Saturday went so well that I had a chance to get to the stadium before I even woke up ... errr, collected my notes for the teams playing that day. So this'll obviously serve as a recap for whoever spends their holiday free time reading blogs.
On the whole, the games this day were all entertaining from start to finish. I still get the most enjoyment from watching small schools play for a title, but the schools that look like a decent college program on the field didn't disappoint this year. Each game had a lot to offer.
» Denton Guyer v Georgetown ... I saw Guyer lose to Cibolo Steele last year. This time around, I had little idea what to expect from Georgetown, but their defense made for some great viewing early on. That was before 2014 UT commit Jerrod Heard blew things open. This was the only time I recall seeing a team change momentum in the game, still be behind by four points in the third quarter, but had a sense that the game was all but over because Guyer was beginning to get their offense in sync. UT could be scary whenever it's Heard's turn to be under center. Great two-way threat. The final was 48-37
» Katy v Cedar Hill ... For me, it felt odd rooting for Katy since I've never been much of a fan of theirs. But they were definitely the favorite and the entire weekend was shaping up to be big for the extended Houston area with Navasota and East Bernard already winners. I'll give Cedar Hill credit for proving me wrong to think that the real championship was played between Katy and Cibolo Steele the week before. The Tigers won their 7th title on more than the legwork of Adam Taylor, who should give some reason to take notice of Nebraska in the years ahead. Cedar Hill managed to put Katy in the rare position of trailing in the second half for a brief period of time. I think that speaks volumes for the quality of play Cedar Hill brought. In the end, it was 35-24 Katy and another trophy for the dynasty.
» Houston Lamar v Allen ... Pure underdog scenario for Lamar in this game. Yet they managed to acquit themselves nicely in front of 48,379 fans in the stadium (1,500 shy of the unofficial record set in 1977). In the end, the Allen buzzsaw won out 35-21 on the arm and legs of sophomore (read: 15 yr old) QB Kyler Murray.
As an indicator of how nuts high school football in Texas is, consider this ...
— Damon Sayles (@DamonSayles) December 23, 2012
The DMN has some other choice nuggets from Day Three. I'll definitely say that it was one of the better overall full days of football that I've seen in the three years I've done this marathon.
Next year's tournament will not only have one extra game to fit in, but there's a chance that it might take place in Houston. If nothing else, I truly hope they keep the single-site option for as long as I can keep up the habit of attending these. There's not a better value for what you get to see and it's well worth the vacation time. I just hope I get to see my alma mater back in a title game soon enough.