Saturday, May 20, 2006

Houston High School City Championships

The text of this post is courtesy of Dave Edwards, HUC President and director for the spring high school league in Houston.

Championship Saturday started off with a bang – with thunder, lightning, hail and heavy rain in the early morning. But by mid-morning, the rain had disappeared, and the sun began to peak in, creating very humid conditions. In the first semifinal, Cinco Ranch Greenway came out firing against Langham Creek. Will Wilson led the enormous Greenway team with stylish layouts and well-coordinated offense to a first half lead. But Langham reeled them in with one big huck after another, pulling away at the very end to win 13-10.

In the other semifinal, top-seeded St. John’s senior-laden team was surprised to find Deer Park with their spirited leader Tim Records hucking with success. The teams traded leads throughout the game and suddenly, the score was 12-12. Since the game was being played to 13, the teams were off to overtime! St. John’s quickly moved the disc down the field and scored 13-12. Deer Park missed a couple of big hucks and St. John’s prevailed 14-12.

Early afternoon brought the sun out full-force. The soupy, hot conditions were tough on the smaller teams, but alas, they were both into the final. Langham and St. John’s played very well, with both teams trading huge hucks and mid-range scores throughout the first half. St. John’s took half 8-6, but Langham Creek’s Tyler Nissen led his team back to tie the game in the second half. Langham tied the game at 12, but to everyone’s surprise, St. John’s slowed the game down with short passing. This possession-style offense and Evan Winograd’s hustle defense, was the answer for Langham as they scored the final points to win 15-12. But look for Langham Creek to be the favorite next season as they will graduate very few players. In the third place game, Cinco Ranch had a lot of fun in their 13-9 win over Deer Park.