Katy Seven Lakes had their best start in their school's short history, tying their season-high win total with six straight wins. The Trojans had never beaten Katy since joining District 17-5A in 2008, and looked to break the streak against a Tiger team that was without their star running back Rodney Anderson .
Katy scored first on a 12-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kiley Huddleston to senior receiver Logan Otte to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Seven Lakes returned fire on a 20-yard run by senior running back Braeden West , the first touchdown against the Katy defense in four weeks. A missed extra point kept the Trojans down 7-6 at halftime, and proved problematic at the game's finish. Katy sophomore running back Kyle Porter busted out a 43-yard touchdown run to start the second half, and senior kicker Manny Mendoza knocked in a 30-yard field goal to put the Tigers up two scores at the end of the third quarter. The Trojans pulled within a single score after Braeden West scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from two yards out. Down 17-12, Seven Lakes elected to go for it, but senior quarterback Randolph Turnbull's pass fell incomplete. Seven Lakes stopped Katy on the next drive, allowing one more attempt at winning the game. The Trojans almost pulled off the upset, as Turnbull completed a pass within Katy's red zone, but the play was called back because of an illegal receiver downfield. The penalty halted the comeback, and Katy held on to win 17-12.
Kyle Porter led the game in rushing with 97 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. Porter has filled in nicely for the injured Rodney Anderson with 464 yards and six touchdowns in the last three games. Braeden West finished with 79 yards on the ground on 18 carries and two scores.
Though they lost the game, Seven Lakes was the first team to hold Katy to a score under 20 since 2011. That should instill some confidence as the Trojans take on Katy Cinco Ranch (4-1) in the week upcoming. Katy, now on a 26-game winning streak will look to push the streak to 27 against Houston Strake Jesuit (0-7) next week.
El Campo (5-1) 20 Wharton (7-1) 0
After losing by three points to Bellville (5-2) two weeks ago, El Campo needed a win against undefeated Wharton to get back into District 25-3A contention. Looking to earn their best start since 1974, Wharton needed to beat El Campo for the first time in 11 meetings in order to clinch a playoff berth.
El Campo shut out the Tigers, as they scored 10 points on either side of the half. Senior running back B.J. Flagg scored twice on two touchdown runs of 18 and eight yards in the second and fourth quarter, and senior Alex Montes kicked two field goals of 43 and 38 yards in the second and third quarter. The El Campo defense held Wharton to 65 yards of total offense, forcing seven punts and three interceptions. Wharton gave up more yards in penalties, 76, than they gained, and were shutout for the first time in 11 games.
B.J. Flagg led the Ricebirds with 182 yards on the ground on 28 attempts for two touchdowns. Junior receiver Jarrin Henderson also contributed with 30 yards on nine carries. Wharton sophomore running back Donre Elliott made up most of the Tigers' offense with 34 yards on six carries. Junior quarterback Joseph Krenek struggled against the El Campo defense, completing 4-of-14 for five yards and three interceptions.
Wharton will look to rebound against Bellville (5-2), the last team to shut them out, in order to stay in contention for the district title. El Campo will carry their momentum into their upcoming game against Needville (0-6) this week.
Smithson Valley (7-0) 45 Converse Judson (5-2) 28
Judson traded a big win and a big loss to start the season, beating Lake Travis (6-1) in the season opener and losing to Cibolo Steele (6-1) in the following week. Judson won four straight after the loss, and stood 5-1 facing their third juggernaut opponent of the season in Smithson Valley last week. Smithson Valley had not lost a regular season game since 2011, and did not want to start any time soon.
Judson took the lead first, stunning Smithson Valley in their own end zone for a safety to start the game. But the Rangers took a 14-2 lead on two touchdowns by senior quarterback Garrett Smith , who threw a 53-yard touchdown strike to senior receiver Tyler Coiner for the first score, and rushed for a five-yard score on the second. But Judson swung back, as senior quarterback RayJohn Austin-Ramsey connected with sophomore running back Malik Taylor for a 10-yard score in the second quarter. With 30 seconds remaining in the first half, the Rockets took the lead on a seven-yard touchdown run by senior running back Brandon Sanders. A failed two-point conversion made the score 15-14. But Smithson Valley managed to drive down the field to set up a 21-yard field goal by senior kicker Aaron Kennedy, taking a 17-15 lead into the half.
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.
Smith led the game in passing for Smithson Valley, completing 12-of-18 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. His main target was Joseph Barsalou with six catches for 72 yards, but Tyler Coiner led in receiving with three catches for 96 yards and two scores. Brandon Sanders led the game in rushing for Judson with 101 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. RayJohn Austin-Ramsey played well for the Rockets, completing 20-of-46 for 208 yards and a touchdown pass.
Judson will look to rebound against San Marcos (3-4) in the week upcoming. Smithson Valley has now won seven straight against Judson and will look to win their 19th straight regular season game against New Braunfels Canyon (6-1) next week.
Cedar Park (6-1) 39 Rouse (6-2) 14
This game featured a State Champion against a Region Champion as Cedar Park looked to fend off the up and coming Rouse. Cedar Park had not lost a district game since 2011, and Rouse had never beaten Cedar Park since joining District 25-4A in 2010. In a game that will have an influence in playoff positioning, both teams wanted the leg up in a win.
Cedar Park scored first on a 19-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Nate Grimm to senior tight end Chad Whitehead. Whitehead ended up throwing the following two-point conversion, completing the pass to senior receiver Bill Estevanott to give the Timberwolves an 8-0 lead. Rouse was stopped on offense, but the defense pulled through, sophomore defensive back Morgan Vest picked off Grimm for an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown, bringing the Raiders within one. But Cedar Park scored 31 straight points through the fourth quarter on an 11-yard run by senior running back Logan Imnornone, a one-yard run by Grimm, a 34-yard field goal by senior kicker Zach Hancock, a one -yard run by Estevanott and a one-yard passing touchdown from Grimm to senior receiver Samuel Brock. Stunned by the onslaught, Rouse managed to score once more on a three-yard touchdown run by junior running back Billy McCrary III to set the final score 39-14.
Grimm completed 10-of-17 for 133 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, and rushed for 127 yards on 19 carries and another score. Grimm outgained the entire Rouse offense, which assembled 229 total yards as the Timberwolves defense forced two turnovers. Billy McCrary III finished with 58 yards on the ground on 18 carries and a touchdown.
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.
McKinney Boyd (4-3) 24 Plano (5-2) 23
With identical records, Boyd and Plano looked to surpass the other in the district standings. Both teams came off big wins in the last two weeks after losing in week four. Last year, Boyd beat Plano by a single point, sending them to fourth place in District 10-5A. This year's matchup bore similar results.
Boyd held the only score in the first quarter as sophomore kicker Cameron Powell knocked in a 29-yarder to put the Broncos ahead 3-0. Plano senior kicker Colton Kier knotted the game at three to begin the second quarter with a field goal of his own from 38 yards out. Plano then took the lead on a 29-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brooks Panhans to senior receiver Josh Johnson. Boyd responded with a touchdown pass of their own from the arm of senior quarterback Curtis Ladd to sophomore running back Brandon Bowling. But Plano was able to grab a three-point lead as time expired in the first half on a 32-yard Gier field goal. The lead changed hands again to start the second half as Boyd scored on a 12-yard touchdown run by junior running back Dedrick Scrivens to go up 17-13. After being held scoreless in the third quarter, Plano busted out 10 straight points on a four-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Brandon Stephens and Gier's third field goal of the game from 44-yards out. Plano held a 23-17 lead heading into the final minute of the game, but Boyd came back in dramatic fashion, as Curtis Ladd connected with Dedrick Scrivens for a 97-yard touchdown pass that set up the point-after by Powell to win the game.
Ladd led the game in passing, completing 7-of-13 for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Scrivens led in rushing, with 91 yards on 13 carries and a score, and receiving, two catches, 104 yards and a touchdown. Brooks Panhans completed 5-of-17 for Plano, for 76 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Panhans also rushed for 83 yards on 18 carries. Brandon Stephens finished with 76 yards on the ground on 30 carries and a touchdown.
Plano will head home to take on Plano East (5-2) next week. Boyd is now 2-0 in District 10-5A, and will need to upset Allen (7-0) on the road in order to take sole ownership of first place.
Arlington Bowie (6-1) 48 Arlington Lamar (5-2) 17
Seven points separated Lamar from heading into the game against Bowie undefeated. The Vikings won five straight heading into the weekend, and looked to prove legitimacy against a team they had only beaten once since 2007. Bowie had won their last three games by an average of 54 points. Lamar was not able to stop their prolific offense.
Bowie put Lamar away early with 27-straight points in the first half. Junior receiver Tony James scored first on a 12-yard run to start the first quarter. Sophomore running back Anthony Hawkins scored twice on a one-yard run and a 21-yard run, and senior running back Brian Crossley caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Keaton Perry. Lamar finally stopped the bleeding on a 34-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele to senior receiver Jaries King to make the score 27-7. But Bowie extended the lead to 27 again before halftime on a Crossley 25-yard touchdown run. Lamar never recovered. Bowie scored two straight touchdowns in the third quarter on a Tony James 39-yard run and a 26-yard touchdown pass from Perry to senior receiver Jordan Versey . Down 48-7 in the fourth quarter, Lamar managed to score twice more on a 31-yard field goal by senior kicker Ryan Jacobs and a 61-yard touchdown run by senior running back Jamal Kemp, setting the final score 48-17.
Keaton Perry led the game in passing for Bowie, completing 14-of-20 for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Trenton Shumate led Bowie with 107 yards on 13 carries. Shane Buechele struggled against a Bowie secondary led by senior defensive backs Edwin Freeman and Conan Skidmore , completing 6-of-21 for 78 yards and a touchdown. Jamal Kemp led the game in rushing for the Vikings with 117 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
Lamar will have to rebound on the road, as they take on Arlington Martin (6-1) who added to a six-game win streak in a 45-8 win against north Crowley (0-7). Bowie will look to stay undefeated in district against Arlington Sam Houston (3-4) next week.