6-0 on the season.
PVT: Dallas Fairhill
The Falcons defense stood tall in a 32-12 victory over Garland Christian, nabbing the program’s first victory since August 31, 2018.
In a showcase season opener at AT&T Stadium, the Wildcats scored the game’s final 30 points to take down state-ranked Longview 40-13, avenging last season’s playoff loss to the Lobos.
5A: Magnolia West
Thanks to four touchdowns from junior running back Hunter Bilbo, the Mustangs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, surging past Brenham 48-28.
Trailing 24-14 with just over two minutes left, the Billies mounted a furious comeback, recovering an onside kick and scoring a touchdown on the game’s final play before Cole Immel hit Kade Jenschke for the game-winning two-point conversion for an unforgettable 25-24 victory.
3A: Amarillo Highland Park
The Hornets ran out to an 18-0 first quarter lead thanks to quarterback Brayden Franco, and held off a furious Tulia rally to bring home a 46-44 win.
The Bobcats’ offense exploded for 46 points for the second consecutive week, blitzing Pasadena First Baptist, 46-6.
Playing in its first UIL season, the Mustangs showed moxie beyond their years, fending off Amherst 23-22 in a defensive slugfest to improve to 4-1 on the year.
PVT: Midland Christian
Facing state-ranked Wall in its first game of the season, the Mustangs were certainly not rusty, blowing past the Hawks for an emphatic 40-6 victory.
In a heavyweight clash of No. 1 vs. No. 2, the Eagles faced down the team that’s eliminated them the past two seasons and came out on top, riding a terrific defensive effort and a strong game from quarterback CJ Rogers to a 35-7 victory over Waco La Vega.
3A: Tuscola Jim Ned
Fueled by 182 yards and three touchdowns from running back Xavier Wishert, the Indians leapt onto the statewide radar with an impressive 39-20 victory over state ranked Cisco.
In a highly anticipated matchup of unbeatens, the Pirates put together a virtuoso defensive peformance to outlast Holland, 13-8.
Down 40-28 heading into the fourth quarter, Dragons staged a wild comeback, which included a game-sealing interception on the final play of the game, to take down Buckholts 49-46.
PVT: Smoking for Jesus Ministry
The Eagles are flying high at 4-0 after their resounding 52-6 victory over Coastal Christian Homeschool.
After Jordan Randall scored in overtime to pull within one of Aransas Pass, coach Hunter Hamrick opted to go for two and the win, and Bobby Gonzales made the decision look wise, scoring the game-winning two-point conversion to win a thriller for the Mustangs, 22-21.
In one of the wildest games of the young season, the Bulldogs stopped a would-be game-tying two-point conversion in the fourth overtime to take down Redwater, 45-43, and win its first game of the year.
After entering the season on a 22-game losing streak, the Cardinals are now a sparkling 3-0 on the season, pitching their second consecutive shutout with a 29-0 victory over Center Point.
With a ferocious defensive effort, Highland took down Blackwell 42-22 in the Battle of the Hornets, snapping a three-game losing streak to their rival.
PVT: Waco Methodist Children’s Home
Playing in their season opener, the Bulldogs didn’t show any sign of rust, riding a huge game from quarterback John Fomba to a resounding 75-29 victory over Arlington St. Paul’s.
4A: La Vernia
The Bears shook off early struggles, quarterback Gage Lowry was sharp and the defense forced six Geronimo Navarro turnovers to improve to 2-0 with a 28-19 win over the state-ranked Panthers.
In the annual Polish Bowl rivalry game with Falls City, the Pirates came out swinging and never looked back, holding the Beavers to just 114 yards of total offense while the running game took flight in a 58-0 victory, the second-most lopsided win in the series’ 63-game history.
EJ Hernandez ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns as the Roughnecks jumped out to a 48-0 halftime lead and never looked back, soaring past Sudan 59-15.
Playing in their first season as a six-man program, the Wolverines look right at home, improving to 2-0 with a 48-0 victory over Hart.
PVT: Arlington St. Paul
Fueled by seven sacks from sophomore James Penkert, the Lions’ defense put together a gutty effort to take down Haslet Legacy Classical Christian, 30-26.
4A: Big Spring
The Steers won their season opener for the first time since 2014, riding a huge game from quarterback Gabriel Baeza to take home a 36-14 victory over Vernon.
