District 12-6A teams ready for playoffs

Seven weeks of district action have left four teams standing from District 12-6A. The Woodlands capped off a year of dominance by rolling to an undefeated district championship.

They were followed by playoff teams from Beaumont West Brook, Lufkin and Montgomery with Conroe, Oak Ridge and College Park missing out on the regular season.

Those playoff teams left standing will get the chance to show their mettle against the 11-6A playoff teams this week.

Lufkin’s showdown with former district rival John Tyler highlights the action while The Woodlands gets a home game against Mesquite Horn. Meanwhile Beaumont West Brook gets a big-time home matchup against Longview and Montgomery makes the trip to face Rockwall.

Here is a look at this week’s action.

Lufkin vs. John Tyler, Trinity Mother Francs Rose Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Lufkin and John Tyler will renew their rivalry with the stakes at an all-time high.

John Tyler clinched the top spot in 11-6A thanks in large part to a 38-24 win over Longview earlier in the season. The Lions then made it official on Friday night by taking down Tyler Lee, 45-24.

There will be plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball in this one.

John Tyler features Houston commit Bryson Smith at quarterback as well as Texas-bound receiver/safety Damion Miller.

Lufkin features its own variety of playmakers in QB Kordell Rodgers, WR Dhaillon Phillips and RB Kahlil Brown, among many others.

The Panthers rounded out the regular season with a 40-21 win over Montgomery. While the defense allowed 21 points for the third straight week, Rodgers threw for 227 yards and ran for 88 more.

Brown returned from an injury to run for 136 yards on 23 carries.
With those types of playmakers on both sides of the ball, Friday night’s game could be another shootout.

Longview (8-2) at Beaumont West Brook (9-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Outside of a blowout loss to The Woodlands, it has been a banner year for the Beaumont West Brook Bruins.

With a 9-1 record and a second-place finish in District 12-6A, the Bruins are hopeful they can make some noise in the postseason.
The Bruins wrapped up the regular season with a 48-19 win over Conroe. The game was a tight one in the early going before the Bruins came alive late to coast to an easy win.

L’Ravien Elia, who started the season as a backup quarterback, capped off a stellar regular season campaign by throwing for 142 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-11 passing.

Kandin Robertson, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, led the way with six receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown.
The first round won’t be easy sledding for West Brook as it takes on perennial powerhouse Longview in the opening round.

The Lobos finished in second place in District 11-6A with their only losses coming to Lufkin and John Tyler.
Longview dropped a 35-24 decision to Lufkin in the season opener, while Beaumont West Brook won a 70-63 thriller over the Panthers.

Montgomery (6-4) at Rockwall (5-5), Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium, Saturday, 1 p.m. – After back-to-back losses to end the regular season, Montgomery will look to change its fortunes as it makes the lengthy trip to Rockwall for the playoff opener on Saturday afternoon.

While Montgomery has dropped back-to-back decisions for the first time this season, it has reason for optimism as the playoffs open this week.
In last week’s loss to Lufkin, Montgomery trailed 20-14 midway through the third quarter before Lufkin scored the next 20 points to coast to the win.
The Bears got strong contributions from Taurean Bailey, who ran for 62 yards on 12 carries, and a touchdown, and Alex Nunn, who had 59 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Jordan Hood added 165 yards on 19-of-29 passing to go along with a rushing touchdown.

Montgomery is likely to have its hands full in the playoff opener against a Rockwall team that finished with a .500 record but was 5-2 in district action.

Rockwall has won four straight games by a combined score of 201-149. That includes a 72-49 win over North Mesquite last week. Rockwall is also the only team to beat John Tyler this season as it took a 59-58 win over the Lions earlier.

Mesquite Horn at The Woodlands (10-0), Woodforest Bank Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m. – The Woodlands looks like a legitimate state title contender after rounding out a remarkable regular season with a 63-10 win over College Park.

Since a district-opening 63-42 win over Lufkin, The Woodlands outscored their final five opponents by a combined total of 274-26.
Holding a 35-10 halftime lead, The Woodlands struck for three touchdowns in a five-minute span in the third quarter to end all College Park upset hopes.

Eric Schmid delivered another strong performance at quarterback while getting contributions from several teammates.

The defense put up another big night, holding its opponent to 10 points or fewer in seven games this season.
The Highlanders will look to springboard their way into the postseason with an opening-round home game against Mesquite Horn.
The Jaguars are 6-4 on the season and finished in fourth place in 11-6A. They are coming off a 47-42 win over Rockwall-Heath in the regular season finale.

Conroe (3-7, 0-6) – A frustrating season came to a fitting end for the Tigers, who were outmanned in a 48-19 loss to Beaumont West Brook.
The Tigers, who had already been officially eliminated from the playoff chase, hung tough early as they trimmed the deficit to 20-13 in the second quarter. However, Conroe gave up the last 28 points to suffer the blowout loss.
The Tigers will go into the offseason looking for improvements after a season in which they went 3-1 in non-district action before dropping six straight postseason games.

College Park (1-9) – The Cavaliers offered little resistance to their crosstown rivals in dropping a 63-10 decision to The Woodlands on Friday night.
The lone highlight of the night came when Jordan Turnquest hit Isaac West for a 60-yard scoring strike that narrowed the gap to 21-10 in the second quarter. However it gave up the next 42 points in the lopsided loss.
The Cavaliers finished the season in sixth place in District 12-6A with their lone win coming against Conroe.
Oak Ridge (4-6) – The War Eagles go into the offseason after just missing out on a playoff berth. A pair of close losses to playoff-bound Lufkin and Beaumont West Brook sealed their fate in a fifth-place finish.

District 12-6A
Team    Overall    District
The Woodlands    10-0    6-0
Beaumont West Brook    9-1    5-1
Lufkin    7-3    4-2
Montgomery    6-4    3-3
Oak Ridge     4-6    2-4
College Park    1-9    1-5
Conroe    3-7    0-6

Last week
Lufkin 40, Montgomery 21
Beaumont West Brook 48, Conroe 19
The Woodlands 63, College Park 10
Oak Ridge bye

Lufkin at John Tyler, Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Mesquite Horn at The Woodlands, Woodforest Bank Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Montgomery  at Rockwall, Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Mesquite Horn at The Woodlands, Woodforest Bank Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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