IRVING (AP) — Charley Waldrep scored two touchdowns, including the game winner, as Celina defeated China Spring 21-14 Saturday night to win a record eighth state football title.
Celina’s eighth championship broke a tie with Southlake Carroll, Plano and Brownwood for the most in Texas history. China Spring was in a state championship game for the third time. Its only victory was in the 1978 Class A final.
Waldrep’s 3-yard run with 5:56 to play broke a 14-14 tie to give the Bobcats (16-0) the Class 3A Division II championship. Celina’s second state title in three years was its first since moving up to the 3A level.
Josh Lavey preserved the victory by intercepting quarterback Dustin Eskew’s deflected pass after China Spring (14-2) had driven to the Celina 24-yard-line. The Cougars regained possession in the closing seconds but fumbled the ball away. Those were their only two turnovers.
Waldrep, who carried 24 times for a game-high 101 yards, finished the season with 34 touchdowns and 1,740 rushing yards. His first touchdown had tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter.
Troy McCartney scored on 5-yard run to give Celina a 14-7 lead in the third quarter. He also completed a scrambling halfback option pass for a 27-yard gain on third down to spark the Bobcats’ winning drive.
Celina totaled 367 yards, 234 on the ground. China Spring had 230 yards of total offense, including 166 on touchdown drives in the first and third quarters.
Jared Welch gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead with a 29-yard run. They tied the score 14-14 on a trick play with Eskew lateraling the ball to Taylor Higdon, who passed to Eskew for a 13-yard touchdown. The quarterback completed 16 of 31 passes for 171 yards, including eight to Mike Hicks for 88 yards.
Class 5A Division I
Euless Trinity 13, Converse Judson 10
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Samir Baker rushed for 234 yards and Denarius McGhee accounted for both Euless Trinity touchdowns in a 13-10 victory against Converse Judson in the Class 5A Division I championship game Saturday.
Trinity (15-1) beat Judson (11-5) in the final for the second time in three seasons while denying the Rockets their seventh state title. The Trojans did it in what amounted to a road game at the Alamodome, less than 20 miles from the Judson campus.
The Trojans clinched the victory by keeping the ball for the final 4:16 of a scoreless second half. Six straight runs by Baker, the game’s MVP, led to a pair of first downs, running enough clock to let McGhee finish things by taking a knee twice.
After falling behind late in the first half, Judson never got past midfield in the second half.
Judson running back Mitchell Swan had 65 yards and a touchdown by the midway point of the second quarter. He got hurt on his first carry of the second half, though, and finished with just 67 yards after averaging more than 100 in the first five playoff games.
Judson kept the ball for more than 12 minutes on first-half scoring drives of 17 and 12 plays, the latter ending on Swan’s 2-yard run for a 10-7 lead with 4:37 left in the half.
Trinity answered with its first time-consuming drive. The Trojans used most of the last 4:37 of the half on a 76-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard scoring pass from McGhee to Justin Runningdeer on third-and-10. A missed extra point left Trinity with a 13-10 halftime lead.
Class 4A Division II
Lake Travis 36,
Highland Park 34
WACO (AP) — Garrett Gilbert threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lake Travis to a 36-34 win over Highland Park for the Class 4A Division II state championship Saturday.
The win gave Lake Travis (15-1) its first title in school history, and Highland Park (15-1) lost its opportunity to become the first Texas high school to record 700 wins.
Down 36-34 late in the fourth quarter, Highland Park drove to the Lake Travis 25 and faced fourth-and-four. But Chase Davis dropped Winston Gamso’s pass at the 18, and the Cavaliers took over on downs with 1:35 remaining.