3A: Queen City
Sparked by a sensational defensive effort, the Bulldogs snapped a 26-game losing streak with a 14-0 win over Linden-Kildare, their first victory since September 22, 2017.
The Steers drove for a touchdown on their opening possession, and that proved to be enough as they held a powerful Ralls attack to just 144 total yards to bring home a 7-0 road victory, making coach Darren Kelley a winner in his debut at the helm.
Talk about your season-opening statement: the Cougars blitzed state finalist McLean with 36 points in the first quarter and never looked back, upsetting the Tigers 52-6 in a game stopped at halftime via mercy rule.
Private Schools: San Antonio Cornerstone
Facing state-ranked power Corpus Christi Calallen on the road, the Warriors rode a huge game from quarterback Lucas Coley to a 24-20 victory.
2019 Team of the Week Award Winners
6A: Houston Strake Jesuit
Eleven weeks after losing to Beaumont West Brook by 40 points, the Crusaders exacted a sweet bit of revenge, getting seven touchdowns from Dylan Campbell in a stunning 63-35 upset of the 2018 state finalists.
5A: Boerne Champion
Buoyed by 373 yards on the ground, the Chargers rode a big third quarter to an area round upset of Port Lavaca Calhoun, 42-32.
In a wild back-and-forth affair, the Lions went 47 yards in less than a minute to set up Zach Strong’s go-ahead 34-yard field goal in the final seconds to survive against Alvarado, 37-35.
Despite finishing fourth in district, the Raiders are through to the regional semifinals as Landry Deaton paced a 400-yard rushing attack by the Raiders in a 28-20 win over Dallas Madison.
After limping into the playoffs in fourth place in their own district, the Greyhounds are making plenty of noise, exploding past Van Horn 59-26 and into the regional semifinals.
1A: Saint Jo
In the biggest upset of the area round of the 1A playoffs, the Panthers are through to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in program history after knocking off Avalon, 52-22.
6A: Eagle Pass
Trailing 31-0 in the second quarter, the Eagles mounted one of the most astonishing comebacks in recent history, scoring the final 42 points of the game to stun PSJA, 42-31.
5A: Texas High
In one of the biggest upsets of the first round of the playoffs, the Tigers tied the game in the final minute to force overtime, and came through with a stunning 41-35 win on the road against state-ranked Lufkin.
The Eagles exploded out of the gates for a 29-0 halftime lead and never looked back, beating Levelland 45-0 — the Eagles’ first playoff victory since 1975.
The Panthers used 221 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing from Wrangler Priest and a pair of takeaways to surge past Winona, 36-32.
2A: Big Sandy
Facing district champion Centerville, the Wildcats forced four turnovers and hit a handful of big plays to pull off the first-round upset, 39-32.
The Bulldogs made history on Friday night, upsetting Gorman 74-62 to earn the school’s first playoff win since 1994 — when they were playing 11-man ball.
6A: Harlingen South
Facing a must-win game against Brownsville Hanna, the Hawks’ defense came up big, stifling Hanna to earn a playoff berth with a 24-14 win.
5A: San Antonio Burbank
The Bulldogs capped a 10-play, 86-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown strike from Tobi Korrodi to Juan Urbiola with 10 seconds left as Burbank took down San Antonio Lanier, 28-27, to clinch just the 10th playoff berth in the program’s 82-year history.
4A: Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis
The Eagles finished their season on a high, toppling Fort Worth Western Hills 23-20 to earn their first district victory in ten years.
3A: Amarillo River Road
The playoffs started a week early for the Wildcats, who used a combined 305 yards and six touchdowns on the ground from Lance Welps and Brandon Belcher to beat Littlefield 41-13, clinching their first playoff berth since 2016.
2A: Bogata Rivercrest
Facing off against previously unbeaten Honey Grove, the Rebels were not phased, surging past the Warriors 42-28 to earn a share of the district title.
The Longhorns scored a thrilling 27-26 win over two-time defending champion and archrival Strawn.
6A: Plano West
The long wait is over as the Wolves mounted a furious fourth-quarter comeback — including two touchdowns in the final minute, capped by Danny Davis’ 10-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Wyatt Johnson — to snap a 34-game losing streak with a 36-35 win over rival Plano East.
