Just three weeks into district action, 16-5A looks like a runaway. With The Woodlands taking down both Lufkin and Beaumont West Brook in dominating fashion, it’s hard to imagine anyone else even come close to challenging the Highlanders.
However, there is still plenty left to be decided in the district race. Beaumont West Brook, Montgomery and Oak Ridge are in a second-place tie with 2-1 records with the Panthers lurking a half game back.
That should lead to plenty of intrigue in the final weeks of the season, starting with this week’s showdown between Lufkin and Beaumont West Brook at John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium.
Here is a look back at last week’s action and a look ahead to this week’s games.
Beaumont West Brook (6-1, 2-1) at Lufkin (4-2, 1-1) – Coming into the season, these teams had aspirations of challenging for the district title. Blowout losses to The Woodlands have likely killed those chances, although both teams still have plenty to play for, especially on Friday night.
With each team likely to make the Division II playoffs, this game is likely to determine the top seed.
West Brook is coming off a night it would rather forget. After its best start in recent memory, the Bruins were brought back to earth in dominating fashion.
The Bruins surrendered 44 points in the first half on their way to their most lopsided defeat in school history.
In the loss, Marcus Johnson threw for 105 yards on 10-of-14 passing while Kandin Robertson had eight receptions for 80 yards. Joel Denley added 67 yards, including a 58-yarder for the Bruins’ only score of the night.
However, West Brook was held to less than 200 yards on the night.
Lufkin has had a week off since a blowout loss of its own, a 63-42 setback against The Woodlands.
With a week off to rest and heal some lingering injuries, the Panthers should be ready for the stretch run with four games remaining until the postseason.
Oak Ridge (4-3, 2-1) at The Woodlands (6-0, 2-0) – The Woodlands is making a serious case as not only the best teams in the district, but also as one of the state’s best.
After a pre-district slate that featured blowout wins over last year’s champions Katy and George Ranch, the Highlanders have combined for 135 points in games against teams expected to contend for the 16-5A title.
A week after The Woodlands’ defense showed some holes in allowing 42 points to Lufkin, it was back to its dominating self, holding the Bruins to less than 200 yards and 11 punts.
The offense was even better as it had possession for only 5:36 in the first half but still managed to score 44 points.
The Highlanders scored seven offensive touchdowns on their first 20 plays of the night.
QB Eric Schmid set the tone for the night when he took a zone read and sprinted 64 yards for a score on the first offensive play of the night. He also added a 57-yard touchdown run.
For the night, Schmid completed 5-of-11 passes for 113 yards while running for 138 yards on six carries.
Kesean Carter also got in on the action as he scored on a 50-yard punt return and a 51-yard run.
Oak Ridge is next up for the Highlanders after rolling to a 28-7 win last week.
With the War Eagles’ offense struggling in gaining only 244 yards on the night, the defense forced five second-half turnovers that turned into 21 points.
After battling to a 7-7 tie at halftime, Grant Stuard came up with an interception that was turned into points when Darrius Jelks caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Richard Britz.
College Park turnovers on the next two possessions led to a Kendrick Johnson 29-yard touchdown run and a 23-yard touchdown pass from Britz to Bishop Durtz that put the game away.
Jimmie Moore finished the night with 54 yards on nine carries, leading an offense that grinded out 170 rushing yards.
Conroe (3-3, 0-2) at College Park (0-7, 0-3) – This is a matchup of two teams that look like they’ll be at home for the playoffs with each still searching for their first district win.
College Park is still searching for any win after committing five second-half turnovers in a 28-7 loss to Oak Ridge last week.
College Park was held to 166 total yards and three of those second-half turnovers led to 21 Oak Ridge points.
Jordan Turnquest led College Park with 70 yards, including a 38-yard scoring sprint, on 15 carries. Tucker Woody added 60 yards on 17 carries.
Conroe showed off plenty of offensive firepower before coming up just short in a 43-39 loss to Montgomery.
Conroe’s offense had the answers for most of the night before being turned away inside the Montgomery 5-yard line in the final minutes.
In the loss, Donaven Lloyd ran for 251 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries. Colby Kizzie added 271 passing yards.
Montgomery (5-2, 2-1) – Montgomery’s 43-39 thriller over Conroe leaves the Bears in good shape for the postseason headed into their bye week.
Montgomery was pushed to the end with Alex Nunn scoring on a 44-yard touchdown with 6:48 for the 43-39 lead.
The Bears’ defense then stood strong near its own goal line to hang on for the win.
Nunn finished the night with 170 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Waverly Hampton delivered his third kickoff return for a touchdown this season. This one came from 70 yards.
Montgomery has a week off before a final three-week stretch that will determine its playoff fate.
Team Overall District
The Woodlands 6-0 2-0
Beaumont West Brook 6-1 2-1
Montgomery 5-2 2-1
Oak Ridge 4-3 2-1
Lufkin 4-2 1-1
Conroe 3-3 0-2
College Park 0-7 0-3
The Woodlands 72, Beaumont West Brook 7
Oak Ridge 28, College Park 7
Montgomery 43, Conroe 39
Beaumont West Brook at Lufkin
Oak Ridge at The Woodlands
Conroe at College Park