Texas High School Football Playoffs Houston Area Must-See Games

As the third round of the postseason begins, three local sides – Katy, Lake Creek and North Shore – are still undefeated. New Caney and Shadow Creek both ended their perfect seasons last week at the hands of Tomball and Summer Creek, two four-loss teams that are heating up at just the right moment.

The deeper you get into the playoffs, the harder it is to decide which games to focus your attention on. Nonetheless, here are five must-see fixtures this week involving teams from the Houston area.

Fort Bend Marshall (11-1) vs. Lake Creek (12-0)

This could be the most intriguing showdown in the entire state, regardless of classification. It has an enduring force at Fort Bend Marshall and a burgeoning program at undefeated Lake Creek, both of which finished in the top 5 of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Class 5A Division II final rankings.

Lake Creek’s sophomore Tyvonn Byars entered the year relatively unknown. He’s since become one of the most dominant running backs in the state, rushing for 2,291 yards and 37 touchdowns averaging 9.2 yards per carry, according to MaxPreps. However, FB Marshall has an elite rushing offense of his own, and has amassed 1,750 yards on the ground in the last five games alone. With just 6.3 points allowed per game compared to 19.4 for Lake Creek, the Buffalo’s stingy defense could make all the difference.

Prognosis: Fort Bend Marshall wins

Lake Creek running back Tyvonn Byars (21) runs for a 47 yard gain in the third quarter of a District 10-5A (Div. II) high school football game at Montgomery ISD Stadium on Friday, November 4, 2022 in Montgomery.

Lake Creek running back Tyvonn Byars (21) runs for a 47 yard gain in the third quarter of a District 10-5A (Div. II) high school football game at Montgomery ISD Stadium on Friday, November 4, 2022 in Montgomery.

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Duncanville (11-0) vs. The Woodlands (10-2)

The Woodlands are undeniably underdogs in this instance, as they take on an undefeated Duncanville side who are third in the 6A and looking to make the state title game for the fourth time in five years. However, the Highlanders’ explosive offense gives them a chance against any opponent. They won their first two playoff games by a total of 135-34, with a 62-21 win by a one-loss Klein Cain team last week.

Prediction: Duncanville wins

DeSoto (10-2) vs. Tomball (8-4)

Along with the team we’ll mention next, Tomball was one of the biggest upsets of the Area round. The Cougars were blown out in their final two games of the regular season, losing to Klein Collins and Klein Cain by averaging 37 points to fall to 6-4. The playoffs were a different story. After driving past Cypress Woods in the first round, Tomball erased a double-digit deficit last week to stun undefeated New Caney 16-15.

The Cougars have momentum on their side, but they also have a battle-hardened opponent waiting for them. DeSoto’s only losses are at Duncanville and Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy, both of which rank in the top 10 on USA Today’s national rankings. The Eagles won their other 10 games by an average margin of 33.3 points.

Prediction: DeSoto wins

Katy (12-0) vs. Summer Creek (8-4)

Summer Creek's Lloyd Avant (25) scores for the touchdown against Maurice Williams Jr. (3 ) by Shadow Creek Houston.

Summer Creek’s Lloyd Avant (25) scores for the touchdown against Maurice Williams Jr. (3 ) by Shadow Creek Houston.

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Katy may be a nationwide program, but Summer Creek won’t be intimidated by the big red machine. The Bulldogs, whose four losses totaled 17 points against teams who had four combined losses in the regular season, defeated undefeated Shadow Creek in a 36-20 win last week, a feat that followed a 72-7 win at the South Houston in the bi-district round. Don’t be surprised if any of the Houston-area’s four-loss teams hit a deep run in the next few weeks.

Despite this, Katy is still Katy. The 12-0 Tigers are ranked fifth state and 15th nationally with wins by 59 and 41 points to open the playoffs. Could we see Katy walking as perfectly as she did in 2015?

Prediction: Katy wins

Fulshear (11-1) vs. Smithson Valley (11-1)

Smithson Valley finished the regular season 9th in Class 5A, Division I, but Fulshear could easily have made it into the final rankings. The Chargers have offensive firepower in bundles and have recorded 50 points or more seven times in 12 games. Last week’s 50-38 win over A&M Consolidated was the latest example — senior quarterback Parker Williams completed 11 of 12 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns, while Davion Godley rushed for 100 yards and a 235-yard rush and three scores led Boden.

Three years after a 1-9 season, Fulshear is a state title contender in his fifth year of varsity football.

Prediction: Fulshear wins

Below, via TexasFootball.com, are the dates, times and locations for all UIL Texas High School football playoff games involving Houston area teams.

CLASS 6A DIVISION I

Duncanville (11-0) v The Woodlands (10-2), Saturday at 3pm at Pflugerville’s The Pfield
Waxahachie (10-2) v Spring Westfield (11-1) Saturday at 2pm at Hutto’s Memorial Stadium
Katy Cinco Ranch (9-3) vs. Galena Park North Shore (12-0) Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Katy’s Rhodes Stadium
Fort Bend Ridge Point (10-2) vs. Humble Atascocita (10-2) Friday at 7 p.m. at Cypress’ Cy-Fair FCU Stadium

North Shore Mustangs running back D'Andre Hardeman Jr (28) runs into Atascocita Eagles defensive back Braylon Conley during the high school football game between the Atascocita Eagles and the North Shore Mustangs at Turner Stadium in Humble, TX on Thursday, October (4) past 27th, 2022.

North Shore Mustangs running back D’Andre Hardeman Jr (28) runs into Atascocita Eagles defensive back Braylon Conley during the high school football game between the Atascocita Eagles and the North Shore Mustangs at Turner Stadium in Humble, TX on Thursday, October (4) past 27th, 2022.

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CLASS 6A DIVISION II

DeSoto (10-2) vs. Tomball (8-4), Friday 4 p.m. at The Pfield in Pflugerville
Killeen Harker Heights (11-1) vs. Spring Dekaney (9-3) Friday at 6 p.m. at Waco’s McLane Stadium
Katy (12-0) vs. Humble Summer Creek (8-4), Friday at 2 p.m. at Humble’s Turner Stadium
Fort Bend Hightower (10-2) vs. Houston King (8-4), 1 p.m. Friday at Cypress’ Pridgeon Stadium

CLASS 5A DIVISION I

Fulshear (11-1) vs. Smithson Valley (11-1), 1 p.m. Friday at Seguin’s Matador Stadium

CLASS 5A DIVISION II

Fort Bend Marshall (11-1) vs. Montgomery Lake Creek (12-0), Friday 1 p.m. at Delmar Stadium in Houston
Brenham (8-4) vs. Port Neches-Groves (10-2), Friday 6 p.m. at Houston’s NRG Stadium

CLASS 3A DIVISION I

Columbus (11-1) vs. Cameron Yoe (9-3), Friday 7 p.m. at Bastrop’s Memorial Stadium
Franklin (12-0) vs. Hitchcock (11-1), Friday 7 p.m. at Shenandoah’s Woodforest Bank Stadium

CLASS 3A DIVISION II

Wallis Brazos (9-3) vs. Tidehaven (10-2), 2:00 p.m. Friday at Iowa Colony’s Freedom Field



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