FRISCO - Wow. Just wow. What an ending experienced at the Ford Center as Pottsboro stormed back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 36-35 and punch its first-ever ticket to the State Finals.
This was the play that sealed the win for Pottsboro (15-0)
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Facing third and 12, Brock went with the double pass and somehow Pottsboro defensive back Tyler Farris ended up with the ball in his hands.
It was the only turnover in the game for either side in a very briskly-played game with just a handful of penalties and only two other possessions that did not end in scores (outside of kneel down possessions to end each half).
Pottsboro leaned on quarterback Braden Plyler, who rushed the ball 30 times for 101 yards and a score and threw for 216 yards on just 10 completions and another score.
Brock (12-3) was led running back Cash Jones, who seemingly found little resistance on the ground to the tune of 265 yards on 36 carries and five rushing scores.
Pottsboro and Brock scored on each of their first two possessions, but a Pottsboro punt on its third allowed Brock to score again and take a 21-17 lead into the half following late second quarter field goal by Pottsboro's Jacob MacDonald.
Brock opened the third with a touchdown, which was responded in one play by Pottsboro.
Brock scored again and led 35-24 as the third quarter ended. On a reverse to Jasek Hooker, Pottsboro pulled to within 35-30 (failed 2-point conversion).
On Brock's next possession, Pottsboro was able to make a stop for the first time in the game. It took two big-time fourth down conversions, but Pottsboro was able to extend its drive and finally get into the endzone and regain the lead, which ended up being the final score.
The win gives Pottsboro its first-ever berth to the state finals where it will play the winner of Grandview and Columbus at 3 p.m. Thursday at AT&T Stadium.
Seven Austin/San Antonio area football teams will play in a UIL 11-Man state semifinal this weekend, so we continue our VYPE Central Texas and VYPE South Texas playoff coverage with a preview of their matchups. Stay tuned for more postseason coverage in the days and weeks to come.
UIL 6A Division I State Semifinal: Lake Travis Cavaliers (13-1) vs. North Shore Mustangs (13-1)
When/Where To Watch: Saturday December 14th at 4pm/Round Rock ISD's Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex
Lake Travis Players to Watch: Hudson Card, Weston Stephens, Kyle Eaves and Mauricio Trevino
Success Against Opponents: Lake Travis has outscored its 2019 opponents 643-241, while North Shore has a 705-234 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: North Shore
UIL 6A Division II State Semifinal: Westlake Chaparrals (13-1) vs. Katy Taylor Mustangs (9-5)
When/Where To Watch: Saturday December 14th at 2:30pm/Waco's McLane Stadium
Westlake Players to Watch: Kirkland Michaux, Ryan Lindley, Leo Lowin and Sage Luther
Katy Taylor Players to Watch: J Jensen, Casey Shorter, Trevor Woods and Martin Nowlin
Success Against Opponents: Westlake has outscored its 2019 opponents 668-141, while Katy Taylor has a 426-408 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Westlake
UIL 5A Division I State Semifinal: San Antonio Wagner Thunderbirds (13-1) vs. Shadow Creek Sharks (14-0)
When/Where To Watch: Friday December 13th at 7:30pm/San Antonio's Alamo Stadium
San Antonio Wagner Players to Watch: LJ Butler, Isaiah Williams, Daniel Powel and DeMarcus Hendricks
Shadow Creek Players to Watch: Kyron Drones, Kelvon Brown, Warren Shankle and Terrence Cooks
Success Against Opponents: San Antonio Wagner has outscored its 2019 opponents 726-193, while Shadow Creek has a 699-139 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Shadow Creek
UIL 5A Division II State Semifinal: Boerne Champion Chargers (13-1) vs. Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos (13-1)
When/Where To Watch: Saturday December 14th at 3pm/College Station's Kyle Field
Boerne Champion Players to Watch: Luke Boyers, Tamari Jenkins, Sam Dillard and Bowen Fjord
Fort Bend Marshall Players to Watch: Malik Hornsby, Devon Achane, Kenny Seymour and Quincy Blair
Success Against Opponents: Boerne Champion has outscored its 2019 opponents 612-281, while Fort Bend Marshall has a 670-162 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Fort Bend Marshall
UIL 4A Division I State Semifinal: Lampasas Badgers (13-1) vs. Carthage Bulldogs (14-0)
When/Where To Watch: Friday December 13th at 7:30pm/New Caney's Randall Reed Stadium
Lampasas Players to Watch: Ace Whitehead, Case Brister and Koby Allen
Carthage Players to Watch: Kai Horton, Mason Courtney and Kelvontay Dixon
Success Against Opponents: Lampasas has outscored its 2019 opponents 735-291, while Carthage has a 561-147 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Carthage
UIL 4A Division II State Semifinal: Wimberley Texans (11-3) vs. Silsbee Tigers (9-3)
When/Where To Watch: Friday December 13th at 7:30pm/Katy's Legacy Stadium
Wimberley Players to Watch: Cooper McCollum, Moses Wray and Christian Marshall
Success Against Opponents: Wimberley has outscored its 2019 opponents 571-358, while Silsbee has a 422-283 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Wimberley
UIL 2A Division II State Semifinal: Falls City Beavers (13-1) vs. Mart Panthers (11-3)
When/Where To Watch: Friday December 13th at 7pm/Pflugerville's The Pfield
Falls City Players to Watch: Brady Lyssy, Jaxson Pipes and Kevin Jendrusch
Mart Players to Watch: Roddrell Freeman, Kyler Martin and Tonny Sanchez-Yanez
Success Against Opponents: Falls City has outscored its 2019 opponents 646-149, while Mart has a 694-150 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Mart
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12 Dec, 2019
This wasn't how it was supposed to be.
As Christine Danzer walked into the MacArthur High School Gym on November 8, the first-year head coach had a vision of how this night would go.
Obviously, a victory would be in the cards but most importantly her parents would be in attendance. On this night her mother's seat sat empty.
Just four months prior, Danzer's mother, Audrei, succumbed to metastatic liver cancer.
She was 63.
"I had a pretty rough summer," Danzer said. "I was really struggling this summer with that. Coming back after experiencing such a traumatic event, basketball really helped ground me. I've dedicated everything that I'm doing this year to her. She was a big supporter of our team.
"I just feel a little bit hungrier for each and every win."
Getting that first head-coaching win didn't take long. Danzer, who will wear one of her mother's shirts and pieces of jewelry every game this year, watched as her group blew out Conroe 42-21 for career win No. 1.
"I'd like to think she was smiling down on me for that," Danzer said.
What made an already terrible situation even worse is that no one saw it coming. In May, Danzer said that her mother underwent gallbladder surgery. In June, she was diagnosed with cancer and in July she passed away.
"It's definitely not easy. I'm an only child so it's just me and my dad left," Danzer said. "Having sports has always been an escape for me and I continue to use it for that. It gives me a lot of power. My mom was a huge basketball supporter, she loved the girls I coached."
As Danzer has gone through this personal tragedy off the court, the MacArthur players have rallied around their coach. They want to win not only for the team and their coach but for Audrei.
"We're all a family," MacArthur senior Jada Stewart said. "Everything's for her this year."
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