Marion secures district title, top playoff seed with blowout of Lago Vista
(Marion) - The Marion Bulldogs are district champions for the fourth time in five seasons after cruising past Lago Vista 56-14 in the battle of 13-3A-Division 1 co-leaders Friday night at Veterans Stadium.
The win moves Marion (7-2) to 4-0 in district play and guarantees the Bulldogs the district's No. 1 playoff seed in the UIL's 3A Division 1 Region IV bracket.
Jacob Berry led Marion's offensive barrage with 162 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries.
Tayler Mills threw for 152 yards, including touchdowns of 78 yards to Jacob Wallace, 47 yards to Nathan Newman, and 43 yards to Jackson Allen.
The Bulldogs continued their trend of producing defensive touchdowns as well, with Kage Armstrong returning an interception for a score.
Marion wraps up the regular season and chases a perfect 5-0 district record this Friday with a 7:30 p.m. road game at San Antonio-Cole.
Navarro downs Hondo, clinches No. 2 playoff seed in 13-4A-Division II
(Geronimo) - Will Eveld completed 13-17 passes for a season-high 215 yards Friday night to help Navarro lock up the No. 2 playoff seed in District 13-4A-Division II with a 56-29 win over Hondo in the Panthers' home finale at Erwin-Lee Field.
Eveld completed passes to seven different receivers, with Bryan Butler totaling four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown to lead the balanced aerial attack. George Bradley added three catches for 39 yards, Brady Butler two for 32, Tyler Law a 38-yard catch, Johnny Alegria a 33-yarder, Will Reyna a 23-yard grab, and Gabe Means an nine-yarder.
“The match ups were there for us tonight, and we feel like it is a phase of our game we need to improve on," Navarro head coach Les Goad said. "When we go into the playoffs, we need to be more multiple than we have been.”
By no means did the Panthers abandon their bread and butter in piling up the big passing totals. Navarro's Slot-T attack churned out 365 rushing yards on 59 carries to give the team 580 yards of total offense.
Chris Gomez ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, Eveld carried it nine times for 37 yards and two scores, and Euler Deleon 16 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Mason McCalip found the end zone from 17 yards out, and Alegria contributed 58 yards on seven carries.
Hondo's first two points came on a safety, and the final two touchdowns came on returned fumble recoveries with Navarro backups on the field in the fourth quarter. The Panthers' starting defense held the Owls' first team to just one offensive touchdown, and Hondo managed just 290 total yards.
”They are a physical group and we are an attacking style of defense," Goad said. "We may be vulnerable to some big plays, but we make some big plays as well.”
The win was Navarro's 21st straight at home to extend a streak dating back to 2013 and give the current senior class the distinction of being the first in school history to never lose a home game.
The Panthers are 8-1 overall, 2-1 in district play, and conclude the regular season this Friday with a 7:30 p.m. road game in Bandera.
Lifegate routs Hill Country 52-6, claims sole possession of district lead
(Seguin) - The Lifegate Falcons only needed a half to notch a 52-6 mercy rule victory over San Marcos-Hill Country in their final home game of the season Friday night, and as a result, claimed sole possession of first place TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 4 heading into the final week of the regular season.
Lifegate is 2-0 in district play, 5-2 overall. The Falcons can clinch the outright district championship with a road win over New Braunfels-Christian Academy this Friday.
Senior spread-back Cayden Shellnut treated the home crowd to another spectacular offensive performance, throwing for 173 yards and four touchdowns while running for 125 and two scores on 10 carries. Shellnut also produced a defensive touchdown, returning an interception 40 yards for a score, and recorded a team-best 15 tackles.
Quentin Shellnut caught two of the touchdown passes and finished with a team-high 82 receiving yards. Myles McCord and Zach McCulloch each hauled in a touchdown reception as well, with McCord totaling 45 yards through the air.
Barson Schmidt collected an interception, McCord recovered three fumbles, and David Brewer totaled nine tackles to aid a dominant defensive effort.
Hill Country's only touchdown came with 6:33 to play in the second quarter after Lifegate had built a 44-0 lead. The Falcons activated the 45-point mercy rule on a one-yard run by Shellnut and two-point PAT kick from Luke Landin with just 34 seconds to play in the half. Landin connected on four PAT kicks over the course of the evening.
Lifegate's regular season finale at New Braunfels Christian Academy kicks off at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.