UIL State Notebook

Another 2015 season is in the books and THEOLDCOACH brings you a few notes and quick hits from the event held down in Houston this year!

The 2015 UIL State Championships are in the books and THEOLDCOACH was once again on hand for all ten games, this time at NRG Stadium in Houston. We bring you news and notes from the event

Canadian put a bow on maybe the most dominant single season in Texas High School Football history with a 61-20 drubbing of Refugio, the Wildcats never trailed all year, their closest win was 17 points in Week 1 and they ran their state best winning streak to 31 games.

The repeat theme was on display in 2A as Bremond rolled past a game Albany squad 35-20. Bremond is tied with Canadian with 31 straight wins and with a strong core returning the Tigers will be a contender to three-peat in 2016.

Injuries marred a lot of the action Thursday and Friday, Cameron Yoe lost MVP RB Traion Smith to a horrific leg injury in the second quarter of their loss to Brock. On Friday Celina lost QB Conner Pingleton to a broken arm on the sixth play of the game and Mansfield Lake Ridge stars Jett Duffey and Duke Carter, still battling injuries suffered in the state semi-finals were ineffective in a 56-0 loss to George Ranch. Carter had just two carries and Duffey was pulled at halftime.

Despite four turnovers, Waco LaVega finished the season 16-0 and won their first state title in school history with their win over Argyle Friday afternoon.

Brock, in just their second year of varsity honors football brings a state title to Parker County, (the western portion). The Eagles, powerful in other sports were 16-0 and got it done with old school football and a power running attack.

Richmond George Ranch, in just their fourth year of varsity football just put it on previously unbeaten Mansfield Lake Ridge 56-0, it was an impressive farewell to 5A as the Longhorns move to 6A next realignment.

Cedar Park’s defense powered the Timberwolves to their second state title in a 22-6 win over Frisco Lone Star. CPHS had been the top team in the state all year, but in the final rankings can they hold off a surging George Ranch? The win is especially satisfying considering HC Carl Abseck took over in early June after the sudden resignation of Joe Willis, who took over at Colleyville Heritage.

Galena Park North Shore won their first overtime state championship game since 2009 in the state’s largest classification over Austin Westlake. Ironically that game also involved Westlake, who lost to Euless Trinity.

Kary’s defense will go down as one of the great defensive units in state history, the Tigers allowed just 62 points all year and actually scored two touchdowns of their own in a 34-7 rout of Lake Travis in the final game of the season.

Home field advantage had very little to do with the results this weekend, the three Houston teams that won were all outstanding. Only North Shore’s win over Westlake could possibly have had a home field “edge” to it as it was close, Katy and George Ranch were totally dominant. However, the question will be asked to the UIL if home field indeed mattered. The clamoring for a more balanced rotation of the football title games will grow much louder this year.

It was a rough weekend for DFW, in fact in the final three games played by area schools there wasn’t a single touchdown scored! DFW has had such a good run in recent years, but the saying “all good things must come to an end” rang true.

There was a significant drop in attendance for the weekend from 2014, which set a record with over 250,000 fans attending the ten games. This was the first year the games were in Houston so a more valid comparison may be the 2011 title games, which was the first year all the games were at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That year 208,528 fans showed up. Below is a total yea221,r by year look at UIL State attendance numbers since 2011:

2011: 208,528

2012: 205,238

2013: 221,339

2014: 250,652

2015: 156,143

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