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Friday Night Lights – Week 14

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On 11/29/2018 at 9:41 PM, Sirhornsalot said:

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, a man by the name of Van Craddock was the sports editor at the Longview Morning Journal. Today, its the Longview News-Journal. I remember back then seeing Saturday morning sports sections that were 32 pages. Today, thats typically 6-8 pages.

Van Craddock is a legend for what he produced, for years, at the LMJ. Saturation coverage. 

I did a short stint at the LNJ in my early years, worked for Sports editor John Inman and with Olin Buchanan there.

Man, all this talk about Longview brings back memories from early December in 1976. Sherman versus Longview (Hosea Taylor?) in Texas Stadium. Wife was pregnant and due in 2-3 weeks but got permission from the doc to attend the game. Sherman won 10-0 and then "lost" the next week to Temple in Texas Stadium. Sherman was up like 35-14 with about 4 minutes left and Temple scored 3 touchdowns to tie the game and advanced on penetrations. Wife got permission to go that game also. Son was born on December 30 sharing a birthday with Lebron James and Tiger Woods.

One more "did you know" thing about Sherman. In a 2 year span, 75 and 76, they did not lose a game and have nothing to show for it except for the one playoff win over Longview. Back then only one team from each district advanced to the playoffs and in 75 we tied Plano in district play and they advanced to the playoffs. Then in 76 we were undefeated again and, as described above, tied Temple in the 2nd round and lost out. Our QB went on to played for Arkansas and we had a DL and WR who went to UCLA. 

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2 hours ago, North Texas Golfer said:

Man, all this talk about Longview brings back memories from early December in 1976. Sherman versus Longview (Hosea Taylor?) in Texas Stadium. Wife was pregnant and due in 2-3 weeks but got permission from the doc to attend the game. Sherman won 10-0 and then "lost" the next week to Temple in Texas Stadium. Sherman was up like 35-14 with about 4 minutes left and Temple scored 3 touchdowns to tie the game and advanced on penetrations. Wife got permission to go that game also. Son was born on December 30 sharing a birthday with Lebron James and Tiger Woods.

One more "did you know" thing about Sherman. In a 2 year span, 75 and 76, they did not lose a game and have nothing to show for it except for the one playoff win over Longview. Back then only one team from each district advanced to the playoffs and in 75 we tied Plano in district play and they advanced to the playoffs. Then in 76 we were undefeated again and, as described above, tied Temple in the 2nd round and lost out. Our QB went on to played for Arkansas and we had a DL and WR who went to UCLA. 

Yes, I think that was Hosea Taylor's Jr year. He was a monster, but Longview didn't have much offense.

 

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18 hours ago, Epictetus said:

Was Dangerfield Newton beat for their 2nd title. Year 1998. 
Game played in Nacogdoches. This time they meet before semi-finals. 

The Tigers lead this series 2-1 with Daingerfield winning in consecutive years in 2008 and 2009 while en route to back-to-back state championship titles. Newton’s solo win came in the 1998 state championship game.

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John Tyler 31

Frisco Lone Star 13

FINAL

 

Cy-Fair 38

Atascocita 31

4th

 

Malakoff 35

#9 Gladewater 7

4th

 

Klein Oak 24

Waco Midway 0

Halftime

 

CC Calhoun 28

Kerrville Tivy 17

Halftime

 

#10 Lake Travis 7  (Hudson Card)

Weslaco 0

1st

 

#1 Allen 31

The Woodlands 24

FINAL

 

San Augustine 29

Garrison 27

FINAL

 

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Missouri Class 3A State Championship

Trinity Catholic 45.  (Marcus Washington)

Cardinal Ritter 19

FINAL

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Trinity overpowers Cardinal Ritter for long awaited first state championship

COLUMBIA, Mo. • Alphonzo Andrews couldn't contain himself.

It was better than he imagined. So much better he almost didn't believe it.

“All the hard work, long nights, waking up and coming to practice at 6 in the morning, it feels good,” said Andrews, a senior running back for the Trinity football team. “We've been here before but we didn't come with it. To leave with it, it feels great.”

 

Trinity completed a quest three years in the making as it beat Cardinal Ritter 45-19 to claim the Class 3 state championship Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field on the campus of the University of Missouri.

