Huffman Duo Big in Playoff Berth

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes. Today, we feature Huffman quarterback Cole DeBerry and wide receiver Joel Witwer. This TPI feature is free so enjoy.

Going into last Friday's match up against rival school Cleveland Tarkington (2-8, 1-5), the Huffman (5-5, 3-3) football team found themselves in a must-win situation if the season was going to continue after 10 weeks of play.

But the Falcons decided that there was more ball to be played and put up 421 yards of total offense to come away with a 48-14 win at their home stadium.

"This was a huge win. We lost to Liberty earlier this year and almost lost the chance to go to the playoffs," Huffman quarterback Cole DeBerry said. "We did what we needed to do. There were some games that happened and people lost in the district. And we won the rest and got in."

This 22-3A game was one that Falcons refused to let go. After Tarkington running back Shelby Cucco ran off on a 62-yard touchdown run, Huffman was trailing for the early part of the ball game.

But it would not take long for Huffman to regain the upper hand. The Falcons defense got a couple of stops and that was all it took for the 6-foot, 180-pound DeBerry to ensure the Falcons to fight another day.

In the end, DeBerry was 20-of-27 for 311 and five touchdowns.

"I just try to play hard and win. There were good plays called by the coaches, the offensive line gave me the time and I have good receivers like Joel Witwer making the big plays happen," DeBerry said. "There were good routes ran by our receivers and there were just spots opening up all over."

Speaking of Witwer, he echoed the good feelings of the win.

"This is really big for us and there was no doubt in our minds that we were going to win this game," Witwer, who caught seven passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns on the night said. "I felt relaxed in this game and thought I played good, even though I dropped a few (passes), but overall good."

On the year, DeBerry has been one of the passing leaders in the Greater Houston area with 2290 yards, 26 touchdowns to only nine interceptions. He also has seven rushing touchdowns.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Witwer also hovers at the top of list at the wide receivers. He has hauled in 55 receptions for over 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, he has seven interceptions as well.

Next up is Silsbee, a team that Huffman is all too familiar with. Around this same time last year, the Tigers, led by quarterback Jeremy Johnson, ended the Falcons season with a bi-district win.

Huffman does not look for repeated history.

"We got Silsbee up next. We lost to them last year, but we hope to get them this time," DeBerry said.


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