South Garland (5-2) 27 Garland Lakeview Centennial (4-3) 17
Garland Lakeview came into the night with some momentum after a win against previously unbeaten Sachse, and would take an early lead against South Garland. But 24 unanswered points from South Garland would put the game away and would put South Garland at 4-1 in District. Senior running back Marquel McNac would finish with 186 yards and a touchdown for South Garland. Their defense was equally as impressive, providing the offense great opportunities by recovering two fumbles in the fourth quarter. After Elier Garcia hit a 34-yard field goal to take a 13-10 lead, Lakeview would have a chance at tying the game before halftime, but the attempt would be blocked. Lakeview's Brent Davenport would connect with Neiman Reed with a 55-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, providing the little success the offense would have in the second half.
Frisco Wakeland (5-1) 26 Prosper (5-1) 24
Having already hit three field goals in the game already, Wakeland kicker Cameron McGuire would line up for a 44-yard field goal with only seconds left in the game with his team down 24-23. The senior would send the kick through the uprights as time expired to hand Prosper their first loss of the season. In a battle of the kicking game, Wakeland and Prosper would trade momentum with four lead changes. Prosper lead 14-13 at the half after McGuire hit a 24-yard field goal to pull within one on the last play before halftime. A Turner Smiley touchdown catch and a 41-yard field goal would put Wakeland up 23-14 at the end of the third quarter. But quarterback Davis Webb would bring Prosper back with two on a four-yard touchdown run, and a Tristan Peterson field goal would put Prosper up 24-23. Wakeland would begin their final drive on their own 17 with 38 seconds left. After a few passes and a huge gain on a pass interference, McGuire would hit the 44-yard field goal for the win as time expired.
Fort Bend Austin 31 Fort Bend Bush 14
One of the biggest upsets in the state, Austin came into the night having already beaten Hightower in a close game in the previous weekend. Facing an undefeated Fort Bend Bush team, Austin would show no fear. Bush would open up the scoring on a Kasey Poole 37-yard touchdown catch from Ronald Monroe, but Austin would answer with 17 straight points, capped off by a 23-yard Michael Muller field goal to take the ten point lead at the half. Monroe would connect with Justin Vaughn for a 31 yard score to pull within three, but that would be as close as they would get. Two Deandre Williams touchdown runs would set the final score at 31-14. Bush quarterback Donald Monroe would pass for 191 yards and two touchdowns and his opponent Austin quarterback Sean Abdoerin would finish with 130 yards and a score. Austin has now beaten two of the more successful teams of recent years, having taken a surprising hold on the first place spot in District 23-5A.
Cypress Falls (5-1) 38 Cypress Ridge (3-3) 31
After Cy Falls received their first loss of the season in a tight ball game with Langham Creek in the previous week, they kept themselves in contention for a district championship with a win against Cy Ridge. It would not come easy. Ridge would take a ten point lead early in the game after a 17-yard Renderick Childs touchdown run and a 42-yard field goal by Marlon Cardenas. Falls would answer with a 64-yard Cameron Henkhaus touchdown pass to Temi Alaka to pull within three. Ridge would take a halftime lead 24-10 after two touchdowns, including a 90-yard bomb from Garret Pena to Keldrick Winslow. Falls would take complete control of the second half, scoring five straight times for 28 points to take a 38-24 lead with two minutes to go. A late Cy Ridge score would set the final score. Falls quarterback Cameron Henkhaus would finish with 277 yards through the air with three touchdowns and an interception. Bryce Peters would lead Falls in rushing with 159 yards and a score. Falls receivers Temi Alaka and Jermel Holmes would each finish with over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. Ridge quarterback Garret Pena would complete 11 of 19 for 120 yards and a touchdown, while Renderick Childs would rush for 88 yards and two scores.
