Kinkaid football earned its 29th SPC title, and fifth since 2010. Vype
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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.
One of the big factors that led to the Texans' loss to the Jaguars on Sunday was the secondary. Multiple flags for pass interference gave Jacksonville more opportunities to pick up first downs and score points.
Can confirm #Texans backup CB Shaq Griffin was cut.
Griffin started 6 games this year when Derek Stingley was out with a hamstring.
— DJ Bien-Aime (@Djbienaime) November 29, 2023
So it's no surprise that DeMeco Ryans is making some changes to his defense this week. According to several reports, Texans corner Shaq Griffin has been cut.
Nickel corner Tavierre Thomas was flagged for PI more than once on Sunday, and was burned badly by Jaguars receiver Calvin Ridley for a touchdown.
DeMeco was asked after the game if he considered replacing Thomas with Desmond King or Shaq Griffin. Ryans didn't give a definitive answer, but it looks like we got one today.
One has to wonder if Desmond Kings' experience playing nickel was the reason for his promotion to the active roster and why Griffin was released. If Thomas continues to struggle, King looks like the next man up to replace him.
#Texans activate Denzel Perryman, promote Desmond King to active roster, release Shaq Griffin, sign Matt Ammendola and Garret Wallow to practice squad, released Gerrid Doaks from practice squad and placed Tytus Howard (knee-patellar tendon surgery pending) on injured reserve https://t.co/knyyoqo7yC
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 29, 2023
The Texans also made some other adjustments to their roster on Wednesday, per Aaron Wilson. Linebacker Denzel Perryman returns from suspension, kicker Matt Ammendola and linebacker Garret Wallow join the practice squad. They also released Gerrid Doaks from the practice squad.
The other big piece of news involves left guard Tytus Howard. He heads to injured reserve, ending his season after hurting his knee against Jacksonville.