As the old saying goes ... Defense Wins Championships.
Having a solid defense paired with an unstoppable offense can be the recipe for a state title. Look at North Shore and Shadow Creek for instance. In their title games there were crucial moments - a 4th and goal from the three for Duncanville and a Hail Mary by Denton Ryan - were the defenses stood tall.
So, who were the best defensive players in Houston in 2019?
What a night of Texas high school football.
Zach Evans goes bananas against Pearland Dawson, rushing for 354 yards on 20 carries; Strake Jesuit's Dylan Campbell rushed for more than 200 yards and seven ... yes count them seven touchdowns as the Crusaders dismantled last year's state runner-ups Beaumont West Brook in a 63-35 area-round victory and Katy's defense stuffed LJ Johnson and the previously undefeated Cy-Fair Bobcats.
Shadow Creek, Second Baptist, The Woodlands Christian Academy, Manvel and Katy all improved to 12-0. To go along with Cy-Fair's perfect season ending, Huffman saw its perfect run end with a 19-14 loss to Palestine.
Check out all of the Houston-area teams and how they did this week.
Class 6A Division I – Region III
Katy 27, Cy-Fair 14
North Shore 58, Dawson 35
Regional Semifinals: Katy vs North Shore - Friday, Nov. 29 at NRG Stadium - 4 p.m.
Tompkins 30, Cy Falls 27
Atascocita 46, Dickinson 27
Regional Semifinals: Tompkins vs Atascocita - Saturday, Nov. 30 at NRG Stadium - 2 p.m.
Class 6A Division I – Region II
The Woodlands 34, Cypress Woods 28
Regional Semifinals: The Woodlands vs Prosper - Saturday, Nov. 30 at Baylor's McLane Stadium - 7 p.m.
Area Round – Cy Ranch vs Klein Oak - Saturday, Nov. 23 - Waller ISD Stadium - 3 p.m
Class 6A Division II – Region III
Cypress Creek 35, Mayde Creek 14
Strake Jesuit 63, West Brook 35
Regional Semifinals: Cypress Creek vs Strake Jesuit - Friday, Nov. 29 at NRG Stadium - 8 p.m.
Katy Taylor 21, Memorial 14
Area Round – George Ranch vs Humble - Saturday, Nov. 23 - TDECU Stadium (University of Houston) - 4 p.m.
Class 6A Division II – Region II
Westfield 36, Tomball Memorial 26
Regional Semifinals: Westfield vs Waco Midway - Saturday, Nov. 30 at Merrill Green Stadium (Bryan, Texas) - 2 p.m.
Klein Collins 28, Vandergrift 14
Regional Semifinals: Klein Collins vs Dallas Jesuit - Friday, Nov. 29 at Baylor's McLane Stadium - Kickoff TBD
Class 5A Division I – Region III
Shadow Creek 63, Hutto 14
Foster 52, Georgetown 14
Regional Semifinal: Shadow Creek vs Foster - TBD
Manor 45, Porter 6
Area Round – Friendswood vs Cedar Park – Saturday, Nov. 23 at NRG Stadium – 6 p.m.
Class 5A Division I – Region II
Highland Park 63, Magnolia 28
Class 5A Division II – Region III
Fort Bend Marshall 32, A&M Consolidated 27
Area Round – Huntsville vs Crosby – Saturday, Nov. 23 at Randall Reed Stadium - 2 p.m.
Manvel 62, Lamar Consolidated 34
Barbers Hill 47, Whitehouse 24
Regional Semifinals: Manvel vs Barbers Hill, Friday Nov. 29 at NRG Stadium at Noon
TAPPS Division II
Second Baptist 21, St. Joseph 0
Regents 43, Lutheran South 13
State Semifinals: Second Baptist vs Regents - TBA
TAPPS Division III
The Woodlands Christian Academy 49, Texas School for the Deaf 21
State Semifinals: Geneva vs The Woodlands Christian Academy - TBA