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   There seemed to have been more emphasis on coaches at this year's state championship tournament.  And, rightfully so.  Five of the head men reached pinnacles their coaching fathers sought. Also, there were terrific human interest stories on several of the other coaches.
   TRAVIS REEVE (4A-II Cuero, BRAD DAVIS (3A-I Grandview) and KADE BURNS (2A-I Mason) collared state championships for Christmas.  JOSH GIBSON of Pleasant Grove got his trophy last year.  Malakoff's JAMIE DRISKELL​ has to wait for his next chance.
     The one thing these guys do have in common is a Family Tradition in coaching Texas high school football programs.​
      Burns said on a TV interview that he was raised 100 yards from Mason high school where his father, Melvin, took the football program to another level from 1984-88 when the Punchers went 50-8-1.  Combined with an earlier tour from 1971-77, Melvin's Mason record was 101-32-1 with 6 district titles and 8 playoffs for 12 seasons.
     It has been the high road run for Kade since taking the reins in 2011 when Mason won its first state title with a 15-0 mark. After this year's 16-0 ​ ​run, he is 100 wins and 9 losses with 8 consecutive district buntings.
      Brad Davis, brother Brent and dad Bobby have combined for 557 wins and guess who is the leader.  Why, it's father Bobby, of course. 
     ​During a 38-year career at Wilson, Post, Calallen and Frenship, Pop collected 247 victories while bringing Calallen football out of the dark and virtually building the Frenship program. In 24 seasons at Banquete, Sinton, The Colony, Alice and now San Angelo Central, Brent has pocketed 184 victories.  ​
     Brad assisted his dad at Frenship before serving 11 years as its head mentor.  He changed scenery in 2017 and a year later had Grandview's first state title as well as one for the Davis family.  Brad's record for 13 years is 126-36 and 9 district championships.​
      Monte Jack Driskell spent 34 years as head coach in the East Texas piney woods area with two stints each at Crockett and Groveton where he started in 1961 and​ finished in 2000.  The East Texas legend compiled a 272-99-9 worksheet with 12 district championships and a 15-1 season in 1990 when Crockett lost the then Class 3A crown to Vernon.
     During his 10 years at Malakoff, Jamie Driskell has taken the once downtrodden program to new peaks.  Driskell's teams are 100-23 with a 14-1 semifinal run in 2016 and the championship finale this season.
      When Josh Gibson left his dad's staff at Frisco to take the Pleasant Grove job in 2014, he was faced with a major task of building a foundation for a program in the throes of several losing grinds.  Five seasons later, Gibson had picked up a state championship trophy and a runnerup piece to enhance a 47-20 record.  What is amazing is Pleasant Grove had to go thr​​ough established East Texas powerhouses to accomplish these feats.
       At Howard Payne College, Gibson was tutored by his dad Vance, who​ was the head coach for many years.  Since 2005, Vance has been the boss at Frisco High School where he has a 82-74 record in the fastest growing school district in Texas with 10 current high schools.
     Aside from a few exceptional dominant programs, winning a state title in Texas is very difficult, even for the best of coaches.  During an 18-year career, Mark Reeve had an impressive 183-37-4 record with 14 district championships and several painful setbacks at Victoria and Cuero.  His 1995 Class 5A (now 6A)​ 14-1 Victoria club lost in the semifinals.  At Cuero, Mark was 83 and 11 in seven seasons but lost 17-14 to Abilene Wylie in the 2004 Class 3A (now 4A) championship games and bowed out in the semifinal round in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
   So, it was an emotional ​event when son Travis Reeve's Cuero Gobblers walked off with last week's 4A-II state crown. In seven seasons with Cuero, Travis is now 73-22 with tough season ending losses for 13-1 outfits in 2016 and 2017.  Nobody ever said it would be easy.
    This article was about the tradition of these five families in coaching and is not intended to slight the other championship game coaches. 


​     The regular season rankings were based mainly on strength of schedule, prominent victories and the highest playoff potential for each team.  Follow our final regular season rankings and see how well these clubs do in the playoffs. 