Galena Park (3-3) 38 Baytown Lee (4-2) 35
Baytown Lee would come into the game having lost their first game against Goose Creek Memorial. Galena Park came in at 2-3, a record that did not represent the talent of the team quite well, having lost two games by three points or less, and a 79-63 shootout against Friendswood. The two teams would trade blows in the first quarter with Galena Park opening the scoring on a 42-yard pass from Darrow Adams to Kerrick Floyd. After a Josh Zellars one yard touchdown run for Lee, the game would be tied at 14 to end the first quarter. Galena Park would score twice to take a 28-14 lead in the second quarter, but Zellars would score again to bring the lead down to seven at the half. Lee would tie the game at 28 after a Zellars 29-yard run halfway through the third quarter, and again would tie the game at 35 on a one yard run after Galena Park scored on a Matthew Jones three-yard run. Tied at 35 for almost the entirety of the fourth quarter, Galena Park would drive the ball down the field on their final possession, and kicker Martin Ramos would send the ball through the uprights on a 34-yard field goal with five seconds left on the clock to win the game. Zellars would finish with 246 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and would complete 6 of 17 for 60 yards and two interceptions. Matthew Jones would lead Galena Park with 195 yards on the ground and two scores.
Galena Park North Shore (6-0) 31 Port Arthur Memorial (6-1) 24
The heavily anticipated 21-5A matchup between the two undefeated teams would not disappoint in a back and forth game that ended on a one yard touchdown run by North Shore quarterback Micah Thomas to take the lead with 30 seconds to go. The two defenses would allow little in the first half with North Shore would open the scoring on a Tristan Houston 14-yard run, but after a Ricardo Estupinan 27 yard-field goal, North Shore would hold the lead 7-3 at the half. After North Shore was stopped on their opening drive, John Leday would return the ensuing punt for a 53-yard touchdown to take the lead 10-7. North Shore kicker Carlos Perez would tie the game on a 25-yard field goal on the next drive. The game would be tied at 17, after Port Arthur quarterback Ricky Fisk would connect with John Leday for a 25-yard score, and North Shore quarterback Micah Thomas would score on a 36-yard run. Port Arthur would take the lead 24-17 on a 91-yard pass from Ricky Fisk to Roderick Rucker with 6:38 to go. But just as momentum was shifting their way, North Shore returner Kevin DeLeon would return the kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to the tie the game once again. The North Shore defense would hold Port Arthur and North Shore would eat up the clock moving down the field, finishing with Thomas scoring on a one yard run to win the ball game. Port Arthur quarterback Ricky Fisk would finish with 328 yards through the air and two touchdowns. Micah Thomas would finish with 153 yards rushing on 23 carries and two touchdowns, and completed 4 of 12 passes for 16 yards and an interception.
Waco Midway 42 (6-0) Copperas Cove 32 (4-2)
Waco Midway 42 (6-0) Copperas Cove 32 (4-2)
BJ Kelly led Waco Midway to a 42-32 victory over Copperas Cove on Friday night in a pivotal 8-5A showdown. Kelly had 210 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns to lead Midway. It was billed as a running back dual, and Copperas Cove's Vondareaz King didn't disappoint. King had 196 yards and four scores. Midway took a 21-12 lead into halftime and pushed it to 16 points in the third quarter, but the pesky Bulldawgs would not go away. Kramer Robertson helped the Midway cause - going 17 of 23 with 221 yards to help Terry Gambill's Midway squad continue their undefeated season.
Port Lavaca Calhoun 46 (6-0) Gregory-Portland 15 (6-1)
When most people think of the northern Corpus Christi area, Gregory-Portland has been synonymous with good football over the last decade. Port Lavaca Calhoun did its share to change that culture with a convincing 46-15 win at Sandcrab Stadium on Friday night. The Rushing Sandcrab attack was led by Cody Williams who ran the ball 28 times for 162 yards and was complemented by his backfield mate Hunter Boerm who ran 11 times for 120 yards. Brandon Smithwick added 90 yards on 6 carries and Devian Cantu added 79 cards on 2 carries for Port Lavaca. Devin Bisby held his own for Gregory Portland - rushing 35 times for 201 yards. Gregory Portland actually got up 13-7 on Port Lavaca - but Calhoun would score the next 39 points to salt it away.
