High School Playoffs Update: Week Four

Graham 48 Wimberley 7

For Case McCoy, there's every reason to believe that this was a grudge match against Wimberley. Not because Graham has any particular history with the team from Hill Country, but because Wimberley took out Brownwood last week and ended the season for McCoy's close friend, Jaxon Shipley. Consider the grudge settled and it didn't even take a full day's work to do so -- McCoy left the game with time still remaining in the third quarter, having thrown three touchdown passes in the first half to take a 34-0 lead at halftime. For the game, McCoy 11 of 21 passes for 178 yards, the three touchdown passes and one interception, while adding 58 yards on the ground on three caries, including a 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Wimberley hurt their chances early by committing seven penalties and star running Dennis Smith never got going, carrying the ball 17 times for only 50 yards.

Graham will play Pittsburg on Friday in Mansfield.

Klein 31 Tyler John Tyler 7

Ashton Dorsey and the Tyler defense did not have an answer for Klein running back Dakota Barnes, who rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard run to paydirt that effectively ended the game. For Tyler, quarterback Jeremy Johnson's two interceptions helped set up two Klein scores and helped Klein gain separation. The loss ends Dorsey's high school career.

Klein will face Abilene.

Denton Guyer 28 Denton Ryan 25

Denton Ryan handed Denton Guyer their only loss of the season. Still smarting from that defeat, JW Walsh, Taylor Bible, and company wanted to avenge their earlier loss in a game with much higher stakes -- a berth in the state semifinals. Perhaps aided by the inclement weather that did its own part to slow down the Ryan aerial attack led by Texas Tech commit Scotty Young, the Guyer defense intercepted Young five times, including three in the end zone. Despite all those interceptions, the difference in the game happened after touchdowns, as Guyer blocked two extra points and stopped another two-point conversion to provide the final margin of victory. The Guyer passing game was far from perfect as well, as Walsh threw two interceptions, but atoned for those mistakes with 116 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown.

Denton Guyer will face Longview on Saturday in Dallas in the state semifinals.

Denison 49 Sulphur Springs 35

In the end, Sulphur Springs had no answer for powerful senior running back DJ Jones, who scored three touchdowns on the ground and two through the air in picking up 280 yards rushing and receiving. The loss ends the high school career of Bryant Jackson, who had three carries for nine yards and two catches for 24 yards.

Denison will face Aledo.

Daingerfield 27 Newton 6

After missing the previous game for undisclosed reasons, wide receiver Chris Jones returned with a monster performance, helping Daingerfield to an early lead with touchdown catches of 32 and 48 yards, finishing with three catches for 86 yards. Jones also returned a punt 31 yards to set up a touchdown run by running back KoKo Smith, who nearly reached 200 rushing yards on the day. Offensively, Newton had three drives end deep in Daingerfield territory after failing to convert on fourth downs.

Daingerfield will face Refugio Saturday in Huntsville in the state semifinals.

Cayuga 42 Mart 28

Cayuga looked well in control off the game at halftime with a 28-7 lead, but Mart rallied with two touchdowns in the third quarter before a Malcome Kennedy touchdown run helped stretch the lead to two scores. Despite nearly losing a fumble late in the game, Traylon Shead scored a 24-yard touchdown from the Wildcat to ice the game. Shead finished with 24 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns, extending his Texas high school record for touchdowns to 139.

Cayuga will face Ganada on Saturday in Shenandoah in the state semifinals.

Euless Trinity 47 Arlington 17

The power rushing attack of Euless Trinity overpowered Arlington despite missing heralded 2010 back Tevin Williams and the high-powered Alrlington offense, led by Texas A&M commit Matt Joeckel and 2011 star receiver Miles Onyegbule, never got untracked. Euless Trinity controlled the clock with the ground game, amassing 528 yards rushing and keeping the Arlington off the field and in third-and-long situations. Onyegbule caught five passes for 42 yards.

Euless Trinity will play Stony Point on Saturday in Waco.

Abilene 35 Arlington Bowie 7

Carried most of the season by their quick-strike offense, the Abilene defense stopped a strong Arlington Bowie offense early in the game and let the Eagle offense do the rest. Drives of 17 and 16 plays bookeneded the scoring for Abilene, as the Eagles dominated on the ground, led as usual by Herschel Sims, who carried the ball 33 times for 208 yards and four touchdowns (1, 3, 4, and 36).

Abilene will play Klein on Saturday in Waco a a berth in the state championship game.

Stony Point 55 Cypress Woods 12

With big-play threats in the passing game like Gerard Shillow and Stephen Williams, Stony Point can throw the football, evidenced by their 7-on-7 state championship this summer. However, the strength of the Tiger offense is based around running back Sam Kelley and two running threats at the quarterback position -- diminutive Gus Barrera, the speed option, and Aaryn Sharp, the big bruiser in the mold of Tim Tebow (Sharp is also a short-yardage tight end). Against Cypress Woods, it was the the running game that made the difference, as Sharp had 132 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Kelley pitched in 58 yards and two touchdowns, and Williams adding a rushing score of his own, helping Stony Point score on eight of nine offensive possessions. The defense was equally as domiant, as junior defensive tackle Jordan Wade recorded three of six Stony Point sacks and helped limit the Cypress Woods offense to 142 total yards.

Aledo 34 Everman 22

2012 running back Johnathan Gray helped Aledo roar to an early lead with two touchdown runs in building a 34-0 lead before giving up three touchdowns to allow Everman to close the gap. Gray had 166 yards on the ground.

Aledo will face Denison on Saturday in Denton in the state semifinals.

Gilmer 42 Cuero 36

Gilmer quarterback Darian Godfrey ran 68 yards for the game-winning score with just over two minutes remaining in the game, his fifth touchdown on the day. It was a closely-fought game with seven lead changes and a 213-yard, two-touchdown performance from Cuero's sophomore running back Trent Jackson, ending the season for the 2012 standout, who racked up more than 2,400 yards and 28 touchdowns on the year.

Gilmer will face Abilene Wylie on Saturday in Dallas in the state finals.

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