HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Clear Lake’s Brendon Holmes (1) gets past Clear Brook linebacker Sean Kelley (15) for a touchdown during their game Friday night. Clear Lake ran away with a 28-6 victory.
Ever heard of a five-way tie for second place?
It’s what happened in District 16-6A where Aldine Davis, Eisenhower, Dekaney, Nimitz and Spring are all 4-3 in district play. Try to follow along:
Point differential using games between the tied teams comes into play. That means second place goes to Spring at plus-17. Then, the four-way tie is broken by head-to-head matchups using games between the remaining tied teams.
Eisenhower and Davis are 2-1 while Nimitz and Dekaney are 1-2. Eisenhower beat Davis, so it gets the third spot.
The final spot comes down Davis, Nimitz and Dekaney and once again, head-to-head matchups are used using games between the now three tied teams.
Davis is 2-0 in that scenario, Nimitz at 1-1 and Dekaney at 0-2. Dekaney is eliminated. Davis defeated Nimitz and clinches the final spot.
St. Thomas shocks St. Pius X in TAPPS
Outside a loss to Plano Prestonwood, St. Pius X had been on cruise control for most of the season.
St. Thomas stopped that with a 52-49 win in a Friday shootout. St. Pius is led by quarterback Grant Gunnell, who broke the state’s all-time career passing yards and touchdowns mark this year.
But it’s St. Thomas that wins TAPPS Division I District 3.
Jersey Village in perfect company
East Bernard, Splendora, New Caney, Huntsville, Fort Bend Marshall, Cypress Ranch, Westfield, Jersey Village, Atascocita, Pearland, Katy, Lamar and North Shore all have something in common — an undefeated district campaign.
The most impressive of these might be Jersey Village, which hasn’t won an outright district title since 1991. Splendorais another. The Wildcats hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007.
Private school title up for grabs
The Southwest Preparatory Conference 4A championship game is worth a look on Saturday because once again, it’s Kinkaid against Episcopal.
The two teams play at 7 p.m. at Delmar Stadium. It’ll be fifth time since 2009 the two teams meet in a championship game.
Some context is needed here. Seven teams compete in the SPC’s Class 4A, including Kinkaid and Episcopal.
So the two teams meet in the regular season
. The regular-season game was played to a 7-7 tie with inclement weather cutting the game short.
Helping hands all around in 10-5A
Not every game was a win-andin scenario on Friday. Some teams needed help like Friendswood, Hightower and Dawson.
Friendswood got one half of the equation on Thursday when Foster defeated Hightower, 21-20.
The other half of that equation was a win over Angleton on Friday, which instead was a 35-20 loss. It sets Hightower up for the final playoff spot out of District 10-5A Division I.
Terry is still alive but needs a win over undefeated Shadow Creek on Saturday.
Dawson entered the night in a four-way tie for the final two spots in 23-6A.
Each team was 3-3 in league play. Dawson got a 37-16 win over Elsik. Hastings beat Brazoswood. Alief Taylor fell to Strake Jesuit and George Ranch fell to Pearland.
The Mo-Town Showdown debuts
The Magnolia Bowl? Clash of the Causeway? The Lockwood Classic?
Welcome Mo-Town Showdown to the list of Houston’s coolest rivalry game nicknames. It features Montgomery and newlybuilt Lake Creek, which is wrapping up its debut varsity campaign six miles away.
The first edition of this one didn’t carry any playoff juice, considering it’s Week 11. Montgomery, which is already headed to the playoffs, won the game.
Lake Creek finished 2-8.
Sustin Irvin of Seven Lakes returns a Cinco Ranch fumble on the opening kick off to set-up the game’s first touchdown at Katy.
New Caney’s C.J. Sanders (11) breaks through the Porter defense to score a touchdown during a District 9-5A (Div. I) game Friday night at Texan Drive Stadium in New Caney.
New Caney wide receiver Gerome Henry carries during a District 9-5A (Div. I) game Friday at Texan Drive Stadium in New Caney.