Football prepares for state semifinal in Waco

After a successful campaign last year, the Cougars feature nine new faces on offense.

Ashton Lux, Sports Writer

For the first time in over thirty years, since the historic Tomball teams of 1984 and 1985 that reached the 4A State Championship game in back to back years, the Cougars have advanced to the state playoffs as they defeated Bridgeland last week in round four 48-13. The Cougars now face Denton Guyer (13-1) this Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas with q 7 p.m. kickoff.

Heading into the game against Bridgeland, the Cougars had been on a hot streak as they had averaged 41 points in the playoffs and kept some of the highest scoring offenses in the state to under 30. 

The Cougar offense continued to stay versatile and had everyone get their share of success. Per usual the man in charge, Cale Hellums took over with a total of 274 yards and 5 touchdowns, 111 of them in the air with two throwing touchdowns and 163 of them on the ground with three rushing touchdowns. 

Junior running back Christian Womack added 103 rushing yards on ten carries with a touchdown of his own, Senior running back Evan Alaniz ran a touchdown in as well. Wide receiver Jayden Grey and Derrick Taylor both caught a touchdown apiece. 

The difference maker in this game came during the third quarter where the Cougar defense forced a fumble, Hellums kept it, putting them up 27-7 with 1:27 left in the quarter. Immediately following the play another stop on the on kickoff set up the offense to score again as Hellums threw a 45 yard touchdown to Derrick Taylor putting them up 34-7 with 1:13 left in the quarter. 

To close out the quarter, kicker Carlos Alvarado kicked an onside kick where it was recovered, allowing the offense to score once again as Hellums threw a 30 touchdown pass to Jayden Grey to close off the third quarter 41-7. 

The outcome of the game shocked the state of Texas once again putting Tomball in the spotlight as they head into round 5 against the prestigious Denton Guyer Wildcats. The Wildcats are led by four star Junior quarterback Jackson Arnold.

Arnold is coming off of a 25-22 win against rival Prosper where he threw for 305 yards with two throwing touchdowns.

For those who cannot attend the game, it will be carried live at, using the Denton WB network feed.


McLane Stadium, home of Baylor University’s football team has given certain guidelines for Saturday’s game for all fans to follow. Some of the guidelines are, but not limited to,

  • Backpacks are not allowed in Mclane stadium, although bags and purses if they are 12” by 6” or smaller. 
  • Banners and poles or any noise makers may not be brought due to the disruption of the view.
  • Mclane stadium has a strict no re-entry policy unless there is a medical emergency. 
  • Camera lenses larger than 4”
  • Banners and poles 
  • Artificial noisemakers 
  • Monopods
  • Chairbacks and cushions 
  • Strollers
  • Tobacco 
  • Umbrellas 
  • Video cameras

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