08 Dec, 2019
For the second straight year, the UIL 6A Division I Region IV final featured Lake Travis and Converse Judson and was played at San Antonio's Alamodome. The Cavaliers won 38-21 in 2018 and earned a come-from-behind 48-35 victory on Saturday.
A big part of that was Texas 2020 quarterback commit Hudson Card, who played in his first football game since he suffered a foot injury in Lake Travis' 26-25 rivalry win against Westlake on October 11th. The VYPE Player of the Game finished with three passing touchdowns and a rushing score.
"I've always wanted to come back ever since I got hurt, so that was my mission the past couple of weeks," said Card. "The team around me stepped up and the O-Line did an unbelievable job keeping me protected."
Card's team, Lake Travis, flexed its muscles early and took the game's first lead on Hays McCannon's 27-yard field goal. The Cavaliers would then fall behind by 11 points because Mike Chandler found Amarea Bailey-Davis on a 43-yard touchdown connection and added a 10-yard touchdown run towards the end of the first quarter.
But, Lake Travis got back on track in the second quarter, and made it a one-possession game going into halftime. Card found Weston Stephens for a 70-yard score with 2:25 left, and the Cavalier defense forced a Chandler fumble that nearly set up a go-ahead score on the final play of the first half.
The trend continued in the third quarter. Card launched a pair of touchdown passes to Kyle Eaves, and Stephens added a 44-yard touchdown run to make it a 31-14 advantage with 3:43 left in the period.
"You just got to stay with it," Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said of his team's comeback. "It's a 48-minute ball game. You can't freak out at the beginning of it and you gotta keep your cool and make some adjustments and we were able to do that."
Lake Travis' streak of 28 consecutive points would come to an end on De'Anthony Lewis' nine-yard touchdown run, but the Cavaliers immediately responded with Stephens' 52-yard touchdown run to make it a 38-21 game before the end of the third. They were followed by a pair of Chandler touchdown runs, but Card's rushing score, McCannon's 32-yard field goal and DJ Johnson's late interception wrapped up the Cavs' win in the fourth.
Lake Travis will now prepare for North Shore in the teams' second straight state semifinal meeting. The Cavaliers suffered a season-ending loss to the Mustangs when the teams met in 2018, but hope to avenge that defeat in next week's game.
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08 Dec, 2019
For the second-straight year, North Shore, Shadow Creek and Fort Bend Marshall will be playing for spots at AT&T Stadium. No one should be surprised with how much talent each group brought back for 2019.
Start with Fort Bend Marshall.
The Buffs walked into a rematch against Manvel on Saturday. Earlier this season, Manvel defeated FB Marshall 38-34, would the result be the same in Round 2? Not by a long shot.
Fort Bend Marshall's defense frustrated Tucker Yarbrough and company, while Devon Achane and Malike Hornsby put up big numbers - Hornsby going 8 of 14 for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 135 yards and Achane rushing for 132 yards and four touchdowns - on the way to a 40-10 victory.
Heading into this showdown, Hornsby playing clean and better than he had the previous couple of weeks was key. He did just that, having one of his better games of the playoffs.
Now, Fort Bend Marshall faces Boerne Champion on Saturday, December 14 at Kyle Field with kickoff slated for 3 p.m.
How about the defending State Champion North Shore Mustangs? Could they get back to another State Semifinal?
The Mustangs trailed 21-14 after a quarter against Atascocita, which had dismantled Katy Tompkins a week prior. But that wouldn't last long. North Shore outscored Atascocita 27-0 in the second quarter to pull away 41-21 at the half. North Shore piled it on eventually to win 76-49.
North Shore racked up an amazing 804 yards of total offense, with 492 of it coming on the ground against an Atascocita defense that smothered a potent Tompkins' rushing attack last week.
But Dematrius Davis is a whole other assignment.
The Virginia Tech-commit did it again. For a second-straight week, Davis hurt a team with his arm and his legs. After rushing for 283 yards last week against Katy, the junior outdid that performance running for 293 yards and three touchdowns, while going 10 of 13 for 312 yards and two more scores.
