Hastings, Needville, Brazos end postseason droughts
More than a decade had passed since Hastings, Needville and Brazos last won a football playoff game entering the bi-district round Nov. 16. All three can finally add another year to the banner after impressive victories.
Hastings achieved its first postseason win since 2002 with a 45-38 triumph against District 24-6A champion Clear Springs. Javon Williams completed 28 of 35 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns without an interception as the Bears outpaced the Chargers.
Needville defeated Canyon Lake 42-28 for its first playoff win since 2005. Brazos ended the longest streak of the three, advancing to area for the first time since 2000 with a 45-21 win against Three Rivers.
Brazos (6-4) will face District 13-2A champion Holland (10-1) in the Class 2A Division I area playoffs.
Needville (7-4) advanced to play District 16-4A champion La Feria (10-1) in the Class 4A Division I area playoffs.
The Blue Jays’ offense was stellar in their bi-district win, amassing 527 yards with a rushing average of 7.1 per carry. Kenny Hrncir amassed 197 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, passing for 191 and a touchdown to Dax Bridges.
Ashton Stredick carried 23 times for 139 yards and two scores, while Walker Warnecke added five catches for 53 yards.
Hastings (7-4) set up a Class 6A Division II area matchup with District 22-6A champion Atascocita. The Bears twice led by 21 in the fourth quarter before Clear Springs rallied to close the gap.
Joseph Manjack led the Bears with 12 catches for 158 yards and was one of six Hastings players to score, including Ja’Corey Benjamin, Leon’Dre Bratcher, Winfred Donahue and Terrence Thomas.
Benjamin added a team-high seven solo tackles and a forced fumble. Gerred Wiltz had six tackles and three pass breakups in the victory.
Foster stuns Port Arthur Memorial
Foster saw its postseason ticking away in the final minutes at Port Arthur Memorial, but Lamar Jones recovered a fumble with 1:12 remaining to give the Falcons one last shot at the go-ahead score.
Ryan Stubblefield delivered on fourth down, connecting on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Koleman Hardin with 32 seconds left for a 20-19 victory. Memorial missed a long field goal attempt as time expired.
Bryson Harrell kept the Falcons in the game with two first-half field goals, the second from 37 yards to tie the game at six. Foster trailed (7-4) 13-6 at halftime but again evened the score in the third quarter on Stubblefield’s touchdown run.
Cody Johnson led Foster receivers with six catches for 109 yards. The Falcons take on Manor (5-6) in the Class 5A Division I area playoffs.
Ridge Point continues streaks
It was not easy against former Panthers assistant coach Jimmy Hamon and Seven Lakes. But Ridge Point prevailed 14-10 on the strength of another stellar defensive showing.
The win continued two notable streaks for the Panthers (10-1). They won their ninth game in a row and achieved their sixth consecutive bi-district championship.
Mason McBride’s touchdown run was the only scoring of the first half. The Panthers took a 14-3 lead in the third quarter on John Paul Richardson’s three-yard run.
Ridge Point’s defense helped overcome three turnovers, maintaining the four-point edge with a fourth-quarter shutout. Bryson Stewart led with five tackles and two sacks, with Joseph Harper adding four tackles and two sacks. Deuce Norman led all carriers with 105 yards on 27 carries.
Seven Lakes received a 39-yard field goal from Austin Angelo and a 51-yard touchdown catch from Rasheen Green in the third quarter. The Spartans (6-5) played in their first playoff game in four years.
Ridge Point faces 2017 state champion Cy-Fair (9-2) in the Class 6A Division I area playoffs.
Marshall, East Bernard, Logos Prep charge ahead
Three area teams had no trouble advancing, including undefeated Marshall’s 53-15 rout of Santa Fe.
The Buffalos led 39-0 at halftime with a balanced effort that saw Devon Achane, Malik Hornsby and Jerry Davis all rush for two touchdowns. Hornsby was also perfect on six passing attempts for 171 yards and touchdowns to Dalevon Campbell and Korey King.
Antonio Brooks recorded two interceptions, while Edward Brown had a sack and a forced fumble, which he recovered. M.T. Jones added a pick, while Norman Baker (12) and Jerrell Mayweather (10) were the top tacklers.
Marshall (11-0) will play A&M Consolidated (10-1) in the Class 5A Division II area playoffs.
East Bernard took care of Johnson City, 57-12 to start the playoffs. The Brahmas rushed for 429 yards, with Kobe Brown’s 92 yards leading and Carson Little, Tanner Baggett, Devin Chapman, Hunter Goudeau and Reagan Whitley all scoring.
Kameron Matthews scored on punt and PAT returns, with Joey Stearman adding a fumble return. The Brahmas (10-1) take on Hebbronville (7-4) in the Class 3A Division II area playoffs.
Logos Prep (7-3) extended its successful season with a 66-16 rout of Austin Hill Country Christian to open the TAPPS Six-Man Division I playoffs. Jonah Guerrero and Ethan Morgan carried the load offensively.
The Lions take on Dallas Lutheran (9-1) in the regional playoffs.