Monday, December 11, 2017

Katy Tigers punch ticket to UIL state semi-finals with 31-3 win over North Shore

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By Kristina McKay
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 10, 2017) Katy celebrates their regional championship after defeating North Shore on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in the Class 6A D1 quarterfinal game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Katy Tigers defeated the North Shore Mustangs 31-3. North Shore won 20-17 against Katy in the regional semifinals last year, but this year Katy ran away with the game.

Both teams punted during their first position, and North Shore held Katy to a field goal in their second go but after the kick off and in their first play of their second possession, North Shore fumbled. Katy recovered the football and Jordan Patrick scored off a 6-yard pass from Austin Marshall soon after.

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It was all downhill for North Shore after that as John Villalobos scored a 27-yard field goal before half-time, and that was it for the Mustangs. North Shore’s quarterback Dematrius Davis finished 10-of-23 for 153 yards and was held to negative-4 rushing yards.

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On the flip side, Katy’s quarterback Austin Marshall was 5-of-10 passing for 92 yards and two scores. Their star running back Deondrick Glass missed this game last year due to an injury, so it meant a lot to him to be able to get out there and show what he was made of and so he did. Glass rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

With this win the Katy Tigers face Lake Travis in the State Semifinals who themselves beat San Antonio O’Connor 38-17 to advance. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

UIL Football State Semi-Finals Games Set

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 10, 2017) The dates, locations, and times for the UIL state football semi-finals have been set and football fans around the state will have another chance to support their favorite team prior to the state championships on December 20-23, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The games are scheduled as followed:


6AD1
Allen vs. Cedar Ridge , Sat, 12/16, 2:00pm, McLane Stadium, Waco
Katy vs. Lake Travis , Sat , 12/16 , 3:00pm , Alamo Stadium , San Antonio
6AD2
Hewitt Midway vs. Longview , Sat , 12/16 , 2:00pm, Eagle Stadium, Allen
Cy Fair vs. Westlake , Sat , 12/16 , 3:00pm , NRG Stadium , Houston
5AD1
Denton Ryan vs. Highland Park , Fri, 12/15, 9:00pm, AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Manvel vs. Angleton ,Fri, 12/15, 7:30pm, NRG Stadium, Houston
5AD2
Aledo vs. Mansfield Legacy , Sat, 12/16 , 2:00pm, Pennington Field, Bedford
College Station vs. McCallum , Sat , 12/16, 7:00pm, NRG Stadium, Houston
4AD1
Stephenville vs. Kennedale , Fri , 12/15 , 5:00pm , AT&T Stadium , Arlington
Carthage vs. La Vega , Fri, 12/15 , 7:30pm , Ford Center , Frisco
4AD2
Graham vs. Pleasant Grove, Thu, 12/14 , 7:00pm , Ford Center , Frisco
West Orange-Stark vs. Wimberley, Fri, 12/15, 7:30pm, Legacy Stadium, Katy
3AD1
Brock vs. Kemp , Thu , 12/14 , 7:00pm , AT&T Stadium , Arlington
Rockdale vs. Yoakum , Fri, 12/15, 7:00pm , Cy Fair FCU Stadium, Cypress
3AD2
Canadian vs. Gunter , Fri, 12/15, 7:00pm, Lion Stadium, Vernon
Newton vs. Boling , Fri , 12/15 , 7:30pm , Texan Drive , Porter
2AD1
Stratford vs. Mart , Thu, 12/14, 7:00pm, Tiger Stadium, Snyder
San Augustine vs. Refugio , Thu, 12/14, 7:00pm, Cy Fair FCU Stadium, Cypress
2AD2
Wellington vs. Muenster , Thu, 12/14, 7:00pm, Lion Stadium, Vernon
Tenaha vs. Burton , Thu , 12/14 , Driskell Stadium , Crockett
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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Baker Mayfield wins 2017 Heisman Trophy

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (December 9 , 2017) Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was awarded the Heisman Trophy for 2017 during ceremonies at the New York Marriott Marquis. Mayfield began his college football career as a walk-on player for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He is notable for being the first walk-on true  freshman quarterback to start a season opener at a BCS school. The senior, who played his high school ball for Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, has previously won the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, and Walter Camp Award in 2017. He was also named the 2017 Associated Press Player of the Year.