5A: Fort Worth North Side
The Steers are dancing for the first time since 1979, clinching a playoff spot with a hard-fought come-from-behind win over Fort Worth Polytechnic, 21-20.
4A: La Feria
The Lions used a second-half surge and a steady defensive effort to topple Hidalgo, 28-12, clinching their third straight district title and finishing the regular season at 10-0 — the only team in the Rio Grande Valish that fet in 2019.
Garrett Peacock hit Kolby Tanner for a go-ahead 9-yard touchdown pass with 48 seconds left as the Wildcats stunned previously unbeaten defending state champion Grandview, 26-21.
In the state’s only matchup of undefeated squads in Week 10, it was all about the Bold Gold, who got 192 yards and 3 touchdowns from RB Ashton Jefferson in a dominating 53-0 romp over New Deal.
Playing in their tenth game in ten weeks, the Longhorns clinched the district title with a 74-26 win over Wilson, finishing the regular season 9-1 and staking their claim as one of the state’s most improved squads.
6A: Mansfield Summit
The Jaguars overcame soggy weather and a 13-point deficit, rallying to take down previously unbeaten DeSoto, 27-26.
5A: Katy Paetow
In arguably the biggest win in the program’s history, the Panthers used a physical defensive effort and a fourth-quarter rally to take down Huntsville, 25-14, clinching a playoff berth in just their second varsity season.
4A: Midland Greenwood
The Rangers didn’t let a 100-mile road trip to Fort Stockton knock them off their winning ways, holding the Panthers to just 141 yards of total offense in a dominant 54-17 win to remain unbeaten.
In a battle for district supremacy, the Bulldogs came out hot and never looked back, surging to a 17-0 halftime lead and stymying Anderson-Shiro en route to a 23-6 victory, handing the Owls their first loss of the year.
In a hard-fought defense-first slugfest, the Hornets came up with the big plays and held off a late Somerville rally to come away with a 13-12 victory, their first win of the year and one that clinches a playoff spot.
1A: Nueces Canyon
The Panthers scored a major upset on Friday night, edging state-ranked and previously unbeaten Leakey in a wild back-and-forth affair, 50-44.
6A: Cedar Park Vista Ridge
Jacob Bowerman miraculously hauled in Kyle Brown’s 40-yard Hail Mary heave on the final play of regulation as Vista Ridge stunned district rival Round Rock Cedar Ridge, 49-42.
Daelove Harris’ 4-yard touchdown run in overtime — his fourth of the game — pushed the Dragons past rival Dallas Kimball 30-27 for their first win over the Knights since 2011.
4A: Fort Worth Castleberry
In a wild shootout that featured four touchdowns in a two-minute span in the fourth quarter, the Lions came up with the big defensive plays late to eke past rival Lake Worth, 42-41.
The Coyotes snapped their 20-game losing streak with a determined defensive effort, topping Fabens 13-7.
In a matchup of unbeaten squads, the Comanches proved they are the real deal, stifling a powerful Weimar rushing attack and exploding for 434 rushing yards in an emphatic 52-7 victory.
The Warriors earned a hard-fought 44-39 win over Follett, and it represents something much more than beating the defending state runner-up — it’s the first time the Warriors have beaten Follett since 1998, snapping an 18-game losing streak to the Panthers.
6A: Dallas Jesuit
Significant underdogs against undefeated Prosper, the Rangers out-muscled their district foe, getting 93 yards and four touchdowns from E.J. Smith en route to a 41-14 victory.
5A: A&M Consolidated
In a matchup of unbeatens, the Tigers proved that they are for real, going on the road and smothering Lamar Consolidated, 41-7.
The Blue Jays rode a terrific game from Ashton Stredick and an opportunistic defense to an emphatic 34-17 victory over state-ranked Columbia, inching closer to its first district title since 1987.
The Bulldogs’ defense was relentless, holding high-powered Mildred to just 110 yards of total offense, while their own attack reeled off 600 yards in a dominating 48-13 win over previously unbeaten Corsicana Mildred.
Trailing 6-0 at halftime, the Trojans used a pair of defensive touchdowns and a big game from Awtry Blagg to rally past rival Archer City, 24-19.
1A: Mount Calm
The Panthers used a big second quarter to roar past Walnut Springs 46-34, earning their first win since October 2017 and snapping a 19-game losing skid.
