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SPC 4A Championship: Kinkaid beat Episcopal for 29th football title

Kinkaid football earned its 29th SPC title, and fifth since 2010. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Kinkaid (7-3) bounced back from an early deficit to beat Episcopal (6-3) 38-21 in Saturday’s SPC 4A Championship Game at TDECU Stadium. The Falcons lost the season’s previous meeting, an October 6th game at home, but won when it mattered.

“Feeling great right now,” said VYPE Player of the Game Josh Williams. “We played as a team, man, and just want to thank the Lord for everything.”

Episcopal jumped out to the first quarter lead on Jaylen Waddle’s 92-yard touchdown, and seemed to be in control late in the first half. But, a blocked field goal attempt turned the tide.

“We saw a weakness the first time they went PAT,” said Kinkaid coach Nathan Larned. “It kind of switched the momentum.”

After the recovery, Kinkaid’s Wyatt Young tied the game on a 46-yard score at the 4:49 mark in the second quarter. Two minutes later, Williams’ 49-yard touchdown gave the Falcons the lead for good.

“I was just trying to win,” Williams added. “Whatever it took to win, that’s what I was doing.”

The Knights tried to answer, but Jaylen Davis’ 11-yard score was called back right before the half..

Kinkaid’s fortunes continued in the second half. Johnathan Thomas doubled the Falcons’ lead with a third quarter touchdown, and Williams added his second and third scores in the fourth.

 

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Houston loses first game to Oakland

A's end losing streak against Astros with late homers

Lance McCullers Jr. went five innings of one-run ball Friday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After maintaining their stronghold against the A's in Thursday's home opener, the Astros had the chance to lock up the three-game series victory against Oakland with a win on Friday night. On the mound, Lance McCullers Jr. hoped to improve upon his first start against this same team, a five-inning one-run outing.

Instead, he would have the same outcome, once again lasting five innings while allowing one run, before a big tie-breaking home run late in the game would push Oakland out of their losing skid against the Astros.

Final Score: A's 6, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-2, tied for first in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yusmeiro Petit (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (1-1)

McCullers Jr. makes it through five

McCullers Jr. looked sharp through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners, one on a second-inning single, then a walk in the third. Oakland did better against him the second time through their order in the fourth, with Jed Lowrie leading the inning off with a solo home run to put Oakland in front 1-0.

They went on to load the bases with one out on an error and two walks, but McCullers would strand them all. He returned for the fifth, a much cleaner inning where a caught stealing by Martin Maldonado would help him face just three batters. His final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 88 P.

Oakland gets homer-happy to even the series

McCullers Jr. would leave the game without being eligible for the winning or losing decision, as an RBI-groundout by Kyle Tucker in the fourth would have it tied 1-1. Bryan Abreu was the first out of Houston's bullpen, and he would attempt to eat up multiple innings. He had perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, retiring six A's in order to maintain the stalemate.

Abreu remained in the game in the top of the eighth, allowing a single before getting a strikeout, ending his run as Dusty Baker would bring in left-handed Blake Taylor. Taylor would give up a single against his first batter, then a loud go-ahead three-run home run to Matt Olson to push the A's back in front 4-1. They'd add two more insurance runs off of Joe Smith in the top of the ninth, getting a two-run home run by Mark Canha to extend the lead to 6-1.

Oakland's bullpen would hold on to the newly created lead, allowing just one run on a sac fly by Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth, finally ending their losing streak against Houston and setting up the rubber game on Saturday to be for the series victory.

Up Next: This series's finale will be a Saturday afternoon start, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM. For the Astros, Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will look to get a win on the board, while Oakland will hand the ball to Frankie Montas (0-1, 23.63 ERA).

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