Coming into the season, The Woodlands, Lufkin and Beaumont West Brook were picked to be the class of District 12-6A. The schedule didn’t make those teams wait long to duke it out to establish district superiority.
The Woodlands got an early jump on the competition by winning a shootout over Lufkin at Woodforest Bank Stadium. The stakes stay high this week as The Woodlands travels to take on Beaumont West Brook.
A Highlanders’ win would virtually assure them of a district title with a month still left in the regular season.
Meanwhile, a Beaumont West Brook win could leave the district in a wide open race over the last four weeks.
In other action this week, the remaining teams will look to lay claim to the other playoff spot with College Park traveling to Oak Ridge and Conroe hosting Montgomery.
Meanwhile, Lufkin has a week to rest up for its biggest game of the regular season, a home contest against Beaumont West Brook.
Here is a look ahead to the third week of district action as well as a look back on last week’s games.
The Woodlands (5-0, 1-0) at Beaumont West Brook (6-0, 2-0) – This matchup of unbeaten teams will go a long way in the district title race.
The Woodlands got a head start in the district race by using an offense that was unstoppable in its district opener.
The Highlanders’ first-team offense scored touchdowns on each of its first nine possessions on the way to a 63-42 win.
Eric Schmid was nearly perfect in completing 15-of-16 passes for 272 yards and six touchdowns. His top receiver was Dylan Casey, who had six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
In addition, Jordan Talford ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
West Brook stayed unbeaten with a 49-28 win over College Park in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.
Beaumont West Brook led throughout the contest but only held a 35-28 advantage in the final two minutes before L’Ravien Elia scored on a 19-yard run and Chris Bishop returned an interception 75 yards to seal the victory.
Elia finished the night with 225 yards on 20 carries.
West Brook had a slow start to the game, going scoreless in the first quarter before its offense came to life in the second half to take a 27-7 advantage.
Joel Denley got West Brook on the board with a 70-yard touchdown run before Elia scored on touchdown runs of 47 and six yards to make it 20-0.
However, West Brook was unable to deliver the knockout blow until the final minutes.
With Friday’s win, West Brook moved to 6-0 for the first time in the last eight seasons.
College Park (0-6, 0-2) at Oak Ridge (3-3, 1-1) – With losses against Lufkin and West Brook to open district play, College Park can still make a run at the playoffs even after an 0-6 start.
However, if it hopes to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs, it will need to get past an Oak Ridge team that has playoff aspirations of its own.
A week after being blown out by Lufkin, College Park showed plenty of fight in a 49-28 loss to West Brook. Despite trailing by 20 points on two separate occasions in the first half, College Park stayed within striking distance until the final two minutes of the game.
Jordan Turnquest connected with Chase Lane for a 32-yard touchdown for the Cavs’ only score of the first half.
Turnquest then scored on a pair of touchdown runs to narrow the gap to 27-21 in the third quarter.
Damien Woody added a four-yard touchdown to make it a one-score game in the last quarter before West Brook put the game away late.
Oak Ridge is coming off a tough 28-21 loss to Montgomery. In that game, leading rusher Jimmie Moore left with an injury for a shorthanded Oak Ridge squad.
The War Eagles found themselves in an early hole when they allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play of the game and they never led.
Bishop Durst completed 9-of-23 passes for 146 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to Justin Gallatin and a 47-yard strike to Tanner Lacy.
He also added a nine-yard touchdown run, but Montgomery had an answer each time.
Montgomery (4-2, 1-1) at Conroe (3-2, 0-1) – After a 28-21 win over Oak Ridge last week, Montomery can take another step toward a potential playoff berth when it travels to face Conroe on Thursday night.
For the second time this season, Montgomery’s Waverly Hampton started the game with a kickoff return for a touchdown, this one from 99 yards.
Jordan Hood was held to 6-of-20 passing for 106 yards to go along with 61 yards on the ground. He threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Campbell for an early 14-0 lead then added a one-yard touchdown run and a 37-yard touchdown pass to Colton Wilson in the second half.
The Bears were held to just over 200 yards but were still able to maintain an advantage throughout the game.
Conroe had last week off after opening the district slate with a 38-13 loss against Oak Ridge.
Lufkin (4-2, 1-1), bye – The Panthers’ offense has shown it can score against some of the best defenses around. On Friday night, the Panthers score 42 points against a Highlanders’ defense that had allowed a total of 44 points in the first four games of the season.
Now the Panthers will need to find answers for a defense that has allowed a total of 132 points in their two losses.
Lufkin’s offense was led by another stellar effort from Kordell Rodgers, who completed 30-of-47 passes for 387 yards and five touchdowns. Malik Jackson had eight receptions for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
However, the defense’s only stop of the game came in the final seconds against The Woodlands’ defense after the Highlanders had scored touchdowns on their first nine possessions.
For the game, Lufkin allowed 610 total yards, including scoring drives of 72, 91, 75, 69, 67, 85, 53, 36 and 45 yards.
The Panthers have the week off to get ready for a pivotal home game against Beaumont West Brook.
Team Overall District
Beaumont West Brook 6-0 2-0
The Woodlands 5-0 1-0
Lufkin 4-2 1-1
Montgomery 4-2 1-1
Oak Ridge 3-3 1-1
Conroe 3-2 0-1
College Park 0-6 0-2
The Woodlands 63, Lufkin 42
Beaumont West Brook 49, College Park 28
Montgomery 28, Oak Ridge 21
The Woodlands at Beaumont West Brook
College Park at Oak Ridge
Montgomery at Conroe