6A: Klein Cain
In one of the biggest upsets of the week, the Hurricanes used a sturdy defense and a strong game from sophomore running back Jaydon Blue to stun perennial power The Woodlands, 28-14.
The Hornets rallied from a 35-14 halftime deficit and Nicholas Quevedo booted through a game-winning 42-yard field goal in the final seconds to knock off previously unbeaten Crowley, 48-47.
In a state-ranked matchup of two of the best programs in East Texas, the Bulldogs used a second-half surge and a bruising defensive effort to take down Pleasant Grove, 35-14.
Tanner Carlisle ran for the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion in the final seconds to force overtime, and Tommy Bernal plunged in for the game-winning score in the extra frame as the Bulldogs squeaked past Blooming Grove, 33-25.
The Wildcats’ defense was the dominant force in a battle of 2A unbeatens, surging past Flatonia 19-7.
Dakota Mynarcik ran for 278 yards and five scores and the Bulldogs held on late to win a memorable matchup with Iredell, 46-44.
6A: San Antonio Brandeis
In a battle of unbeaten squads with the early District 28-6A pole position on the line, the Brandeis offense exploded for a dominant 51-16 victory over San Antonio Brennan.
5A: Pflugerville Weiss
The Wolves earned their first-ever district victory, knocking off previously unbeaten Bastrop on the road with a resounding 34-7 victory.
The Buckeyes snapped the state’s longest winning streak, using a dominant defensive effort to become the first team in 33 games to beat Newton, 16-0.
The Trojans turned the District 10-3A Division I race on its head, scoring the first 17 points of the game and never looking back to topple previously unbeaten and state-ranked Cameron Yoe, 59-41.
In a highly anticipated rematch of the 2017 state championship game, the Bobcats rallied from an early deficit to knock off nemesis Mart, 48-40.
The Red Devils improved to 5-0 with a 60-46 win on the road against state-ranked power Garden City.
6A: Houston Stratford
Trailing 17-7 with under 10 minutes to go, the Spartans launched a furious rally, scoring the final 20 points of the game to soar past district rival Cy Ridge 27-17.
5A: Red Oak
The Hawks served notice to the state that they are a force to be reckoned with, knocking off state-ranked South Oak Cliff 28-21 and taking control of the District 6-5A Division I race.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 for the first time in more than 20 years after using a relentless defensive effort to take down Comfort, 35-12.
In a game put together at the last minute due to weather-related cancellations, the Lumberjacks scored one of the biggest wins in recent program history, stymying state-ranked 4A power Jasper for a stunning 14-9 victory.
Fueled by 135 yards on the ground from sophomore Major Stockton and a sensational defensive effort, the Buffaloes stampeded past Colorado City, 34-14.
The Bears snapped the state’s third-longest winning streak in style, going on the road and jumping all over defending state champ McLean to end the Tigers’ 18-game winning streak with a 48-35 victory.
Despite playing without reigning district MVP Tyson Thompson, the Bearkats stunned Klein Oak 31-28 in their district opener to turn the District 15-6A race on its head.
5A: Frisco Lone Star
The Rangers did what no Texas team has done since 1998 — beat Highland Park at home — as Lone Star rode a huge game from WR Marvin Mims to a 30-19 win over the three-time defending champs.
4A: El Campo
Guided by a three-headed rushing attack of Charles Shorter, Johntre Davis and Reuben Owens, plus an outstanding defensive effort, the Ricebirds whalloped defending state champ Cuero, 42-0.
In a wild game that featured big plays on both sides, it was the Eagles who stood tall, going on the raod and getting a big game from QB Kendrick Malone to knock off 4A Pittsburg 31-16.
The Bulldogs fell behind early but rallied behind resilient performances from QB Brendan Horner to grab a 41-19 win over Valley Mills, moving to 3-0 for the first time since 2002.
The Mustangs grinded out a hard-fought 40-30 win over Evant to move to 3-0 on the season, their first 3-0 start since 2000.
How do you follow up a dramatic win over the No. 1 team in the state? By dominating another state-ranked team! That’s exactly what the Tigers did, drubbing Humble Atascocita 56-14 just a week after knocking off defending champion Galena Park North Shore.
5A: The Colony
With a new-look high-tempo offense, QB Mikey Harrington and WR Myles Price torched state-ranked Frisco Reedy en route to a resounding 48-19 victory.