Mayfield is the fifth Oklahoma Sooner to receive the award. He received 2,398 votes, in addition to 78.8% of first-place votes. Previous Sooner players to receive the award include Billy Vesssels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003), and Sam Bradford (2008).

Mayfield and his Oklahoma teammates will face Georgia in a CFP semi-final game in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018.


Sammy Watson breaks Texas A&M 1,000m school record in debut race

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS (December 9, 2017)) In her debut race for the Aggies, freshman Sammy Watson broke the Texas A&M school record in the 1,000 meters and defeated the previous record holder in the process during the Reveille Invitational at Gilliam Indoor.

“It was a great performance by Sammy,” noted Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “She looked good and was pushed for part of the race, but has a lot more in the tank.

“This track meet used to be a good workout to wrap up fall training. That’s what we had it for, just to get the cobwebs out. All of a sudden it has turned into a pretty serious track meet. This meet allows us to find out what our fall training has done for us. That’s the value of having this meet.”

The highlight on the men’s side was a performance by Donavan Brazier, a former NCAA 800m for the Aggies, as he won the mile in 3:59.30 to become the 493rd American to produce a sub-four-minute mile. An hour and a half later, Brazier supplied an unattached 4x400 relay with a 46.00 split on the third leg.

“Donavan is just a big time athlete,” said Henry. “After his mile, he comes back on a 4x400 relay and splits 46 flat. He lined up and did a really great job today.”

Watson’s time of 2:42.12 ranks No. 7 on the collegiate indoor all-time list. Her personal best in the event, a 2:40.72 from March of last year as a senior in high school, is better than the current collegiate record of 2:40.79 set by Oklahoma State’s Kaela Edwards in 2017.

“I’m very happy, but not complacent where I’m at right now,” stated Watson. “We’ve been training hard all fall, so I know the hard work is paying off from my results today. Knowing that I didn’t get down to this time until last March, and it’s only December, it shows that I’m a lot stronger than I was last year and I’m capable of so much more this season. It’s exciting and I know big things are coming this season.”

Splits for Watson included 30.33, 32.51 (1:02.83), 33.72 (1:36.54), 33.12 (2:09.66), 32.46. Her split at 800m, a 2:09.66, places her No. 7 performer on the Aggie all-time list. Watson moved into the lead at 600m and cruised to the finish.

Aggie junior Jazmine Fray, who set the school record of 2:43.15 a year ago in this meet along with facility and meet records, finished second to Watson in 2:45.81, which is the No. 3 performance on the Aggie all-time list. Fray split 1:36.67 at 600m and 2:09.93 at 800m, just a stride behind Watson.

Placing third and fourth in the race were Aggies Brittany Parker (2:51.22) and Jean Jenkins (2:54.24), who became the No. 4 and No. 9 performers on the Texas A&M all-time list.

Finishing behind Brazier in the men’s mile was 2012 Olympic 1,500m silver medalist Leo Manzano (4:03.49) and Aggie Alex Riba (4:04.15). The performance by Riba, who has an indoor best of 4:03.29, ranks as the No. 7 performance on the school’s all-time list.

Another Texas A&M freshman with an impressive debut was Tyra Gittens, who claimed the high jump at 5-10 ¾ (1.79) and also won the 60m hurdles in 8.51. Her high jump effort ranks No. 10 on the school’s all-time list.

In the men’s 4x400, the Aggie men clocked 3:07.03 with the foursome of Ilolo Izu (46.99), Robert Grant (46.65), Mylik Kerley (46.20), and Richard Rose (47.19). They bettered an unattached crew that posted a 3:07.80 with a line-up of Jackson Davis, Bralon Taplin (45.00), Brazier (46.00), and Carlton Orange (47.52).

In the women’s 4x400 relay, the Texas A&M crew of Jaevin Reed (53.38), Glorilisha Carter (55.20), Watson (55.41), and Brenessa Thompson (55.71) won in 3:39.70 over a second Aggie squad that ran 3:39.97 with a foursome of Amber Ivy (55.22), Fray (55.59), Danyel White (53.68) and Jarra Owens (55.48).

An unattached relay squad of Kanika Beckles (55.38), Phyllis Francis (53.18), Kamaria Brown (58.96 [dropped baton]), and Shamier Little (55.00) clocked 3:42.52 for third place.

