With Lufkin and Montgomery knocked out in the opening round of the playoffs, The Woodlands Highlanders and Beaumont West Brook Bruins are still going strong as they used high-powered offenses to advance to the third round of the playoffs this past weekend.
The Woodlands overcame its second worst defensive night of the season to pick up a 51-40 win over Garland Sachse while Beaumont West Brook avoided a massive meltdown in securing a 69-45 victory.
Those teams will work through the Thanksgiving holidays in hopes of advancing to the fourth round of the playoffs.
The Highlanders will get a test from Austin Bowie while West Brook will go up against Spring Westfield.
Following is a closer look at those matchups.
The Woodlands (12-0) vs. Austin Bowie (11-1), Baylor’s McLane Stadium, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – With the Highlanders’ defense allowing 40 points for only the second time this season, the defense picked up the slack in picking up a 51-40 area round playoff win over a previously undefeated Garland Sachse team.
Eric Schmid threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns while Dylan Casey was his top target with seven receptions for 179 yards and two scores.
The Woodlands raced out to a 28-14 halftime win before Garland Sachse worked its way back in the game.
With the result still in doubt, Schmid put away Sachse with a 20-yard touchdown run.
Next up for The Woodlands is a Saturday playoff matchup against Austin Bowie, which took down Spring, 37-14, last week.
Bowie opened the playoffs with a 41-28 win over Hendrickson. Its only loss of the season was a 35-21 decision against Austin Westlake on Sept. 16.
Beaumont West Brook (11-1) vs. Spring Westfield (9-3), Saturday, 2 p.m., Baytown’s Stallworth Stadium – After letting most of a 24-point halftime lead slip away, the Bruins found themselves on the verge of a disastrous loss.
Fortunately, they had their usual combination of Joel Denley and L’Ravien Elia to save the day.
After a 27-3 halftime lead had been trimmed to 47-44 with 10:44 still remaining in the game, Joel Denley scored on a 65-yard run and L’Ravien Elia scored from 37 yards out to put the game away.
It was just the finale of a memorable night for West Brook’s pair of offensive stars.
Denley ran for 341 yards and five touchdowns while Elia ran for 239 yards and a pair of scores. With Elia also throwing for 107 yards, the duo combined for 580 yards and nine touchdowns.
That offense will get a test this week against Stony Point, a team riding a nine-game winning streak. Since opening the season with three straight losses, Stony Point has allowed a total of 56 points while picking up nine straight wins.