With The Woodlands, Beaumont West Brook, Lufkin and Montgomery locked into their playoff spots, the final week of District 12-6A is merely for pride and momentum.
The Woodlands wrapped up the district title with another dominating performance, while Beaumont West Brook needed overtime to clinch a playoff spot while officially eliminating Oak Ridge.
Lufkin punched its playoff ticket by dominating Conroe while Montgomery is headed to the playoffs despite a convincing loss against The Woodlands.
With that already decided, the key for 12-6A teams will be in staying healthy while trying to get some momentum in the last week of the regular season.
Lufkin makes the trip to face Montgomery in a game for third place in the district. The Woodlands will look to round out a perfect district slate as it faces College Park and Beaumont West Brook will try for a 9-1 regular season against Conroe.
Here is a look at all the 12-6A action.
Lufkin (6-3, 3-2) at Montgomery (6-3, 3-2) – While there are no playoff implications in this game, it will decide third place in the district.
The Panthers put up their second straight strong defensive showing on Friday night by routing Conroe 34-21 in a game that was closer than the score indicates.
The Panthers kept Conroe off the board until the fourth quarter when the game had already been decided.
Kordell Rodgers threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-28 passing with Dhaillon Phillips making four receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an injury in the first half.
Tre Grant had his first 100-yard rushing game as he ran for 105-yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
The Panthers will go after a third straight win to finish the regular season as they travel to take on Montgomery on Friday night.
The Bears are looking for some kind of momentum after being stymied in a 49-0 loss to The Woodlands last week.
Montgomery was held to a total of 41 yards and five first downs in that loss. The Bears gained only 21 yards in the first half as they fell in a 35-0 hole.
Following this week’s game, the Panthers will play at John Tyler in the opening round of the playoffs.
Montgomery will open the playoffs against the winner of the game between Rockwall and North Mesquite, which will be played on Friday night.
Beaumont West Brook (8-1, 4-1) at Conroe (3-6, 0-5) – The Bruins got quite a test from an Oak Ridge defense that slowed down a high-powered offense for the second straight week, but in the end they were able to punch their playoff ticket with a hard-fought 21-14 win.
Joel Denley was the top playmaker for West Brook as he ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. That included the game-winning three-yard touchdown run in overtime.
After the Bruins scored in overtime, Brandon Chavis stopped Oak Ridge’s Grant Stuard a yard short on fourth down to preserve the victory.
West Brook didn’t lead until overtime as it answered Oak Ridge touchdowns with a touchdown run by Denley and a L’Ravien Elia 45-yard touchdown run.
Elia ran for 133 yards as West Brook got the win despite putting up its lowest point total of the season.
Following Friday’s game, West Brook will open the playoffs with a home game against Longview next week.
Conroe is coming off a 34-21 loss to Lufkin in a game in which the Tigers put up three touchdowns in the second half.
Colby Kizzie threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-31 passing while Jon Jones Jr. had five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
The Woodlands (9-0, 5-0) vs. College Park (1-8, 1-4) – The final step toward an undefeated regular season looks like an easy one for the Highlanders as a 1-8 Oak Ridge team awaits them on Friday night.
The Woodlands’ defense put up another dominating performance in a 49-0 win over Montgomery last week. Outside of Lufkin’s 42-point night, the Highlanders have given up a total of 60 points in their other eight games.
That defense held Montgomery to 41 total yards and five first downs on Friday night.
The offense also provided its usual consistent effort with Eric Schmid throwing for 235 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions on 17-21 attempts. He also ran for another touchdown.
Christopher Stewart hauled in touchdown passes of 30 and 10 yards while Kesean Carter had six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, Jordan Talford and Carlos Ramos combined for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
College Park, which will be at home for the playoffs, will look to spoil the Highlanders’ perfect regular season on Friday night.
The Cavaliers have just one win in nine tries this season and are coming off a tough 38-35 loss against Conroe. College Park had a bye last week.
Following Friday’s game, The Woodlands will open the playoffs with a home game against either North Mesquite, Heath or Rockwall.
Oak Ridge (4-6, 2-4), bye – Needing a win in one of their final two games to keep its playoff hopes alive, Oak Ridge was on the wrong end of a pair of heartbreakers.
A week after letting a fourth-quarter lead slip away against Lufkin, Oak Ridge never trailed in regulation during a 21-14 loss to Beaumont West Brook.
The War Eagles relied on the legs of Grant Stuard as he scored on a 31-yard run for an early 7-0 lead.
He later gave the War Eagles a 14-7 lead on a 26-yard touchdown run. However, Stuard got stopped just short in overtime as their season came to an end.
Team Overall District
The Woodlands 9-0 5-0
Beaumont West Brook 8-1 4-1
Montgomery 6-3 3-2
Lufkin 6-3 3-2
Oak Ridge 4-6 2-4
College Park 1-8 1-4
Conroe 3-6 0-5
Lufkin 34, Conroe 21
The Woodlands 49, Montgomery 0
Beaumont West Brook 21, Oak Ridge 14, OT
College Park, bye
Lufkin at Montgomery
Beaumont West Brook at Conroe
The Woodlands vs. College Park
Oak Ridge bye
Lufkin at John Tyler
Longview at Beaumont West Brook
Montgomery at Rockwall/North Mesquite winner
North Mesquite, Heath or Rockwall at The Woodlands