Winning performances for Texas A&M included Garrett Cragin (6-11 ½ | 2.12) in the men’s high jump, Valerie Bradley (5:03.79) in the women’s mile, Austin Cook (64-7 ¾ | 19.70) in the weight throw, Celine Markert (47-1 ½ | 14.36) in the shot put, Amber Ivy (23.98) in the women’s 200m, as well as Jacob Wooten (17-6 ½ | 5.35) and Sara Kathryn Stevens (12-8 ½ | 3.87) in their respective pole vault competitions.


Army downs Navy 14-13 to win Commander-in-Chief's Trophy

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (December 9, 2017) The Army Black Knights came from behind in the fourth quarter to down the Midshipmen of Navy by the score of 14-13 and take possession of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 1996. It also marked the first time the Black Knights have won consecutive games over Navy since 1995-96.

Army struck first with a  three-yard run by Darnell Woolfork (Maine Endwell - USMAPS, Endwell, New York) to cap an 11 play, 68-yard drive to kickoff the first drive of the game. Blake Wilson booted the extra point to put the Black Knights up 7-0 at the 8:06 mark of the first quarter. Navy came back with 55 seconds left in the first quarter with a Bennett Moehring (Bentonville High School, Bentonville Arkansas) 28-yard field goal. The score was Woolfork's twelfth TD of the year. He is scored touchdowns in eight of the nine games he has played this season.

The Midshipmen took the lead 3:32 into the second quarter when Malcolm Perry (Kenwood High School, Clarksville, Tennessee) rambled 68 yards on a third and four play for the touchdown. Moehring tacked on the extra point to put Navy up 10-7. Both teams headed to the locker room with Navy leading by three. Army took back the lead when Ahmad Bradshaw (Gwendolyn Brooks High School - USMAPS, Chicago, Illinois) scored on a one-yard rush with 5:10 left in the game.

Bradshaw rushed for 94 yards on 21 carries while Woolfork tallied 57 yards on 12 carries. Perry carried the ball 30 times for 250 /of Navy's 294 yards.

2017 marks 118th editon of classic football rivalry: Army vs. Navy

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (December 9, 2017) Today marks the 118th edition of one of the most classic and historic match-ups in college football; Army vs Navy. The Black Knights (8-3) of Army will be facing the Midshipmen of Navy (6-5) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Navy has won the past 14 of the past games, dating back to 2002. Last season, Army broke Navy's 14 years streak, downing the Midshipmen 21-17 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Navy hold the all-time record; 60-50-7. The 14-year win streak, from 2002 to 2015 is the longest in the series. Navy won the initial game in 1890 by the score of 24-0 at "The Plain" at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In 1891, Army won their first game 32-16 at Worden Field on the campus of 
the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Navy will be led by quarterback Zach Abey with 1322 yard rushing and 805 yard passing, while Army will counter with quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. The 5-11, 205-pound senior from Chicago, Illinois  rushed for 1472 yards for the Black Knights. Both teams rely heavily on their ground game, but both teams can also pass if the need arises. Both teams average over 30 points a game (Army: 31.2, Navy: 30.4) with Navy giving up more points per game (29.2 - 21.6).

No matter the outcome today, both team are headed to a bowl game. Navy is headed to the Military Bowl on Thursday, December 28 against Virginia, while Army will face-off against San Diego State on Saturday, December 23 in the Armed Forces Bowl.





Friday, December 01, 2017

Will Bruin sends the Seattle Sounders to the MLS Cup game again

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (December 1, 2017) Just as he did a week ago in helping the Seattle Sounders to a convincing road win in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals, Seattle forward Will Bruin did in his former team netting a goal and an assist as the defending MLS Cup champions defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-0 and advanced to a second straight MLS Cup title game.

Bruin, traded in the offseason to Seattle re-energized his career, and once again claimed his dominance as one of the top scorers in MajorLeague Soccer. His goal in the 73rd minute and Seattle’s third of the game marked his third goal in as many games against his former team.
Seattle took the lead in and the series for all intents and purposes in the 22nd minute on a perfectly weighted touch pass to Victor Rodriguez from Bruin.

Tomas Martinez was flagged for a red card in the 66th minute just nine minutes after Clint Dempsey had pushed Seattle to a 2-0 lead.

Playing a man down, the Houston Dynamo defense could not contain the Seattle offense as Harry Shipp found Will Bruin racing into the box and tapping home a chip shot to seal Seattle’s win.
Bruin added two goals and an assist in four playoff starts in 2017 and returns to the title game for the third time in his career. The St. Louis native’s first two appearances came as a member of the Houston Dynamo.

