Converse Judson 49, Smithson Valley 0
As you were.
Converse Judson’s depth, talent, and list of Texas high school football “dudes” were at it again in Spring Branch on Friday night. After falling in overtime at home last season to Smithson Valley as it ran as Levi Williams pulled a magic act and stole the district title, the 2018 version of the juggernaut Rockets are every bit as good as its predecessors.
The five-time Texas high school state champion stormed to an early 21-0 lead en route to a win over Smithson Valley. The loss by the Rangers, who fell to 2-4 and 2-2 in District 26-6A, puts their postseason run of games in jeopardy.
Texas, beware. The stars are aligning in Converse, Texas. Batten down the hatches.
Junior quarterback Mike Chandler II opened the scoring with 9:36 left in the first quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run. Just more than a minute later, Corey Parks scooped up a blocked punt and took it 46 yards for six points to give the Rockets an early 14-0 lead.
With 10:39 left in the second quarter, Chandler II found McCormick on a 66-yard touchdown pass. McCormick would finish with 202 total yards on the night.
Williams, a 6’5, 225-pound Houston commit, did all he could to take matters into his own hands. Williams embarked on a 62-yard scamper down to the 12-yard line. Smithson Valley ran the same play on first down. Williams was stood up by Texas A&M verbal Demarvin Leal and his 6’4, 285-pound frame for negative yardage.
Leal, an Adidas All-American Bowl honoree, continues to dominate all comers this season. Leal is every bit as good as advertised and is arguably the best defensive player available in Texas high school football.
Then, you have to deal with Parks (6’2, 240, DE), Samari Crane (6’1. 250, DL), Danny Williams (6’1. 305 DL), Kevin Wood Jr. (North Texas), Rashad Wisdom (UTSA), elite sophomore Donnie Moore (6’0, 225, LB, Soph.) and company on the same defense as Leal. Good luck with that.
On a trick play on second down, freshman Kason Wells threw an interception in the end zone on a trick play. Judson was able to maintain its comfortable 21-point lead.
Judson went to work via junior quarterback Chandler and UTSA verbal Sincere McCormick. Sophomore Lucas Coley contributed as a solid backup to the Johnson transfer.
With 6:13 left in the third quarter, Judson extended its lead to 28-0 after Wisdom scored on a 35-yard run.
As for Smithson Valley, the Rangers are still every bit involved in the playoff race out of District 26-6A.
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