TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS AND NOTES
ALLEN DOMINATES PEARLAND
The Allen Eagles (16-0) completed the first undefeated season in school history by dominating the Pearland Oilers (14-2) in a 63-28 win for the Class 5A Division I state championship.
The Eagles become the sixth school to win two or more state championships in a row since Class 5A was created in 1980. Multiple year champions in 5A are Plano (86/87), Converse Judson (92/93), Midland Lee (98/99/2000), Southlake Carroll (2004/05/06), Katy (2007/08) and now Allen (2012/13).
Prior to 1980 Austin Reagan (67/68), Garland (63/64), Abilene (54/55/56), Lubbock (51/52), Amarillo (34/35/36), Waco (25/26/27), were consecutive champions in the largest division in the state football playoffs.
Allen became the first team to score 60 points in a title game in the highest classification. Lewisville Marcus had the previous high in a 59-20 victory against Alief Hastings in 1997.
The Eagles racked up a season-high 670 total offensive yards and tied their best scoring mark of 63 points put up against Richardson Lake Highlands in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.
KYLER MURRAY MAKES BID FOR FIFTH STAR
Kyler Murray, Allen's 4-Star quarterback, leads Allen to their second consecutive title and was named the MVP of the championship game for the second time. Behind the arm and legs of Murray, Allen rolled up their season best offensive team stats and points.
Murray put on an offensive show for which the Pearland defense had no answer. The junior quarterback threw for 280 yards (11-of-14) and four touchdowns, and rushed for 188 yards (one touchdown) on 13 carries to earn the Offensive Most Valuable Player honors. Murray won the honor in last year's 35-21 win over Houston Lamar as a 15-year old sophomore.
As a starter for Allen Murray is now 26-0 and this season accounted for over 4900 total yards, 65 cumulative touchdowns, with only 9 interceptions in 325 throws.
For the first time in the UIL history, all 10 of the football state championship games were held at one site, AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Class 5A Division I championship between Allen and Pearland broke the Texas high school football attendance record with 54,347 fans at a single game.
The previous state attendance record of 49,953 was set at the 1977 4A state title game between Plano and Port Neches-Groves. The third highest attendance was in last year's state championship game with Allen vs. Houston Lamar at Cowboys Stadium with the official tally of 48,379.
The previous national record for attendance to a high school football game was considered 50,988 with Buffalo Kensington vs. Buffalo Bennett in Buffalo New York Oct. 21, 1948 documented by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
The weekend UIL event created large turnouts for all the games. More than 100,000 fans showed up on the first two days of the championship weekend to watch the 4A Division I and 3A-1A finals. According to our friend and UIL Media Coordinator, Kate Hector, the attendance for Saturday (118,377) did not break the one day attendance record set in 2012 (118,948).
The total attendance for all championship games in 2011 (208, 528), and 2012 (205,238) were both less than the single site record set this weekend at AT&T Stadium of 221,339.
The DFW region of the state reigned over the top four divisions of the state football championships. This is the second time for the region to claim all the crowns in both Class 4A and 5A.
With Allen, Cedar Hill, Aledo, and Denton Guyer completing the 2013 sweep they join the 2005 teams of Euless Trinity, Southlake Carroll, Highland Park and Hebron winning the four championships.
No other region of the state has swept the top four UIL football honors.
CEDAR HILL WINS REMATCH
The Cedar Hill Longhorns (14-2) reeled off 24 unanswered second-half points defeating the Katy Tigers (15-1) with a 34-24 win in the Class 5A Division II title game. It was a rematch of the 2012 championship game when Katy won its seventh state championship in football topping Cedar Hill 35-24.
With the victory Cedar Hill won the second state football title in school history, both under head coach Joey McGuire.
Cedar Hill junior receiver DaMarkus Lodge was the key to the comeback engineered by the Longhorns in the second half. Katy held a 21-10 halftime lead and kicked a field goal on the first possession of the second half.
There was no doubt Lodge, who only touched the ball three times in the first half, was the most talented player on the field. Lodge ended with over 100 yards rushing, five receptions and scored two of the Cedar Hill second half touchdowns.
Katy was playing in its tenth state final since 1997, and it won championships in 5A in 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2012 to go along with a 1A title it captured in 1959.
ALEDO ENDS SEASON WITH TITLE AND SCORING RECORD
In a year where head coach Tim Buchanan was accused of being a bully his Aledo Bearcats (16-0) completed a perfect season by winning the 4A-Division II state championship in a 38-10 win over Brenham (14-2) and became the first football team ever to score over 1,000 points in a season.
After a district 91-0 victory over Fort Worth Western Hills Buchanan was informed a Western Hills parent had filled out the district's online form, accusing the coaching staff of bullying because of the lopsided score. The complaint was dismissed by school officials and the rest of the story is complete now with the state title win.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations the Bearcats broke the national scoring record of 901 points held by Albemarle, N.C., (2001, 16 games) by outscoring their opponents 1,023-147. The former Texas scoring record was 891 held by Refugio set in 15 games in 2011.
Brenham fell to 0-3 in state championship games including a 35-21 loss to Aledo in the 2009 4A Division II final. Aledo has won four state championships in the last five years (2009, 10, 11, 13).
EAST TEXAS COMES TO ARLINGTON
The Carthage Bulldogs (15-1) saw an 18-point lead dwindle to 28-23 with around 3 minutes to go in the game but held on to defeat Kilgore (15-1) 34-23.
These two East Texas communities have a deep history of football competition between themselves playing 48 times since the 1950's but never had to travel 3 hours to do so since the towns are only 40 miles apart.
Since the championship games have moved to Arlington this is the second All-East Texas 3A Final. In 2010 Highway 64 neighbors Henderson and Chapel Hill played for the for the 3A D-I crown.
Scott Surratt's Bulldogs (15-1) have won state titles in four of the past six years, including three in a row from 2008 to 2010.
ARGYLE EARNS FIRST GOLD
Todd Rodgers' Argyle Eagles earned the school's first state football title and capped a perfect 16-0 season with a 38-33 victory over Fairfield (15-1) in the Class 3A Division II championship game.
Argyle had lost in its two previous trips to a state final, including two years ago.
Ian Sadler finished with 284 all-purpose yards, rushing for three touchdowns and returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown. The Texas Tech commit was named the game's Offensive MVP.
Cameron Yoe (15-1) successfully repeated as the Class 2A Division I championship with a resounding 35-14 win over Wall (15-1). Traion Smith rushed for 157 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Yoemen to their third state football title in school history including a Class 3A title in 1981.
Wall was making its first-ever appearance in a state championship game in football.
CISCO BREAKS THE STREAK
Cisco (16-0) took home its first-ever state championship with a 56-36 win over Refugio (14-2) in the Class 2A Division II State Championship game. Cisco had lost in its four previous trips to the state championship game over a 10-year span including a 36-35 loss to Refugio in the 2011 2A Division II title game.
Cisco quarterback Colton Kent was named offensive player of the game rushing for 149 yards and accounted for six touchdowns.
Refugio quarterback Travis Quintanilla was 30-of-42 passing for 391 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Quintanilla finished his career as the state's career leader in yards passing (14,223) and touchdown passes (186). With his 68 TD passes this season, he broke the record of 67 set by Ennis' Graham Harrell in 2003.