Did it seem like there were somehow more blowouts in Round 2 than in Round 1? That’s not supposed to happen!
The “we’re-just-happy-to-be-here” teams are home crying to Mama by now — supposedly. At least according to the narrative I tried to get you to nod along with last week. But apparently not.
Arlington Martin knocked Odessa Permian’s Friday Night Lights out, 41-10. Mansfield Lake Ridge embarrassed Dallas Adams, 70-7. Mansfield Legacy belittled Dallas Kimball, 66-7. Mansfield Summit pantsed Dallas Spruce, 69-0.
Mansfield might actually be suffering a bit of blowout envy this weekend. The Tigers only defeated a tough San Angelo Central team by a paltry 55-37 final.
▪ There was one heck of a nail-biter in the area round, though. The Saginaw Boswell Pioneers were leading Richland and looked comfy enough that most of the photos we got were of Boswell blue and white.
But Richland quarterback Drew Trent and running back Rashee Rice turned into Batman and Robin in the fourth and forced overtime. Then Brandon Johnson scored, Ja’Corey Ashley intercepted, and bye-bye, Boswell — 28-21.
▪ Little/big six-man squad Richland Springs, a defending state champ, may have had a hard time understanding the scoreboard after facing Milford. Those numbers must have looked ... wrong somehow.
That final was Milford 62, Richland Springs 16.
▪ In fact, there will be a trio of fresh faces in the state championship tilts next month, as three Texas trophy-holders got their houses TP’ed on Friday.
▪ A team that’s been through a lot in the past few months got a nice outcome.
Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, a school that’s only been around for two years, became the first team from the Corpus school district to advance to the regional round of the playoffs in 14 years.
That milestone was notched after the Eagles beat, coincidentally enough, Brownsville Veterans Memorial by a 55-41 final for the second playoff win in their school’s history.
Before the game, school band director Ramiro “Ram” Chavez, who suffered a heart attack a month ago and underwent bypass surgery, made his first public appearance since leaving the hospital to cheer on his team.
Of course, this is also a town that was hit fairly hard by Hurricane Harvey back in August, and they’re still recuperating. Heck, one gal even put Christmas lights on a pile of Harvey junk. (It’s prettier than you’d think!)