6A-I: Lake Travis ends O’Connor’s magical season
Lake Travis remains on track for the seventh state championship in school history after coming to San Antonio to end O’Connor’s amazing season, 38-17. Lake Travis advances to face Katy in the Texas 6A-Division I state semifinals at Alamo Stadium at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Despite the loss, O’Connor will be crowned City Champions by 210 Preps after its magical 13-1 season. As expected, the Panthers gave it their all with the final score being somewhat harsh on the NISD school.
Three touchdowns from elite-level junior Garrett Wilson were the major difference. Wilson scored on a pair of touchdown strikes from recent Ohio State commit Matthew Baldwin, and added a 9-yard touchdown run with 6:50 remaining to give the Cavaliers a 31-17 lead.
Baldwin would finish 21 of 28 through the air for 222 yards and added a first quarter touchdown run to give Lake Travis an early 7-0 lead. Baldwin found Garrett on touchdown passes of 20 and 31 yards, respectively, on each side of halftime. The third quarter dagger gave Lake Travis a 24-10 lead with 8:31 left in the third quarter.
O’Connor’s star man Roel Sanchez, a 210 Preps Player of the Year candidate, did all he could for the Panthers. Sanchez led the Panthers in rushing with 123 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Sanchez was unable to find the success in the passing game which it had done over its 13-game winning streak.
Jalen Hughes caught seven passes for 54 yards, coming just 15 yards short of 1,000 for the season. You can expect to see the 5’10, 175-pound senior on some postseason honor lists coming later this month.
O’Connor finishes 13-1 on the season where as a team, this group broke almost every team record in school history.
Sanchez played his last game for the Panthers after a special stat stuffing stint at quarterback, leading O’Connor to a 22-2 record as a starter his junior and senior seasons. He would finish his career with 5,190 passing yards and 55 touchdowns along with 2,444 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns.
6A-II: Westlake remains unbeaten, takes out Steele
Austin Westlake remained unbeaten while snapping Cibolo Steele’s eight-game winning streak with a 38-17 victory to win the Region IV 6A-Division II championship. Westlake will meet Cypress Fairbanks at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday for the right to advance to Arlington for the state title game.
Three rushing touchdowns from Wisconsin verbal Nakia Watson boosted the Chaparrals, including two in the second half to break free from a 14-14 halftime deadlock. Watson rumbled 50 yards for a score with 6:15 remaining to put the game out of reach for the Knights.
Watson would finish with 182 rushing yards on the evening which puts the future Badger at 1,879 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns during his senior campaign for 14-0 Westlake.
Steele struggled offensively behind freshman quarterback Wyatt Begeal, who rushed for a touchdown and showed his bright potential in the future. Rice pledge Brenden Brady finished his career with 104 tough yards, including a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give the Knights a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Brady finishes his career with 3,075 yards and 50 rushing touchdowns.
5A-II: McCallum stymies Calallen’s running game, advances
Alex Julian and Max Perez rushed for touchdowns, but it was the defensive effort that tells the story after Austin McCallum defeated Texas AP No. 4 ranked Calallen 20-7 in the 5A-Division II Region IV final. McCallum advances to take on College Station at NRG Stadium in Houston as the night cap on Saturday.
The Knights won the battle in the trenches, holding Calallen’s vaunted rushing attack to 110 yards on the afternoon. Calallen averaged 365.7 rushing yards per game en route to a 13-0 record heading into the Region IV finale. Calallen’s Colton Duff led the Wildcats with 88 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Perez led the Knights with 113 rushing yards and only needed to complete one pass in the victory, Deron Gage added 89 yards on seven carries for McCallum. Julian finished with 86 rushing yards and now has 2,368 yards on the season along with 28 rushing touchdowns.
UIL FOOTBALL STATE SEMIFINALS
CLASS 6A DIVISION I
Allen (14-0) vs. Round Rock Cedar Ridge (13-1), 2 p.m. Saturday at Baylor’s McLane Stadium
Katy (12-0) vs. Lake Travis (12-2), 3 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Stadium
CLASS 6A DIVISION II
Waco Midway (14-0) vs. Longview (13-1), 6 p.m. Saturday at Allen’s Eagle Stadium
Cypress Fairbanks (13-0) vs. Austin Westlake (14-0), 3 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium
CLASS 5A DIVISION I
Denton Ryan (14-0) vs. Highland Park (13-1), 9 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium
Manvel (13-0) vs. Angleton (13-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at NRG Stadium
CLASS 5A DIVISION II
Aledo (14-0) vs. Mansfield Legacy (12-2), 2 p.m. Saturday at Pennington Field in Bedford
College Station (12-2) vs. Austin McCallum (14-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium
CLASS 4A DIVISION I
Stephenville (12-2) vs. Kennedale (13-1), 5 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium
Carthage (14-0) vs. Waco La Vega (14-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco
CLASS 4A DIVISION II
Graham (14-0) vs. Texarkana Pleasant Grove (14-0), 7 p.m. Thursday at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco
West Orange-Stark (12-0) vs. Wimberley (13-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Katy’s Legacy Stadium
CLASS 3A DIVISION I
Brock (12-2) vs. Kemp (13-1), 7 p.m. Thursday at AT&T Stadium
Rockdale (11-3) vs. Yoakum (13-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Cypress’ FCU Stadium
CLASS 3A DIVISION II
Canadian (14-0) vs. Gunter (14-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Vernon
Newton (13-0) vs. Boling (9-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Porter’s Texan Drive Stadium
CLASS 2A DIVISION I
Stratford (13-1) vs. Mart (13-1), 7 p.m. Thursday at Snyder
San Augustine (14-0) vs. Refugio (12-1), 7 p.m. Thursday at Cypress’ FCU Stadium
CLASS 2A DIVISION II
Wellington (13-1) vs. Muenster (14-0), 7 p.m. Thursday at Vernon
Tenaha (14-0) vs. Burton (13-1), 7 p.m. Thursday at Crockett
CLASS 1A SIX-MAN DIVISION I
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Borden County (14-0) vs. Jonesboro (13-1), 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium
CLASS 1A SIX-MAN DIVISION II
Balmorhea (13-0) vs. Strawn (14-0), 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium