In a battle of undefeateds, Texas City and Dawson faced off in a game with District Title implications. Dawson had scored 49 points in each of their last there games, winning by an average margin of 37. Texas City had similar success, never scoring less than 42 points a game throughout the season, including a 56-35 win over La Marque (2-3) in week two.
Armanti put Texas City on the board first with a 51-yard rushing touchdown on the first drive of the game. But Dawson tied the game at seven on a three-yard touchdown pitch and catch from senior quarterback Ross Wicklund to junior receiver Tony Upchurch . The Eagles then took the lead on their next drive on a 10-yard touchdown run by junior running back Brett Winnegan. Dawson did not score again. The Foreman twins dominated the rest of the game, as D'Onta scored twice on a 15-yard reception from senior quarterback Andrew Allen and a two-yard rush. Armani scored his second and third touchdowns of the game on a 31-yard run and a 37-yard interception return just before the end of the third quarter. Senior running back Donald Lynch exploded for the longest run of the game with a 63-yard touchdown for Texas City, and senior kicker Aaron Klaes capped off the 44-14 win with a 37-yard field goal with five minutes left in the game.
Dawson was held to just 207 total yards of offense. Wicklund struggled against the Stingaree defense, completing just 7-of-25 passes for 52 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions. Brett Winnegan provided the silver-lining for Dawson, with 147 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Armanti Foreman edged Winnegan by one yard, racking up 148 yards on just six carries and two scores. D'Onta finished with 79 yards rushing and a score, two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown, and scored a third time on the 37-yard interception return. Sounds like they had a happy family dinner that night.
Dawson will look to rebound against Goose Creek Memorial (2-3) next week to get back into 24-4A contention. Texas City will head to Friendswood (4-1) in their second straight game against a team with an undefeated district record.
Houston Clear Lake (4-2) 28 Friendswood Clear Brook (4-2) 7
Fortunes flipped in a Bay Area rivalry that has been one-sided for nine years. Clear Brook had just come off a win against pre-season favorite Clear Springs (3-2), and held the lead in District 24-5A. Clear Lake struggled in a 42-10 loss to Clear Creek (5-1) the week before, and looked to legitimize their 3-1 start at home against Brook.
Brook scored first on their opening drive on a four-yard run by junior running back D'Andre Jackson to take a 7-0 lead. The Wolverines did not enter the end zone the rest of the game. The scoring of the Clear Lake offense was taken care of by junior running back Nicholas McGee, on a nine-yard run to tie the game in the first, and two three-yard touchdown runs to give the Falcons the lead in the second and third quarters. After holding the Lake offense to no points in the fourth quarter, Brook looked to pull within a single score with five minutes remaining, but junior quarterback James Ramos was picked off by Lake senior linebacker Alex Rivas, who returned the interception 14 yards to set the final score 28-7.
The turnover was one of the five Wolverine turnovers forced throughout the game, hampering a triple-option offense that had averaged 21 points and 135 rushing yards a game. The Falcon offense put up 303 total yards of offense against a Brook defense led by senior defensive back Joseph Mobley and senior linebacker Cameron Sonnier that had only given up 240 yards a game throughout the season. Senior quarterback Sam Smith finished with 136 yards passing and 22 yards on the ground on four rushes. Junior receiver Jordan Davis was his main target, with four catches for 78 yards. Nicholas McGee led the Falcons with 114 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Brook sophomore running back Stephen Rowe led the game in rushing with 177 yards on 19 carries.
The Wolverines will look to get back on track against Clear Falls (3-3) next week. After beating Brook for the first time in nine years, Lake finds themselves second in District, and will head to Brazoswood (2-2) in an attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Pflugerville Hendrickson (6-0) 54 Round Rock Stony Point (4-2) 24
Both teams came in undefeated in District 16-5A, looking to get the upper-hand for the District Title early in the season. Hendrickson was on fire with a five-game winning streak including big wins against Vandegrift (5-1) and Cedar Ridge (3-2). Stony Point did not have as smooth a start, squeezing by McNeil (1-5) 34-30 in the District opener. Hendrickson knocked off Stony Point 54-24, but in this seemingly lopsided victory, the score between Hendrickson and Stony Point was tight all the way into the fourth quarter.
