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Tyler Jones accounted for nine touchdowns, five passing and four rushing and Stephenville set a state title game record for points, beating El Campo 70-35. Both teams were competing in Class 3A for the first time. Jones completed 25 of 32 passes for 432 yards and gained 124 yards on the ground. Brice Gunter hauled in nine of those passes for 158 yards and three scores. Stephenville never punted. It was the Jackets’ fifth state championship.

Richland Springs beat Follett 60-14 to win Division II , while Throckmorton (alma mater of Dallas Cowboys great Bob Lilly) beat Abbott (alma mater of country singing legend Willie Nelson) 72-30 to win Division I.

Allen stunned unbeaten Desoto 51-36 to advance in Division I. Helped by an 85 yard kickoff return by Mayomi Oluutu to open the second half, Allen pulled away with three third quarter touchdowns while blanking Desoto in the third stanza. Tay Evans 40 yard pick six was the third score. Marcus Ward rushed for 228 yards for Allen, while Desmon White passed for 371 yards in a losing cause for Desoto. Allen will face Houston Lamar in the title game, the first time a Houston ISD team has played for a 5A title since Houston Yates in 1985. Lamar’s stingy defense held San Antonio O’Connor to just 35 yards rushing to beat O’Connor 15-7. Lamar has forced 13 turnovers in their playoff run.
Unbeaten and top ranked Katy powered into the Division II final , wearing down Cibolo Steele 45-33. Adam Taylor rushed 40 times for 226 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Tigers. Steele had rallied from a 21 point first quarter deficit to use their speed to tie the game at half time. The teams traded third quarter scores, but the fourth period was all Katy as the Tigers used a downhill running game to seal the win. Taylor now has a school record 39 touchdowns for the season. Katy will face Cedar Hill, which squeaked by Austin Westlake 31-28 on a 42 yard field goal by Brooks Ralph with just three seconds remaining. Cedar Hill never trailed but had to drive 47 yards in the last two minutes, set up by two spectacular leaping catches by Quincy Adeboyejo to set up Ralph’s field goal. The sophomore had already missed twice in the first half, but was money with the game on the line.

Denton Guyer survived a late flurry by John Tyler and escaped 57-53 to gain a berth in the Division I title game. With Guyer holding a 19 point lead with just under 7 minutes remaining, John Tyler scored 22 points in just 2:05 to take the lead. The Lions successfully executed two consecutive onside kids and scored both times. Guyer then marched down the field in a minute and half with Richard Whitaker scoring on an 18 yard run. Senior LB Terrance Belton intercepted a JT pass to seal the Guyer win. The two teams combined for 63 points and nine touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Jerrod Heard led Guyer with 318 yards rushing and four touchdowns and Dj Breedlove and Whitaker both topped the century mark as Guyer rolled up 613 rushing yards. JT QB Greg Ward completed 46/64 passes for 552 yards in a losing cause and Tyler’s twin receivers Justice Liggins and Darion Flowers had 144 and 163 receiving yards respectively. Guyer will face unbeaten Georgetown, which is making its first trip to the finals as a 4A team. With 55 seniors on its roster, it was junior RB Tyler Moody who rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns to key a balanced attack.
Lancaster earned a shot at its first ever state title in Division II by edging Wichita Falls Rider 26-19. Demarcus Ayers ran for a three yard scored in the second overtime. Ayers threw for 166 yards including a 4th and 11 paydirt pass to Nick Harvey to tie the game late in the 4th quarter. Lancaster’s defense gave up just 219 total yards. Lancaster will face Cedar Park, making its first trip to the finals. Denied the past two years, by quarterfinal losses to Lake Travis, the Timberwolves have a strong defense, which forced six turnovers to gain their 11 consecutive victory with a convincing 60-14 win over a surprising Manor team.

3A: Division II
Gilmer and Navasota earned berths in the Division II championship game. Navasota, unbeated and ranked #1 all season, beat Bellville 24-7, while Gilmer pounded Graham 50-7. Gilmer took advantage of a stiff 20-25 mile wind to scored 42 points in the first and third quarters (when they had the wind). The Buckeyes scored on their first three drives and led by three touchdowns at halftime. Navasota’s Kadarius Baker threw for 221 yards and Austin Collins had 105 receiving yards and returned a kickoff 101 yards for another scored for the Rattlers.

Corsicana Mildred earned a spot in the Division II championship, beating Sonora 28-14. Mildred’s defense recorded two safeties and QB Nic Shimonek threw two touchdown passes in the win. Mildred will play East Bernard which rolled over Elysian Fields 52-8. East Bernard scored on their first six possessions to build up a 38 point halftime lead and cruise past Elysian Fields. Ty Slanina and Cedric Parker each totaled over 100 all purpose yards as the Brahmas rolled up 405 yards of offense.

Daingerfield and Cameron-Yoe will face each other in Division I, a rematch from 2010 that Daingerfield won. Daingerfield staged a second half rally to beat Wall 29-22. Daingerfield held the Hawks to just 86 yards in the second half and forced two turnovers. Edwin Mimms ran for 142 yards and two scores for the Tigers. Cameron-Yoe scored the last 31 points of the game and held Newton scoreless in the second half for a 39-22 win over the Eagles.

Tenaha and Munday earned a rematch for the Division II title, both advancing to play each other for the second year in a row. Monday spanked unbeaten Wellington 48-6 as Dee Paul rushed for 195 yards and accounted for three touchdowns., while Tenaha beat Falls City 42-14. Falls City dominated time of possession but was no match for Tenaha’s big play offense.

Stamford earned a repeat trip to the Division I final beating Italy 41-3, while Mart exploded for four touchdowns in the second half to knockout Shiner 42-7. A healthy Hagen Hutchinson rushed for three scores and passed for two mores, accounting for 267 total yards in little over a half for Stamford. Sophomore QB De’Narian Thomas scored 5 touchdowns for Mart and also intercepted two passes

STATE FINAL LINEUP FOR NEXT WEEKEND: All games on Fox Sports Southwest
Noon: 1A Division II: Munday (14-0) vs. Tenaha (10-4)
4 pm: 1A Division I: Stamford (13-1) vs. Mart (12-2)
8 pm: 2A Division II: Corsicana Mildred (13-1) vs. East Bernard (14-0)
Noon: 2A Division I: Daingerfield (12-3) vs. Cameron-Yoe (14-0)
4 pm: 3A Division II: Gilmer (14-1) vs. Navasota (15-0)
8 pm: 4A Divison II: Lancaster (14-1) vs. Cedar Park (13-2)
Noon: 4A Division I: Denton Guyer (13-2) vs. Georgetown (15-0)
4 pm: 5A Division II: Cedar Hill (11-4) vs. Katy (15-0)
8 pm: 5A Division I: Allen (14-1) vs. Houston Lamar (15-0)

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