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In front of a loud crowd of 42,275 fans for the first Saturday State Title game, the South Oak Cliff Golden Bears defeated the Liberty Hill Panthers by a sore of 23-14 for South Oak Cliff's first ever state title and the first Dallas ISD football state championship title in 63 years. For photos from the game, visit our instant gallery! To read the full recap of the game, become a VYPE Insider today!
Led by offensive MVP, Kevin Henry-Jennings, South Oak Cliff was an explosive team coming out of the tunnel and all the way through the final whistle. Henry-Jennings recorded 144 yards and two passing touchdowns during the victory. Corinthean Coleman opened up the scoring on Saturday morning with a 17-yard touchdown reception from Henry-Jennings in the first quarter. During the second quarter, Henry-Jennings found Jamyri Cauley for a 27-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead.
Liberty Hill's Andon Thomas scored twice in the second quarter to tie the game going into halftime. With incredible defensive plays from both teams, there was no scoring through the third quarter. The Golden Bears' sophomore kicker, Diego Varela, was the next to score in the fourth quarter with a 29-yard field goal. South Oak Cliff scored one more with a 17-yard touchdown rush from Qualon Farrar. Although the PAT was no good, the Golden Bears held a 23-14 lead. To cap off incredible play, South Oak Cliff recovered a loose ball when Liberty Hill fumbled on the next kickoff. South Oak Cliff allowed the clock to tick before taking a knee in victory formation to seal their victory.
"We feel like we were representing Dallas ISD and that's a motto we were following since before the playoffs," said South Oak Cliff head coach Jason Todd during the post-game press conference. "Our staff went back into that room [during halftime], came out with a plan, and the kids executed it... this is about Dallas."
Miss the 12th episode of VYPE's radio show? Catch Sunday's replay below. VYPE High School Spotlight airs on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m on Talk 1370 AM and Majic 95.5 HD2 in the Austin area and Central Texas, and anywhere in the world on https://talk1370.radio.com/shows/vype-high-school-spotlight and the RADIO.COM app.
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On the first segment, VYPE Austin/San Antonio/Hill Country editor/reporter Thomas Bingham updated the VYPE Austin UIL 5A Division II, UIL 5A Division I and UIL 6A football rankings after the recently completed regular season and before the postseason begins for those classifications. He then wraps up the opening segment by remembering the life and legacy of Liberty Hill head football coach Jeff Walker, who passed away last week.
In segment two, Thomas interviewed Austin St. Andrew's Episcopal School associate athletic director and head boys lacrosse coach Josh Blumenthal. They discuss the special event ("Silent Night") during Tuesday's varsity boys basketball game against rival Austin St. Stephen's Episcopal School (watch live on VYPE Live starting at 7:30 p.m. if you're not in attendance) and how it'll be different from past years. In addition, they look ahead to the high school lacrosse season, new alignments for Southwest Preparatory Conference lacrosse and Texas High School Lacrosse League, and more.
In the second half of the show, the host discusses unique area UIL 6A and UIL 5A football playoff qualifications, recaps the regional final round of the small school playoffs, shares schedules for UIL 6A and UIL 5A bi-district playoff matchups, UIL 4A, UIL 3A and UIL 2A state semifinals and the UIL 1A Division II state title game, and makes predictions for the football weekend ahead.
VYPE Austin UIL 6A Football Rankings:
#1 Westlake: 8-0 (Previous: #1)
#2 Lake Travis: 6-0 (Previous: #2)
#3 Temple: 9-1 (Previous: #3)
#4 Round Rock: 7-2 (Previous: #4)
#5 Austin Vandegrift: 7-2 (Previous: #5)
#6 Killeen Shoemaker: 7-2 (Previous: #6)
#7 Cedar Park Vista Ridge: 7-2 (Previous: #7)
#8 Harker Heights: 7-3 (Previous: #8)
#9 Hays: 6-3 (Previous: #9)
#10 Round Rock Cedar Ridge: 6-3 (Previous: NR)
Photo by VYPE Media's Bradley Collier.
Fell out: Austin High: 5-3 (Previous: #10)
VYPE Austin UIL 5A Division I Football Rankings:
#1 Cedar Park: 8-0 (Previous: #1)
#2 Georgetown: 7-1 (Previous: #2)
#3 Dripping Springs: 8-3 (Previous: #3)
#4 Pflugerville Hendrickson: 6-2 (Previous: #4)
#5 Pflugerville: 5-3 (Previous: #5)
VYPE Austin UIL 5A Division II Football Rankings:
#1 Liberty Hill: 8-0 (Previous: #1)
#2 Leander Rouse: 8-1 (Previous: #2)
#3 Austin McCallum: 5-2 (Previous: #4)
#4 Marble Falls: 6-2 (Previous: #3)
#5 Georgetown East View: 5-4 (Previous: #5)
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