4A Division II 12:00 PM
4 State Titles ('98, '09, '10, '11)
The bullies are BACK! Aledo has come to steal lunch money and give wedgies in JerryLand. Aledo of course of the 91-0 slaughter of Western Hills are the prohibitive favorite in 4A. They might be the prohibitive favorite in 5A.
Here are Aledo's playoff scores:
Fort Worth Boswell 75-14
Wichita Falls 69-14
Aledo has smashed the national scoring record this year, which would be one thing, the fact that they give up less than 10 points a game is devastating. Quarterback Luke Bishop leads a balanced attack along with running back Jess Anders and receiver Ryan Newsome.
Newsome by the way has returned 7 kicks for touchdowns this year.
Here's a flavor of how good Aledo's been, they played fellow semi-finalist Highland Park in the regular season and beat the Scots 44-6.
Brenham, unlike Aledo, has been tested in the playoffs. Big Time. The Cubs edged Georgetown East View by 5, Dayton by 1, and Texas City by 3 en route to the finals. Now comes the toughest test, Aledo.
Brenham has been a consistent state contender for several years now, but the Cubs have yet to get over the top and win state. Aledo beat Brenham in 2009 at state to end the Cubs hopes.
Brenham's Caleb Hill leads the areal assault for the Cubs, in the semi's against Port Lavaca Calhoun, Hill threw three TDs including a 74 yarder.
5A Division I 4:00 PM
2 State Titles ('08, '12)
It should have been over for Allen on Saturday against DeSoto. Desoto had the Eagles on the ropes, but a fluke punt turnover and some late game heroics left Desoto heartbroken and gave Allen a trip to the dome.
Kids, back in the early 80's Kevin Murray transformed Texas A&M football with the forward pass. Now his son Kyler Murray is picking up the old man's mantle and leading Allen's high octane attack. Allen has transformed itself into a state power with a $60 million stadium and the largest band in captivity. The Eagles have seen the results on the field with two state titles in the last 5 years and deep playoff runs in most years.
Parents in Allen must love their kids because they built them the Taj Mahal of high school football, with bells and whistles that would make some FBS colleges envy. That's all great, but it wouldn't make a difference if Allen weren't incredibly well coached and talented across the board.
1 State Title ('10)
The Bud is a fan of Tony Heath, the head ball coach in Pearland. The man just wins. Kids graduate, new kids come in and the Oilers just keep on winning. New schools open, districts switch and the Oilers just win baby.
This year Pearland traveled to play Manvel and promptly got stuffed, giving up 42 points. That was the turning point, the Oilers regrouped and went on a roll. It hasn't been pretty, but the OIlers have won. They beat Lamar and Cy Fair in tight games in their playoff run, and the Oilers defense has risen to the occasion as the weather has gotten colder.
Pearland is led by Tony Heath's son Connor, who plays quarterback. The younger Heath has fought through injury and up the depth chart to be a pretty good game manager for the old man. He'll get his biggest test on Saturday as Pearland will need to score to beat Allen.
5A Division II 8:00 PM
Cedar Hill (13-2)
1 State Title ('06)
Cedar Hill can out athlete most school in the state. They out willed Lake Travis to get a shot at their second state title. Aca’Cedric Ware toughed out 189 yards including a bell cow role in the 91 yard drive that sealed the win for the Longhorns.
Now the Longhorns head north, just a few miles, to the play Katy in the state title game. If they want to win, they'll have to bring their athletes, but more importantly, the Horns will need to be physical. The same brand of physical that wore down the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Cedar Hill will target wide out DaMarkus Lodge early and often. The rangy 6-2 receiver has been dominate and a large group of colleges are fighting for his affection. The Horns also boast OU commit Marcus Green in the defensive backfield.
7 State Titles ('59, '97, '00, '03, '07, '08, '12)
Someone needs to check into Katy ISD's graduation statistics because for as long as I can remember the Katy football team hasn't changed: Big O-line, pro style quarterback, college sized defensive line, physical linebackers, ball hawking secondary. From about 1995 on, the more things have changed the more Katy has stayed the same.
Sure Katy may run a little pistol offense now, but the ideas don't change. Katy's defensive line is just as menacing as ever. Plus the Tigers are well coached in all facets.
Katy doesn't have a go-to-back, they have two, junior Rodney Anderson and sophomore Kyle Porter carry the mail for the Tigers. What's scary is that Anderson and Porter, plus sophomore quarterback Garrett Doiron all come back next season, Porter and Doiron will come back the year after that.
Katy are Texas high school football royalty with 7 state titles. They'll look for 8 in the nightcap Saturday night.