Fans of the Magnolia West football program knew, but many outside the town and school were shocked at the final score on the board when the Mustangs completed their bi-district game Nov. 15, against Manor. 51-20.
The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, after defeating a favored Manor team that entered the contest with just one loss on the season. Magnolia West dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage and easily dismantled a previously high-powered offense.
Mustang quarterback Troy Logan, who rushed for more than 130 yards in the game, opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
Magnolia West would go up 14-0 in the first quarter, before Manor answered with a touchdown of their own to cut the lead to 14-7.
The Mustangs answered, as Logan found receiver Brandon O'Neil for a 14-yard touchdown toss to put Magnolia West up 21-7. A field goal upped Magnolia West's lead to 24-7 heading into halftime.
The second half was much of the same, as Logan found the end zone two more times in the half, while teammates Chris Nicholson, Adrian Thomas and Tyler Ray also scored.
The Mustangs (8-3) reward for a dominant victory is a chance to play No. 5 ranked Summer Creek in the second round of the playoffs Nov. 22. The Mustangs stormed back from an early deficit to shock the juggernaut team 33-26. Look for a full recap in the next issue of the Tribune.
In their first trip to the playoffs in several years, the Waller Bulldogs were outgunned by a talented Elgin team 52-10, Nov. 15.
After an Elgin touchdown, it seemed like the Bulldogs might keep up with the fast paced Elgin offense, as they drove down the field. The drive was capped off with a 26-yard field goal from Govanny Bazan.
The 7-3 deficit would be as close as Waller would get the rest of the night.
Elgin rolled off 31 straight points to take control of the game, before the Bulldogs Roderick Cook found the end zone on a 24-yard run early in the third quarter.
Elgin would punch it in two more times, however, pushing their lead to 52-10 before the clock read zero.
Waller fell to a final record of 5-6 with the loss.