VYPE Fort Bend
The Fort Bend Marshall Buffs (9-1) roll into the state playoffs Friday night against Port Neches-Groves (7-3) Friday, and you can hear the game live on vypefortbend.com (Roger Smith and Patrick Kinnick announcing) starting at 7:15PM. This clash is on the Buffs' home field (Hall Stadium in Missouri City), and the same two teams met in Baytown in the 3rd round last year. Marshall won that one, 53-14, ending the magnificent high school career of PN-G quarterback Roschon Johnson, who's now the 2nd-leading rusher for the Texas Longhorns as a true freshman.
Marshall reached the state championship game in 2018, where the Buffs suffered their only loss (vs. Aledo) in a 15-1 season. QB Malik Hornsby (2,205 combined rushing and passing yards, with 20 TD throws and no interceptions) takes the snaps for the overwhelming Buffs' offense, and the best among several weapons available to him is RB Devon Achane. Achane has gained 1,259 yards in 2019, scored 21 TDs and averages 13.68 yards per carry. The Buffs' offense churns out 401 yards per game, and the defense allows only 170.
19-1: That's the combined record between Fort Bend Travis (10-0) and Katy Tompkins (9-1). They meet Thursday (live broadcast on vypefortbend.com at 6:45PM), and it's a shame someone has to lose. Both teams just completed their best-ever seasons in varsity football. Travis swept undefeated through District 20-6A, and the Tigers' average margin of victory for the 10-game season was better than 22 points. Quarterback Eric Rodriguez (67% completions, 27 TDs, 5 INTs) and WR Parker Washington (Penn State commit with 14 touchdown receptions) lead a Travis offense that averages 430.3 yards per contest. The Falcons lost only to 10-0 Katy, and averaged scoring 48.7 points per game while allowing only 14.9.
Travis had to play either Katy or Manvel in the opening playoff round in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and lost every time. The unfamiliar opponent, Tompkins, is ranked 20th in the state by MaxPreps, and will be a very difficult obstacle for the Tigers to get past as they continue their search for the 2nd (area) round.Roger Smith and James Kowalewski will bring you the action on vypefortbend.com.