Seattle finished off the Western Conference Finals the same way they had their previous four matches at Century Link Field. shutting out with a goal differential of plus 15.

Sounders keeper Stefan Frei extended his scoreless minutes streak to 557 most in MLS history.
Frei summed up the Sounders playoff attitude saying “Bringing home a trophy (MLS Cup title) is our focus.”


The defending champions travel to Toronto FC for a rematch of the 2016 title game at BMO Field on Saturday December 9, 2017. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. ET.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Texas Southern falls to Prairie View A&M in postponed Labor Day Classic

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 25, 2017) The Texas Southern Tigers drew blood first, with a field goal, but it was not enough to stop Prairie View A&M, as they dropped a 30-16 decision to the Panthers on Saturday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Tigers finish the season with a 2-9 record, while the Panthers head back to Prairie View posting a 6-5 record for 2017. The game, originally scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, was postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Prairie View A&M jumped out to a 14-3 lead at halftime, due to two late second quarter scores. Texas Southern got on the scoreboard at the 4:14 mark of the first quarter when kicker Aaron Cuevas (North Shore HS, Houston, Texas) booted a 34-yard field goal to give the Tigers the early lead. The Panthers came right back and scored twice in the final 2:21 of the game. They scored their first touchdown of the game when senior wide receiver Joshua Simmons (Jack Yates HS, Houston, Texas) caught a 36-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Neiko Hollins  (Hightower HS, Fresno, Texas); to cap a four-play, 54-yard drive. With no time remaining in the half, Hollins connected with redshirt sophomore Ronald Collins (Lamar HS, Houston, Texas)  on a one-yard pass. The drive lasted 1:03, and covered 83 yards in seven plays. Freshman kicker Zach Elder (Johnson HS, San Antonio, Texas) split the upright on both extra points to close out the scoring in the first half.


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After some spirited play in the third quarter, the Texas Southern defense got the Tigers back in the game when a Hollins pass was picked off by senior free safety Archie Rice (Agua Fria HS, Avondale, AZ) and returned 39 yards for the score. Cuevas' extra point was blocked, with TSU cutting Panthers' lead to five (14-9) with 5:52 left in the third quarter.

Prairie View came roaring back 2:32 into the third quarter when Hollis found junior tight end Zarrian Holcombe (Summer Creek HS, Houston, Texas) open over the middle as he plowed his way to the end zone after catching the 12-yard pass. Elder also has his extra point attempt blocked; giving the Panthers a 20-9 lead with 12:28 left in the game. Elder increased the Panthers' point total by three when he booted a 32-yard field goal with 7:18 remaining in the game. They added an addition touchdown with 2:20 left in the game when redshirt senior running back Sta'Fon McCray (Osceola HS, North Kissimmee, Florida) carried the ball the final yard of a 27-yard drive for the score. The Tigers scored their second TD of the game with 24 seconds remaining in the game when junior running back Brad Woodard (Dickinson HS, Dickinson, Texas) rushed 46 yards for the score.

With the win, the Panthers cut Texas Southern's all-time record to 44-28-1; while wining the last three games; 38-11 (2015) and 29-25 (2016).


Friday, November 24, 2017

North Shore downs Clear Springs to stay alive in UIL Football playoffs

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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 24, 2017) The Clear Springs Chargers faced the North Shire Mustangs in the area playoffs today at Pasadena's Veterans Memorial Stadium.

In the first half, Clear Springs scored on Peyton Sawyer's 80-yard kickoff return following North Shore's first touchdown for a 7-7 tie. The Chargers tied the game again when quarterback Garrett Rooker connected with Michael Gillaspia on a 15-yard touchdown strike.

Clear Springs tied the game for the last time at 21 when Rooker threw a perfect pass on a fly pattern to senior wide receiver Christian Waller to complete a 63-yard scoring play just 5:23 before intermission, but they would not score again and Clear Springs fell to the North Shore Mustangs' 52-21.


North Shore held a 15-3 edge in first downs while limiting the Chargers to two completions and four yards rushing in the opening two quarters.

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If sophomore sensation Evans wasn't plenty to handle, freshman phenom Davis was just as troublesome for Springs, completing 17 of 25 passes for 252 yards and a score.

