The Cougars did their part, though, and received the help they needed to qualify for the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time in school history. First they dispatched with Dulles, 28-9, then FB Marshall, 53-10, in successive weeks. Clements' 24-20 win over Fort Bend Austin then boosted Kempner into the postseason.
One of Kempner's star performers, Theus shined in an opening-round win last Saturday, catching three passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in 21-10 victory over Cinco Ranch. Theus now has 36 catches for 507 yards and three touchdowns this year.
The Cougars take on Cypress Falls Saturday night.