4A: Rio Hondo
In a nip-and-tuck affair all night, the Bobcats scored first in overtime and then held off a would-be game-winning two-point conversion to bring home a thrilling 17-16 win over Zapata.
Fueled by sharp passing from Braden Plyler and an opportunistic defense, the Cardinals stunned state-ranked Gunter 27-14, snapping the Tigers’ 35-game regular season winning streak.
The Bulldogs exploded for 571 yards on the ground, including 283 yards and six scores from quarterback Brandon Coker, to edge Dallas First Baptist for a wild 70-66 victory.
1A: Prairie Lea
It was a big night in Caldwell County as the Indians defeated Fayette County Homeschool 52-0, snapping the team’s 20-game losing streak and earning their first victory since October 2017.
6A: Beaumont United
What a difference a year makes for the Timberwolves, who avenged last year’s 55-21 season-opening loss to Houston St. Pius X in style, using a 39-point first half to soar past St. Pius, 53-6.
5A: Frisco Lebanon Trail
Fueled by a balanced offensive attack and an opportunistic defense, the Trail Blazers earned their second win in program history with a 43-18 upset of Fort Worth Southwest.
4A: Tyler Chapel Hill
Jeff Riordan’s debut as head coach of the Bulldogs was a spectacular one, getting big performances from Kobe Coker, Tyson Berry and Khalan Griffin to throttle Crandall, 42-0.
The Hawks made a statement on statewide television, using a dominating defensive effort and terrific offensive line play to beat Mason 47-7, ending the Punchers’ 38-game home winning streak.
The Indians came out swinging as Cade Steubing threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns to score a 53-26 road victory over Lovelady.
1A: Dime Box
Playing in its first football game in school history, the Longhorns brought home an historic 26-23 win over Bellville Faith…on the road, no less.
2018 School of the Week Award Winners
Week 14 (Regional Semifinals)
6A: Beaumont West Brook
In a wild back-and-forth offensive slugfest, the Bruins’ defense came up big when it mattered most as the Bruins surged past Katy Tompkins 49-45 and into the regional final.
5A: Mission Veterans Memorial
Fueled by an astonishing 704 yards and 7 touchdowns from QB Landry Gilpin, the Patriots became the third large-school Rio Grande Valley team to reach the regional final since 1990 with a 62-55 win over Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial.
4A: Iowa Park
Despite starting the season at 1-5, the Hawks have hit their stride, surging past Midland Greenwood 35-14 to punch their ticket to the regional final.
The Bulldogs avenged a previous loss to district rival Goliad with a thrilling 38-35 victory in the regional semifinals.
2A: San Augustine
In a tight-knit contest, the Wolves blocked a would-be go-ahead extra point and returned it 85 yards for a go-ahead two-point conversion, and that proved to be the difference in a thrilling 29-27 win over Garrison.
The Eagles fly into the state semi-finals for the first time since 1975 (8man) after a 68-36 win over Gorman. (Leakey won the 8man state title in 1975, the last year of 8man in Texas.)
Week 13 (Area Playoffs)
6A: Austin Vandegrift
In a 6A DII slugfest, Trey Mongauzy tip-toed in for a go-ahead touchdown in the second overtime, and the Vipers’ defense stood tall to bring home a thrilling 28-21 victory over Klein Collins.
The Cubs rallied from a 14-point deficit to force overtime, and after Daylonn McCowan’s go-ahead score, Colby Watts came up with a game-sealing sack in double-overtime to give the Cubs a 35-28 victory over Sharyland.
The Tigers started hot and stayed hot, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never looking back en route to a 56-14 win over Wharton.
Jett Johnson ran for a game-tying 14-yard touchdown run to force overtime, and Grayson Germany booted through a game-winning 30-yard field goal in the extra frame to give the Eagles a 24-21 win over previously unbeaten Clifton.
The Roughnecks battled with Hawley all night long, and stopped a would-be game-winning two-point conversion in overtime to bring home a 37-36 win.
Heavy underdogs in their area round matchup with Blackwell, the Jaybirds hit the jets, surging past the Hornets 68-18.
Week 12 (Bi-District Playoffs)
6A: Mesquite Horn
After starting the year 0-7, the Jaguars have caught fire, winning their final three games of the regular season and stunning the Texas high school football world with a thrilling 45-38 win on the road over Temple.