Evans scored on runs of five and 79 yards on North Shore's first two possessions of the second half as the lead quickly swelled to 42-21 late in the third quarter. He would add a 16-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and Mustang kicker John Villalobos hit a 34-yard field goal to complete the win.

Zachary Evans scored on runs of five and 79 yards on North Shore's first two possessions of the second half as the lead quickly swelled to 42-21 by the 4:59 mark of the third quarter.

North Shore (8-3) next meets Lamar (10-1) at 7 p.m., Friday, December 1 at Rice Stadium in a regional semifinal.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Former Houston Dynamo star Will Bruin leads Seattle to a 2-0 playoff win

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By Lou Roesch
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 23, 2017)  Forward Will Bruin (No. 17, shown left) sealed Seattle’s opening leg win over his former team minutes before halftime on Tuesday night in Houston. Traded following the 2016 season after recording his worst scoring output in his six years as a Dynamo, the veteran rebounded with an 11 goal season in 2017. Bruin has become the perfect complement to Clint Dempsey, national team scoring legend.

Seattle, who seeking its second MLS Cup title in as many seasons, opened the scoring behind a Gustav Svennson header in the eleventh minute. The Swede’s unlikely goal was just in second in 32 appearances with Seattle.

Eighteen minutes later, Houston keeper Joe Willis’ stop of a Seattle penalty conversion only delayed the inevitable giving the record crowd of more than 22,000 Dynamo faithful faint hope that Houston would rebound with a win.

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Joevin Jones, pulled down in the box that led to Dynamo defender Jalil Anibaba’s red card departure from the game, delivered a perfect header to the far post. Bruin perfectly position sent a soaring header into the back of the net for his second 2017 playoff goal of the season.  It was also the second goal of the season for the former Dynamo star against his old team this season. His twelfth goal of the season put Houston in a two goal bind from which only five teams in MLS playoff history had ever rebounded to win the match.

“I heard a nice ‘F-U Bruin’ chant, so that was good,” Bruin said with a laugh. “It didn’t surprise me though. I was happy to score and get the win.”

To make matters worse for Houston, Bruin who has scored more goals than any other player at BBVA Compass Stadium raced towards the corner where he would usually greet his Dynamo teammates only this time, no one was there to celebrate the wide-eyed smiling Bruin.

Seattle needs but a 0-0 draw in the leg 2 game on Thursday at home. Bruin, who helped lead Houston to MLS Cup title games in 2011 and 2012 would like nothing more than to eliminate his old team and return the Sounders Major League Soccer’s championship game in 2017. “It would be great to be in Seattle and knock Houston out to go to MLS Cup,” Bruin said with a smile.

Five times in MLS playoffs history has a team come back from 0-2 down to win a game (not series). Never has it been done playing shorthanded.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Houston Dynamo come up short against Seattle Sounders

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 21, 2017) The Houston Dynamo conceited two goals in the first half, which led to their 2-0 loss to to the Seattle Sounders in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The Sounders jumped out to their early lead when defender Gustav Svensson connected off a corner kick in the 11th minute.


In the 29nd minute, Sounder defender Joevin Jones was brought down in the box, by Houston defender Jalil Anibaba. The official, deemed Jones was denied a scoring opportunity and a penalty kick was awarded. Midfielder  Nicolas Lodeiro took the kick, which was blocked by Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis. Anibaba was issued a red card; forcing the Dynamo to continue play a man down. After the red card, Houston defender Alberth Elis was issued a yellow card for arguing (dissent) about the red card.

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The Sounders added an additional goal 13 minutes later when former Dynamo forward Will Bruin headed the ball pass Willis for Seattle's second goal of the game. The Dynamo's woes continued in the first half when midfielder Toma Martinez was issued a yellow card , in the 44th minute, after he clipped a Seattle player, and ran over another. The first half ended with the Sounders up 2-0, and that is where the game ended. Houston now travels to Seattle for the second leg of conference final. They will need to best the Sounders by three goals in order to advance to the MLS final. Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera (shown above left) stated after the game.



