On Friday, The Pfield in Pflugerville hosted a UIL 5A Division II bi-district football matchup that included two Austin area teams that didn't make the 2018 postseason. Pflugerville Weiss (9-2) bounced back from an 0-10 inaugural season record to earn a share of the 13-5A Division II title in 2019. It played a motivated Lockhart (6-5) squad that earned this year's 14-5A Division II three-seed after falling two wins short of the postseason in 2018.
The teams got off to a slow start on Friday, as evident by Pflugerville Weiss' turnover on downs at the 7:28 mark of the opening quarter and Lockhart's fumble at the 6:01 mark of the period, but the Wolves bounced back for a come-from-behind 24-14 win.
"It's a pretty emotional moment," Pflugerville Weiss coach Tommy Aultman said of his program's first playoff win. "I'm just so proud of these kids for buying in from the first day that we started in January of 2017. We told them all along if you just stick to the process, stick with us, stay coachable, be a good kid, do what we ask you to do [and] work hard that you're going to have a chance to do something special with this first senior class."
Lockhart took the game's first lead on Jayden Garza's touchdown at the 1:13 mark of the first quarter, but Pflugerville Weiss started to heat up in the second period. Its defense was attentive enough to force and recover a fumble on the same play its offense recorded an interception, and its offense later tied the score when Jeremiah Robinson hung on for a touchdown catch with 49 seconds left in the first half.
The momentum stayed on Pflugerville Weiss' side in the third quarter. The Wolves were successful on a field goal attempt that gave them a 10-7 lead with 8:20 left in the period. Their defense also forced its second fumble recovery at the 4:13 mark and VYPE Player of the Game Edric Whitley's first pick six made it a 17-7 game with 10 seconds left in the period.
Tay Andrews cut into the deficit with a touchdown at the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter, and Lockhart's defense forced its second turnover on downs with 2:39 left in the game, but Whitley's second pick six at the 2:03 mark wrapped up Pflugerville Weiss' win.
"Our defense is the heart of this team," said Whitley. "So we dominated today, and here are the results."
Pflugerville Weiss now turns its attention to its next postseason test. The Wolves will travel to Corpus Christi ISD's Cabaniss Sports Complex for next Friday's UIL 5A Division II area round playoff game against 16-5A Division II's Sharyland Pioneer (10-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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The scores are rolling in, teams' seasons are coming to an end while others will get to practice for at least another week.
Being a 10-0 team hasn't fared well so far in the 2019 playoff picture. Fort Bend Travis saw its perfect season come to an end on Thursday with a 35-28 loss to Katy Tompkins. New Caney, which just wrapped up its fourth-straight district title a week ago, fell short to Foster on Friday, 31-21, ending its season.
Katy protected its perfect season as it dispatched Fort Bend Ridge Point on Friday with a 35-28 victory; Shadow Creek remained perfect with a 49-7 victory over Port Arthur Memorial; Cy-Fair moved to 11-0 with a 65-20 victory over Bellaire; Manvel continued its perfect march with a 49-14 win over Nederland and Huffman remained flawless with a 49-6 win over Furr on Thursday.
On the private school ranks, Second Baptist School stayed perfect with a 43-29 win over Brentwood Christian on Friday, while The Woodlands Christian Academy did the same with a 48-7 victory over San Marcos Christian.
So, that's a look at the teams that were perfect and remain perfect. What about the rest of the field, including who won and who and when they play next.
Class 6A Division I – Region III
Cy-Fair 65, Bellaire 20
Katy 35, Ridge Point 28
Area Round – Katy vs Cy-Fair – Friday, Nov. 22 at Tully Stadium - 7 pm
North Shore 54, Dobie 0
Pearland Dawson 38, Clear Springs 32
Area Round – North Shore vs Dawson – Friday, Nov. 22 at Pasadena Memorial Stadium - 7 pm
Cy Falls 27, Lamar 14
Tompkins 35, Fort Bend Travis 28
Area Round – Cy Falls vs Tompkins – Friday, Nov. 22 at Legacy Stadium - 7 p.m.
Atascocita 70, Deer Park 29
Dickinson 28, Pearland 23
Area Round – Atascocita vs Dickinson – Saturday, Nov. 23 at NRG Stadium - 2 p.m.
Class 6A Division I – Region II
Cypress Woods 42, Cedar Ridge 28
Spring vs The Woodlands – 11/16 – 2 p.m.
Area Round – Cy Woods vs Spring/The Woodlands
Cypress Ranch 38, Stony Point 24
Klein Oak vs MacArthur – 11/16-2 p.m.
Area Round – Cy Ranch vs Klein Oak/MacArthur
Class 6A Division II – Region III
Cypress Creek 41, Westside 21
Mayde Creek 27, Fort Bend Bush 21
Area Round – Cypress Creek vs Mayde Creek – Thursday, Nov. 21 – Pridgeon Stadium - 7 pm
West Brook 55, Kingwood 21
Strake Jesuit 48, Clear Creek 14
Area Round – West Brook vs Strake Jesuit – TBD
Memorial 20, Heights 9
Katy Taylor vs FB Elkins – 11/16 – 4 pm
Area Round – Memorial vs Katy Taylor/FB Elkins
George Ranch 49, Clear Falls 37
Humble vs C.E. King – 11/16 – 4 pm
Area Round – George Ranch vs Humble/CE King
Class 6A Division II – Region II
Tomball Memorial 49, Vista Ridge 43
Westfield 41, Klein Cain 15
Area Round – Tomball Memorial vs Westfield – TBD
Klein Collins 37, Dekaney 6
Vandergrift 14, Bridgeland 13
Area Round – Klein Collins vs Vandergrift – TBD
Class 5A Division I – Region III
Foster 31, New Caney 21
Georgetown 6, LBJ 3
Area Round – Foster vs Georgetown – TBD
Shadow Creek 49, Port Arthur Memorial 7
Hutto 35, Seguin 27
Area Round – Shadow Creek vs Hutto – Friday, Nov. 22 at Waller ISD Stadium - 7:30 p.m.
Cedar Park 49, McCallum 10
Friendswood 40, Kingwood Park 14
Area Round – Friendswood vs Cedar Park – Saturday, Nov. 23 at NRG Stadium – 6 p.m.
Manor 28, Dripping Springs 27
Porter vs FB Hightower – 11/16 – 1 p.m.
Area Round – Manor vs Porter/FB Hightower
Class 5A Division I – Region II
McKinney North 70, Magnolia West 36
Lancaster 44, The Colony 29
Area Round – McKinney North vs Lancaster – TBD
Magnolia 34, Poteet 14
Highland Park 33, Wakeland 10
Area Round – Highland Park vs Magnolia – Thursday, Nov. 21 – AT&T Stadium 7 p.m.
Class 5A Division II – Region III
Huntsville 35, Marshall 12
Crosby 70, FB WIllowridge 42
Area Round – Huntsville vs Crosby – TBD
A&M Consolidated 42, Pine Tree 14
FB Marshall 48, Port Neches-Groves 14
Area Round – A&M Consolidated vs FB Marshall – Friday, Nov. 22 at Pridgeon Stadium – 7 p.m.
Manvel 49, Nederland 14
Lamar Consolidated 48, Lindale 43
Area Round – Manvel vs Lamar Consolidated – Friday, Nov. 22 – Traylor Stadium TBD
Barbers Hill 42, Sterling 0
Whitehouse 35, Paetow 10
Area Round – Barbers Hill vs Whitehouse – TBD