Tahj Brooks ran for 175 yards and five touchdowns, including a 1-yard score with 58 seconds left as the Mustang shocked Dripping Springs, 43-40.
4A: San Angelo Lake View
David Tanguma intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter, then followed it up with a game-winning 3-yard touchdown run as the Chiefs beat Clint Mountain View, 28-21, for just their third playoff win since 1996.
3A: East Chambers
In a wild shootout, the Buccaneers scored a school-record 82 points and ran for 539 yards in a 82-54 win over Crockett.
Facing district champion Eldorado, the Indians were unfazed, marching on a 20-play, 96-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter as Haskell took home a 26-22 win.
The Panthers earned their first playoff victory since 2008 — back when they were an 11-man program — with a huge 68-20 mercy rule win over Eden.
6A: Cy Ranch
In a battle for the District 15-6A crown, the Mustangs’ defense led the way while Logan McDougald threw for a pair of touchdowns as Cy Ranch finished off a perfect regular season with a 35-14 win over Tomball Memorial.
5A: Lubbock Monterey
With city bragging rights on the line, the Plainsmen started off hot and kept rolling, surging to a 42-13 win over Lubbock.
4A: San Elizario
The Eagles brought home their first district victory since 2015 and clinched their first winning season since 1999 with a 28-18 win over Fabens.
3A: Blue Ridge
The Tigers’ ground game set the tone for the entire game, grinding out the tough yards and letting its defense do the rest, clinching the district runner-up spot with a 14-12 win over Paris Chisum.
After starting the year 0-5, the Lions roared back, winning its final five games — all district matchups — including a 34-27 win over previously unbeaten Hamlin to capture the district title.
The Mustangs took down Southland, 63-56, to bring home their first district title since 1986, back before they made the move to six-man football.
6A: North Crowley
The Panthers snapped their six-game losing streak in style, jumping out to a 27-0 first-quarter lead and never looking back in a 55-6 romp over Fort Worth Trimble Tech.
5A: San Antonio Southside
Facing heavily favored Port Lavaca Calhoun, the Cardinals didn’t flinch, taking the fight to the Sandcrabs with an emphatic 50-14 victory, turning the District 15-5A DII race on its head.
4A: Bay City
In one of the state’s great rivalry matchups, the Blackcats knocked off El Campo, 31-24, beating their archrival for the first time since 2005.
In a hard-fought defensive struggle, the Bulldogs stood tall, breaking through in the third quarter and holding on for a critical 8-0 victory over Santa Gertrudis Academy.
Facing off against unbeaten Iraan, the Badgers’ defense came to play, soaring to a 12-6 victory to take control of the district.
The Raiders sprung a 46-42 upset on Jayton, putting them in the driver’s seat for the District 7-1A DII title, which would be just their second district crown since 1969.
6A: Schertz Clemens
Trailing 14-3 late in the second quarter, the Buffaloes exploded for 27 unanswered points to surge for a 37-30 victory over district rival East Central.
5A: Lubbock Monterey
The Plainsman rallied from a 15-0 deficit to soar into the lead, then stopped a would-be go-ahead two-point conversion from Amarillo Palo Duro to nab a critical 49-48 district victory.
The Wildcats clinched their first playoff berth in 11 years with a dominant defensive effort in a 20-6 win over Huffman-Hargrave.
In one of the wildest games of the season, the Brahmas outlasted district rival Dilley 33-27 in four overtimes.
2A: Honey Grove
Trailing 19-14 heading into the fourth quarter, the Warriors found a way to rattle off 10 unanswered points to push past Como-Pickton 24-19, improving to 6-3 on the year and moving closer to clinching a playoff spot.
Fueled by 16 total touchdowns from Neil Garcia, the Owls topped Kress for a wild 110-72 win to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth.
6A: Converse Judson
The Rockets blasted off for a 28-0 win over rival Smithson Valley, remaining undefeated and handing the Rangers their first shutout loss since 1996.
5A: College Station
The Cougars rallied with two late fourth-quarter touchdowns to force overtime, and then Brandon Williams hit Brandon Joseph for a game-winning 29-yard touchdown strike in overtime as the Cougars surged past Magnolia, 41-38.