“We started off well, we created quick options right away, set pieces with Alberth, but then we conceded the first goal on a set piece, to go behind 1-0. We spoke about if something goes wrong, we just need to keep playing, trying to do our job, and do not make silly mistakes where we have to play with 10 men. But it happened. And that's difficult. When you're losing 1-0 against a team like the Seattle Sounders and even though Joe did very well on the PK, then we conceded the second goal too soon and we went to halftime. I told the guys that we needed to do a different type of job. We needed to defend a little bit better, and we have to take the risk to leave two forwards up front. So Alberth and Mauro went up front just to take a risk and to try to see if we could have got the ball right there and tried to counter attack and try to go at them. I think we have a few options, but we have to put that in. And we didn't punish them and…the game is over and now we have to think that we need; we have to prepare ourselves for Seattle. In Seattle, can we win? Yes. We're going to go with the mentality that we can win that game. Because we have a good team and we can be dangerous. We can defend better; we have to defend better. It's going to be a tough game, but we have to have a good mentality, and we're going to take risks over there. We're going to take risks, because that's the one option. So it's another 90 minutes at their home and we need to prepare ourselves for those 90 minutes. It's going to be the last 90 minutes for us or it's going to be some kind of miracle, and I believe in that.”

Elis discussed the outcome after the game with the press.

“We never expected this would happen. But this is football and there’s 90 minutes left. We are going to try our best and leave everything on the field in Seattle. This is football. We have to recover from this game, give our all and fight for our ticket to the final. They scored a goal from a defensive error during a set piece. I don’t think we have conceded from a corner kick this whole season. Then we get a player sent off and it became difficult for us to get back into the game. For a comeback, we have to play a perfect game if we want to win. We know it will be difficult like the game in Portland. But this is football and we know that anything can happen.”

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tom Savage throws for two touchdowns as Houston beats Arizona 31-21

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 19, 2017) Tom Savage (No. 3, shown right) earned the second win of his professional career as the Houston Texans (4-6) downed the Arizona Cardinals by the score of 31-21 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Savage completed 22-of-32 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball one time and was intercepted once.


The Texans scored first, 58 seconds into the second quarter, when Savage connected with Lamar Miller on a seven yard pass for the touchdown. Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked the extra point to cap the 89-yard, 12-play drive that lasted 6:59. The drive was the second possession of the game for Houston. The Cardinals came right back and scored eight minutes later. The Texans, on a  second-and-five play on the own 24-yard line, Savage was sacked by rookie defensive end Budda Baker, causing the Texan quarterback to fumble. Baker, who played his college ball at Washington, recovered the fumble. The Cardinals moved the ball the 17 yards, in two plays, to score their first touchdown. Blaine Gabbert completed a 20 yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald for six points. Phil Dawson converted the kicking extra point to tie the score at seven.


Savage turned over the ball again in the second quarter with 2:32 remaining in the first half, on a pass intended for Stephen Anderson. Patrick Peterson caught the off-target pass, giving the Cardinals the ball on the Texan 15-yard line. Two plays later, Gabbert connected Ricky Seals-Jones for the score. Again, Dawson tacked on the extra point to give Arizona a 14-7 with 1:48 left in the first half. The Texans took possession and drove the the field in nine plays to kick a 34-yard field goal; cutting the Cardinals' lead to 14-10 at the half.

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The Texans took the lead just short of four minutes into the third quarter when Savage hit DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10, shown left) deep on the left side for a 28-yard touchdown pass. Fairbairn added the extra point to give the Texans a 17-14 lead. Arizona rallied right back and scored seven minutes later on a Gabbert to Seals-Jones 28-yard pass and Dawson extra point. They added two more scored in the fourth quarter; a three-yard run and a 34-yard run; both by D'Onte Foreman. Fairbairn kicked both extra points to give him seven points for the day.


Forman carried the ball 1o times for 65 yards while Lamar Miller added 61 yards to the Texans' total on 22 carries and caught four passes for 22 yards and one TD. He currently leads the Texans with 162 carries for 604 yards and two touchdowns. Hopkins caught four passes for 76 yards and his single touchdown; pushing his season total to 62 receptions for 879 yards and nine TDs.

