HEROIC MOMENT: Aldine running back Jayden Payne pulls woman, child from flood waters

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HOUSTON - Sitting at home, due to the floodwaters around his area, Carl Semler's phone started to buzz. What was coming across his phone were photos of Aldine junior running back Jayden Payne standing next to high water outside of Aldine High School, holding a little girl in his arms. The little girl was the daughter of the woman that Payne had helped pull from the water just minutes before."Wins are great, we all want to win on the field, but when you're a winner in life, more than anything we want to raise young men to be winners in life," Semler said. "To me, today Jayden Payne had a win in life that is bigger than North Shore beating Duncanville on the last play of the game. This is a win that eclipses anything that you do on a field or a court. This is what education is all about.

"At Aldine, this is what we emphasize. If you live right and you treat others well and you do everything you can to help everybody else then the winning will take care of itself."

Around 12:30 p.m., the Aldine football players and Aldine Offensive Coordinator Louis Horton were heading to lunch when an accident on West Road. Because of the accident a BMW SUV went into the bayou that runs right next to the Aldine field house.


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HOUSTON - Dyllon Peavy credited his night to practicing perfect.

His perfect practice turned into a perfect game right when Westfield needed it as the senior linebacker turned into Jesuit Dallas' biggest nightmare on both sides of the ball on Saturday night inside NRG Stadium.

Peavy racked up 13 tackles, forced a fumble - which was recovered by Westfield - registered an unbelievable one-handed interception in the end zone and rushed in for a touchdown, Kendal Taylor rushed for 204 yards and two scores and Westfield defeated Jesuit Dallas 38-28 in the Class 6A Division II Region II Final.

"Just pride," Peavy said about Westfield being back in the state semis. "Looking out for my brothers, my teammates and my coaches. You know we have our coaches back and they have ours."

Westfield moves on to play Denton Guyer, which handled Tascosa easily, winning 42-7 on Saturday. There have been no details on where that game will be played next week.

This is the first State Semifinals trip for Westfield since 2014.

"We haven't been to the semis since my brother was head coach in '14," Westfield coach Matt Meekins, who was an assistant coach on that staff, said. "It's nice to get back."


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