Troup 26 (6-0) Jefferson 22 (5-1)
Using the AP rankings as an assessment - this 2A battle between the 8th and 9th ranked team was thought to be as close as they come. The score certainly highlights how well these two teams were ranked and how evenly matched they are. Seth Gibson scored the winning touchdown for Troup with 1:01 in the game to secure the 26-22 margin for Troup. Jefferson's Deion Williams had 193 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns, but it was not enough. Blake Lynch had two long TD passes for Troup including a 79 yard catch and run from Hitachi Lydia. Troup has a tough game against Tatum next week as their reward in a very tough 2A district.
Graham 34 (6-1) Vernon 24 (5-2)
Graham and Vernon battled to determine 5-3A supremacy on Friday night - and it was a game for the ages. Jerrod Mahan had a monster night for Graham - including two interceptions for a touchdown - the last with 1:17 left in the game to preserve a 34-24 victory over Vernon. Graham's Dillon Gonzalez had a big night for the Steers - with 21 carries and 135 yards rushing on the night. Vernon's Danny Valverde led the way on the ground for the Lions with 11 carries for 93 yards. There were three lead changes in the fourth quarter as both heavyweight 3A teams went back and forth to win this game.
Stephenville 48 (5-1) Glen Rose 30 (6-1)
Stephenville's run in 3A has been impressive, but they faced a formidable task on Friday night when undefeated Glen Rose came to Stephenville looking to make a statement. Glen Rose was in shouting distance most of the night before a quick flurry of two scores in 8 seconds gave Stephenville the comfortable point spread and victory. Glen Rose certainly made some noise and impressed some doubters in their loss. Colton Bretton for Glen Rose had a 19-38 day passing for 258 yards. His favorite target was Justin Weatherly who snagged 6 catches for 104 yards. The usual suspects shined for Stephenville. Witt Westbrook ran the ball 24 times for 129 yards. Tyler Jones went 20 for 27 for 294 yards for the Yellowjackets.
Offense was the name of the game at Irving School Stadium, but after the game was only 7-0 going into the second quarter, the barrage of points that were to come was a bit unexpected. This was a pivotal 6-5A match-up for potential seeding purpoess - and the Cardinals of Irving MacArthur gave Heritage all that they wanted. Cody Thomas had a monster night for Colleyville Heritage. He threw for 541 yards and 7 TD's and 2 INT's on the night. His two favorite targets were Kaelin Deboskie (9-246, 2 TD's) and Nathan Crouch (7-178, 2 TD's). Tyler Petrillo also had a big night for MacArthur. He threw for 290 yards and 3 TD's with 2 INT's. Jourdan McNeill complemented Petrillo rushing 18 times for 95 yards for the Cardinals. MacArthur was up 20-0 before Heritage scored 6 touchdowns in 15 minutes spanning the 2nd and 3rd quarter.
Mesquite 56 (7-0) Mesquite Horn 41 (4-3)
It's hard to give someone a district championship with 3 games left in the schedule, but with Mesquite already facing Longview, Mesquite Horn and Heath, the three projected playoff teams, they have practically clinched. Although Mesquite has been touted for its fantastic defense, its offense came to the rescue on Friday night. Mesquite piled up 604 yards in its 56-41 victory over Horn. Alex Cooper had a huge night for Mesquite. He went 26-35 for 429 yards and 2 TD's - and rushed for another 3 TD's on 92 yards - accounting for over 500 yards on the night. Rashard Higgins caught 7 of those passes for 151 yards. Dezmon Jackson had 4 catches for 144 yards. Treyvon Marsh led the way for Horn. He had 17 carries for 137 yards and 4 TD's.
Texas City 63 (4-2) Friendswood 35 (5-1)
Friendswood had its first test of the season, and Texas City reminded Friendswood they weren't quite ready for primetime in a 63-35 victory on Friday night. D'Onta Freeman, running back for Texas City, took the opening kickoff back 83 yards, and big plays dominated the game thereafter. In addition to his kickoff return, Foreman had a pick-six that went 99 yards in the 4th quarter as well. Foreman's twin, Armanti Foreman, also rushed for 128 yards and had two touchdowns. Andrew Allen went 10-12 for 192 yards and 3 TD's at quarterback for Texas City. Friendswood was held to 332 yards on the night. Jordan Wood went 17-26 for 146 yards for Friendswood at QB. Texas City was up 63-21 before pulling the starters in the 4th quarter - and Friendswood was able to get two late touchdowns.