Arlington Lamar (6-2) 44 Arlington Martin (6-2) 36
Entering the week 4-0 in District 3-5A play, Martin looked to stay undefeated in order to keep pace with Arlington Bowie (7-1), a team they would meet in the final game of the regular season. Lamar lost to Bowie two weeks before, and needed a win to keep any hopes of a district championship alive.
Lamar senior kicker Ryan Jacobs knocked in a 44-yard field goal to put the Vikings up first, but Martin answered with a field goal of their own as senior Spencer Evans tied the game on a 27-yarder, evening the score at three in the first quarter. Then, Lamar forced two interceptions on Martin sophomore quarterback Eric Walker that led to two rushing touchdowns by senior running back Cameron Smith of four and five yards to start the second quarter. Martin pulled within seven on a four-yard run by junior running back Josh Watson, but Lamar extended the lead to 10 on a 40-yard field goal by Ryan Jacobs the following drive. After Spencer Evans missed a 42-yard field goal for Martin, Lamar was able to score again on Cameron Smith's third rushing touchdown of the night from 25-yards out. With 44 seconds remaining in the half, Martin was able to drive down the field, allowing Evans to redeem himself on a 45-yarder that set the halftime score 27-13.
Lamar extended their lead to three scores to start the second half on a 15-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Andy Guinn to senior receiver Jaries King. Martin scored quickly after as Walker connected with senior receiver JR Omigie for a 78 yard pass that set up Josh Watson's second rushing touchdown of the game from five yards out. Both teams traded possession to end the third quarter on Ryan Jacob's second missed field goal of the game and an Eric Walker fumble. Walker's fumble set Lamar at their own 46-yard line, an opportunity they capitalized with a 33-yard touchdown run by Cameron Smith, his fourth of the game. Down 41-20 in the fourth quarter, Martin started a comeback. The Mavericks held Lamar to a field goal as they scored twice on two touchdown passes from Eric Walker, who connected with senior receivers Josh Hall and Michael Wilson from 18 and 13 yards out, respectively. Two, two point conversions made the score 44-36 with just under three minutes remaining. Martin attempted an onside kick, but Lamar retained possession, sealing the upset win.
Cameron Smith led the game in rushing for the Vikings with 161 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns. Eric Walker completed 19-of-26 passes for Martin for 304 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Michael Wilson was his main target with six catches for 81 yards and a score. Martin sophomore running back Nic Smith carried the ball 25 times for 121 yards.
With Weatherford (1-7) and Fort Worth Paschal (4-4) left on the regular season schedule, Lamar must win out in order to keep district title hopes alive. Lamar's hopes rest on Martin now, who must beat Arlington Sam Houston (3-5) and Arlington Bowie (7-1) to force a three-way tie for first place.
Odessa Permian (3-3) 54 Abilene Cooper (5-2) 53
After losing by seven points to Midland Lee (7-1) in the district opener, Cooper went on a five-game win streak in hopes that Lee would lose at some point and open up the possibility for a one-loss District 2-5A champion. Permian had lost three district games already, and could not afford another in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Permian scored first on a 33-yard run by sophomore running back Brandon Bailey. Cooper answered with a four-yard run by junior running back Skylar Wilson. Permian regained the lead on a 64-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Heath Wood to senior running back Mikorban Fields. Cooper tied the game again after a two-yard touchdown run by senior wide receiver Trey Dye set the score at 14 to end the first quarter. Then Cooper capitalized on Permian fumble to score on a five-yard run by senior quarterback Lorenzo Joe to take their first lead. Playing a touchdown behind, Fields scored his second touchdown of the game on a 28-yard run, tying the game at 21. On the next possession, Cooper returned the fumble favor and Permian regained the lead on a three-yard Bailey touchdown run. But the ensuing point-after kick was blocked and Cooper senior KV Hazlett scooped up the football, returning it 88 yards for two points, setting a wild score of 27-23. Then Cooper took the lead on their next possession, driving 72 yards down the field to set up Trey Dye's second rushing touchdown of the night from five yards out. Cooper led at the half, 30-27.
