In District 17-5A, almost every game counts. Ten schools make up the district, allowing just one non-district game on the regular season schedule. The remaining nine can make or break playoff hopes.
Cy-Woods fell to Cy-Fair a season ago; a loss that would keep the Wildcats out of the playoffs. Coming into this season's matchup with a three-game winning streak, Woods wanted to make sure that did not happen again.
Cy-Fair owned the first half, scoring 16 unanswered on a 20-yards pass from junior quarterback Clayton Kopecky to junior receiver Noah Hess, a 24-yard field goal by senior kicker Bryan Quance and another touchdown pass from Kopecky to senior fullback Drew Tobler for a 26-yard score. Cy-Woods attempted a comeback as junior quarterback hit senior receiver Mason Roberts for a 48-yard touchdown strike in the third quarter. Cy-Fair senior running back Dillon Birden responded with an eight-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter. Birden and Hooper traded scores again, as Hooper hit senior receiver Sam Stewart for a 13-yard score and Birden notched the lead back to two scores on a 10-yard run. Two Cy-Woods two-point conversion tosses from Hooper made the score 30-16. With just under three minutes to go, Cy-Woods drove down the field and scored on a Mason Roberts 10-yard run that brought the deficit to seven. But Cy-Fair held on to the lead for the remainder of the game, winning their third straight against Cy-Woods, propelling them to the top of the District standings.
Kopecky finished with 133 yards through the air for two touchdowns, and rushed for 27 yards on 11 carries. Dillon Birden had his second 200-yard rushing game of the season, with 210 yards on 40 carries and two scores.
Nick Hooper played well for Cy-Woods with 116 yards passing, two touchdowns, an interception, and 35 yards rushing on 17 carries. Mason Roberts was his main target with 89 yards receiving and a touchdown. Roberts also rushed for 76 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
With their winning streak snapped, Cy-Woods will look to get back on track against Cypress Ranch (3-3). Now having won two consecutive games, Cy-Fair will take on Cypress Springs (3-3) next week.
Texas City (6-0) 45 Friendswood (4-2) 37
After defeating Pearland Dawson (5-1) 44-14 last week, Texas City had to take on another team undefeated in District 24-4A play. Friendswood was hot off a three-game win-steak that included a one-point win over Rosenberg Terry (2-4) on the road. Playing on their home field, the Mustangs did not make it easy for Texas City.
Texas City scored first on a 26-yard field goal by senior kicker Aaron Klaes to go up 3-0 in the first quarter. Friendswood responded on a 39-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brandon Sargent to senior receiver Slade Holle to take the lead. The Stingarees scored twice to take a 10-point lead on a nine-yard passing touchdown from senior quarterback Andrew Allen to senior receiver Armanti Foreman and a 42-yard run by senior running back Donald Lynch. Friendswood senior kicker Garon Stewart knocked in a 31-yard field goal to help his team pull within seven at the end of the first quarter. After both teams went scoreless in the second quarter, Friendswood senior Eric Loll made up for the absence of points, returning the opening kick of the second half 68 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. Texas City regained the lead on their next drive on a one-yard run by senior running back D'Onta Foreman . Friendswood could not score on their next drive, giving Texas City the opportunity to pull away. The Stingarees drove all the way to the Friendswood 10-yard line, but fumbled and Friendswood junior Blake King took advantage of the blunder, returning the fumble 90 yards for a touchdown. Texas City made no such error again, as D'Onta Foreman scored twice more from 5-yards and 34-yards out to give the Stingarees a seemingly distant lead at 38-24 with a little over seven minutes remaining in the ball game. But Friendswood roared back behind Brandon Sargent, who threw two touchdown strikes to junior receiver Sam Longbotham from 72 and 33 yards out. With momentum on their side, Friendswood elected to go for the lead with a two-point conversion. They would not convert. With a one-point lead, and two minutes remaining, Texas City sealed the win on a 32-yard rushing touchdown by Donald Lynch, setting the final score 45-37.
Lynch led the game with 189 yards on the ground on 18 carries for two touchdowns. The Foreman twins impressed again as D'Onta rushed for 169 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns, and Armanti caught five passes for 58 yards and a score. It was the sixth straight game the brothers scored in the same game. Brandon Sargent finished with 241 yards passing for the Mustangs, with three touchdowns and an interception. Sam Longbotham led the game in receiving with 137 yards and two scores.
After coming within a single score of beating Texas City, Friendswood has room to be both disappointed and confident. The Mustangs will take on Goose Creek Memorial (2-4) next week. Texas City will look to continue an undefeated season against Galveston Ball (1-4).
