#3 Highlanders have eyes on eighth straight win against Rockwall

By: J.C. Cartagena
| Published 11/15/2017

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas—As the 2017 UIL playoffs kickoff, The Woodlands Highlanders look to continue their postseason success and advance to their second straight state final appearance. Standing in the way in the first round for the Highlanders are the Yellowjackets from Rockwall.

After finishing their season with a 58 to nothing victory over rival College Park, The Woodlands capped off seven in a row to capture yet another District 12-6A title. Led by Woodlands Online Player of the Year, Kesean Carter, the Highlanders have the offense to score at will sometimes. In their impressive regular season, The Woodlands score less than 35 points only once, in their season opener to Katy. While Carter has been the go-to target through the air, sophomore running back Bryeton Gilford has been remarkable on the ground. Rushing for 11 touchdowns in the last three games has seen Gilford get most of the first string carries late in the season. Since Quinton Johnson took over as the starting quarterback for the injured Quinn Binney, he has put up more than 1000 yards passing to go along with 13 touchdowns. With Binney slowly making his way back into the lineup it will be interesting to see who Coach Schmid decides to go with if the Highlanders make another playoff run.

The Yellowjackets have an explosive offense themselves. Averaging over 450 yards a game total, Jackson Shearer and Carson Reich will need to slow down Junior quarterback Jacob Clark, who has accounted for 33 touchdowns this year. A defense that has only allowed 30+ points once this season, the Highlanders seem to be in good hands with their defensive leaders.

The Woodlands looks to keep their seven-game win streak alive Saturday, Nov. 18th at Woodforest Bank Stadium at 4:00 p.m. Rockwall comes into the first round at 5-5 overall and 4-3 in District 11-6A. Our live broadcast is brought to you by Hal Watson Air Conditioning and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.

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