Day two of the State Football Finals, 2A, 3A, and 4A kicking off today. 9 more hours of football, why yes thank you.
Cameron 38 Dangerfield 20
Caught part of this one while having a wonderful burger for lunch. I asked the owner if he wouldn't mind changing the channel from Sports Nation on ESPN to the game. He did so and then watched with me asking questions about the game, he seemed amazed that he didn't know all the games were broadcast in three consecutive days. I'm the Johnny Appleseed of Texas High School Football.
On to the game, surprise, surprise, surprise, I thought this would be the best game of the day, Dangerfield has pedigree, Cameron is tough as well. Cameron got out early and often. The Yoe got out to a 21-0 lead. Dangerfield regrouped in the second half but the damage was done.
Cameron won it's second state title and first since 1981. Dangerfield was prevented from winning it's seventh. Side note, I watched Dangerfield in the 1984 State finals against Medina Valley at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco. Medina Valley won for it's only state title. The 1983 Dangerfield team allowed 8 points in route to winning state, including 13 straight shutouts and 14 total.
Navasota 38 Gilmer 3
Navasota blew out Gilmer to win the 3A Division II title in the second game on Saturday. I watched the Rattlers twice in their run-up to the finals, once against LaMarque and then again a week later against West Orange Stark. Navasota was dominant in the finals against a Gilmer team that I thought would put up a tougher fight.
The Rattlers were without their top running back who was injured the week leading up to the final in a car accident. As hard as it is for a kid to miss the state finals because of that, the Rattlers didn't miss many beats against Gilmer either. Navasota was loaded with weapons and explosive on offense. Their defense was similarly loaded.
Cedar Park 17 Lancaster 7
The final matchup of the day, Austin area's Cedar Park against Lancaster. This one went back and forth, Lancaster proved a tough test but made too many offensive mistakes to beat the Timberwolves. Cedar Park used it's massive offensive line to grind out two 14 play drives, one to put the Timberwolves even heading into halftime, the other putting them up for good.
Lancaster had great individual talent, but they faced a "system" team that sought to ground and pound using their spread system. If you're going to be one dimensional it helps to do that dimension really well. That's what Cedar Park did on Friday night.