4A: Waco Connally
Down 24-7 in the second half, the Cadets wouldn’t quit, mounting an unforgettable comeback capped by Jay’Veon Sunday’s 2-yard game-tying score on the final play of the game and Ralph Morales’ game-winning extra point to beat Mexia, 27-26.
Behren Morton — also the starting quarterback — banged through a game-winning 32-yard field goal as time expired as the Mavericks edged Breckenridge, 44-41.
In a wild back-and-forth affair, the Dragons got six total touchdowns from QB Jaylon Brinson and held off a West Sabine in overtime, 44-42.
The Swifts got a hard-fought defensive win over district foe Happy, their first win over the Cowboys since 1999.
6A: Amarillo Tascosa
After making a 4-hour drive to open district play, the Rebels got off the bus ready, jumping out to a first-quarter lead and never looking back for a 36-20 win over Midland.
In a matchup of state-ranked district foes, the Panthers roared to a 35-3 victory over College Station, snapping the 5A Division II state champions’ 18-game winning streak and handing them just their third-ever loss in district play.
4A: Houston Wheatley
Trailing 27-12 at halftime, the Wildcats roared to life in the second half, riding a huge game from receiver Earl Williams and a resurgent defense to rally for a 34-27 victory.
The Lynx continued their defensive tear, pitching their fourth shutout of the season in a 40-0 win over Dimmitt in their district opener.
2A: Union Grove
Entering the fourth quarter trailing 14-8, the Lions battled back to tie the game and force overtime, using a workmanlike game from running back Mikie Webb to earn a hard-fought 22-14 win over district rival Hawkins.
Trailing in the final seconds to Saint Jo, the Cardinals scored on an unforgettable hook-and-lateral play to win its district opener, 50-45.
In an instant classic in front of a raucous Wildcat Stadium, Jared Wiley found Quinton Johnston for a game-winning 25-yard touchdown strike in the third overtime to push Temple past rival Belton, 58-55.
5A: San Antonio Sam Houston
Fueled by 249 yards on the ground by Brandon Adams and a pair of interceptions by the defense, the Hurricanes swept through district rival San Antonio Edison, 28-7.
After falling behind 28-7, the Longhorns mounted a furious rally, getting 191 yards and 3 touchdowns rushing from Marcus Morris in an unforgettable 41-35 double-overtime victory over Shepherd.
Facing one of the hottest teams in the state, the Bulldogs buckled down, stifling Stamford en route to a stunning 21-13 win over the state-ranked squad.
2A: Archer City
The Wildcats’ defense came up with the play of the game, stopping Chico’s would-be go-ahead two-point conversion in the second half and holding on from there as the Wildcats moved to 5-0 with a 15-14 win over Chico.
1A: Garden City
The Bearkats made a statement to the six-man world with an emphatic 34-23 victory over defending 1A Division II state champion Strawn.
6A: Houston Chavez
Dashawn Daniel plunged in for a touchdown and a go-ahead two-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter, and the Lobos defense stood tall as Chavez took down district rival Houston Westside, 29-22.
5A: El Paso Eastlake
The Falcons kicked a game-winning field goal in the waning seconds to stun favorite El Paso Pebble Hills, 30-28.
The Hornets started hot and leaned on its defense, which came up with a critical stop late in the game to preserve a thrilling 33-27 victory over Lampasas.
Fueled by a masterful all-around effort from Hayden VanderRoest and a crushing defense, the Mustangs moved to 5-0 with a 58-8 thrashing of Brownfield.
The Dragons soared to a 34-14 halftime lead and held on from there, snapping a two-game losing streak and improving to 3-2 with a 46-42 win over Tom Bean.
The Bulldogs captured the annual Brown County Rivalry with a thrilling 55-54 victory over state-ranked May.
Backed by a dominant rushing attack anchored by Kadarius Marshall’s 198 yards and three total scores, the Kangaroos hopped all over Copperas Cove in a critical district matchup, 48-14.
The Elks moved to 4-0 on the season — and, more importantly, 2-0 in district play — with a 24-0 victory over Joshua, holding the Owls to 149 total yards in their second shutout of the year.
4A: La Vernia
The Bears rallied from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to force overtime, and stopped a would-be game-winning two-point conversion from Lampasas to move to 4-0 with a thrilling 51-50 win.
Riding a dominant defensive effort, the Indians took down previous unbeaten Palacios for an impressive 14-12 victory.
