Jared White and Wakeland knocked off Highland Park on Friday with a 29-28 victory in a Class 5A area round playoff game.

Wakeland 29, Highland Park 28

Highland Park has one of the more storied traditions in Texas high school football.

Wakeland is still trying to build its own.

The Wolverines notched a knot in their belts on Friday with a dramatic 29-28 victory over the Scots in a Class 5A Division I area round playoff game.

It was a back-and-forth affair from the start, with Highland Park taking a 28-21 lead with just 1:35 left in the game on a touchdown run from Ben Croasdale.

Wakeland, however, had no intentions of stepping away, driving the field and pulling to within a point on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tripp Riordan to Jared White.

Down one, with just 10 seconds left, the Wolverines gambled and were rewarded for that choice when White again found the end zone to secure the 29-28 victory.

It was the culmination of a back-and-forth affair that saw Highland Park take the early lead only to see White score on a 7-yard run to tie it early in the second quarter.

White was just getting started, as his 48-yard touchdown run in the second quarter staked Wakeland to a lead, but the Scots responded with a good drive, as Brennan Storer found the end zone from a yard out to tie it up at 14-14.

It would stay that way until the fourth quarter, when Wakeland took the lead on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Brennan Myer to Davion Woolen to make it 21-14.

Highland Park again answered, with Storer scoring on a short run and Croasdale giving them the lead with less than two minutes to play, but the Wolverines would have the final answer.

College Station 55, Lone Star 21

Friday’s match-up between College Station and Lone Star was expected to be one of the best area round games in the state, with a pair of state-ranked teams colliding.

It turned out to be one-sided affair as the Cougars (12-0) remained undefeated, rolling to a 55-21 victory in a Class 5A Division II area round playoff game.

College Station hit the Rangers (10-2) early on the ground, as Marquise Collins scored on runs of 24 and 1 yards to stake them to a quick 14-0 lead.

Lone Star struck back on a 34-yard scoring strike from Garret Rangel to Devin Turner to cut the lead in half, but it did not stem the tide.

Collins continued his huge night with three more touchdown runs, bracketed around a field goal, as the Cougars opened a 38-7 advantage.

The Rangers would get back into the end zone when Marquise Collins broke free for a 65-yard touchdown run, but College Station answered with 10 quick points to put it away.

Rangel tacked on a 12-yard scoring run in the final minute, but it was too little, too late.

Aledo 57, Liberty 14

Aledo has been a football powerhouse for quite some time, but Reedy has put together its own season to remember, carrying a 10-1 mark in Friday’s Class 5A Division II showdown.

But the Bearcats sent a reminder why they have been elite during the past two decades, as they rolled to a 57-14 victory on Friday in a Class 5A Division II area round game.

Aledo struck first on a 6-yard touchdown run From Ryan Williams, but the Redhawks came right back, as Keldric Luster found the end zone from a yard out to tie it up at 7-7.

Unfortunately for Liberty, it would not stay that way for long.

Sammy Steffe scored on a short touchdown run and Ryan Williams broke free for scoring runs of 36 and 23 yards as the lead swelled to 26-7 by halftime.

It did not get much better in the second half, as Steffe tacked on touchdown runs of 7 and 4 yards to push the advantage to 40-7 in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Luster found some running room for one of the few times of the night, breaking free for a 49-yard touchdown run, but it was all academic from there, as Aledo tacked on a couple of scores to provide the final 57-14 margin.

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