Big stages are nothing new for the George Ranch High School football program and the Longhorns were hoping to write a new chapter of success Saturday at TDECU Stadium in Houston in the Class 6A DII Region III area playoffs.
But it was Humble’s turn to make history with its first trip to round three since 2010 as the Wildcats held on for a 28-21 win over George Ranch.
The Longhorns held a 13-7 lead at halftime behind two touchdown passes from junior quarterback Sam Miller.
A 58-yard screen pass to junior Davion Jenkins was perfect against Humble pressure to set up a 30-yard touchdown pass to Javon Gipson with just over four minutes left in the first quarter.
George Ranch put together another long drive that ended with senior Andre Falkquay beating the Humble coverage for a 24-yard touchdown reception.
The extra point was missed to set the score at 13-0 with 10 minutes left in the first half.
Humble scored 21 unanswered points with the Wildcats’ first touchdown coming with 14 seconds left in the second quarter.
X’zaiver Sydney broke free for a 27-yard run to paydirt.
Humble scored twice in the final minute of the third quarter with quarterback Dexter Wyble first finding Tavien Coleman for an eight-yard touchdown pass.
The Wildcats pulled a trick out of their bag on their next possession on a double-pass ending with Donald Harper throwing to Robert Williams for a 42-yard score.
Down 21-13, George Ranch responded with a 74-yard pitch and catch from Miller to Gipson.
Senior Brett Jetton scored the two-point conversion to tie the game at 21.
But Humble again had an answer with a 65-yard pass play that set up a two-yard touchdown run by Sydney.
George Ranch out-gained Humble, 397-to-263, and had more first down 20-to-10.
Miller was 15-for-23 for 262 yards and three touchdowns and one interception.
Gipson caught three passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
The Longhorns finish the year with a 5-7 record overall after winning the program’s first playoff game in 6A last week.