  1.  ALLEN​​ (Semifinal round 44-35 loser to #6 Duncanville)        
  2. ​ GP NORTH SHORE (Wins title on last place over Duncanville)    
  3.  CONVERSE JUDSON (QF victim of #5 Lake Travis, 38-21)
  4.  KATY (Eliminated in Regional by GP North Shore, 49-38)                   
  5.  LAKE TRAVIS (Routed in Semifinal by #2 North Shore 51-10)            6.  DUNCANVILLE (Heartbreaking last play loss for championship)            7.  SOUTHLAKE CARROLL (embarrased in QF 51-7 by Duncanville)
  8.  HUMBLE ATASCOCITA​  (lost in regional to Cypress-Fairbanks)        
  9.  DESOTO​  (Out in Area round, losing to Southlake Carroll)    
10.  EULESS TRINITY (Eliminated in Regional by Southlake Carroll)


  1.  CYPRESS RANCH (Lost in OT in area to #10 Spring Westfield)
  2.  AUSTIN WESTLAKE (Dropped 35-30 semifinal bout to Longview)
  3.  LONGVIEW​ (Edged Beaumont West Brook 35-34 for state crown)
  4.  LEANDER VANDEGRIFT (Flogged 56-28 by Longview in Regional)
  5.  CEDAR HILL​ (Gone in an instant; 23-21 loss to Richardson Pearce)
  6.  HALTOM (Eliminated in QF by unranked Amarillo Tascosa, 48-27)
  7​.  ​​KLEIN COLLINS (Lost in Area in OT to #4 Leander Vandegrift)
  8.  ARLINGTON (Blindsided in Area by upstart Amarillo Tascosa)
  9.  HOUSTON STRAKE JESUIT (Area to Beaumont West Brook)
10.  ​SPRING WESTFIELD (Dropped 14-0 QF outing to #3 Longview)

CLASS 5A-I (#1 is champion)

  1. ​​​​ HIGHLAND PARK (Scots capture 3rd straight championship)      
  2.  DENTON RYAN​​ (Semifinal loss, 43-21, to #1 Highland Park)       
  3.  LUFKIN​ (Bombed out in area 49-21 by #9 Frisco Lone Star)         
  4.  HUTTO​ (Mild surprise by losing in Regional to Richmond Foster)   
  5.  ALVIN SHADOW CREEK (lost in title game 27-17 to Highland Park)  
  6.  CONVERSE WAGNER (Outed 41-24 in Semis by #5 Shadow Creek)
  7.  THE COLONY​ (Ousted in Bi-District 35-30 by Mansfield Timberview)
  8.  MAGNOLIA WEST​ (Area: lost to unranked Mansfield Timberview)
  9.  FRISCO LONE STAR​ (Stunned by Regional loss to Tyler)
10.  BIRDVILLE (Bowed out in QF; lost 28-0 to #2 Denton Ryan)

CLASS 5A-II (#1 is champion)

  1.  ALEDO (Takes 8th crown to tie state record)
  2.  FRISCO REEDY​ (Beaten 26-16 in QF by #1 Aledo)
  3.  FORT BEND MARSHALL (lost in Final to #1 Aledo 55-19) 
  4.  LUBBOCK COOPER (QF loser to unranked WF Rider)
  5.  HUNTSVILLE​ (Lost late in QF 47-43 to #3 FB Marshall)
  6.  MANVEL (Bowed 34-10 in area to #5 Huntsville)
  7.  PORT NECHES-GROVES (Regional loss to FB Marshall 53-14)
  8.  NEDERLAND (Sent packing via 63-24 rout by unranked Marshall)
  9.  SOUTH OAK CLIFF (Tough 28-14 Regional loss to #1 Aledo)
10. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​ A&M CONSOLIDATED (Area round loser to #3 FB Marshall)

CLASS 4A-I (#3 is champion)

  1.​​​​​​​​​​​​​  CARTHAGE (Bowed 44-41 to #4 Liberty Hill in Semifinal round)
  2.  ARGYLE (Eliminated in QF by #3 LaVega 31-14)        
  3.  LA VEGA​​​  (Clipped #4 Liberty Hill 35-21 to grab championship)      
  4.  LIBERTY HILL (Runnerup)      
  5.  SEALY​  (Lost Regional showdown 35-21 to Liberty Hill)     
  6.  MIDLOTHIAN HERITAGE (led Carthage all game until the last play) ​ 
  7.  PARIS (Eliminated in Regional 38-20 by #3 LaVega)           
  8.  STEPHENVILLE​ (Surprised in Area by Celina)
  9.  WICHITA FALLS HIRSCHI​ (Smacked down in Regional by Decatur)
10.  SPRINGTOWN (First round loser 34-31 to Hereford in OT)

