The State holiday of Texas, the State Football Finals, started Thursday. I have a DVR and few if any responsibilities so I made myself useful to the rest of you by sitting through 9 hours of football. TO THE MATCHUPS!
Munday 42 Teneha 14
Munday and Teneha played for the Division II title last year with Teneha winning, big. Munday returned the favor breaking a 14-14 tie with a second half rout. Munday was led by Dee Paul at quarterback and safety. Paul ran over and around the Tigers. He scored on runs of 60, 57, and 55 getting 260 yards altogether on the ground. On defense L.J. Collier looked like a legit Division I prospect picking off a pass for 6 and being generally dispruptive.
Teneha has young athletes and a young offensive line. Expect the Tigers to be ranked highly to start next season. That the Tigers got back to this stage after losing all everything athlete Reginald Davis. The Tigers have one senior on their roster, that's amazing for a Class A team.
Stamford 35 Mart 28
things going and early. Mart came out guns blazing with a reverse pass
for a touchdown. Stamford withstood the trickeration to take the title.
Along the way Stamford proved a very important theory, if you have a
great player in a lower classification ride that pony. Hagen Hutchinson
played last years final with a shoulder injury that required off-season
surgery. Stamford lost. This year with two good wings he led the
Bulldogs to a win and picked up Mart's last gasp for good measure.
Hutchinson is the coaches son and doubled as starting quarterback and safety. Big win for Stamford, tough loss for Mart who played well.
East Bernard 56 Mildred 14
The final Final of the evening pitted East Bernard against Mildred. East Bernard, fresh off vanquishing defending champion Refugio was perhaps the most complete squad of the first day. Mildred's quarterback Nik Shimonek is an Iowa commit and had thrown for over 8,000 career yards. East Bernard didn't seem to care much as they shut Mildred down. Underrated in all this were the names on the East Bernard roster, Slanina, Hlavinka, Polock, and Sulak. All Czech all the time. I craved sausage the entire game.
This one was never really in doubt, East Bernard was ready to go, physically tough, and deeper. East Bernard should be favorites again next year.