Zach Evans carried the ball 18 times for 169 yards and four touchdowns and had two catches for 104 yards and a score in the win.
The North Shore offense is absolutely ridiculous as Davis has rushed for nearly 600 yards in the past two weeks and thrown for more 400 to go with it. Evans has rushed for nearly 300 yards the last two outings combined.
North Shore gets Lake Travis again in the State Semifinals. This time the game will be played on the Cavs' turf in at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex (Round Rock ISD) on Saturday, December 14 with kickoff slated for 4 p.m.
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HOUSTON - Dyllon Peavy credited his night to practicing perfect.
His perfect practice turned into a perfect game right when Westfield needed it as the senior linebacker turned into Jesuit Dallas' biggest nightmare on both sides of the ball on Saturday night inside NRG Stadium.
Peavy racked up 13 tackles, forced a fumble - which was recovered by Westfield - registered an unbelievable one-handed interception in the end zone and rushed in for a touchdown, Kendal Taylor rushed for 204 yards and two scores and Westfield defeated Jesuit Dallas 38-28 in the Class 6A Division II Region II Final.
"Just pride," Peavy said about Westfield being back in the state semis. "Looking out for my brothers, my teammates and my coaches. You know we have our coaches back and they have ours."
Westfield moves on to play Denton Guyer, which handled Tascosa easily, winning 42-7 on Saturday. There have been no details on where that game will be played next week.
This is the first State Semifinals trip for Westfield since 2014.
"We haven't been to the semis since my brother was head coach in '14," Westfield coach Matt Meekins, who was an assistant coach on that staff, said. "It's nice to get back."
The Mustangs raced out to a 21-7 lead behind a pair of Malachai Jones touchdown catches, one for 18 yards and the other for 53, with 5:30 left in the first quarter.
"It was huge because that was momentum," Jones said. "I took the momentum, I took the team on my back and we did it. We did it as a team."
Jones finished with five receptions for 99 yards and the two scores. Sophomore quarterback Cardell Williams finished 9 of 21 for 169 yards and two scores.
Jesuit Dallas answered back with its premiere back in EJ Smith. The senior rushed for his only two touchdowns of the night in the first half, tying the game at 21 apiece with 3:46 remaining in the first half. Smith finished with 21 carries for 60 yards and the two scores.
With just nine seconds left in the first half, Peavy struck from a yard out for his rushing score, giving Westfield the 28-21 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, with Jesuit Dallas driving, the Rangers were inside the Mustangs' 10 when Rance Holman flicked a pass towards the end zone. Peavy went up and with one hand reeled it in for an incredible interception to end the drive.
"We have some athletes on defense," Meekins said. "Funny thing is that Dyllon was a running back and a linebacker in middle school and in ninth grade."
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The Westfield defense would break only one time the rest of the game.
With 9:27 remaining, Holman found a wide open Charlie Cook on a 34-yard touchdown pass down the sideline, tying the game up at 28 apiece, but that wouldn't hold.
After a time-draining drive of 4 minutes and 19 seconds, Westfield kicker David Alvarenga nailed a 35-yard field goal, giving the Mustangs a 31-28 lead with 5:09 remaining.
Just minutes later, the Westfield defense got the stop it needed. A pass intended for Smith went over his outstretched arm and right into the hands of Marcus Moore, which gave the Mustangs the ball right back.
Holman finished 22 of 33 for 213 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Rangers.
With it back, it went right into the arms of Taylor, who knew exactly what to do with it. Sixty-one yards later, Taylor was waving bye to Jesuit Dallas and hello to the State Semis as his score sealed a 10-point victory for Westfield.
"He was great," Meekins said about Taylor. "It's great to have a bell cow, any time he touches it he can pop it and go. I don't think anybody's caught him from behind all year."
Now, Westfield is one win away from a trip to AT&T Stadium and a berth in the UIL 6A Division II State Championship game, which they haven't done since 2004.
"We're different," Jones said. "We play for each other. Nobody has really done that in the past. We play for each other, that's why we're doing this."
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