SA Reagan (6-0) 36 SA Madison (4-2) 23
Two seasons ago, Reagan went undefeated in district under quarterback Trevor Knight, now quarterback at Oklahoma University. But the Rattlers had to get past Madison to earn the District title. Reagan scored three straight touchdowns to start the game, and went on to win 38-17.
This year Reagan came in against Madison undefeated once again, but this time it would not be as simple. Madison had District Championship ambitions of their own, carrying a 46-45 win against Cibolo Steele (5-1) as proof of their legitimacy.
Madison showed their intentions on the first play of the game as junior receiver Ja'Michael Brown returned the opening kickoff for a 92-yard touchdown. Madison held Reagan scoreless in the first quarter, and took a two-score lead on a 32-yard field goal by senior Jacob Torres to go up 10-0 in the second quarter. But Reagan senior quarterback Ty Summers sparked the Rattler offense with a 68-yard rushing touchdown to pull within three in the second quarter. Madison increased the lead again on a two-yard run by junior running back Alex Ardoin. On the next drive, Summers led Reagan to another touchdown, throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Kash Knutson to pull within three. On their next drive, Reagan took the lead on a wide receiver-pass from Kash Knutson to sophomore receiver Connor Heffron for a 32-yard score. Then, just before halftime, Madison regained the lead on a 33-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Cody Ennis to Ja'Michael Brown, making the score 23-21. Madison did not score again. Ty Summers scored twice more in the third quarter on a one-yard run and a 32-yard run to give Reagan a 34-23 lead. While Madison could not find the Reagan end zone in the second half, that didn't rule out stumbling into their own as a fourth-quarter safety set the final score 36-23.
Ty Summers led the game with 257 yards rushing on 24 carries and three touchdowns, and passed for 167 yards and a score. His main target was Kash Knutson, who caught five passes for 100 yards and a score. Cody Ennis finished with 235 yards through the air for Madison, with a touchdown and two interceptions. Ennis also rushed for 33 yards on 10 carries. Madison senior receiver Byron Daniels led the game in receiving with nine catches for 136 yards.
Madison will continue at a run for the playoffs against San Antonio Lee (3-3) next week, and Reagan will look to continue an undefeated season against a San Antonio MacArthur (1-6) team that earned their first win last week.
Midland Lee (5-1) 53 Abilene (1-6) 51
Midland Lee had missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons despite finishing with a winning record. In both seasons, the Rebels fell to Abilene. Coming in with three consecutive wins, Lee wanted to make sure a similar outcome did not happen. Abilene had three straight losses since their win against Tuscosa (2-4) to open District play.
Lee scored first on a 21-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Caden Coots to senior receiver Reed Knittle to go up 7-0 in the first quarter. Abilene responded with a 31-yard field goal by junior kicker Parker Brady, and then took the lead on an 11-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Derek Scott. A missed point-after put the score at 9-7. Lee regained the lead just before the end of the first quarter on another Coots touchdown pass, as he connected with senior receiver Isaiah Johnson for a 10-yard score. Brady hit another field goal for Abilene from 30 yards to start the second quarter to pull within a single score. But Lee began to pull away with two straight scores on a two-yard run by senior running back Brives Turner and a two-yard run by junior quarterback Zyan Burditt. With just above three minutes to go in the first half, Abilene assembled a scoring drive that was capped off by a one-yard rushing touchdown by Derek Scott, setting the halftime score 27-19. Abilene came out of the break with intentions to upset, as Scott completed a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage to junior wide receiver Jeremiah Alonzo. The Eagles attempted to tie the game on a two-point conversion, but the Lee defense held. Lee made another attempt to pull away as the Rebels scored 17 straight on 63-yard touchdown run by Burditt, a 13-yard Coots touchdown pass to senior receiver Alex Bell and a 31-yard field goal by junior kicker Brady Roper. But just when Lee looked to have control of the game, Jeremiah Alonzo returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for an Abilene touchdown, swinging momentum the Eagles' way. Abilene stopped the Rebel offense twice, and took advantage of the opportunity by scoring twice more on two Derek Scott touchdowns, taking the lead 45-44. Lee regained the lead on Coots' fourth touchdown of the game, this one distancing 61-yards to Alex Bell. Lee attempted a two-point conversion to extend the lead to seven, but failed. With just under five minutes remaining in the game, Derek Scott drove Abilene down the field and connected with Wilson again for a 32-yard touchdown pass. A failed two-point try put the score at 51-50 with 39 seconds remaining. With the possibility of losing their eight straight to Abilene, Midland Lee was able to drive down the field and set up a 38-yard field goal with just seconds remaining. Brady Roper nailed it, sealing the Rebels' fourth straight win of the season.