Hendrickson took an early 20-point lead on three consecutive touchdowns in the first quarter on a five-yard run by senior running back Samaje Perine , a 99-yard dash by junior running back Tazh Maloy, and a 10-yard pass from senior quarterback Xavier Conley to senior receiver Jaylen Hardeman. Stony Point stopped the bleeding on a 27-yard touchdown run by senior running back James Gray to pull within two scores at the end of the first quarter. Hendrickson extended the lead to 20 again as Conley connected with senior receiver Craig Roberts-Shearn for a 60-yard score. Stony Point pulled within two scores again just before halftime on a five-yard pitch and catch from senior quarterback Aidan Barrera to James Gray, his second score. Tazh Maloy busted his second big run of the game to start the second half on an 85-yard touchdown to increase the Hendrickson lead again. The dance continued as Gray scored his third touchdown of the game on a 35-yard pass from Barrera to end the third quarter. Up 34-21 to start the fourth quarter, Hendrickson then pulled away for good, scoring 20 straight points on touchdown runs from Perine, Conley, and senior running back/defensive back Jordan Washington . Stony Point senior kicker Marcel Donosso set the final score on a 24-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
The Hendrickson rushing attack put up a season-high 486 total yards in the game, their second straight week with 400 yards or more. Maloy led the game with 194 yards on just seven carries for two touchdowns. Perine finished with 143 yards and two scores. The Stony Point offense struggled against Hendrickson despite accounting for 358 total yards, turning the ball over three times. James Gray led the Tigers with 72 yards rushing and a touchdown, and 74 yards receiving and two scores.
Stony Point will take on Cedar Ridge next week to get back into playoff contention. Hendrickson will face off with Westwood (3-3, 2-0), for their second straight game with District Title implications.
Lake Travis (4-1) 43 Austin Bowie (5-1) 0
Bowie sought legitimacy after starting 4-0. They earned respect after knocking off Austin Westlake (3-3) 20-16 in week five, but had to face their toughest opponent yet in Lake Travis, who found themselves on a three-game winning streak since losing the season-opener to Converse Judson (4-1). Bowie came in averaging 35 points a game in their best start in over nine years. But the Bulldogs would not score a single point.
Lake Travis scored first on an 18-yard pass from junior quarterback Dominic De Lira to senior receiver Dominic Packer. The Cavalier offense continued to roll as senior running back Varshaun Nixon added four scores to his highlight reel on two, two-yard runs, an 11-yard run, and 81-yard reception from De Lira. The Cavalier defense got in on the scoring as junior defensive back Chris Roller picked off senior quarterback Austin Eschenburg, returning the interception 45 yards for the score.
Bowie struggled offensively, with 128 yards of total offense and two turnovers. Eschenburg completed 3-of-13 through the air for 25 yards and a costly interception. Junior running back Cole Meyers provided most of the Bulldog offensive output with 17 carries for 71 yards on the ground. Lake Travis had no such issues, putting up 469 yards of total offense. Nixon accounted for almost two-thirds of the offensive success with 202 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and 93 yards receiving and another score. De Lira completed 16 passes for 218 yards and two scores.
After facing the toughest teams on their schedule within the first two weeks of District play, the competition will get easier for Bowie as they take on Austin High (1-4) at home next week. Lake Travis will head to Austin Akins (2-4) next week as they look to continue the course for an undefeated District season.
Garland (2-3) 42 Rowlett (1-4) 36 4OT
Both teams had rough starts to their seasons. Garland did not win any of their non-district games, but stopped their three-game slump in a 30-14 win against Garland Lakeview Centennial (1-4. Rowlett had one non-district win as they headed into their District-opener against Garland.
The two teams proved evenly matched, producing the longest game of the weekend in Dallas.
