- November 14, 2021
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Barbers Hill shocked the Texas high school football world Friday night.
The Eagles upset a previously undefeated No. 2 state-ranked Marshall team 42-21 on the road in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff matchup at Hall Stadium.
Barbers Hill (6-5) was the No. 4 seed out of District 9-5A after its loss to Texas City in the regular-season finale sent the team to first-round matchup against the Buffalos (10-1).
The Eagles rushed for 307 yards, including a team-high 152 and two touchdowns from Garrett Hagler. Brent Holdren passed for two touchdowns and added 122 yards and a pair of scores on the ground.
Will Buntin and Jordan Gigout each had an interception for the Barbers Hill defense.
Jy’Adrian Wortham rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown for Marshall.
No team came within 27 points of Marshall during the regular season. The Buffalos, one of the favorites from the Houston area to make a run to state, outscored their previous 10 opponents 581-69.
Barbers Hill, led by first-year head coach Carl Abseck, will take on on A&M Consolidated (9-2) in the area round next week. The Tigers defeated Mount Pleasant 55-21 in their playoff opener Friday evening.
Bridgeland has not lost with a healthy Conner Weigman.
The senior signal-caller connected on a touchdown pass to Andrew Maleski with just 15 seconds remaining for a 34-33 road victory over Klein Collins in the Class 6A Division II bi-district playoffs Friday.
Weigman, a Texas A&M commit and one of the top quarterback recruits in the country, guided the Bears back from a 33-21 deficit with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.
Klein Collins (6-5), the undefeated District 15-6A champion, had won six straight games entering the night.
Bridgeland will take on College Park (8-3) in the area round next week. The Cavaliers defeated Nimitz 42-0 for their first-ever playoff victory on Thursday evening.
Dawson pulled out a 35-31 road victory over Clear Falls in the Class 6A Division II bi-district playoffs Friday evening at Challenger Columbia Stadium.
Quarterback Colin Johnson connected with running back Bryce Burgess for a 49-yard touchdown with about five minutes remaining to take the lead for good. Burgess rushed for a team-high 106 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Ryan Guillo had 10 catches for 171 yards and two scores.
Johnson completed 20 of 28 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns.
David Smith rushed for 157 yards and three scores to lead Clear Falls (9-2)
The Knights had won five consecutive games entering the night.
The Eagles (8-3) will take on Summer Creek (8-3) in the area round next week. The Bulldogs (8-3) defeated Channelview 55-28 on the road Friday evening.
Friendswood was a co-district champion and was riding a six-game winning streak.
Those factors did not faze Angleton one bit.
The Wildcats took control early and rolled to a 34-18 road victory over the Mustangs at Winston Stadium in the Class 5A Division I bi-district playoffs Friday evening.
Angleton (8-3) will take on Cedar Park (6-5) in the area round next week. The Timberwolves defeated Buda Johnson 42-36 on Friday night.
Cinco Ranch dominated from start to finish during a 44-0 victory over Bush in the Class 6A Division II bi-district playoffs Friday evening at Rhodes Stadium.
Gavin Rutherford completed 10 of 12 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars (7-4). Eric Eckstrom finished with 95 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Cinco Ranch will take on either Heights (4-6) or Memorial (6-4) in the area round next week.
C.E. King took care of business at home with a 56-13 victory over South Houston in the Class 6A Division II bi-district playoffs Friday evening at Panther Stadium.
The Panthers (9-2) now have the highest win total for the program since 2014 and will take on either Shadow Creek (9-2) in the area round next week. The Sharks defeated Clear Creek 45-38 on Friday.
Jerrell Wimbley led the charge for C.E. King with 136 rushing yards and three touchdowns. D’Korien Hammond added 98 yards and two scores, and Jermaine Franshaw had 41 yards and one touchdown.
Dickinson and Atascocita have been two of the most formidable Houston area teams all season.
Needless to say, there will be plenty of intrigue next week as the No. 22 state-ranked Gators and No. 10 Eagles line up against each other next week in the area round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs.
