When the season started, Kingwood didn’t have a place to even practice football because of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Fast forward two months and the Mustangs have earned a trip to play at NRG Stadium.
It’s a fairy tale story of sorts; Kingwood (5-5) persevered, made the playoffs and now will face Clear Lake (8-3) in an area round matchup at 4 p.m. Saturday in the stadium where the pros play.
The Mustangs advanced to the area round after turning back South Houston, 28-21, in a bi-district playoff game on Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Pasadena. It’s the second consecutive season in which the Mustangs have ousted the Trojans from the playoffs. This year’s game, however, was much more competitive than the 42-18 defeat the Mustangs pinned on them in 2016.
In fact, the game was tied at 21 until late in the third quarter when Tre Richardson hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kingwood quarterback Matt Slayton for what proved to be the game-winner. Slayton threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns, completing 18 of 25 passes without an interception.
The two teams went back and forth with Kingwood putting together the game’s initial score, a 3-yard touchdown run by Aaron Finch in the final minutes of the first quarter.
“Proud to be apart of Kingwood football,” Finch posted on his Twitter account.
“Everyone doubted us, saying we couldn’t do it again. Way to make history tonight. Second year in a row going to the second round!”
South Houston grabbed a 14-7 lead with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns, but Slayton answered with touchdown passes of 50 and 18 yards to Blake Parr and Carter Amerentos respectively, giving the Mustangs a 21-14 edge at halftime.
Amerentos led Kingwood’s ground attack with 97 yards rushing on 23 attempts. He also caught five passes for another 78 yards.
Parr finished with 74 yards on four receptions and Richardson added five catches for 57 yards.