CLASS 4A-II (#3 is champion)

  1.  PLEASANT GROVE (Runnerup to #3 Cuero in 40-28 final)
  2.  JASPER (Bowed to nemesis West Orange-Stark 21-14 in Regional)
  3.  CUERO (CHAMPION by virtue of win over Pleasant Grove)
  4.  LORENA (The last District 9 outfit to be taken out by District 6)
  5.  GLEN ROSE (Last second 31-28 loser to Iowa Park in QF)
  6.  GIDDINGS (Regional loser to unranked Silsbee 38-21)
  7.  SWEENY​ (Mild upset in Area but then it was to West Orange-Stark)
  8.  FAIRFIELD (Big shocker in Area losing to a 5-6 Gilmer outfit)
  9.  MIDLAND GREENWOOD​ (Regional loser to Iowa Park, 35-14)
10.  SUNNYVALE (Not much of a surprise losing to Gilmer in BD)

CLASS 3A-I (Unranked team wins championship again)

GRANDVIEW is champion​​       
  1.  CAMERON YOE (A rare Regional loss; 35-34 to East Chambers)     
  2.  JEFFERSON​ (Area round loser to tough Malakoff outfit)           
  3.  GLADEWATER (Whipped 35-7 by Malakoff in Regional round)      
  4.  BROCK​ (Semifinal loser, 23-21, to Malakoff)
  5.  EDNA (Blasted 40-6 in QF by formerly #1 Yoakum in a rematch)        
  6.  FRANKLIN (Mild upset loss of 24-21 to Grandview in Regional)       
  7.  WOODVILLE (Just can't get past 2nd round; loss to Grandview)        
  8.  DIBOLL (Eliminated by #1 Cameron in Area contest)
  9.  SHALLOWATER​ (Tough 23-21 QF loser to #4 Brock)
10.  WEST​ (Surprise 2nd round loser to East Chambers, a 10-1 club)

CLASS 3A-II (#1 is champion)

  1.  NEWTON (Held off #4 Canadian 21-16 to repeat as champion)
  2.  GUNTER (Bowed to #4 Canadian by 17-7 count in Semifinal game)
  3.  CISCO (A real stunner; going down in BD to 4th place Spearman)
  4.  CANADIAN (Runnerup; lost 17-7 to defending champion Newton)
  5.  HOLLIDAY (Eliminated again in QF; this time by #2 Gunter 27-6)
  6.  CHILDRESS (bowed out in Area round to #10 Abernathy)
  7.  EAST BERNARD (Gave Newton 21-14 scare in Semi showdown)
  8.  WASKOM (Mild shocker in losing second round bout to Troup)
  9.  CLIFTON​ (Goes out in Area gem, a tough 24-21 OT loss to Holliday)
10.  ABERNATHY (Beaten in QF by #4 Canadian, 19-7)

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CLASS 2A-I (#1 is champion)

  1.  MASON (Great defense leads to championship over #6 New Deal)
  2.  SHINER (Eliminated by streaking Refugio 56-41 in Regional play.
  3.  PRICE CARLISLE (Outsted in Regional by always tough Tenaha)
  4.  REFUGIO​ (QF loser, 28-14) to #1 Mason)
  5.  GARRISON (Surprise 29-27 Regional loss to San Augustine)
  6.  ​​​NEW DEAL (Runnerup; lost 44-6 to #1 Mason in Final)
  7.  HAWLEY (Eliminated in OT 37-36 loss to 9-2 Sundown team)
  8.  SAN SABA (Spanked 35-6 in Semifinal by #6 New Deal)
  9.  PANHANDLE (Fell in Regional to #6 New Deal in 67-49 shootout)
10.  ​​STAMFORD (Lost in a 2nd round rout of 64-6 to #6 New Deal)