Dickinson (9-2) took care of business with a 49-20 victory over Alief Taylor in its postseason opener Friday night at Vitanza Stadium. Atascocita (9-2), meanwhile, easily rolled past Deer Park on the road, 49-10.
Katy began the defense of its Class 6A Division II state title with a resounding 56-7 home victory over Clements on Friday evening at Legacy Stadium.
The No. 2 state-ranked Tigers (11-0) will take on Stratford (10-1) in the area round next week. The Spartans, back in the playoffs for the first time since 2017, defeated Westbury 57-0 on Friday.
One week after suffering its first loss of the season against College Station, Magnolia West looked resilient in its playoff opener with a 56-14 home victory over Tyler in the Class 5A Division I bi-district round.
The Mustangs (10-1) has a tougher challenge next week with a matchup against No. 1 state-ranked Denton Ryan. The Raiders (10-1) have won nine straight at crushed W.T. White 49-14 on Thursday.
Manvel embarked on the postseason with a decisive 56-0 home victory over Beaumont United in the Class 5A Division I bi-district round Friday at Alvin ISD Memorial Stadium.
The No. 7 state-ranked Mavericks (9-2) have won six straight games and will take on No. 9 Pflugerville Weiss (10-1) next week. Weiss defeated San Antonio Veterans Memorial 63-28 on Thursday.
— Tompkins’ postseason dominance over Travis continues.
The No. 24 state-ranked Falcons sent the Tigers to an early exit for the third straight season with a 49-21 victory in the Class 6A Division I bi-district playoffs Thursday at Rhodes Stadium.
Tompkins (10-1) was fueled by its four interceptions on defense. Samuel Kalu, Cody Chapman, Tyler Collins and Ethan Rawlings each had a pick, and Collins returned his 16 yards for a touchdown.
Tompkins will face off against Jersey Village (11-0) in the area round next week. The Falcons defeated Westside 56-23 on Friday and have matched the highest win total in program history.
— Ridge Point showed its postseason prowess Thursday night.
The No. 20 state-ranked Panthers rolled to a 35-7 victory over Seven Lakes in the Class 6A Division I bi-district playoffs at Hall Stadium, making the eighth consecutive win for the team.
Ridge Point (10-1), which matched its highest win total since 2018, was led once again by quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr. The senior signal-caller completed 11 of 15 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 76 yards and a score.
Ridge Point will face off against Cy-Fair (6-3) in the area round next week. The Bobcats held off Lamar for a 16-14 victory at Delmar Stadium on Friday night.
— Paetow is pushing forward.
The No. 8 state-ranked Panthers earned their second-ever playoff victory with a 54-0 trouncing of Galveston Ball in the Class 5A Division I bi-district round Thursday at Legacy Stadium.
Damyrion Phillips led the charge for Paetow (10-1), rushing for 168 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Jacob Brown added 59 yards and two scores on nine attempts.
Paetow will take on Manor (9-2) in the area round next week. Manor beat Seguin on Thursday, 35-14.
— El Campo is simply on a tear.
Yates became the latest victim of the Ricebirds’ potent rushing attack Thursday night as El Campo rolled to a 63-18 home victory in the Class 4A Division I bi-district playoffs.
It marked the ninth consecutive win for the No. 3 state-ranked Ricebirds (10-1).
El Campo rushed for 438 yards as a team. Rueben Owens led the way with 202 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries. Johntre Davis finished with 69 yards and a touchdown, and Stephen Norman added 61 and a score. Dekoreyus Ward finished with 59 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a touchdown catch.
El Campo will take on either Lindale (6-4) or Lumberton (6-4) in the area round next week.
Jon Poorman is the high school sports coordinator for the Houston Chronicle. He previously served as the sports editor for The Courier of Montgomery County daily newspaper in Conroe for five years. Poorman was born in Kansas City, Mo., and grew up in the suburb of Raytown. He received his degree in print and internet journalism from Missouri State University and began his career in 2013 with The Courier and Houston Community Newspapers.