The Woodlands Meets Oak Ridge In High-Profile District 12-6A Matchup

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The Woodlands Highlanders take on the Oak Ridge War Eagles in a decisive district 12-6A matchup. The Woodlands are coming off a great win against West Brook, who were previously undefeated. The Highlanders have run the table since a close loss to Katy in their first game. While Oak Ridge was a dark-horse team to watch at the beginning of this season, no one could have expected them to come out and go undefeated through six games, but, their toughest stretch of the season is here, as they face The Woodlands this week, Lufkin on the 20th and a regular season closer against West Brook. All three teams have winning records and, through six games, are in position to join the War Eagles as the four playoff qualifiers from district 12-6A.

The Woodlands didn’t have starting quarterback Quinn Binney nor Texas Tech wide receiver commit Kesean Carter last week but did just fine and took down the West Brook Fighting Bruins. They hope to have both back this week, but if not, Coach Schmid preaches next man up, and backup quarterback Quinton Johnson looks to build off his terrific performance last week. Defensively, Jackson Shearer leads a stifling defense that held a West Brook offense that averaged 50 points to just 21. They’re a fast, physical team but they’ll have their hands full with Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge is undefeated through six games including wins over Deer Park, Gregory-Portland and Montgomery. They are led by quarterbacks Reinard Britz and Bishop Durst, who switch off at quarterback. Their running game is headed by Kamari Williams and Nick Mccants, but they have plenty of options as last week they used a combination of seven different rushers to beat College Park. Wide receiver Tanner Lacy had a breakout game last week finishing with 162 yards and a touchdown on just four catches. Besides him, Darrius Jelks and Kavon Townsend spread the field for both quarterbacks with their speed and shiftiness. On the defensive side, four-star defensive end Joseph Ossai leads the team with five sacks and averaging seven tackles per game. Defensive backs Malachi Cramm and Mykedrian Ellis lock down wide receivers but make the big tackles when called on.

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