Marshall beat New Caney to advance to the third round of the Class 5-A Division 2 playoffs. In 6A action, Lamar survived a last second Ridge Point rally to defeat the Panthers 36-29.
Marshall 62, New Caney 35
The Marshall Buffalos scored early and often as they beat New Caney 62-35 last Friday at Deer Park. Marshall led 28-7 at halftime as Dominic Houston Shepard caught 32-yard touchdown pass from Jabari James, Devon Achane caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from James and scored on a 17-yard run, and James scored on a 6-yard run.
In the second half Achane scored on a 1-yard run, and Henry Thomas out-fought a defender for a 53-yard touchdown pass.
“I just made a nice adjustment to get to the ball,” Thomas said.
Korey King had a 19-yard touchdown run, and Jerry Davis closed out the scoring with touchdown runs of 41 and 65 yards.
For the game, Marshall had 535 yards of total offense while New Caney had 502 yards. Davis led the Buffalo rushing attack with 194 yards on 18 carries. Achane had eight pass receptions for 87 yards. James completed 14 of 22 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
“We have to prove people wrong and play Marshall football,” James said.
The Buffalos will meet Hutto at the Berry Center in Cypress on Friday night.
“The team played well. We just have to focus on finishing. New Caney was very well coached. I give them a lot of credit. We played well on defense for the first half, then did not finish. The offense led the way all night. We scored 62 points, but gave up four turnovers. That is not the way we play. We will take this game and learn from it,” Marshall head coach James Williams said. “We play a very good Hutto team next week. We will be ready.”
Lamar 36, Ridge Point 29
The difference between a win and a loss for the Ridge Point Panthers was about four inches in their playoff game against Lamar last Friday at Legacy Stadium in Katy. With 21 seconds to go in the game and trailing 36-29, Ridge Point’s Treveon Hamlin gained a step on his defender and quarterback Aaron Allen lofted a pass that went off Hamlin’s fingertips as he fully extended at the goal line, ending the Panther’s season with a record of 9-2.
Ridge Point won every statistical category except one, as the Panther defense held Lamar to 162 total yards, 10 first downs, and just 21 offensive points. The defense even scored a touchdown as Chad Bailey scooped up a fumble at the 2-yard line and stepped into the end zone.
The Panther offense was just as good as they generated 367 yards of total offense and 18 first downs, as they put 29 points on the scoreboard.
The difference was Lamar returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. D’Shawn Jamison returned the opening kickoff 82-yards for a touchdown, and with 45 seconds to go in the first half, Alex Hogan returned a kickoff 69 yards to give Lamar a 22-19 lead at halftime.
In between those returns, Ridge Point’s Kyle Ramsey kicked two field goals, Mustapha Muhammad caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Allen, and Bailey scored on his fumble return.
The Panther’s came out in the third quarter and tied the game on a Ramsey 40-yard field goal. Lamar’s Isiah Ibeto responded with a 14-yard scoring run and a 1-yard scoring run. Mason McBride scored with 2:26 to go in the game to make the score 36-29 and set the stage for the last minute of the game.
Aaron Allen completed 23 of 44 attempts for 237 yards, and he rushed for 41 yards. Mason McBride rushed for 40 yards on 19 carries, and Adam Bazan had five pass receptions for 81 yards.
The Panthers were District 20-6A champions with an undefeated 7-0 record and had a 9-2 overall record.