The Lamar Texans (11-0) will host the Ridge Point Panthers (9-2) in the second round of the 2023 UIL 6A D1 Texas State Football Championships on Friday, November 17th at 7pm ET at Delmar Stadium in Houston, TX.
What it is: Texas High School Football
Matchup: Lamar Texans vs. Ridge Point Panthers
Time: Friday Nov 17, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 UIL 6A D1 Texas State Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Delmar Stadium, TX
Live Stream: Watch here
The Texans are the undefeated district champions and are led by a balanced offense that averages 55.7 points per game. They are led by running back Justin Howard, who has rushed for 768 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Howard is also a threat in the passing game, with 25 receptions for 333 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers are coming off a hard-fought victory over the Pearland Oilers in the first round of the playoffs. They are led by quarterback Austin Carlisle, who has thrown for 2,556 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Carlisle is also a threat on the ground, with 370 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Lamar Texans: Justin Howard (RB), Jordan Reaves (QB), Trevin Williams (LB)
Ridge Point Panthers: Austin Carlisle (QB), Quincy Drummer (RB), Aiden Farris (LB)
Lamar Texans: Strengths: Offense, balanced attack, experience; Weaknesses: Defense, pass rush
Ridge Point Panthers: Strengths: Passing game, quarterback play; Weaknesses: Rushing defense, turnovers
The Texans are the favorites in this game, but the Panthers are a dangerous team that is playing with a lot of confidence. The Texans have a better offense and more experience, but the Panthers have a better passing game and a more dynamic quarterback.
The Texans will need to pressure Carlisle and force him into making mistakes. The Panthers will need to find a way to slow down Howard and the Texans’ running game.
In the end, I predict that the Lamar Texans will win a close game, 49-42.
The Texans are the defending UIL 6A D1 state champions. They are looking to win their second straight state title.
The Panthers are making their first playoff appearance since 2019. They are looking to reach the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
The Texans and Panthers have never met on the football field before.
Both teams are well-matched and have the potential to win this game. The Texans have a slight edge in terms of experience and offensive balance. However, the Panthers have a better passing game and a more dynamic quarterback.
The key to this game will be the Texans’ ability to pressure Carlisle and the Panthers’ ability to slow down Howard. If the Texans can force Carlisle into making mistakes, they will have a good chance of winning. If the Panthers can slow down Howard, they will have a good chance of winning.
I predict that the Lamar Texans will win a close game, 49-42.