The Texans are averaging 26.7 points per game, which is sixth in the league. They are also averaging 350 total yards (12th), 221 passing yards (17th), and 128.5 rushing yards (6th). They will hit the road for their next two games; Baltimore on Monday, November 27 and Tennessee on Sunday, December 10. Their next home game will be against San Francisco on Sunday, December 10.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

HBU scores 33 points in season ending loss to Sam Houston State

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HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS (November 18, 2017) The Houston Baptist University Huskies tallied 415 yards of total offense and scored 33 points, in their best performance of the season in a 53-33 loss to No. 4 Sam Houston State University at Bowers Stadium in Huntsville on Saturday, The Huskies scored five times; once in each of the first three quarters and twice in the fourth, for their largest scoring performance of the season

Their first score was a 22-yard run by freshman quarterback Bailey Zappe, along with a Alec Chadwick extra point. The TD capped  a four-play, 47-yard drive that lasted 1:15. With 2:06 remaining in the second quarter, Zappe completed a two-yard pass to senior halfback Mev Ajdin for six points. Again, Chadwick split the uprights for the extra point; giving the Huskies 14 points as they headed to the locker room. In the third quarter, Zappe connected with senior running back Terrance Peters with a 23-yard pass for their third score. They added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter; a 12-yard run by senior wide receiver Isaiah Hall and an 11-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jack Swenson to junior wide receiver David Racine. Defensively, senior linebackers Cody Moncure and Garrett Dolan led the Huskies with 11 and nine tackles, respectively.

Offensively, Zappe completed 12-of-23 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. in addition to rushing for 25 yards on four carries. Hall tallied seven  carries for 90 yards with Swenson completed six passes for 71 yards. Senior wide receiver Ethan Fry caught four passes for 76 yards.

Peters finishes the season with 126 carries for 452 yards and three touchdowns while Fry 40 passes for  527 yards and two touchdowns. Zappe completed 150 passes for 1.548, yards and five touchdowns.  









The Bearkats  jumped out to a 26-7 lead after 15 minutes of play, In the first quarter, which lasted just over one-hour, Sam Houston tallied 229 of their XXX total yards.

Friday, November 17, 2017

North Shore down Deer Park 48-7; advance to Area Round

By Robert H Kelly
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DEER PARK, TEXAS (November 17, 2017) The North Shore Mustangs stampeded into Abshire Stadium in Deer Park and quickly showed why they are one of the dominant teams in the Houston area; downing the Deer Park Deer by the score of 48-7 in Bi-District action and as a results; advanced to the Area Round of the U.I.L. playoffs. 

The Mustangs put 21 points in the scoreboard in the first quarter and added an additional touchdown three minutes into the second quarter before the Deer could manage to get the ball into the end zone. The touchdown, a one-yard run by Broc Weidner, along with the Cameron Garner extra point were all the District 22-6A champion could muster. The Mustangs posted 519 yards of total offense, with 282 yards coming in the air, while holding the Deer to 228 yards in the air and only 19 yards rushing. Mustang starting quarterback Dematrius Davis completed all nine of his passing attempts for 241 yards and three touchdowns. while Zach Evans rushed six times for 110 yards. 



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Texas Southern Tigers drop hard fought game to Southern Jaguars, 33-7



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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 11, 2017) The Texas Southern Tigers, despite putting up a valiant effort, could not contain the offensive strength of the Southern Jaguars; dropping a 33-7 decision in SWAC football action. The 6,000-plus fans at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium witnessed the Jaguars push their season record to 7-3 (5-1 in conference action), while the Tigers fell to 1-8 (1-4 in conference). Southern holds on to a solid second place standing in the Western Division of the SWAC; behind No. 11 Grambling State. 


It took almost the entire first quarter before either team found the end zone. The Jaguars did it first, on a Herb Edwards 71-yard run with 56 seconds left in the quarter. The score capped a three-play, 90-yard drive that lasted only 57 seconds. They added two Cesar Barajas field goals; both late in the second quarter, of 30 and 18 yards to close out the first half with Southern leading 13-0.



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Southern came right out in the second half and picked up where they left off; scoring another touchdown after 3:29 of play. Quarterback Austin Howard found tight end Dennis Craig open, and hit him with a 10-yard pass for the score. It took the Jaguars 10 plays to  over the 75 yards to the end zone. They added an insurance touchdown when Demerio Houston returned a Donald Halsltead  TSU punt 74 yards for the score with two minutes left in the third quarter.

The Texas Southern Tigers scored 40 seconds into the fourth quarter to avert a shutout, when Elijah Odom rushed the final 11 yards of their 67-yard drive for their only touchdown of the game. Southern responded with another touchdown when freshman red shirt wide receiver Christopher Chaney, who was not listed on the depth chart, scored from two yards out.  Odem rushed for 118 yards on 23 carries and completed three passes for 50 yards.


Next up for Texas Southern is a Saturday, November 18 road trip to play Arkansas-Pine Bluff.