Watch out Texas, here come the Lions.
The Alpha Omega Academy Lions stormed through their regular-season finale Saturday, beating the Northeast Christian Warriors 55-6 and loudly pronouncing their intentions for their first trip to the TAPPS Division I six-man state football playoffs.
“We’ve got to take it up another notch,” running back Chris Shirley said after rushing for 177 yards and four touchdowns. “We know that it’s going to get harder each time we go up. It’s serious business and we want to go all the way.”
Though the Lions clinched the TAPPS Division I District 5 championship last week, they knew they had to play their hearts out in order to clinch home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Lions did just that as they blew by Northeast Christian to finish 5-0 in District 5 play.
Playing at home later this week will be a huge advantage. The Lions host Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills on Saturday afternoon.
“We knew that this game was just as important as any of the other ones,” Shirley said after the Lions finished off the Warriors in the first half. “We wanted to come out and finish it as fast as we could.”
Because AOA was ahead by more than 45 points, the game was called at halftime and the Lions mildly celebrated another convincing victory.
The Lions are 4-1 when playing in their own backyard this season. During that span, they have outscored their opponents 206-72.
Saturday’s win also was the third one Alpha Omega has won by the mercy rule.
“We had to be ready for anything and it just turned out that it was a little more lopsided than we maybe hoped,” Lions coach Jeff Norris said. “We executed fairly well and I thought our starting defense was fairly solid.
“Overall, I’m happy because we’re district champs.”
The Lions held the Warriors to a mere 106 yards of total offense. Dakota Reeves played a monster game as he recorded two tackles for losses and dominated the line of scrimmage for two quarters.
It didn’t take long for the Lions to get on the board after AOA’s defense forced a three-and-out on the Warriors’ 25 yard line.
Running back Garrett Garrison ran for 18 yards into the red zone. On the next play, quarterback Marco Pardo scored on a 7-yard run. Losha Thompson converted his first of six 2-point conversion kicks that made it 8-0.
That was just the beginning.
Shirley broke through an open seam that was created by Pardo’s block and went 37-yards for a touchdown that capped a three-play, 43-yard drive. Shirley later intercepted a pass and returned it for a 37-yard touchdown. Thompson’s 2-point conversion increased it to 24-0.
Shirley also returned a punt 37 yards for another score to increase the lead to 32-0.
The Lions added three more scores on a touchdown run by Shirley (40 yards), Garrison (2 yards) and a fumble recovery in the end zone by senior Johnathan Osborne.
With their goals for the regular season accomplished, the Lions know that they have to up their game if they want to make it far in the playoffs.
Alpha Omega players pumped about first trip to state football playoffs
Watch out Texas, here come the Lions.
LADY DOGS SOFTBALL — Sweet send-off
There could not have been a better way to send off the New Waverly seniors than posting a 10-0 run-rule victory against Anderson-Shiro on Tuesday.
BEARKAT BASEBALL — Winning streak ends in 5-2 loss to Houston
Through much of Tuesday’s nonconference clash, the Bearkats were able to match everything 14th-ranked Houston threw at them.
That is until the final innings when the Cougars scored three runs and Sam Houston State couldn’t counter and lost 5-2.
As a result, the Bearkats’ six-game winning streak came to an end as well as their three-game streak in midweek games.
HUNTSVILLE GOLF — Huntsville golfers looking good
Following solid rounds on Tuesday, both Chandler Phillips and the Lady Hornets are in a good position to advance to the state golf tournament that is less than two weeks away.
The Huntsville girls fired a team total of 324 and sit in third place by a comfortable margin.
Phillips, meanwhile, turned in a 3-over-par 74 and is sitting fourth in the boys individual medalist standings at the Class 4A Region III golf tournament, which is held at River Ridge Golf Club in Sealy.
SOUTHLAND NOTEBOOK: Baseball title race heating up
With the baseball season two-thirds of the way completed and currently midway through the Southland Conference schedule, we’re starting to get a better idea about what to expect from teams in the league down the road.
HUNTSVILLE GOLF — Regional tourney tees off at River Ridge
Chandler Phillips and the Huntsville girls golf team are just one step away from advancing to the state golf tournament.
RUNNING SHORTS: Busy, busy weekend for local runners with plenty of 5K, 10K races
The Texas 10 Series 10-Mile and 5-Mile race was held in Huntsville on Sunday. More than 200 very competitive runners from all over Texas participated.
ALPHA OMEGA ACADEMY ATHLETICS — Super week for Lions, Lady Lions
Whether it was on the golf course, track or tennis courts, the Lions and Lady Lions of Alpha Omega Academy found a wealth of success.
SHSU BASEBALL — Bearkats sweep Abilene Christian in doubleheader, weekend series
The Bearkats are one step closer to being back in first place.
Playing a doubleheader on Saturday due to an ominous weather forecast for today, Sam Houston State twice defeated Abilene Christian 3-2 in 11 innings and 7-0 to secure the series sweep.
BEARKAT ATHLETICS — Sam Houston State has long way to go before jump to FBS is realistic
When Texas State began looking at making the jump from the Football Championship Subdivision to the more lucrative Football Bowl Subdivision about 15 years ago, it opened eyes at Sam Houston State as well.
Being an FCS school, formerly Division I-AA, has always been a branding issue for the Bearkats in wanting to be viewed as a bona fide Division I program.
SHSU FOOTBALL — Bearkats offense, defense clash in intrasquad showdown
The Bearkats finally got to showcase their skills in front of the home crowd in Friday night’s Orange-White Spring Game at Bowers Stadium.
It’s one of the few games in which there’s no side to root against, both Bearkats but in different colors. Instead, every big play was a positive one for Kat fans.
Sam Houston State’s offense, wearing white, outscored the defense through the special point system, 84-70.
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