It’s officially a sprint to the finish in District 12-6A. With The Woodlands a lock to bring home the district title and Beaumont West Brook seemingly locked into second place, it looks to be a race to the finish for the final two playoff spots.
Montgomery currently sits alone in third place while Lufkin, Oak Ridge and College Park are just behind. Conroe is the lone winless team and looks to be the only team with no legitimate hopes of the playoffs.
Last week’s slate was highlighted by Beaumont West Brook’s 70-63 shootout win over Lufkin that has the Bruins on track for the top seed in Division II. That same loss leaves the Panthers in need of at least two wins in the last three games to make the playoffs.
Meanwhile Montgomery has the inside track for a playoff spot while both Oak Ridge and College Park need strong finishes in order to make the postseason.
Here is a look back at last week’s action as well as a look ahead to this week’s games.
Lufkin (4-3, 1-2) at Oak Ridge (4-4, 2-2) – With their hopes of a district title and the top seed in Division II virtually out the window, the Panthers are looking for a strong finish in order to garner some momentum for the postseason.
The Panthers let a golden opportunity at having the inside track at Division II’s top seed slip through their fingers due in large part to allowing a school-record 70 points against West Brook on Friday night.
It was the third time this season in which the Panthers had allowed at least 63 points.
Lost in the shuffle of that tough loss was yet another outstanding performance from QB Kordell Rodgers, who threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns while also running for 132 yards two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Dhailon Phillips had 11 catches for 151 yards a touchdown on 11 receptions while Malik Jackson had four catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Lufkin will begin a closing stretch of three winnable games starting with a trip to face Oak Ridge on Friday night.
The War Eagles are coming off a 42-2 loss to a Highlander team that looks to be unstoppable.
The lone bright spot of the night came when Oak Ridge sacked Eric Schmid in the end zone for a safety that cut an early deficit to 14-2.
The War Eagles finished the night with a total of 126 yards. Richard Britz led the War Eagles with 74 yards on 4-of-11 passing while also running for 26 yards on five carries.
Tanner Lacy led Oak Ridge’s receivers with four receptions for 48 yards.
The Woodlands (7-0, 3-0) at Conroe (3-4, 0-3) – This looks like the mismatch of the week as the Highlanders’ tour to the district title goes through a Conroe team still looking for its first district win.
The Woodlands picked up its third straight district win by slamming Oak Ridge 42-2 last week. Through three district games, the Highlanders have outscored their opponents by a total of 175-51. Forty-two of those points came against the Panthers.
On Friday night, Grant Milton led the Highlanders with a pair of interceptions, including one that was returned 50 yards for a touchdown.
The offense continued its high-scoring approach with Eric Schmid throwing for 206 yards and two scores on 15-of-18 passing.
The Woodlands is now 7-0, which matches its best start since starting 2010 with 10 straight victories.
Once again, the Highlanders took the drama out of the game early on Friday night with Schmid throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Casey and Christopher Stewart running in for a two-yard score for a 14-0 advantage.
After giving up a safety, Jordan Talford scored on a 24-yard touchdown run and Milton had an interception return to make it 28-2.
Another Milton interception led to a Kesean Carter 39-yard touchdown reception and Schmid scored on a two-yard run to make the final 42-2.
Next up for The Woodlands is a matchup against a Conroe team coming off a tough 38-35 loss to College Park.
The Tigers ended up on the wrong side of that score despite a spectacular 368-yard, three-touchdown performance from Donaven Lloyd.
Conroe played catch up for most of the night after falling in a 21-0 hole.
Lloyd had touchdown runs of 55 and 73 yards to help trim that margin to 28-14 at halftime.
The Tigers then used the passing game with Colby Kizzie connecting with Kelly McFarland and Travis Null for touchdown passes that knotted the game at 28-28.
Conroe eventually took its first lead at 35-31 on Lloyd’s 77-yard touchdown run but had a last-second field goal attempt sail wide right to drop its third district game.
College Park (1-7, 1-3) at Montgomery (5-2, 2-1) – This is a matchup of a College Park team looking to keep its slim playoff hopes alive against a Montgomery team that could virtually lock up a playoff spot with a win on Friday night.
After seven straight losses to start the district slate, College Park finally got in the win column with a thrilling 38-35 win over Conroe.
Tucker Woody led College Park with 150 yards and a touchdown while also making two receptions for 71 yards.
QB Jordan Turnquest added a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead the attack.
The Cavs took a 21-0 lead on Chase Lane’s rushing touchdown before Conroe came back to tie the game at 28-28.
College Park regained the lead at 31-28 on a Carson Mohr 28-yard field goal before falling behind for the first time at 35-31. However, College Park put together a go-ahead touchdown and watched a last-second field goal attempt fall off the mark to celebrate its first district win.
Montgomery has won two of its first three district games but is still in need of a win thanks to a closing stretch that features a trip to the Woodlands before hosting Lufkin.
Montgomery has had a week off since a thrilling 43-39 win over Conroe two weeks ago. The Bears also have a 28-21 win over Oak Ridge to their credit.
Beaumont West Brook (7-1, 3-1), bye – The Bruins bounced back from a 65-point loss to Lufkin thanks to an offense that came to life in a 70-63 road win over Lufkin.
QB L’Ravie Elia was unstoppable in throwing for 305 yards and five touchdowns on 15-of-22 passing while also running for 252 yards and two scores on 27 carries.
James Denley also had a stellar night with 191 yards on 25 carries to go along with six catches for 142 yards. In addition, Kandin Robertson made eight catches for 195 yards.
Beaumont West Brook has the week off before a closing stretch that features a home game against Oak Ridge before a visit to Conroe.
Team Overall District
The Woodlands 7-0 3-0
Beaumont West Brook 7-1 3-1
Montgomery 5-2 2-1
Oak Ridge 4-4 2-2
Lufkin 4-3 1-2
College Park 1-7 1-3
Conroe 3-4 0-3
Beaumont West Brook 70, Lufkin 63
The Woodlands 42, Oak Ridge 2
College Park 38, Conroe 35
Lufkin at Oak Ridge
The Woodlands at Conroe
College Park at Montgomery
Beaumont West Brook, bye