December 12, 2010

Texas roundup: Trinity does it again

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Here's what Euless (Texas) Trinity knows how to do as well as any team in the country:

1. Run the ball;

2. Win close games.

Trinity, No. 5 in this week's RivalsHigh Top 100 rankings, moved one step closer to the Class 5A, Division I state title and an undefeated season with another can-you-believe-they-did-it-again 28-24 victory over No. 19 Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point.

Trinity trailed at halftime, 17-14. Then, after rallying to take a 28-24 lead, kept Stony Point off the scoreboard after it drove to the 4 yard line midway through the fourth quarter.

It was only fitting that it ran the final 7:13 off the clock with its hard-to-stop run game.

Trinity will face No. 47 Pearland, a 51-21 winner over San Antonio (Texas) Northside Stevens in a game that was never in doubt.

But Trinity's game with Stony Point was. Quarterback/running back/wide receiver Brandon Carter may have been the difference.

Carter ran for 120 yards and two TDs to key a rushing attack that gained 399 yards. Terrence Tusan went for 144 yards and a score as Trinity improved to 15-0.

Pearland's drive to 15-0 was a bit easier. It simply kept handing the ball to 5-8 senior Dustin Garrison, who went for 269 yards and four TDs on 41 carries.

The state final will be the first in the school's history.

For a full game story on Trinity-Stony Point, check out this in the Dallas Morning News.

For a full game story on Pearland-Northside Stevens, check out this in the Houston Chronicle.

No. 34 Guyer 28, Longview 27

Many teams have been in a position where they have to block a punt to have a chance at a last-minute comeback. Few, however, actually do.

No. 34 Denton (Texas) Guyer did just that as Dan Kottman's blocked punt in the final minute set up the winning score and sent Guyer into the Class 5A, Division II final.

Quarterback J.W. Walsh completed the miracle comeback by hitting Quint Gardener on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the game.

Guyer (13-2) fell behind 17-0 at halftime, mainly because of its own failures - it turned the ball over on its first five possessions.

But it rallied behind Walsh - and a miraculous blocked punt - in the second half.

For a full game story on Guyer-Longview, check out this in the Dallas Morning News.

No. 76 Lake Travis 24, Friendswood 3

Lake Travis (Texas) High used a shut-down defense to keep open the possibility of a fourth consecutive state title when it overwhelmed Friendswood in a Class 4A, Division I semifinal.

Friendswood quarterback had one of toughest games of the year, completing only 16-of-36 passes for 168 yards. He was picked off four times, with two setting up Lake Travis touchdowns.

For the game, Friendswood had only 220 yards.

For a full game story on Guyer-Longview, check out this in the Houston Chronicle.

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