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Five Reasons not to count The Woodlands out

The Woodlands have fallen to Pearland and Hightower this season. but the Highlanders are picking up some steam.

The Highlanders will be favored in their final three games in District 13-6A after knocking off Oak Ridge 31-21 this weekend. The War Eagles had a shot to catch The Woodlands off guard, but the Highlanders proved to be too much. TWHS sits atop the district with a 2-0 record.

Here are some takeaways from the weekend and beyond.


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TEDDY TIME

WR Teddy Knox is putting it together this season after moving over from Baton Rouge a year ago. He's becoming a difference-maker that the Mississippi State-commit was thought to be upon his arrival. He had a TD reception and a punt return for a TD against the War Eagles. He's the best player on the field.

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THE WIGGLES

The combination of Jack Calhoun, Ben Ferguson and Lane O'Brien give defenses fits. They aren't super-imposing, but they have wiggle when they get the ball in their hands. They are very slippery and versatile because they can run and catch.

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THE BIGS

OLs Titan Tucker, Kaden Sieracki, MJ Ruhman and Cross Tucker are providing QB protection and holes to run through. While they are some of the nicest guys in the locker room, these guys are pushing teams around with their size.

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QB GETTING COMFORTABLE

Connor Dechiro has put a pair of successful games together. Can he keep it going? The balance of the running game and bubble screens make his job easy, but if the Highlanders are to have staying power, he needs to be able to throw the deep ball with confidence. We saw some of that last weekend.

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NO NAME DEFENSE

After the loss of Martell Harris to injury, the Highlanders have done it with a bunch of good HS players. Logan Ecuyer, Bradley Warren, Nathan Carlos, Matt Knipfel, Kain Kennedy, Caden Miller, Pablo Amaya, Noah Polatko, Evan Dublin and Harrison DiPasquale make it a group effort.