1999 5A Division II State Semifinals: Garland-41 South Grand Prarie-38
Garland defeated the very talented South Grand Prairie team led by B.J. Johnson, Gavin Boothe, and TB Gideon. This game was played in a rain storm at Texas Stadium in Dallas. Garland’s Wing T offense led by fullback Donte Hart was able to out score SGP in an exciting game that saw the lead change hands repeatedly.
1999 5A Division I Area Round: Waco-7 Lewisville-0
Waco upset #2 state ranked Lewisville at Floyd Casey Stadium in a defensive slugfest. The stout Waco Lion defense forced multiple turnovers, and Waco was able to get the seven points it needed to advance to the quarterfinals. The Lewisville vs. Midland Lee hype for the region championship at the start of the 99 playoffs was incredible, but Waco spoiled the party.
1998 Division I Texas State Championship: Duncanville-24 Converse Judson-21
The Rockets were in control of this game until a kickoff return for a touchdown by Nick Howard completely turned the tide of momentum in the contest. Duncanville was able to thwart a last minute attempt by Judson to tie the game, but a Rocket field goal attempt sailed wide. This was the Panthers first state title in football.
1997 Division I Texas State Quarterfinals: Katy-20 Eisenhower-13
Katy and Eisenhower clashed in one of the very best region 3 playoff games ever. Over 20 present or future Division 1 signees took to the Rice Stadium turf on this December day in 1997. Eisenhower used a bruising running game to build a 13-6 halftime advantage before Katy, led by junior QB Matt Gore, orchestrated a comeback in the second half. The Tigers emerged with a 20-13 victory, and won the Division 1 state title two weeks later over Longview.
1997 Class 5A Region I area playoffs: South Grand Prairie-18 Arlington Lamar- 14
Known as the Miracle on Mockingbird, South Grand Prairie defeated Arlington Lamar, 18-14, on the last play of the game at SMU’s Ownby Stadium *before renovations*. With less than 10 seconds left and Lamar clinging to a 14-12 lead, SGP quarterback Shannon Bennett completed a 40-yard Hail Mary pass to Brandon Wetzel. Wetzel snagged a deflected ball out of mid air in full stride, side stepped a Lamar tackler and dove into the end zone with 0:00 left on the clock. Submitted by Greg Goffinet, www.grandprairiesports.com
1996 Division II State Championship: Lewisville-58 Converse Judson-34
The Farmers set a state championship record with over 500 rushing on the day. Lewisville jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead, and withstood an offensive charge from Judson to win it all. Lewisville’s option attack could not be stopped, and Ronnie Gage became the first coach to win both a Division 1 title (1993) and a Division 2 title.
1996 Division II Bi-District Playoffs: Converse Judson 32 Austin Bowie 31
Bowie raced out to a 24-0 first half lead on the talents of tailback Victor Ike. Bowie scored first in the 2nd half to make it 31-0. However, Judson would reel off an unprecedented 32 unanswered points in the final 18 minutes of the game to win 32-31. This game has gone down as one of the best come-from-behind victories in the history of 5A football.
1995 5A Divsion II Bi-District Playoffs: Garland Lakeview Centennial 34, Lake Highlands 34
(Richardson Lake Highlands advanced on penetrations)
Lakeview had what was highly touted as “The Dream Team” entrenched with 14 future Div-1 Collegiate players and 4 future NFL Draftees, including current Washington Redskin Derrick Dockery. Lake Highlands was led by their future NFL draftee/super-athlete, and perhaps one of the greatest Texas High School quarterbacks of all time, Marcus Stiggers. It was a brutal “Blood-n-Tears” game that left no stone un-turned. Lakeview battled back from a 14 point half-time deficit and tied the game in the fourth quarter, with just seconds left. Lakeview’s kicker then missed an extra point that would have sealed the victory and upset the favored Wildcats. This was a game of crushing hard hits and big plays, such as the 45 yard dramatic endzone reception from Lakeview’s Kareem High with just seconds remaining at the end of the first half. This game is truly one for the ages.
1994 5A Division II State Semifinals: Austin Westlake-26 Galveston Ball-26
After starting the 94 season a woeful 1-5 the Galveston Ball Tornadoes would rebound and steamroll to the state semi-finals where they would run into perennial power Westlake. The Tors took a 19-3 advantage into halftime, but saw the lead dissapear in the second half as Westlake would rally to tie the score at 26-26 when the final whistle blew. Westlake would advance on penetrations, and lose to John Tyler 35-24 in the state championship game.
1994 Division II Region 2 semifinal: John Tyler-48 Plano East-44
This is quite possibly the greatest high school football game ever played in Texas. Plano East was down 41-17 after the Lions returned two fumbles for touchdowns courtesy of Mark Broyles and David Warren. PESH wouldn’t give as they completely erased that deficit to take a 44-41 lead in the waning seconds of regulation by miraculously recovering several onside kicks. As pandemonium ensued on the Plano East side after the unlikely sequence of events, nothing could prepare the masses for what followed. John Tyler deep man kickoff returner Dunn took the kickoff down the sidelines to the endzone for the go ahead score. John Tyler won 48-44. Simply the greatest 5A game ever played.
1994 Division I Quarterfinals: Katy-31 Beaumont Westbrook-28
Katy entered the game as three touchdown underdogs to the talent laden West Brook Bruins squad led by QB Kendrick Bernard. Katy would erase a 28-10 second half Westbrook lead to pull out the win. The game was sealed when QB dubbing as free safety Rob Peters picked off a pass as Westbrook had driven into Katy terrtory in hopes of reclaiming the lead with under a minute left. Katy took the go ahead touchdown by recovering a West Brook fumble on a bad hand off in the endzone with just under two minutes remaining. The Tigers would go on to upset back to back defending champs Converse Judson the next week 42-19. This game happened on the exact same weekend of that John Tyler-Plano East epic.
1993 Division 1 Semifinals: Converse Judson-27 Eisenhower-27
(Judson wins on penetrations)
The Rockets led by super everything TB Jerrod Douglas would be the benefactor of the old penetrations rule as both teams would slug it out for the right to advance to the Texas Bowl. Eisenhower was powered by their signature veer option assault led by QB Clarence Cruse, while Judson was paced by the running abilities of Douglas. Judson would defeat Plano the following week 36-13 to capture the title.
1993 Division 2 State Championship Game: Lewisville-43 Aldine Macarthur-37
Lewisville and Aldine Mac get involved in an all out score-a-thon with the Farmers winning the game on a final touchdown with 21 seconds remaining in the game.
1992 Division 2 Regional Semi: Lake Highlands 31 Nacogdoches 28
Before the modern overtime rules were in effect, this game score was tied and penetrations also tied towards the very end of the game. Nacogdoches had more first downs and would have won based on that had things remained tied. However, Lake Highlands kicker Phil Dawson hit a 52 yd field goal with no time remaining to win and advance Lake Highlands to State Quarterfinals.
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