Coming into the season, The Woodlands, Lufkin and Beaumont West Brook were the three teams picked to finish atop District 12-6A. Non-district action has done nothing to change those opinions as those squads have combined for an 11-1 record.
The lone loss in that stretch was Lufkin’s setback against Louisiana powerhouse Parkway.
The Woodlands has racked up the wins in impressive fashion with back-to-back victories over state champions from a season ago.
Meanwhile West Brook wrapped up the non-district slate by handing St. Thomas a rare home defeat on Friday night.
Those teams will see if that success can translate into the games that matter as 12-6A play kicks off this week.
Lufkin kicks off district with a homecoming game against College Park, while West Brook hosts Montgomery. Conroe and Oak Ridge will square off at Woodforest Bank Stadium, while The Woodlands has a well-deserved week off.
Here is a look at this week’s action.
College Park (0-4) at Lufkin (3-1) –College Park gets the chance to hit the reset button after a dismal non-district slate left it with an 0-4 record.
College Park finished that slate by being dominated in a 33-14 loss to A&M Consolidated in a game that wasn’t even as close as the score would indicate.
The Cavs fell in a 33-0 hole thanks in large part to a four-turnover night before they even got on the board. College Park eventually score a pair of touchdowns on a Tucker Woody 17-yard touchdown run and a 20-yard scoring strike from Max Bowman to Peyton Sobosle.
However, College Park was eventually held to 155 total yards in the loss.
Lufkin used its final non-district contest as a virtual warm-up, electing to get several players extra playing time in a 35-7 win over Monterrey.
The Panthers struggled early on as they were in a 7-7 tie late in the first half before scoring the final 28 unanswered points.
Friday’s game will serve as homecoming night for the Panthers.
Montgomery (3-1) at Beaumont West Brook (4-0) – This game featuring a pair of teams that combined for one non-district loss could go a long way in deciding the playoff chase.
Montgomery has been somewhat of a surprise this season with a 3-1 record. It closed out the non-district portion of its slate with a 45-14 pasting of Alief Hastings on Friday night. Waverly Hampton returned the opening kickoff 101 yards for a score and Montgomery was never tested in the win.
Montgomery relied on a running back rotation with Vincent Sheffield, Alex Nunn, Jordan Hood and Taurean Bailey each rushing for at least 45 yards. They combined for 202 yards on 44 carries.
West Brook continued its early impressive run by taking down St. Thomas, 28-20. It was St. Thomas’ first home loss since 2011.
Kandin Robertson was unstoppable for the Bruins with nine receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
With four teams making the postseason, the winner of this game will have the inside track to a playoff spot.
Conroe (3-1) vs. Oak Ridge (2-2) – Conroe ran its winning streak to three games with a 30-21 win over Brazoswood on Friay night.
Donaven Lloyd, who is already approaching the 1,000-yard mark, ran for 106 yards on 25 carries.
Meanwhile, the passing game was in good hands with Colby Kizzie throwing for 223 yards and three scores on 17-of-21 passing.
Jo’Vaughn Martin led the receivers with 101 yards on seven receptions.
Conroe will get a test from Oak Ridge in the district opener on Friday night. The War Eagles are coming off a narrow 26-21 loss to Deer Park last week.
In that game, Oak Ridge used the combination of Reinard Britz and Kyle Townsend at quarterback. Each player struggled, combining to complete 8-of-21 passes for 62 yards.
Kyle Townsend finished with 65 yards on six catches while Jimmie Moore had 71 yards on 12 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run.
The Woodlands (4-0), bye – The Highlanders are playing the part of the district favorites to perfection as they stayed perfect with a 42-14 win over George Ranch.
It was the second straight state champion that The Woodlands had defeated after the previous week’s win over Katy.
The Woodlands were impressive on both sides of the ball. On offense, Eric Schmid threw for 272 yards and six touchdowns on 13-of-17 receiving.
His top target was Kesean Carter, who made touchdown catches for 60, 62, 44 and 40 yards, finishing with 204 yards and six touchdowns on five receptions.
Meanwhile the defense was able to hold a potentially dangerous George Ranch offense in check.
Team Overall District
The Woodlands 4-0 0-0
Beaumont West Brook 4-0 0-0
Lufkin 3-1 0-0
Montgomery 3-1 0-0
Conroe 3-1 0-0
Oak Ridge 2-2 0-0
College Park 0-4 0-0
Lufkin 35, Monterrey Prepa Tec 7
The Woodlands 42, George Ranch 14
Conroe 30, Brazoswood 21
Montgomery 45, Alief Hastings 14
Deer Park 26, Oak Ridge 21
A&M Consolidated 33, College Park 14
Beaumont West Brook 28, St. Thomas 20
College Park at Lufkin
Montgomery at Beaumont West Brook
Conroe vs. Oak Ridge
The Woodlands, bye