KATY — The Travis High School football team has dealt with plenty of adversity during the 2020 season.
The Tigers continued to persevere to the Region III-6A Division I bi-district playoffs Friday night at Legacy Stadium.
Unfortunately, No. 6 Katy Tompkins was again waiting for Travis in the playoffs.
The Falcons pulled away to early lead behind a potent offense and Tigers’ turnovers en route to a 42-10 victory.
“I told the kids it was a victory just to get to this point, but any game you come into you want to win,” Travis head coach Trey Sissom said. “Our kids played their tails off.
“That is a heck of a Tompkins team. Those kids are some kind of good, and coach (Todd McVey) does a great job.
“Our kids gave everything they got, and I couldn’t ask for anymore.”
Tompkins advance to the area round to face Cy-Fair.
Travis finishes the 2020 season with a 4-5 record overall and a 3-1 record in District 20-6A.
In a blink of an eye, Travis trailed 14-0 in the first quarter.
Tompkins scored on the game’s opening drive, the Falcons needed only five plays to cover over 70 yards.
The first Falcon touchdown was a 28-yard connection between senior quarterback Jalen Milroe and junior wide receiver Joshua McMillian.
The Tigers’ opening drive ended with a 30-yard scoop and score by Tompkins senior Colby Huerter.
The Falcons were up 14-0 a little over three minutes into the game.
Tompkins led 21-0 after the first quarter following a four-yard touchdown run by senior Sherman Smith.
Travis had its best offensive series of the game just before halftime.
The Tigers marched down the field nine plays, covering 62 yards to score.
Junior quarterback Anthony Njoku found a wide-open senior Cameron Oliver for a 15-yard touchdown.
Oliver quickly showed off his skills on both sides of the ball after his touchdown.
On the defense, Olive gave the Tigers the ball back with an interception on the next drive. He would later catch a pass just under 50 yards to set up a field goal.
Huerter recorded another Tompkins turnover, returning an interception 80 yards to set up a three-yard touchdown run by Smith with a little over a minute left in the first half.
Milore and senior Marquis Shoulders added a rushing touchdown each in the second to pull away.
Senior Sergio Rubio converted a 40-yard field goal with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter to complete Travis’ scoring.
Oliver had four catches for 74 yards and one touchdown. Senior Cameron Moore accounted for 81 yards of offense, including 42 yards on seven receptions.