In one of the strangest games of the year, Seymour’s defense stood on its head and the offense did what it needed to in overtime for a thrilling 6-0 victory over Windthorst in overtime.
1A: Motley County
The Matadors rebounded from a tough loss to Spur the week before to take down previously unbeaten Crowell, 101-78 on the road.
6A: San Antonio Madison
The Mavericks jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead and rode a sensational defensive effort to an upset win over Smithson Valley, 17-14.
The Sandies soared to 3-0 on the season with a 28-0 takedown of Wichita Falls Rider, forcing four turnovers and posting its first shutout in more than two years
Fueled by a furious running game and a defense that made key stops at the key moments, the Wildcats stunned state-ranked Gilmer on the road, 27-21.
In a matchup of perennial Golden Triangle powers, it was the 3A Eagles who got the better of 4A West Orange-Stark, using tremendous defensive speed to take down the Mustangs, 21-7.
The Wildcats took the lead on Kaneon Baker’s 18-yard touchdown run — his third of the game — with 2:38 to play, and then stopped Coahoma’s would-be game-winning two-point conversion in the final minute to take home a thrilling 40-39 win.
The Owls are flying high after a 46-0 mercy rule win over Oglesby, improving to 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 1994.
6A: Wolfforth Frenship
Facing a state-ranked Wichita Falls Hirschi squad, the Tigers forced four turnovers to win its first game since 2016 with a 36-23 victory over the Huskies.
On a night when its offense scuffled, the Mustangs’ defense shined as Mike Hermes notched five sacks and Trey Mapep returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to fuel a 17-6 win over Clear Brook.
A week after taking down defending state champion Rockdale, the Buffaloes put on another show, jumping out to a 45-13 halftime lead and cruising to a stunning 63-13 romp over Wimberley.
3A: West Rusk
Talon Winings caught the go-ahead touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, then picked off Waskom’s last-gasp heave to seal the Raiders’ 18-17 win over the Wildcats.
A week after snapping their 22-game losing streak, the Cubs rode five rushing touchdowns from Cesar Flores to a 42-20 win over Petrolia, marking the first time since October 2008 that the Cubs have won consecutive games.
The Bobcats shook the six-man world with an upset win over Jonesboro, holding the powerful Eagles attack to a mere six points in a 48-6 victory.
In coach Mike Alexander’s debut, the Indians rode 161 yards and three touchdowns on the ground from Demani Richardson to a resounding 54-32 victory over archrival Ennis in the annual Battle of 287.
Trailing 31-28 in the waning seconds of the third quarter, the Bulldogs rang off 20 unanswered points to surge into a lead it wouldn’t relenquish, grinding out 280 yards on the ground to move to 1-0 with a 54-39 win over San Antonio Brackenridge.
After falling behind early, the Roughriders used a bruising running game and opportunistic defense to sneak past Tatum on opening night, 35-30.
In the 88th meeting between the longtime rivals, the Bearcats scored first in overtime and stopped a would-be game-winning two-point conversion to bring home a thrilling 20-19 win over Brady.
2A: La Pryor
In a wild back-and-forth affair, the Bulldogs’ defense made the biggest play of the game, stopping Cotulla in overtime to open the season with a 28-21 win.
1A: Vernon Northside
In maybe the biggest surprise of Week 1, the Indians stunned the six-man world with a 62-34 win over state-ranked Throckmorton.
2017 School of the Week Award Winners
6A: Smithson Valley
5A: South Oak Cliff
3A: West Rusk
6A: La Joya
3A: Colorado City
6A: South Garland
3A: New Waverly
1A: Borden County
6A: Round Rock Cedar Ridge
5A: Galveston Ball
6A: El Paso Pebble Hills
4A: West Orange-Stark
6A: Laredo United South
4A: Texarkana Pleasant Grove
6A: Schertz Clemens
5A: El Paso Del Valle
4A: Rio Grande City Grulla
6A: Deer Park
5A: Bryan Rudder
4A: Aransas Pass
6A: North Garland
5A: Austin Crockett
4A: Liberty Hill
3A: San Antonio Cole
2A: New Deal
6A: Tyler Lee
5A: San Antonio Southside
5A: Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial
6A: Pflugerville Hendrickson
5A: Lubbock Coronado
3A: New Diana