Two NEISD high schools march to the state semifinals
The Madison High School Mavericks and Johnson High School Jaguars varsity football teams are going to the state semifinals in Class 5A Division I and Division II respectively. Madison defeated a Judson High School team that hadn’t lost a regional final since 1986, winning 33-29, and Johnson faced Steele, a team that hadn’t missed the state semifinals since 2009, winning 42-41. Although, both games weren’t low scoring by any means, it was the defense from both high schools that would seal the deal for a state semifinals berth.
Madison (11-3) battled against the winter elements on Friday, Dec. 6, defeating Judson (11-3) thanks to a defense that forced three turnovers and a goal-line stand with 20 seconds left on the clock. Both teams traded scores that came with big-time plays in the second half, but it was the Madison defense that would come in with the clutch play, delivering the final blow. Madison can now look forward to taking on Pearland High School on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3:00 p.m. in Waco ISD Stadium.
When Johnson (12-2) hit the gridiron against Steele (12-2) on Saturday, Dec. 7, both teams had no idea that the entire game would come down to one play. After Steele’s Justin Stockton scored with 24 seconds left, cutting Johnson’s lead to a point, Steele decided to go for a 2-point conversion. The Johnson defense pulled through as a pass intended for Stockton was incomplete. The Jaguars will travel to Reliant Stadium in Houston to face Katy at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.
Congratulations to both teams and best of luck in the state semifinals!
Posted on December 09, 2013