The Woodlands lone 12-6A team standing



With Beaumont West Brook suffering its worst playoff loss in school history, The Woodlands Highlanders are still riding high in the Class 5A Division I playoffs as the lone 12-6A team left in the 2016 postseason.

West Brook saw its nearly unstoppable offense come to a grinding halt at the hands of Spring Westfield, a loss that ended an impressive run with an 11-2 record.

Meanwhile The Woodlands showed no signs of slowing down in routing Austin Bowie. Next up for the Highlanders is a matchup with Round Rock in a state quarterfinal matchup.

Following is a look back at last week’s playoff action from 12-6A teams as well as a look ahead to the Highlanders’ next playoff game.
The Woodlands (13-0) vs. Round Rock (10-3), Waco’s McLane Stadium, Saturday, 2 p.m. – With only eight teams left in the Division I playoffs, the Highlanders are three wins away from bringing home their first title in school history.

The Highlanders once again looked the part of a real contender this past week as the offense answered every challenge in a 52-31 win over Austin Bowie.

Eric Schmid was stellar for the Highlanders as he threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns on 13-of-19 passing. He did almost as much damage on the ground, rushing for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

The Woodlands used the big play to take an early 21-3 lead with Schmid hitting Dylan Casey for a 75-yard touchdown pass before finding Kesean Carter for a 43-yard score. Schmid then ran for a 30-yard touchdown.

After taking a 21-10 lead into the half, the Highlanders answered the Bowie offense with Schmid scoring on touchdown runs of 40 and 17 yards before Connor Klapesky added a 38-yard touchdown run.

Next up for the Highlanders is a playoff matchup against Round Rock, which picked up a wild 49-45 win over Coppell last week.

Round Rock is 10-3 on the season after winning the last six games.

The winner of Saturday’s game will take on the Duncanville/Allen winner.

Spring Westfield 44, Beaumont West Brook 6 – A memorable run by Beaumont West Brook came to a sudden end as it found no answers for Spring Westfield in a 44-6 loss.

A week after lighting up Lakeview Centennial for 69 points, Beaumont West Brook managed only a single touchdown.

The tandem of L’Ravien Elia and Joel Denley, who had accounted for 580 rushing yards the previous week, was held to a total of 20 rushing yards.

Meanwhile, West Brook’s usually potent offense was held to a total of 157 total yards, with the only score coming on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Elia to Bralin Simon on a trick play on the last play of the first half.

That made the score 21-6 at halftime before Westfield scored the final 23 points to pull away for the win.

West Brook was forced to play without head coach Kevin Flanigan, who was placed on administrative leave.

The Bruins end the season with an 11-2 record.

Meanwhile Klein Collins advances to the state quarterfinals to take on Klein Collins on Friday night at 7 at Shenandoah’s Woodforest Bank Stadium.

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