Woodlands Highlanders upset in Bi-District round to Rockwall

By: J.C. Cartagena
| Published 11/18/2017

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas—As the regular season transitions into the playoffs, The Woodlands hosted their first-round playoff game at Woodforest Bank Stadium against the Rockwall Yellowjackets. The Woodlands season would come to an end with a 23-7 loss to Rockwall who will move on to the second round where they will face-off against Sachse.

Rockwall opened up the game with a long drive in which they ended up converting a 4th and 5 from in the red zone that resulted in a touchdown pass from Jacob Clarke to Cameron Crayton to give the Yellowjackets an early 7-0 lead against the Highlanders. On the following kickoff, Rockwall recovered a surprise onside kick but were held to no points as Kesean Carter blocked the Yellowjackets field goal attempt.

The only scoring in the first for the Highlanders came from sophomore running back Bryeton Gilford early in the second quarter. The trick plays and stubborn defense kept the 5-5 Yellowjackets in the game with the #3 ranked team in the state The Woodlands.

As the game worn on The Woodlands struggled to get past the Yellowjackets defense. Being held to their lowest scoring output of the season, the Highlanders failed to score in the second half to end their night with a single score. While Rockwall did have a couple lucky bounces fall their way with two offensive fumble recoveries, they were able to score on the tough Highlander defense multiple times in the second half.

The Woodlands season ends as they get ready for the offseason. Many key players graduating this year with Kesean Carter, Jackson Shearer, Carson Reich, Quinton Johnson and Quinn Binney to name a few, the Highlanders have a lot of talent returning on both sides of the ball with names such as Bryeton Gilford, Malik Johnson, and Austin Winfield.

The Highlanders ended their season 7-2 with an undefeated district record and a District 12-6A championship. The Woodlands will look to their returning talent to attempt to make another playoff run similar to 2016. Our broadcast was brought to you by Hal Watson Air Conditioning and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.

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