As round two of the Class 6A Division 2 Region III playoffs kicked off at TDECU Stadium, the 2015 state champion George Ranch Longhorns would face off against the Humble Wildcats.
Wrapping up the first half, the Longhorns managed to be leading 13-7 with touchdowns from Javon Gipson and Andre Falkquay. The Longhorns had more yardage and doubled the Wildcats in first downs as odds were in their favor statistically.
Unfortunately, this lead could only last them so long. By third quarter, Humble scored three consecutive touchdowns within just a three-minute stretch. The team, who had punted five times before their possession in the third quarter, now had some serious momentum going.
With an eight-yard touchdown by Tavian Coleman and an extra point, the Wildcats took over the lead. Wrapping up the third quarter, Donald Harper had a double pass to Robert Williams III of 42 yards to extend the lead 21-13.
Fourth quarter managed to keep the crowd on their feet for every play as both teams were neck and neck.
George Ranch answered back with a touchdown of their own by Javon Gipson of 74 yards. Sixteen seconds later the Wildcats came back with a 65-yard pass from quarterback Dexter Wyble to Damarcus Crosby finishing it up with a run of two yards to the endzone by X'Zavier Sidney.
With traded turnovers after Humble's score, the Longhorns turned it over on downs at the Wildcat's 33 with 1:06 remaining in the game. The Longhorns offense didn't manage to pull through finishing their season in Houston Saturday night, falling 28-21.
The Longhorns ended their season 5-7. Now Humble who improves 10-2 will face Katy Taylor (7-5) at NRG on Saturday with kickoff slated for 6 p.m.
And here we go.
It's the most exciting 6-week ride in all of high school sports – the UIL football playoffs.
We will be looking at the Class 6A brackets in H-Town.
CAN ANYONE MAKE A RUN IN DI, REGION II?
Cypress Ranch faces Stony Point; Klein Oak opens with Aldine MacArthur; Cypress Woods faces Cedar Ridge and Spring hosts The Woodlands.
Can any of these teams make a run to the Regional Semis? Not likely. No. 11 Klein Oak is VYPE's top-ranked team in this side of the bracket. Oak should get by MacArthur but that could be a wrap.
No. 17 Cypress Woods should get by Cedar Ridge, but then would face the winner of The Woodlands and No. 20 Spring. That game is up for grabs, but VYPE is going with the Lions. Cypress Ranch should get by Stony Point, but have been very inconsistent this year.
No one gets past the third round from the city.
THE REGION (III) OF DOOM
The "Region of Doom" is Region III. No. 3 Cy-Fair should face No. 1 Katy in the second round, while No. 2 North Shore will likely get Pearland Dawson in Round 2. In the bottom part of the bracket, No. 4 Atascocita will face No. 5 Dickinson in the second round – the winner will play No. 7 Tompkins in Round 3.
Prediction? North Shore will face Atascocita again in the Regional Finals.
TOMBALL MEMORIAL COULD SHOCK DII, REGION II
Going to the DII level, it's somewhat wide open. Bridgeland will play in its first-ever playoff game and will need a huge effort to get by Vandegrift.
No. 10 Klein Collins won their district again and faces Dekaney in Round I. They should be on to Round II to face an undefeated Vandegrift. That could be the end of the line. No. 6 Westfield will have its hands full against Klein Cain, but will get by to play No. 14 Tomball Memorial. Tomball Memorial is built for a playoff run with a good running attack and solid defense. They will get the farthest in this region by a Houston-area team.
IT'S A WIDE-OPEN DII, REGION III
This bracket is a mystery. Cypress Creek will likely beat Westside to face Mayde Creek. West Brook and Strake Jesuit will match-up in the second round. Memorial will use a ground attack to get by the Heights, while Katy Taylor should push around Elkins. Humble will be dangerous and get by CE King, while George Ranch will wrap up Clear Falls' high-powered offense.
So, who are the favorites to get out of the Region? Strake Jesuit and Humble are our best guess.