HS Football: Willis Becomes Last Undefeated Team in 13-6A After Knocking Off Conroe

By: Jake Wilson
| Published 09/15/2023


WILLIS, TX -- The Willis Wildkats (4-0) bested the Conroe Tigers (3-1) in a showoff between undefeated teams at Yates Stadium in a battle for district supremacy.

It was a sold-out crowd for the Wildkats, and the players provided plenty to cheer for. From the opening drive of the game, it was clear that Willis would come out swinging. Forcing a three-and-out on the first Conroe possession gave the keys to D.J. Lagway to drive his offense down the field and score on a short run into the endzone.

Another stop on defense provided a second look at Lagway’s ability on the ground as he breached the goalline to score his second touchdown of the night while pushing Willis up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Wildkat Head Coach Trent Miller voiced his take on how the offense performed throughout the game.

“They executed the gameplan nearly to perfection,” said Miller. “Our guys came out hot, and they were excited.

Lagway tacked on his third rushing touchdown of the night to open up the second quarter, but Conroe would not lay down and surrender. A large passing play from quarterback Christian Nunley set up his team in a prime position to respond. The Tigers did so with a dart through the air to finally get on the board.

Without slowing down, Willis marched back down the field before hitting the half as Lagway connected with receiver Jalen Mickens for a score. The Wildkats went into the locker room up 28-7 at the half, set to receive to start the third quarter.

After the crowning of the Wildkat homecoming king and queen, Willis started hot with a score on their first drive out. The defense would continue to impose their will on the Tigers with edge rushers making their way into the backfield racking up tackles and sacks with regularity.

“I could not be more happy about anything else than the way our defense is playing,” said Miller. “They were swarming to the football and playing with an attitude, heart, and passion.”

Conroe managed to find the endzone on a running play from Nick Medina, but they would fail to score for the rest of the game. Despite being the third-best defense in the district, Willis made statement after statement with stops that put the ball back into the hands of their vaunted offense.

A flurry of points and reps from the second units for both teams would see the dust finally settle on a statement 63-14 win for Willis that positions them alone at the top of the district.

“4-0 is a big feat in this town,” said Miller. “I cannot tell you the last time that [Willis] have seen something like this, especially sitting at first place in the district.”

With the win, Willis becomes the team to beat in 13-6A and must now face the Grand Oaks Grizzlies on Sep. 22, while Conroe licks their wounds and mounts a rebounding effort against a hot Woodlands team.

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