Ridge Point beat Cinco Ranch and Marshall beat Houston Sterling, as both teams advanced to round two of the playoffs.
Marshall 49, Houston Sterling 0
Marshall running back Jerry Davis, behind a solid offensive line, scored three touchdowns in the first half to lead the Buffalos into the second round of the playoffs. Davis scored on runs of 49, 12, and 64 yards; Devon Achane scored on an 84-yard run and Korey King had a 63-yard touchdown run as the Buffalos had 401 rushing yards.
The Buffalos offensive line recorded five pancake blocks during the game. Davis carried eight times for 141 yards and Achane ran for 111 yards on three carries.
Quarterback Jabari James completed 5 of 8 passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Henry Thomas caught a 47-yard touchdown pass and Dominic Houston-Shepard caught a 30-yard scoring pass.
“The team played well. We have to keep working on our fundamentals and playing with emotion,” Marshall head coach James Williams said. “We will face a very tough opponent in the second round. New Caney has done a tremendous job. It will be a great fight. We must prepare well and have a great week of practice.”
The Buffalos will play New Caney on Friday at Abshier Stadium in Deer Park.
Ridge Point 40, Cinco Ranch 23
The Panthers took a 10-0 first quarter lead and never let Cinco Ranch into the game as they won 40-23 and move to round two of the playoffs. Ridge Point quarterback Aaron Allen completed 26 of 34 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Panthers.
Mason McBride had 18 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown, and Chad Bailey scored on a 1-yard run.
Adam Bazan caught nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, and had a 10-yard run for a touchdown. Mustapha Muhammad had eight receptions for 130 yards, and John Paul Richardson had five receptions for 85 yards.
Freshman Charles Shelling led the defense with nine tackles, including two for losses, and Jarrett Preston had an interception.
“I was pProud of my team we were clicking on all cylinders! My QB was great. Have our rematch with Lamar this week looking to have a great week of practiceroud of my team as we were clicking on all cylinders. Aaron Allen, our quarterback was great,” Panther tight end Mustapha Muhammad said. “I am looking for us to have a great week of practice, as we have our rematch with Lamar this week.”
Ridge Point will play Lamar on Friday at Katy. The two teams met last year in the round and Lamar won 24-21.
“We are ready for the rematch,” Panther linebacker Chad Bailey said.
Katy Taylor 14, Bush 0
Bush came into the game with Katy Taylor averaging 38 points per game in district play, but the Mustangs defense shut them out to upset Bush 14-0.
There are games when a really good team just can’t seem to do anything right. This was one of those games. The Taylor defense deserves credit for holding Bush to 89 yards rushing, and 74 yards passing, but the Broncos committed 14 penalties for 95 yards, including numerous false start penalties, had three interceptions, and coughed up six fumbles, losing two, but also losing much yardage on the fumbles they recovered.
The Taylor offense wasn’t much better as they completed 1 of 5 passes for a loss of 6 yards in the first half, and had no attempts in the second half. They rushed 51 times for 177 yards, as they controlled the clock in the second half, including about nine minutes in the fourth quarter, and kept the Bush offense on the sidelines.
Taylor’s Ean Beek scored on a 44-yard run with 2:28 to go in the second quarter, and on a 39-yard run with 9:31 to go in the fourth quarter.
“Our line blocked well, and everyone was blocking downfield, so I could score,” Beek said.
Bush ends the season with a 7-2 record.
Katy 45, Travis 14
Katy scored 35 points before Travis got on the scoreboard as they cruised to a 45-14 win. Katy held Travis to 21 rushing yards while they ran for 282-yards including an 87-yard touchdown run by Joshua Oglesby. Travis scored on a 79-yard pick-six by Stacey Reynolds, and a 9-yard pass from Amryn Jeffrey to Arjei Henderson.
Travis ended their season with a 5-5 record.
Strake Jesuit 28, Hightower 10
The Hightower offense never got untracked as Strake Jesuit turned a 7-0 halftime lead into a 21-3 third quarter lead. The Hurricanes ended their season with a record of 5-5.