Cooper added to the lead on the first possession of the second half, as a Dye 50-yard run set up Lorenzo Joe's second rushing touchdown of the night from one-yard out. Down two scores, Permian began their comeback on a trick play that resulted in a 35-yard pass from senior receiver Dylan Hooper to Heath Wood, setting up the Panthers in the Cooper Red Zone. A few plays later, Fields scored on a one-yard touchdown run, lessening the Cooper lead to three. The Permian defense held Cooper to a 26-yard field goal by junior Zach Lehr, and thought they had taken the lead after another Mikorban Fields touchdown run on the following drive. But the Permian point-after was blocked for the second time of the night, knotting the score at 40. Skylar Wilson put Cooper up seven on a nine yard run to start the fourth quarter, and Permian tied the game again on a 47-yard run by Fields. Then the Permian defense came up with another stop on their second fumble recovery of the night, and took the lead on a two-yard rushing score by, you guessed it, Mikorban Fields. With just over two minutes remaining, Cooper drove down the field and scored on Lorenzo Joe's first touchdown pass of the night to Trey Dye. Cooper went for the win, as Joe tried to run it in for the two-point conversion. But Joe was stopped short by senior Michael Whitfield, giving Permian the win in dramatic fashion, 54-53.
Mikorban Fields left his impact with six total touchdowns on the night. Fields rushed for 152 yards on 18 carries and five scores, and caught five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. Lorenzo Joe completed 11-of-15 for 146 yards and a touchdown for Cooper, and rushed for 180 yards on 18 carries and two scores.
Permian is right back in the playoff hunt and will look to keep their postseason dreams alive against arch-rival Midland Lee (7-1) next week. Cooper's hopes for a district championship are slim at best, and will close out their regular season against San Angelo Central (7-1) next week.
Cedar Park (7-1) 34 Vandegrift (7-2) 0
Since opening varsity play in 2010, Vandegrift had never had as good a start as their 7-1 start this season. The Vipers had never beaten Cedar Park, and looked to earn their legitimacy in a win over the defending State Champions. Cedar Park came in with older-brother syndrome and seemed to want to make clear the up-and-coming Vandegrift knew their place in 25-4A.
Disaster struck early for Vandegrift as Cedar Park caught the Viper offense in its own end zone for a safety for the only points of the first quarter. The safety would be the only points the Vandegrift offense scored all night. Cedar Park shutout the Vipers as they scored on two rushing touchdowns by senior quarterback Nate Grimm in the second and third quarters, and two more rushing scores by senior running backs Bill Estevanott and Logan Imbornone of 22 and two yards, respectively. Senior kicker Zach Hancock capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard field goal, setting the final score 34-0.
The Rangers extended their lead straight out of the locker room on a 92-yard kickoff return score by senior receiver Joseph Barsalou on the opening kick of the half. Judson responded with a 37-yard touchdown run by Brandon Sanders to pull back within a single score. It was then Smithson Valley pulled away, scoring three straight touchdowns on two touchdown runs by senior running back Cameron Jones of 31 and 10 yards, and Garrett Smith's second touchdown pass to Tyler Coiner from 22-yards out. Judson was able to score once more on another Sanders touchdown run, but the damage had been done, and Smithson Valley held on to win 45-28.
A Cedar Park defense led by senior linebacker Micah Thomas held a Vandegrift offense that averaged 378 yards a game to 200 total yards. The Vipers' 89 total yards of rushing marked just the second time they had been held under 100 yards all season.
Vandegrift's leading rusher, junior quarterback Jamie Hudson, was held to four yards on 13 carries, and completed 6-of-17 passes for 107 yards. Nate Grimm led the game in both passing and rushing for Cedar Park, completing 17-of-25 for 269 yards and an interception, while rushing for 106 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns.
Vandegrift will look to get back on track next week against Rouse (6-2), a team they boast an all-time record of 3-0 against. Cedar Park will continue their quest for their second-straight district championship against Vista Ridge (4-4) next week.
Friendswood (6-2) 31 Pearland Dawson (6-2) 14
After four straight years of making the playoffs in District 24-4A, Dawson will be moving up to 5-A after the 2013 season. In the seventh year of their rivalry, the record between Dawson and Friendswood was tied at 3-3. Friendswood made sure they said goodbye in the right fashion.
After a scoreless first quarter, Dawson broke the silence with 1:32 remaining in the half on an 80-yard touchdown run by junior running back Brett Winnegan to put the Eagles up 7-0. Friendswood scored all they needed in the third quarter. Friendswood junior running back Sam Longbotham tied the game on a 59-yard touchdown trick pass to senior receiver Slade Holle to start the second half. Dawson answered with another long Winnegan touchdown run of 49 yards, regaining the lead 14-7. Friendswood was unable to score on their next possession, but the Mustang defense forced a fumble that was recovered by junior defensive back Sean White, who returned the ball 26-yards for a touchdown to tie the game. The fumble provided the spark for 24-unanswered points for Friendswood as they tacked on two more touchdowns on a two-yard run by junior running back Jonah Vandersypen and a 46-yard run by freshman receiver Tyler Page. Senior kicker Garon Stewart capped off the scoring with a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, setting the final score 31-14.
Friendswood held Dawson to their lowest point total since beating them 21-6 in 2009. Dawson outgained Friendswood 397 yards to 261, but gave up five turnovers on three fumbles and two interceptions. Brett Winnegan led the game in rushing for Dawson, with 229 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns. Dawson senior quarterback Ross Wicklund led the game in passing, completing 9-of-19 for 139 yards and an interception. His main target was senior receiver Tony Upchurch , with eight catches for 76 yards.
Dawson is now tied for third in district, and will look to break the tie in their final games against Galveston Ball (2-5) and Galena Park (5-3). Friendswood will look to hold on to second place as they host Baytown Lee (2-6) next week.
Katy Cinco Ranch (7-1) 28 Katy Seven Lakes (6-2) 14
Cinco Ranch went on a four-game win streak after losing their only game of the season 27-16 to Galena Park North Shore (8-0). With a win over Seven Lakes, the Cougars would start 5-0 in district for the second time in three seasons. Seven Lakes had a school-record 6-0 start to the season, and looked to get back on track after almost upsetting Katy (7-0) 17-12 last week.
Cinco Ranch senior running back Denzell Bates scored the only points of the first quarter on a seven-yard touchdown run to put the Cougars up 7-0. Seven Lakes senior running back Braeden West responded with a touchdown run of his own from 12-yards out to tie the game 7-7. The two recruits seemed to hold a competition of their own as Bates one-upped West's run with a 14-yard touchdown run to put Cinco Ranch up 14-7 at the half. In the second half, Cinco Ranch senior running back Blake Hirsch interrupted the two with a one-yard run to give the Cougars a two-score lead. On the ensuing drive Braeden West broke off a 79-yard touchdown run to bring Seven Lakes back into the football game 21-14. But the Trojans did not score again, as Cinco Ranch senior quarterback Luke Klingler put the game away on a 40-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to junior receiver Corey Ceniceros, setting the final score 28-14.
Klingler completed 10-of-19 for 187 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His main target was senior receiver Sam Straughan, who had three catches for 50 yards. Denzell Bates led Cinco Ranch in rushing with 72 yards on 18 carries and two scores. Braeden West led the game with 156 yards on 20 carries and two scores.
Seven Lakes will look to rebound on the road next week against Houston Memorial (5-3). Cinco Ranch will face off with their toughest opponent of the year next week against Katy (7-0), a game that could decide the 19-5A District Title. The last time Cinco Ranch won the district championship was 2008: the same year they last beat Katy.
Stafford (7-0) 50 Sweeny (5-3) 49
It took two overtimes to declare a winner in this 24-3A matchup. Stafford was having their best season in over 10 years under first-year head coach Ron Counter. Sweeny, who missed the playoffs last season, looked to spoil Stafford's hopes of an unblemished season.
Stafford held a 28-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter, and looked to put the game away on the first drive of the quarter. But Sweeny got right back in the game on a 20-yard interception return by sophomore Zedrick White to tie the game. Stafford regained composure and took the lead again on a 19-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kyle Thompson to senior receiver Taylor Givens. But with just under three-minutes remaining, Sweeny tied the game once again on a five-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Cody Erickson to send the game to overtime.
Both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, as Sweeny junior running back Hermond Holmes scored on a four-yard touchdown run and Stafford scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to junior receiver Brian Imarenozor. Imarenzor scored again to start the second overtime on another rushing score to put Stafford up seven. Sweeny responded again with a five-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Dorland Fields . But Sweeny missed the point-after, which resulted in an instant 50-49 victory for Stafford.
Kyle Thompson completed 8-of-10 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns for Stafford.
Rouse will head into a bye-week third in district, and will have an opportunity to watch their next opponent, Vandegrift (7-1), take on Cedar Park this week in a battle of district undefeateds. Stafford running back Adrian Feales rushed for 173 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns during regulation. Sweeny senior Dorland Fields led the game with 203 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns.
Sweeny will look to rebound against Houston Kipp Academy (0-3) in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Stafford continues their best start in over a decade, as they continue their hunt for the district title against Houston KIPP Sunnyside (2-5) next week.