CLASS 2A-II (#1 is champion)

  1.  MART (Last year's Division I kingpin strolls to a 6th state title)
  2.  WELLINGTON (Biggest Regional shocker; 21-18 loss to Hamlin)
  3.  MUENSTER (Routed 59-0 in QF showdown with #1 Mart)
  4.  FALLS CITY (Lost 40-13 tussle to #1 Mart in Semifinal round)
  5.  GRUVER (Runnerup in first championship appearance)
  6.  WOODSBORO (Lashed 50-0 by #4 Falls City in Regional clash)
  7.  GRAPELAND (Held Mart to only 64 points in Regional defeat)
  8.  FARWELL (Eliminated in Area by Stratford)
  9.​​​​​​​​​​​​​  BURTON (Lost tough QF match 30-28 to #4 Falls City)
10.  HAMLIN​ (Eliminated in QF 41-28 by repeat with district rival Albany)








​​      Even the fabled University Interscholastic League bouyed by its great athletes  and coaches may never match the historic last play of the 2018 eleven man football season. By now, most Texas high school football followers know that Galena Park North Shore quarterback Dematrius Davis fired up a towering 45-yard pass that was grabbed by a leaping AJ Carter in the midst of four defendings to allow North Shore to steal a 41-36 victory from Duncanville in the Class 6A-I showdown between two undefeated powerhouses.

      But then, the PLAY, came only a year after a similar situation that became a part of Texas folklore when John Paul Stephens, the grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, pegged ​a TD pass in the final seconds that enabled the state's most storied prep program to capture the 5A-I state title in Jerry's own house.

     Before the final game of the 99th state championship campaign in Texas, the Longview-Beaumont West Brook 6A-II conflict appeared to be the contest of the week among the 10 finals in the 11-man division.  Longview scored with just over a minute to play to snatch a 35-34 win over West Brook as the Lobos finally collected their first title in 81 years.

     The results of the other eight championship games are:
5A-I: HIGHLAND PARK 27, Alvin Shadow Creek 17 (Story line: Highland Park won its 3rd straight crown over a Shadow Creek program in its first varsity season)

5A-II: ALEDO 55, Fort Bend Marshall 19​​​​ (Story line: Aledo nabbed its 8th overall championship to tie Celina, Katy and Southlake Carroll in the 11-man division)

4A-I: LAVEGA 35, Liberty Hill 21  (Story line: 2nd title for LaVega in 4 years)​

4A-II: CUERO 40, Pleasant Grove 28 (Story line: Cuero nabbed 4th championship and first since 1987 in denying Pleasant Grove's beat to repeat as champion)

3A-I: GRANDVIEW 35, Malakoff 21 (Story line: Two unranked teams with each making first championship appearance)

3A-II: NEWTON 21, Canadian 16 
(Story line: Showdown matching teams from opposite areas of the state with four championships each and Newton getting its​ 30th consecutive win and repeat as champion)​

2A-I: MASON 44, New Deal 6 (Story line: Top ranked Mason collected the school's 2nd championship while New Deal was making its first final appearance)​
2A-II: MART 76, Gruver 33 (​Story line: The storied Mart program garnered a 6th championship and back-to-back titles for the overpowering #1 Panthers)

In the eight classifications (5A-I through 2A-II) that match champions (1) against
4th place teams (4) and 2 versus 3 in the first round, here are the overall results.
Class    1 vs. 4       2 vs. 3       Class       1 vs. 4      2 vs. 3      1 vs. 4       2 vs. 3 
​​​5A-I        13-3           11-5         5A-II          16-0         11-5          29-3         22-10
4A-I        12-4           10-6         4A-II          13-3         11-5          25-7         21-11
3A-I        15-1           10-6         3A-II          15-1         11-5          30-2         21-11​​​
2A-I        16-0           11-5         2A-II          15-1         11-5          31-1         22-10