The Class 2 runner up in 2016 and a district runner up last season, Trinity's talented senior class achieved the only goal that mattered to it.

“We worked for this. People doubted us, people hated on us,” senior receiver Marcus Washington said. “We didn't win it our sophomore year, our junior year, so they said it wasn't our time. Clearly it was.”

Trinity (13-2) overpowered Ritter on both sides of the ball for the school's first state championship. The Titans' offense leaned on its running game to chew up the yards and wear out the Lions' defensive front. Junior running back Reggie Love carried the ball 19 times for 203 yards and scored once. Andrews rushed 14 times for 78 yards and scored twice.

Senior quarterback Isaiah Williams completed 6 of 11 passes, his fewest attempts since the first round of district play. The passes didn't come in bunches, but they proved huge. Washington had three receptions for 104 yards and three touchdowns, both were season bests. Junior receiver Teryion “Mookie” Cooper caught one pass for a 23-yard touchdown.

“The whole season people were talking about my stats,” Washington said. “I've always believed in the system and the team and I'm not a selfish player. I knew my time would come. Today it showed out.”

Williams racked up 175 yards and four scores and was not intercepted. In his first title game appearance against Lamar, he was intercepted five times. Against Lutheran North in last year's district championship game, he was picked off four times. Cool, calm and collected, Williams let the game come to him and dominated.

“Against Lamar and Lutheran North last year, when the forced us to throw the ball all the time, we kind of played into their hands,” Trinity's first-year coach Terrence Curry said. “Today we ran, they couldn't stop it. We were going to keep doing it until they stopped it. When we did throw the ball it was effective.”

Ritter (14-1) made a game of it in the first half. The Lions scored first when junior quarterback Mehki Hagens found sophomore receiver Keavian Long for an 18-yard touchdown with 4 minutes and 2 seconds to play in the first quarter.

 

That was all the Lions could muster until late in the fourth quarter. Trinity led 19-13 at halftime. Trinity's defense got loose and chased Hagens relentlessly. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked four times by four different defenders for a loss of 39 yards.

“We played a good D-line,” Hagens said. “They were sending pressure, trying to make me run. The linebackers were coming up making plays.”

Trinity senior linebacker Shammond Cooper finished with a game-high eight tackles.

Jameson Williams caught six passes for 140 yards but never scored. The Ohio State-bound standout was a huge piece of the puzzle as the Lions averaged more than 50 points per game on their run to the program's second state championship game appearance. Trinity neutralized Ritter's explosive weapons.

 

“It's a credit to Trinity Catholic and their staff for preparing for our guys,” Ritter coach Brandon Gregory said. “They're state champs for a reason. They were able to stay solid and strong keeping us out of the end zone.”

The game was chippy. There was some back and forth on social media during the week. During the pre-game warm up, both teams met at the 50-yard line and had to be separated after they started woofing at each other. There were 32 total penalties called, a state title game record 18 on Trinity and 14 on Ritter, now the third most ever in the title game. The previous record for penalties was 16 set by Raymore-Peculiar in its 2004 win over McCluer North.

Ritter sophomore running back Bill Jackson was ejected with 2:50 to play after Trinity was flagged for a roughing the kicker penalty that led to some extra curricular activity on the field.

A day after St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson held a ceremonial coin toss with both teams, they did not participate in a post-game handshake.

Gregory expected both teams to play with an edge but was not happy his team went too far. It was Gregory's second title game appearance in his 10 seasons as a coach. He guided Maplewood-Richmond Heights to a Class 2 runner-up finish in 2010.

“This was a game everybody was talking about since last Saturday. We knew it'd be very competitive and emotions would be high,” Gregory said. “Playing a good team like this on a stage like this (the penalties) hurt. You can't have those mistakes in a game like this.”

After so much disappointment the last two seasons, Trinity got what it came for and will enjoy every minute of the celebrations to come.

“It's something we've been dreaming about all four years, since we were kids,” Shammond Cooper said. “Once we came came to Trinity, we had one goal and that was to win a state championship. I love this feeling.”

 

https://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/football/trinity-overpowers-cardinal-ritter-for-long-awaited-first-state-championship/article_3f534a9a-f5bc-11e8-af51-4f6c69ede248.html

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