Four playoff rounds are already in the books, and only three regional teams are left in the hunt for the state title: Shiner, Falls City, and Cuero. KSAT 12s Large game range (BGC) hit ballparks across South Texas this weekend, and we’ll cover each of their three wins in depth.
First, as always, let’s start our weekly recap with Best of BGC!
Week three of playoff action features all sorts of great plays from the greater San Antonio area. Watch the best movies of the best, including plays by Brennan, Alamo Heights and Shiner!
How did all the results affect the KSAT 12 Top 12? Find out who’s in and who’s out of our leaderboard as we gear up for the Bang semi-finals!
Unfortunately, this week marks the end of the season for five other teams in our region: Alamo Heights Mules, Poth Pirates, Navarro Panthers, Fredericksburg Battlin’ Billies and No. 1 Brennan Bears.
The Bears failed in Week 15’s Game of the Week.
LAKE TRAVIS 42, BRENNAN 17
Brennan (13-1) knows well how he has to wait for the battle against a longtime football power like Lake Travis (12-2). Unfortunately, due to a series of expensive penalties and first leg, the Bears could not close.
The Cavaliers won the opening coin toss, postponed to the second half, intercepted Brennan’s first strike and marched right down the field to open the game and lead 7-0 early in the first half. The Bears looked ready to reply again on their next drive, but an illegal procedure cleared one Ashton Dubose Brennan’s pass hit the ground and header ended up failing to score. Lake Travis quickly found the endzone on their next two properties, marking a spectacular touchdown 32 yards from Derrick Johnson gave the Cavaliers a 21-0 lead. The long completion process helped set up the kicker Devin Thompson for a 30-yard goal with 27 seconds remaining in the first half to put Brennan on the board, but the Bears still went into the first half with a score of 21-3.
Things didn’t get any easier in the second half. The Cavaliers’ defense faced Dubose for a sack and tackled him in successive tackles. They then turned both of those games into points to take a 35-3 lead going into the fourth inning. In recognition of their merit, the Bears continued to fight throughout the game. Dubose was first found Chase Campbell for the five-yard score, then connect with his brother Aaron Dubose on an impressive 58-yard touchdown pass. Ashton completed 10 228 yards passes and those two points.
Ultimately, the Bears’ 14th quarter points proved to be aesthetic. Saturday is Lake Travis day. Now, Brennan is back on the drawing board after a memorable season.
CUERO 35, NAVARRO 28
The first time the two teams met, Navarro prevailed with a late-field goal in an instant classic. The week 15 rematch proved to be equally memorable and Cuero reclaimed the bragging rights in a showdown of the same class.
Both teams traded first-half encounters back and forth and went into halftime with a score of 14. Navarro appeared to take control late in the third quarter on a superbly delayed goal by running again. Antwin Mebane, who ran to the end zone unscathed to touch the 23 yards and lead the Panther 20-14. Mebane had a monster match, ending with 23 runs for 251 yards and three TDs. But Cuero took the lead by scoring the next 14 points. Midfielder Jerry Rossett find Zyler Jones for a 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the final game of the third round, and Tycen Williams race to the bottom with a score of seven yards that put the Hounds in the top 28-20 at the end of the fourth inning. Ninety seconds later, Navarro’s Colton Chambers finished it off with a 40-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Cuero received the ball back in the box 2:19. They needed less than two minutes to regain the top spot. Rossett hit LeBron Johnson strutted on a 44-yard bombshell with 23 ticks left in regulation, and the Gobblers took a 35-28 lead. When Navarro finally had possession, Johnson ended the game with an interception. As a result, Cuero went on a three-game losing streak against the Panthers and advanced to the 4A Division II State semifinals for the first time since they won it all in 2018.
SHINER 55, REFUGIO 14
Looking at the final score should give you an idea of what happened on the field at the Victoria Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.
The defending tier 2A champions, Division I, Comanches State owned the script and took a 35-7 lead thanks to their star running back. Dalton and Doug Brooks. Dalton found the final zone six times, including a two-yard score, where he passed a defender at the goal line, and Doug scored twice in a 41-point run. All told, Shiner dashed off with a whopping 587 yards and averaging more than 14 yards per take.
The Shiner have now scored 55 or more points in all four of their playoffs. Let it sink in for a while.
FALLS CITY 34, BURTON 20
Battlin’ Beavers are heading back to the State 2A Division II Division semifinals for the fourth year in a row.
For the second consecutive season under the head coach Mark Kirchhoff, Falls City overtook Burton and made a total of 402 yards of attack. The ground play continues to be the Beavers’ bread and butter, as they amass 343 yards. High level Luke Shaffer lead with 18 carries for nearly 150 yards and a trio of TDs. Meanwhile, the defense took control of the Panthers, limiting them to just 77 yards in the first half.
Next up, another crack at the Mart in the Bang semi-final. Newspapers have been wrapping up Beaver season for the past three years. Falls City will be looking to flip that scenario over in 2021.
All season long, when you look at scores from Alamo Heights football games, three names usually stand out: Midfielders James Sobey, run again George Flesher and wide receiver Rett Andersen. Flesher and Andersen combined account for more than half of Mules’ offensive film production in 2021.
The teams know where the ball is going. They still can’t stop it.
The same tune was heard in Friday night’s fourth-round game between Alamo Heights and Liberty Hill. Andersen is a beast Again, made 11 of Sobey’s 19 finishes for 182 yards and four touchdowns. He was the only Mules receiver to find the end zone, and he did it in a variety of ways: first with a 30-yard bomb, then in an 18-yard leap past a defender by one foot within bounds along the boundary line. When it comes to Alamo Heights coverage this season, it’s common to see Andersen have an incredible catch in their standout reel, and the knockouts are no different.
Mules’ memorable run ended in San Marcos in a 43-40 penalty shootout defeat. Sobey and Flesher are two representatives of the senior class who broke up and left a lasting legacy. But Andersen is a junior. If possible, he will have an even bigger goal next season. This year, that hasn’t slowed him down one bit. Personally, I can’t wait to see what he does in 2022.
BGC NEWSLETTER CHANGES TO WEEKLY FORMAT!
With the football season coming to an end, the BGC Newsletter is taking a step back! Of course, we’ll still recap all the action from the last two rounds of the knockout round next Monday, but as we kick off the holiday season and turn to basketball, swimming, animals and more, stay tuned for some new announcements on how KSAT 12’s entire grand game range will change direction towards 2022.
And don’t forget to tune in to Instant Replay at 11pm next Sunday for all the highlights from the fifth round!
Andrew Cely, KSAT . 12th Sports Producer and Correspondent
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https://www.ksat.com/sports/big-game-coverage/2021/12/06/cuero-edges-navarro-on-late-touchdown-shiner-dominates-refugio-in-playoff-rematch-falls-city-runs-over-burton/ Cuero next to Navarro on late touch; Shiner dominated Refugio in playoff rematch; Falls City runs through Burton