By Joshua Koch
HOUSTON – Standing room only, last-second game-winning field goal and emphatic blowouts; Week 10 of Texas High School Football in Houston game us what we wanted and more.
Most of all it lived up to the all the hype leading into it.
Texan Drive Stadium in New Caney saw a capacity crowd on Friday night for its annual Battle Line on 59 game as fans lined the walkways leading up into the stands. All the hype leading into the biggest game in the short-lived rivalry, which some New Caney students feel isn’t much of a rivalry considering the Eagles had won six-straight meetings heading into it, provided a great atmosphere come kickoff.
New Caney would eventually be the victors, outscoring Porter 15-0 in the fourth quarter, to win 28-7 and clinch a share of the program’s first District 21-5A Championship since 1997. The Eagles improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in district play with the win heading into the final week of the season against Crosby.
Porter will get a chance to end the regular season with a win on the road against Barbers Hill. Both New Caney and Porter are in the playoffs, second-straight season for the Eagles and first time ever for the Spartans.
In District 17-6A, Cy Ranch continued its dominating run in district play winning its 24th-straight game and clinching a share of the District 17-6A Championship with a 27-24 win against Cy Ridge. The District Championship marks the second-straight for the program since 2010.
The win on Friday didn’t come easily, Dominic White’s 22-yard field goal as time expired proved to be the difference. The three-point victory is the smallest of the season for the Mustangs in district play, the next closes being a 24-17 win against Cy-Fair earlier in the season.
Cy Ranch can win the District Championship outright this week with a victory against Cy Woods on Friday and roll into the playoffs. Cy Ranch is projected to play Bellaire in the opening round next week.
Finally, the third biggest matchup of last week happened in South Houston with Dawson hosting undefeated Alief Taylor. The Lions made a statement with a 47-28 win against the Eagles, improving to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in District 23-6A play. Alief Taylor has rolled here at the end of the season, outscoring opponents 177-61 in the past three weeks since beating Pearland 19-14.
The Lions will seek the undefeated regular season against George Ranch this week.
Playoffs? … We talking about Playoffs?
Even though there is one week of the regular season left and all the focus remains on those final games, playoff matchups are starting to roll in.
In Region III 6A Division I Bi-District round Alief Taylor will meet Dickinson on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Crump Stadium. This matchup will pit potentially an undefeated Alief Taylor squad against a one-loss Dickinson team. The Gators’ lone loss of the season came against Clear Springs, 23-7, in Week 6.
Dontay Warren has lit it up for the Lions, passing for 1,622 yards, 24 touchdowns and two interceptions in eight games this season. For Dickinson, Myles Lewis has been key, rushing for 458 yards and four scores, while Jordan Grigg has passed for 552 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.
Heading into the final week of the regular season, Alief Taylor is averaging 41.6 points per game, while giving up 11.7 per game, allowing just 31 points in the first four games, including two shutout victories. Dickinson is averaging 34.8 points per game and giving up 11.55 and only 10 points in its last three games.
In Region III 6A Division I Bi-District round, Pearland will meet Clear Springs on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at Challenger Stadium. The Oilers closed out their regular season last week with a 28-17 win against Brazoswood to finish 7-3 overall and 4-2 in District 23-6A play. Despite losing quarterback Connor Blumrick, a Texas A&M commit, the Oilers behind Jacob Whitehead have found success.
This meeting will be the second of the season between the Oilers and the Chargers after Pearland took the season opener 28-24 in come-from-behind fashion. The Oilers trailed in that game 24-21 heading into the final quarter before Colton Johnson sealed the win with a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Blumrick was knocked out early in this game and Whitehead led the charge going 15 of 20 for 54 yards and one interception.
For Clear Springs, William McBride has passed for 1,603 yards, 18 scores and four interceptions leading the Chargers to an 8-1 overall record. Clear Springs closes out the regular season this week against Clear Lake and go for the perfect district record.
In Region III 6A Division I Bi-District round, Katy starts its journey for a ninth State Championship and will meet Fort Bend Travis in the opening round. The Tigers just secured its eighth-straight District 19-6A Championship with a 54-6 win against Strake Jesuit last week. Katy closes out the season against Mayde Creek.
The Tigers have been paced all season by sophomore running back Deondrick Glass, who has busted loose for 1,397 yards and 23 scores. Rocky Emery has passed for 1,098 yards, 15 scores and two interceptions in his first season of fully leading the Tigers offense. Katy’s defense has shored up since giving up 107 points in the opening three games, allowing just 36 points in the past six games.
Fort Bend Travis is heading into the playoffs for the third-straight season, currently sitting at 6-3 with one game left taking on Fort Bend Kempner in the regular season finale. The Tigers have been paced by Amryn Jeffrey at quarterback – 190 of 288 for 2,661 yards, 25 TDs, 7 INTs – and running back Naveon Mitchell – 128 carries for 946 yards and 9 TDs.
Last meeting between Katy and Fort Bend Travis was Sept. 4, 2014 with the Tigers winning 55-0.
In Region III 6A Division I Bi-District round, Cy-Fair will take on Lamar in the opening game of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at Delmar Stadium. The Bobcats are riding a five-game winning streak heading into the final week of the season. Cy-Fair’s lone loss in District 17-6A came to Cy Ranch, 24-17, earlier this season. The Bobcats defense has been stout giving up 12.4 points per game since the loss, while averaging 35.4 points per game offensively.
Trenton Kennedy has rushed for 1,059 yards and 18 scores, while Cameron Arnold has passed for 1,196 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions for Cy-Fair. Defensively, Patrick Atkinson has 58 tackles and Kyle Cervenka has 55 tackles for the season.
Cy-Fair closes out the regular season against Langham Creek on Saturday.
For Lamar, it has been six-straight wins for the Texans since falling to Klein Collins, 14-9, earlier this season. Owen Holt has led the Texans offense, passing for 1,405 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions in nine games. Lamar closes out the regular season this week against Westbury and will try with a win to clinch the District 18-6A Championship.