​There were eight districts statewide that swept their rivals in Bi-District play.
11-5A-I  (Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto and Manor) vs. 12-5A-I
  2-4A-I  (Andrews, Big Spring, San Angelo Lake View and Seminole) vs. 1-4A-I
  7-4A-I  (Argyle, Celina, Melissa and Paris) vs. 8-4A-I
  6-4A-II  (Gilmer, Liberty-Eylau, Pittsburg and Pleasant Grove) vs. 5-4A-II
  6-3A-I  (Dallas Madison, Eustace, Kemp and Malakoff) vs. 5-3A-I
  3-3A-II  (Canadian, Childress, Spearman and Tulia) vs. 4-3A-II
10-3A-II  (Grand Saline, Harmony, Troup and Winona) vs. 9-3A-II
  3-2A-II  (Clarendon, Gruver, Stratford and Vega) vs. 4-2A-II​​​

In Region I of Class 2A-II, the four regional round finalists are all the members of District 3.​​​​​​​​  They are champion GRUVER, runnerup STRATFORD, third place VEGA and fourth place CLARENDON.


31 -- Highland Park (5A), 2017-18​
30 -- Newton (3A), 2017-18​​​​


**83-- Aledo, 2007-18​ (5A Record)
71 -- Austin Westlake, 1990-02
**​68 -- Katy, 2009-18  (6A Record)
62 -- Euless Trinity, 2005-14  
**61 -- Houston Lamar, 2009-18
**58 -- Albany, 2008-18​ (2A Record)
58 -- White Oak, 1941-48​​
55 -- Calallen, 1994-02
55 -- Converse Judson, 1984-94​
54 -- Houston Yates, 1986-94



509 --  ANTHONY WATKINS, FW South Hills vs. Saginaw (5A record)
455 --  XYLOHN POSEY​, Denton vs. Carrollton Newman-Smith
451 --  JACOREY HOWARD, Aldine vs. Houston Sam Houston​
445 -- ​ QUINTAN JACKSON, Benbrook vs.Lake Worth
436 --  WILL FARR, Evadale vs. Clarksville​
420 --  VI'DAREOUS HIGH, Alto vs. New Diana​
420 --  JOHN HODGE, Pettus vs. Kenedy
413 --  QUINTAN JACKSON, Benbrook vs. FW Castleberry​
412 --  JORDAN SHELTON, FB Kempner vs. FB Austin​
410 --  DARIUS WHITE, Hardin vs. Kirbyville​
406 --  DEUCE VAUGHN, Round Rock Cedar Ridge vs. Round Rock​
401 --  JONAH WHITE, Merkel vs. San Angelo Texas Leadership Charter​​
​397 --  DEONDRICK GLASS, Katy vs. Humble Atascocita
384 --  TRE BRADFORD, Lancaster vs. Frisco Wakeland​
384 --  TAVIERRE DUNLAP, Del Valle vs. Austin​


789 -- PEYTON BEVEL, Stamford (2A) vs. DeLeon (all-time state record)
​609 -- AUSTIN PHILLIPS, Frenship (6A) vs. Amarillo​​​
591 -- CHRISTIAN CASTANEDA, EP Eastwood vs. Abilene Cooper​
558 -- ANTHONY VARGAS, Wichita Falls (5A) vs. Abilene Wylie​
543 -- JACOB ROSALES, Sharyland Pioneer vs. Port Lavaca​ Calhoun
533 -- CHASE GRIFFIN, Hutto (5A) vs. Pflugerville​

521 -- BRETT LEACH, Andrews (4A) vs. Lubbock Cooper
520 -- PEYTON BEVEL, Stamford (2A) vs. Hawley​
518 -- ROMAN FULLER, Decatur (4A) vs. Alvarado
515 -- PEYTON BEVEL, Stamford (2A) vs. Lindsay​
502 -- ERIC RODRIGUEZ, FB Travis (6A) vs. Spring
501 -- TREY GUAJARDO, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (6A) vs. LaJoya​
501 -- ZANE RUSSELL, New Caney Porter (5A) vs. Houston Austin
495 -- VELTON GARDNER, Dallas Skyline (6A) vs. Richardson​
485 -- ROMAN FULLER, Decatur (4A) vs. Mineral Wells
484 -- COLE MIEARS, Kerrville Tivy (5A) vs. Port Lavaca Calhoun​
483 -- TUCKER BRIDWELL, Pampa (4A) vs. Clint
480 -- CHASE GRIFFIN, Hutto (5A) vs. Cedar Park)​


