State Championship Saturday Roundup

By Joshua Koch

Arlington, Texas – The final day of the Texas High School Football season arrived on Saturday with AT&T Stadium providing the stage.

Lake Travis 41, The Woodlands 13

Charlie Brewer continued what has been a season-long clinic on Saturday inside AT&T Stadium.

Brewer, the SMU commit, guided the Cavaliers offense to yet another 40-plus point performance and the program to a sixth state championship, beating The Woodlands 41-13 in the Class 6A Division I State Championship game.

Lake Travis with the win clinched its first state championship since 2012 and since moving up to 6A.

Leading into the game the talk was around Brewer and the possibility of him breaking a national passsing completion percentage – the record standing at 75.2, Brewer entering the game at 77.9 for the season.

The senior opened the game a near perfect 12 of 13 for 162 yards and three scores, leading the Cavaliers (15-1) to a 20-0 lead.

Brewer spread the ball around early, hitting Cade Green, Garrett Wilson and Maleek Barkley on those scores.

The Woodlands (15-1) would strike towards the end of the first half with a 30-yard pass from Eric Schmid to Dylan Casey to get on the board.

With a 21-point lead to begin the third quarter, Lake Travis came out in the second half and continued to put the pedal down.

Brewer hit Cade Brewer on a 19-yard pass with 8:56 to go in the third quarter and extend lead to 34-6.

Charlie finished the game 27 of 37 for 361 yards, four scores and an interception. Withi his performance, Charlie finished the season 263 of 340, giving him a 77.35 pass completion percentage for the season shattering the national record.

Lake Travis tacked on another score with Maleek Barkley from a yard out, extending the lead to 41-6 with 3:27 left in the game.

Barkley finished with 33 yards on 10 carries and the score, while also reeling six catches for 138 yards and two scores.

The Highlanders would get one more score at the end on a nine-yard pass from Eric Schmid to Connor Patrick making it 41-13.

Schmid finished 17 of 27 for 140 yards, two scores and two interceptions and rushing for 69 yards on 14 carries.

DeSoto 38, Cibolo Steele 29

DeSoto entering Saturday had never won or even played for a State Championship.

Shawn Robinson changed all of that.

Of the Eagles’ 525 yards of offense, Robinson chipped in 419 of it and three touchdowns en route to a 38-29 victory against Cibolo Steele in the Class 6A Division II State Championship game.

DeSoto (16-0) jumped out to an early and quick 21-3 lead on Cibolo Steele before the Knights responded.

Xavier Martin rushed in the Knights first touchdown of the day with 2:18 left in the first half. Martin, a Texas Tech commit finished 20 of 35 for 256 yards, two touchdowns and 16 yards on 13 carries and two scores.

DeSoto answered with a half-ending score as Robinson hit KD Nixon on a 28-yard strike into the back of the end zone making it 28-10 at the half.

The Knights would fight back but fall short in the end.

In the second half, Cibolo Steele would get three touchdowns, two passing and one rushing from Martin to get right back in the game, trailing 35-29 with 8:22 left in the game.

With just 2:06 left in the game, Christian Gonzalez sealed the eventual victory with a 24-yard field goal pushing the score to the final 38-29.

Robinson, the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year, finished 17 of 24 for 222 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and 197 yards on 18 carries and a score.

Highland Park 16, Temple 7

When John Stephen Jones took the field Saturday inside AT&T Stadium his grandfather was on-hand to watch.

Not that any other players grandfather’s were not in attendance, but Jones’ carries a little more notoriety in north Texas being the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and playing in his stadium.

Jones didn’t let his grandfather Jerry Jones down, rushing for the two Scots scores en route to beating Temple 16-7 for the Class 5A Division I State Championship.

Highland Park with the win notched its fourth state championship in program history and first since 2005. Scots have won titles in 1945, 1957, 2005 and 2016.

John Jones finished the game 9 of 23 for 96 yards and a pick, while rushing for 29 yards on 10 carries and the two scores.

Up 14-7 late in the game, Turner Coxe turned loose getting to Temple quarterback Reid Hesse in the end zone dragging him down by the sleeve of his jersey for the safet with 5:00 to go.

Leading 16-7, Highland Park (14-2) leaned on running back Paxton Alexander, who put the offense on his back rushing for 144 yards on 26  carries.

Alexander in the final two games of the season rushed for 281 yards and two scores for the Scots.

Temple (12-4) dropped its second-straight title game since last winning it in 1992.

Hesse led the way for the Wildcats going 21 of 31 for 177 yards and one interception.

Jemiya Franklin finished with 78 yards on 20 carries and a score, coming on a 38-yard run in the first quarter.

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