Playoffs: Division 1 – Region 3 Preview

FAVORITES

1. Cy Fair Bobcats (10-0) – The Bobcats enter the playoffs with two major factors in their favor – experience and defense.  Fair came into the season with 14 starters from the season before, most of them on the defensive side of the ball.  The Bobcats finished the regular season with a defensive adjusted scoring mark of -20.3, good for second best in the state.  To only give up an average of 8.6 points per game in a district full of offensive firepower is very impressive and why they’re considered a favorite.

Key Players: RB John Jacob (Sr.), TE Sean Irwin (Sr.), DB Ryan Bradshaw (Jr.), LB/DB Dwight White (Sr.), DB Khalil Coleman (Sr.), DB Jalen Champagne (Sr.)

2. Cy Falls Golden Eagles (9-1) – The Golden Eagles make it two-for-two for 17-5A as favorites in this bracket.  Only a seven point loss to Fair separates the two.  This isn’t your older brother’s Cy Falls, this is a group that gets it done on defense.  Like Fair, the Golden Eagles saw several explosive offenses during district play and lived up to the challenge.  Another key factor in Falls’ corner is an experienced, dual-threat quarterback in senior Troy Mitchell (2,500 total yards, 30 tds).

Key Players: QB Troy Mitchell (Sr.), RB Brice Peters (Jr.), WR Jacori Warrick (Jr.), WR Gee Gladney (Sr.), DT Kevon Hunter (Jr.), LB Kelston Hatter (Sr.)

3. Pearland Oilers (8-2) – Many don’t realize just how young this team was last year when they captured the Division 1 State Championship.  You’ve probably seen former RB Dustin Garrison (West Virginia) on ESPN recently, but a lot of the same names are gearing up for another playoff run.  After a little bit of a slow start (similar to last year), they enter the playoffs on a six-game winning streak. No one in this region wants to face a rapidly improving Oiler team.

Key Players: QB Jacob Garner (Jr.), RB Jackie Robinson (Sr.), ATH Adam Saunders (Jr.), DT Chris Alexander (Sr.), LB Kendall Erhlich (Sr.), LB/DB DyQuan Roberts (Sr.)

DARK HORSE

Katy Cinco Ranch Cougars (8-2) – Don’t sleep on the Cougars.  Have they had better teams? Sure.  However, this is a program that has won 43 games including seven playoff games over the last four seasons.  The Cougars have several weapons to turn to in Arkansas-bound junior RB Jamel James, senior WR Alex Ludowig and senior WR James Rhoden.  Consistency out of the quarterback position will be key.

PLAYOFF HISTORY

State Championships

Deer Park – 1955, 1954
Pearland – 2010
North Shore – 2003
Beaumont West Brook – 1982
Houston Lamar – 1953

5A Regional Championships

Pearland – 2010, 2006, 2001
North Shore – 2007, 2003, 1996
Cy Falls  – 2007
Alief Elsik – 2002
Cy Fair – 1985
Beaumont West Brook – 1982

Five Deepest Runs (last 5 years)

Pearland (2010) – D1 State Champions
FB Hightower (2008) – D1 State Finalists
Cy Falls (2006) – D2 State Finalists
Katy Cinco Ranch (2009) – D1 State Semifinalists
North Shore (2007) – D1 State Semifinalist

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing

Jake Burkhalter, Sr., FB Elkins – 141 for 234, 2,158 yds., 22 tds, 7 ints
Troy Mitchell, Sr., Cy Falls – 127 for 194, 2,000 yds., 22 tds, 8 ints
Austin Rainer, Sr., Deer Park – 113 for 196, 1,940 yds., 17 tds, 6 ints
Bralon Addison, Sr., FB Hightower – 97 for 163, 1,665 yds., 16 tds, 3 in
Jacob Garner, Jr., Pearland – 106 for 164, 1,639 yds., 16 tds, 6 ints

Rushing

Jerry Bynum, Sr., Alief Elsik – 166 car., 1,588 yds., 18 tds
Andrew Robinson, Sr., Pasadena Dobie – 154 car., 1,584 yds., 22 tds
Demetrius Banks, Sr., Deer Park – 201 car., 1,351 yds., 13 tds
Davonte Milton, Sr., North Shore – 112 car., 1,137 yds., 9 tds
London Kirby, Sr., Houston Lamar – 132 car., 991 yds., 8 tds

Receiving

Chance Allen, Sr., FB Elkins – 50 rec., 880 yds., 10 tds
Jamon Moore, Jr., FB Elkins – 28 rec., 711 yds., 7 tds
Alex Ludowig, Sr., Katy Cinco Ranch – 44 rec., 678 yds., 5 tds
Larry McDuffey, Sr., North Shore – 28 rec., 587 yds., 9 tds
Eric Luna, Jr., Deer Park – 27 rec., 560 yds., 6 tds