Garland scored first on a one-yard run by junior running back Markeith Miller to take a 7-0 lead. Rowlett responded in the second quarter with a 35-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Logan Bonner to senior receiver Tyler Hogan. A missed two-point conversion made the score 7-6. After stopping the Garland offense on the next possession, Rowlett looked to take the lead, driving all the way to the Garland 35-yard line with a minute remaining in the first half. But Bonner was picked-off by senior defensive back Jalen Evans, who returned the interception 65 yards to give the Eagles a 14-6 halftime lead. Bonner recovered in the second half, completing a 20-yard pass to junior receiver Darius Taylor to pull within one at the end of the third quarter. Both teams held each other in check for most of the fourth quarter, but Rowlett sustained a scoring drive with 1:20 remaining in the game on a two-yard run by senior running back Anthony Wagner. A two-point conversion pass from Bonner to Hogan gave Rowlett a seven-point lead, seemingly enough to win with just over a minute remaining. But Garland drove all the way down the field, fighting the clock, and tied the game on a 15-yard run by senior Joshua Jackson as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
Both teams scored quickly in the first overtime, as Bonner connected with Hogan again for a 15-yard score, and junior quarterback Luther Kirk scrambled for a 25-yard response touchdown. After both teams failed to score in the second overtime, senior wide receiver James Motes scored on 13-yard run, capped off by a two-point conversion from Bonner to Hogan. Garland responded once again through trickery, as senior receiver Joshua Jackson received possession from Kirk and threw the ball downfield to senior receiver Bayshawn Scott for a 25-yard score. Jackson came up big again, catching the two point-conversion throw from Kirk to send the game to its fourth overtime. With momentum on their side, Garland received the first possession and scored again on a one-yard plunge by Kirk to take the lead. But the Owls could not convert the two-point conversion, leaving the door open for a Rowlett victory. But Markeith Miller came up big again for Garland, intercepting Bonner on third down, sealing Garland's second-straight District win.
Luther Kirk finished with six completions for 60 yards and interception, and rushed for 145 yards on 16 carries and two scores. Logan Bonner led Rowlett with 275 yards passing, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Senior receiver Andrew Harrison was his main target with six catches for 128 yards, while Tyler Hogan caught for 95 yards and two scores.
Rowlett will seek their first District win at home next week against Sachse (6-0). Garland, now 2-0 and first in District 11-5A, will endure a bye-week as they also prepare to play Sachse a week later.
Euless Trinity (3-2) 63 Irving MacArthur (2-3) 35
After staring 0-2 for the first time in nine years, Euless Trinity recovered with back-to-back wins against Bentonville (Ark.) (3-2) and Colleyville Heritage (3-2). MacArthur turned around a similar start, breaking their 0-2 start with wins against Haltom (3-2) and Carrolton R.L. Turner (0-5), and looked to upset Trinity to take an early lead in District 6-5A contention.
Trinity took an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 27-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Christian Hammack to senior running back Isaac Ellsworth and an eight-yard run by sophomore running back Ja'Ron Wilson. MacArthur fought back as junior quarterback Logan Austin connected with senior receiver Carlo Carballero for a 75-yard score. A six-yard run by sophomore running back Artiss Henderson tied the game at 14 in the second quarter. Trinity, perhaps angered by the possibility of losing to MacArthur for the first time in nine years, scored four straight touchdowns. Wilson broke for his second score of the game on a 21-yard run, and Hammack connected with sophomore Tyler Natee for a 28-yard touchdown pass before halftime. After the half, the Trojans commenced their offensive outpour with a 44-yard touchdown run by Isaac Ellsworth on the opening drive, and Wilson added his third rushing score from 18 yards out after the MacArthur offense had been stopped. With the quick change of events, MacArthur found themselves down 42-14 with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Cardinals attempted a comeback as Austin connected with Caballero again for a 23-yard score to pull within three scores. But Trinity stifled MacArthur quickly with two more scores on a Hammack 19-yard pass to senior receiver De'Andre Gibson and an eight-yard run by junior running back Justus Wilson. MacArthur scored twice more in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard run by Artiss Henderson and a 13-yard rushing score by senior running back Dwyne Johnson, but the Trinity lead was far too much. Ellsworth placed an exclamation mark on the Trojan's performance with an 87-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, ending the Euless scoring at 63.
Ellsworth finished with 238 yards on 14 carries and two scores, while Wilson added 91 yards and three scores. Three of Hammack's four completions went for touchdowns, as the senior attempted just seven throughout the game for 90 yards. Logan Austin threw more than four-times the attempts for 249 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Caballero was his main target with four receptions, 113 yards, and two scores. Artiss Henderson emerged with the Cardinal's first 100-yard rusher of the season, hitting the century mark exactly on 17 carries and scoring two touchdowns.
MacArthur will head to Colleyville Heritage next week in an effort to return to playoff contention. Trinity, seeming more natural at 2-0 in District, will seek their fourth straight win at home against Irving Nimitz (1-4) next week.