12 -- PEYTON BEVEL, Stamford vs. DeLeon (all-time state record)
  9 -- CADEN FEDORA, A&M Consolidated vs. Cleveland​
​  8 -- PEYTON BEVEL, Stamford vs. Anson
  8 -- ANTHONY VARGAS, Wichita Falls vs. Abilene Wylie​
  7 -- ISAIAH AGUILAR, Alice vs. Floresville​
​  7 -- ROMAN FULLER, Decatur vs. Alvarado​
  7 -- CAMERON GRIFFIN, Glen Rose vs. Ferris​
  7 -- CHASE GRIFFIN, Hutto vs. Liberty Hill
  7 -- TREY GUAJARDO, Pharr-SJ-Alamo vs. Corpus Christi King​​
  7 -- TREY GUAJARDO, Pharr-SJ-Alamo vs. LaJoya​
  7 -- BRYAN PONDER, Bells vs. Prairiland​
​​​​​​​​​​  7 -- JAHARI ROGERS, Arlington vs. Dallas Jesuit


49 -- AUSTIN PHILLIPS, Frenship vs. Amarillo
44 -- COLE MIEARS, Kerrville Tivy vs. Port Lavaca Calhoun​
38 -- CHRISTIAN CASTANEDA, EP Eastwood vs. Abilene Cooper​
37 -- ROMAN FULLER, Decatur vs. Alvarado​
37 -- SAWYER ROBERTSON, Lubbock Coronado vs. Amarillo​
37 -- JACOB ROSALES, Sharyland Pioneer vs. Port Lavaca Calhoun​
36 -- ERIC RODRIGUEZ, FB Travis vs. Spring​
34 -- ANTHONY BODY, C.C. Miller vs. C.C. Veterans Memorial​
34 -- ROMAN FULLER, Decatur vs. Dumas​
34 -- CHARLES WRIGHT, Austin vs. Del Valle​
33 -- COOPER McCOLLUM, Wimberley vs. Burnet


16 -- JAHRAD TAYLOR, FW Brewer vs. FW Arlington Heights
15 -- BLAINE BURKHART, Burnet vs. Fredericksburg​
15 -- DIAMONTE FRANCOIS, Pflugerville Connally vs. Cedar Park​
15 -- JORDAN NEVAREZ, China Spring vs. Brownwood​
​15 -- RASHEE RICE, Richland Hills vs. Frisco Lone Star
15 -- KARSON VALVERDE, Kerrville Tivy vs. Port Lavaca Calhoun​
14 -- BEAU BEDFORD, Decatur vs. Burkburnett​
14 -- CARSON NEEL, Cedar Park vs. RR Cedar Ridge​
14 -- VONTAE SHENAULT, DeSoto vs. Waxahachie​

​​​​​​350 -- TRACE EDWARDS, Stamford vs. Merkel
332 -- JACOB STANLEY, Dublin vs. Comanche​
308 -- CARSON NEEL, Cedar Park vs. RR Cedar Ridge​
305 -- TRE MITCHELL, Stamford vs. DeLeon
300 -- PARKER WASHINGTON, FB Travis vs. FB Dulles​
289 -- JAXSON SMITH, Rockwall vs. Longview​​
278 -- DALTON HOBBS, Pleasanton vs. SA Edison​​
263 -- RALPH RODRIGUEZ, C.C. Miller vs. Sinton​
260 -- WADE HALTERMAN, Wink vs. Stanton​
259 -- TIMMY SMITHSON, Early vs. Hamilton​
256 -- CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR, North Crowley vs. The Colony​


6 --  MAX WIPPLER, Cumby vs. Era​
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​5 --  BLAINE BURKHART, Burnet vs. Fredericksburg


FYI ALERT --------

FEBRUARY 14 UPDATE​: New additions (season record or coach) have been added to the following schools ---Austin High, Beaumont High, Buffalo,
Centerville, Comfort, El Paso High, Fairfield, Freer, Georgetown, Goldthwaite, Goliad, Junction, Lampasas, Lometa, Marshall, Mirando City, Orange High, Paducah, Rocksprings, San Marcos, Sonora, Taylor, Teague, Victoria High and Wharton.