With the postseason getting underway this past Friday, it was an up and down week for District 12-6A teams. The Woodlands found itself on the right side of a blowout win, while Beaumont West Brook, Lufkin and Montgomery each had games that went down to the wire.
In the end, West Brook had just enough to steal a one-point win over Longview while Lufkin and Montgomery took heartbreaking losses.
The Woodlands will return to action with one of the marquee games in the state against Garland Sachse this week, while Beaumont West Brook has a good chance of making it to the third round when it faces Lakeview Centenial.
Here is a look back at the first week of playoff action.
The Woodlands (11-0) vs. Garland Sachse (11-0), Waco ISD Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m. – After giving up a touchdown on the second play of the game, it was all Highlanders in a 41-21 win over Mesquite Horn on Friday night.
Eric Schmid had another efficient night in which he threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
He had plenty of help in the backfield with Carlos Ramos running for 138 yards on 25 carries. The Highlanders finished the night with 331 rushing yards.
Horn got on the board first when Chris Robison hit Katrell Blakely for a 57-yard touchdown.
The Woodlands answered with the next 21 points with a Kesean Carter 17-yard touchdown putting it on top 21-7.
After Horn cut that margin to seven points, The Woodlands took the momentum into the half thanks to a Chris Stewart 28-yard touchdown reception with 22 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Woodlands put the game away in the second half with Schmid hitting Dylan Casey for a 14-yard touchdown pass and Stewart hauling in a 45-yard touchdown reception that made it 41-14. The stakes go up for The Woodlands this week in a second-round matchup between two undefeated teams.
Garland Sachse is 11-0 and only has two wins by single digits this season. Sachse opened the playoffs with a 34-13 win over Dallas Skyline last week. Beaumont West Brook (10-1) vs. Lakeview Centennial (8-3), Palestine High School, 7:30 p.m. – Persistence paid off for the Bruins in a 34-33 win over the Longview Lobos in the opening round of the playoffs. With Longview on the verge of putting the game away, West Brook recovered a fumble at its own 10-yard line before putting together a game-winning drive. Kandin Robertson hauled in the game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass from L’Ravien Elia and the Bruins dodged a final 47-yard field goal attempt to pick up the win.
- The game was tied at 14-14 at the half before Longview seemed to take control by gaining a 10-point advantage.
- West Brook eventually cut the margin to 31-27 only to see the Lobos block the extra point and return it for two points.
- Longview then drove the length of the field only to have a fumble end its chances of putting the game away.
- Elia threw for 154 yards on 13-of-14 passing while also running for 58 yards and a score.
- Joel Denley added 140 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and Robertson made six catches for 127 yards.
- Next up for West Brook is a matchup against Lakeview Centennial, which has an 8-3 record. The Patriots are coming off a 55-27 win over Lake Highlands in the opening round of the playoffs.
- John Tyler 50, Lufkin 49 – It was another heartbreaking playoff loss for the Panthers as a late two-point conversion was off the mark, letting John Tyler escape with a 50-49 thriller at Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
- The teams combined for almost 1,100 yards of offense with Houston commit Bryson Smith and Texas commit Damion Miller proving to be the difference for the Lions.
- Smith threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 190 yards and three scores while Miller caught eight passes for 161 yards.
- That was just enough to hold off Lufkin’s own dynamic offense. Kordell Rodgers led the way by throwing for 223 yards and a touchdown while running for 69 yards and three touchdowns.
- Malik Jackson was a big-time playmaker with eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
- Lufkin finished the season with a 7-4 record.
- John Tyler advances to the area round of the playoffs to take on Dallas Jesuit on Saturday afternoon at 2 at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium.
- Rockwall 51, Montgomery 41 – Montgomery wasn’t fazed by the playoff pressure in a back-and-forth game against Rockwall. However, after leading 35-31 in the third quarter, Rockwall reeled off 20 straight points to come away with the win.
- Holding a four-point lead, Montgomery surrendered a touchdown. Rockwall followed by recovering an onside kick and scoring another touchdown that virtually put the game away.
- Jordan Hood led Montgomery with 307 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-34 passing. He also added a pair of rushing touchdowns.
- Jody Miller added five receptions for 137 yards, and Alex Nunn ran for 83 yards and a score.
- Montgomery finishes the season with a 6-5 record. After winning six of its first eight games, Montgomery finished with three straight losses.
- Rockwall advances to the area round of the playoffs where it will take on Coppell at Allen High School on Saturday afternoon at 1.
Team | Overall District
The Woodlands 11-0 6-0
Beaumont West Brook 10-1 5-1
Lufkin 7-4 4-2
Montgomery 6-5 3-3
Oak Ridge 4-6 2-4
College Park 1-9 1-5
Conroe 3-7 0-6
John Tyler 50, Lufkin 49
The Woodlands 41, Mesquite Horn 21
Beaumont West Brook 34, Longview 33
Rockwall 51, Montgomery 41
The Woodlands vs. Garland Sachse, Waco ISD Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Beaumont West Brook vs. Lakeview Centennial, Palestine High School, 7:30 p.m.