UIL state championship roundup
Published 4:22 pm Saturday, December 17, 2016
6A D-I: Lake Travis 41, The Woodlands 13
ARLINGTON (AP) — Charlie Brewer passed for 361 yards and four touchdowns, leading Lake Travis to a 41-13 victory over The Woodlands for the Class 6A Division I championship on Saturday night.
The Texas Associated Press Sports Editors player of the year joined his older brother, Michael Brewer, and his grandfather, Charlie Brewer, as Texas high school champions. Michael Brewer won two titles at Lake Travis, and Charlie Brewer’s granddad led Lubbock High School to the 1951 title.
Lake Travis (15-1) won its first title in the state’s largest classification after winning a state-record five straight crowns from 2007-11 in the old Class 4A, now 5A. Michael Brewer won two of those.
The Woodlands (15-1) — which beat Allen, the No. 1 team in the final Associated Press, in the semifinals — dropped to 0-2 in state finals. The other loss was to Galena Park North Shore in 2003.
Brewer, who is headed to SMU to play for former Lake Travis coach Chad Morris, completed his first five passes and led Lake Travis to a 34-6 lead by early in the third quarter before throwing just his second interception of the season.
The son of 1982 Cotton Bowl MVP Robert Brewer of Texas finished with 57 touchdowns and completed 77 percent of his passes. He was 27 of 37 against The Woodlands.
Lake Travis running back Maleek Barkley had 138 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 65-yarder in the first half. He had a third touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Brewer’s standout season overshadowed a Lake Travis defense that held four playoff opponents to less than 10 points. It would have been five if The Woodland hadn’t scored a throwaway touchdown in the final seconds.
Eric Schmid was 17 of 27 for 140 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for The Woodlands. Carlos Ramos had 92 yards rushing.
Brewer added 73 yards rushing.
6A D-II: DeSoto 38, Cibolo Steele 29
ARLINGTON (AP) — Shawn Robinson had 397 yards total offense and accounted for three touchdowns, leading DeSoto to its first state title with a 38-29 victory against Cibolo Steele in the Class 6A Division II championship game Saturday.
Hobbled by a fourth-quarter injury, Robinson led DeSoto (16-0) on a 73-yard drive to set up the final points, a 24-yard field goal by Cristian Gonzales that made it a two-score game with 2:06 remaining.
Steele (14-2) pulled within 35-29 early in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard run by quarterback Xavier Martin, who ran for two touchdowns and had 182 yards passing with two scores.
Robinson, a TCU pledge, had 210 yards passing and 187 rushing. He gave DeSoto a 14-0 lead on a 17-yard run in the first quarter and had a pair of scoring passes.
DeSoto was making its first appearance in a state final, and it was Steele’s third trip since 2010, when Steele won its only title.
Robinson crumpled to the turf while running a play after taking a shot to the ribs the previous play. He returned for two drives but clearly was favoring the injury.
DeSoto stopped two drives by Steele in the fourth quarter, with Nevada pledge Isaiah Stewart forcing a fumble and later knocking down Steele’s last pass in the end zone in the final seconds.
Sixty years after opening, DeSoto’s first trip to state came after four consecutive years of losing to perennial power Allen, the No. 1 team in the final Associated Press poll this year. Super Bowl MVP Von Miller of Denver is a DeSoto graduate.
Allen was in the 6A Division I bracket this season, losing to The Woodlands in the semifinals.
5A D-I: Highland Park 16, Temple 7
ARLINGTON (AP) — John Stephen Jones, grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, scored two touchdowns and Dallas Highland Park defeated Temple 16-7 to win the Class 5A Division I championship Saturday.
The younger Jones, the offensive MVP, scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run on fourth down late in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium, the $1.2 billion home of the Cowboys built mostly with Jerry Jones’ money.
The Highland Park quarterback’s other touchdown came on a 36-yard run in the first half.
Jerry Jones hugged his grandson after Highland Park clinched its fourth state title and first since 2005.
The postgame scene turned into a jubilant celebration for the Jones family. John Stephen’s dad, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones, was the first to hug his son as the clock wound down.
5A D-II: Aledo 24, Calallen 16
ARLINGTON (AP) — Freshman Jase McClellan rushed for 98 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown, and Aledo won its sixth state title in the past eight years, defeating Corpus Christi Calallen 24-16 for the Class 5A Division II championship Friday night.
On the second play after halftime, McClellan broke up the middle and dragged two defenders the last 5 yards to give Aledo (16-0) a 17-3 lead.
Calallen (14-2) pulled within a score with 1:37 remaining on a 3-yard run by Alec Brown, but Grant Gonzalez missed the extra point.
Gonzalez’s onside kick was recovered by Preston Jefferis, who had his coaches waving frantically for him to go down when he tried to run and was gang-tackled by Calallen defenders trying to take the ball away.
Aledo won its seventh state title, one shy of the Texas record shared by Katy, Southlake Carroll and Celina.
4A D-I: Carthage 31, Abilene Wylie 17
ARLINGTON (AP) — Keaontay Ingram rushed for 180 yards with two touchdowns and Carthage forced six turnovers in a 31-17 victory over Abilene Wylie in the Class 4A Division I championship game Friday.
Mekhi Colbert’s interception late in the third quarter set up Kason Davis’ 1-yard plunge for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth.
Mason Graham had two interceptions in the fourth quarter — the first leading to Ingram’s 14-yard touchdown and the second sealing the fifth state title since 2008 for Carthage (13-2).
Wylie (13-2) led 14-0 just 6 minutes into the game after a pair of touchdown passes from Zach Smith to Gatlin Martin. The scores from 32 and 5 yards were the only two catches for Martin, and Smith finished 9 of 18 for 147 yards with four interceptions and three sacks.