Coots led Midland Lee with four touchdown passes, and Zyan Burditt scored twice on the ground. Derek Scott finished with 290 yards passing with three touchdowns, also rushing for 86 yards on 20 carries. Douglas Wilson was his main target with eight catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Now enduring a fourth straight District loss, Abilene will take on another team without a loss in 2-5A play in Lubbock Coronado (2-4) next week. Lee will look to continue their journey to an undefeated District season against Midland (3-3).
Elgin (6-0) 48 Manor (5-1) 41
In a district that provided two state finalists a season ago, the competition can get pretty tough. Elgin was the fourth-best team in 17-4A a season ago, and ended up going three rounds deep into the playoffs. Despite the success, Elgin doesn't seem to be satisfied with fourth place this year, trouncing state-finalist Georgetown (4-2) 37-0 in week four. Manor came in undefeated on the year, beating Georgetown 27-19 in week five. The matchup made for one of the best games in Texas.
Senior running back Tyrone Owens put Manor on the board first on a four-yard run to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. But Elgin senior running back Da'Trean Simmons scored two one-yard rushing touchdowns in the first quarter. Manor took a 14-13 lead behind a 40-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jamal Collins to senior Datrin Guyton . Simmons gave Elgin the lead again on an eight-yard run. But Owens responded with his second touchdown of the game, rushing for a 44-yard score. It was then Da'Trean's brother, senior quarterback Te'Rel Simmons , scored on a seven-yard run. Da'Trean responded to his brother's score with another of his own, scoring on a 13-yard run just before halftime, giving Elgin a 34-20 lead. The brotherly success continued in the second half as Te'Real scored on a five-yard rush to begin the third quarter. Things looked dismal for Manor, at the time down 41-20. But the Mustangs roared back to tie the game on three consecutive touchdowns from Jamal Collins. Collins scored on two, one-yard rushes and completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Datrin Guyton. Having blown a 21-point lead, Elgin regained composure at the end of the fourth quarter, and Da'Trean Simmons provided the game-winning score from one-yard out, setting the final score 48-41.
The Simmons family chemistry combined for 83 percent of Elgin's total yards and scored all of the Wildcats' touchdowns. Te'Rel finished with 147 yards passing, and interception, and rushed for 132 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns. Da'Trean rushed for 156 yards on 32 carries and five touchdowns, and caught two passes for 46 yards. Tyrone Owens led the game in rushing for Manor with 194 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Jamal Collins finished with 149 yards passing, two touchdowns, an interception, and rushed for 75 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.
Losing their first game of the season, Manor will look to get back to their winning ways against East View (5-1). Elgin emerges the top team in the district and will play Pflugerville Conally (2-4) next week.
Cedar Ridge (4-2) 35 Stony Point (4-3) 27
Both Cedar Ridge and Stony Point were coming off big losses to Pflugerville Hendrickson (7-0) and were hoping to forget and move forward in a win against the other. With a bye week last week, Cedar Ridge had extra time to prepare against Stony Point, an advantage that may have given the edge in this match-up.
Things started disastrously for Stony Point, as a fumble was recovered by Cedar Ridge junior defensive lineman Cameron Mack for a 20-yard touchdown. The Raiders extended their lead to 14 on a five-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Michael McCann to senior receiver Reed Mitteness. The Stony Point offense came together in the second quarter, getting on the board on a 32-yard rushing touchdown by sophomore running back Michael Scroggins. Cedar Ridge extended the lead to 14 again just before halftime on a one-yard touchdown run by junior running back Nicholas Morello. Stony Point pulled within a single score to start the second half on an eight-yard run by senior running back James Gray. But a failed point-after made the score 21-13 at the end of the third quarter. McCann threw for two more touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, each to senior receiver Charles Porter from 14 and eight yards out, respectively. Stony Point attempted a final comeback behind a 35-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Aidan Barrera to senior receiver Jeremy Carr, and a five-yard run by senior quarterback Damian Lindley , pulling within one score near the end of the game. But Cedar Ridge held on to the lead to beat Stony Point for the second-straight year with the final score 35-27.
McCann led Cedar Ridge, completing 24 of 36 passes for 333 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Charles Porter was the main receiver with nine catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Nicholas Morello led the game in rushing for the Raiders with 170 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Aidan Barrera led Stony Point completing 8-of-12 for 110 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 57 yards on 10 carries.
Now third in 16-5A, Cedar Ridge will take on Westwood (3-4) next week. Stony Point heads into a bye-week, and will wait to play Westwood in the following week.