The Marshall Buffs will stampede through District 11-5A-DII

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The FB Marshall Buffs stole the headlines last season reaching the Class 5A DII state title game. While they fell to Aledo, the experience was a tremendous learning experience. The year prior, Manvel reached the state finals from this district. That just shows how good this district is. While the power is up top; the next two playoff spots are up for grabs.

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Rankings

FB Marshall

Manvel

Sterling

Northside

Willowridge

Waltrip

Madison

Milby

Sharpstown

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VYPE PRESEASON AWARDS

MVP

Devon Achane, FB Marshall

Co-OFFENSIVE MVP

Frank Brown, Sterling

Malik Hornsby, FB Marshall

DEFENSIVE MVP

Warren Robinson, FB Marshall

BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tucker Yarbrough, Manvel

SLEEPER TEAM

Northside

Fort Bend Marshall Buffs

What a season for FB Marshall. They ran the table all the way to state, but also had a tragedy along the way with the death of a teammate. It was a tremendous learning experience that could propel the Buffs to another state run. Quarterback Malik Hornsby, who played only half the regular season before being cleared to join the team, returns to run a fast-break offense after a first-team selection a year ago. Hornsby passed for nearly 2,000 yards and rushed for another 700 last year. A full offseason and fall in the system should help tremendously. Devon Achane is a blur. He was the District MVP and can score whenever he gets the ball in his hands. Achane had 42 touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,300 yards on the year and is a major DI prospect. The OL is pretty solid with Daylan Malveaux and Larry Moore (Texas Tech-commit) in the trenches. The defense is fast and furious led by all-stater Warren Robinson (77 tackles, 12 sacks), who comes from the edge. Frank Miller and Sylvester Labome, Jr. are also notable defenders. Opposing offenses can't forget about Norman Baker (141 tackles) either. Avery Helm (Florida-commit) hopes to make a big return at DB after an ACL injury kept him out much of last season.


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The Texans didn't have an answer for Derrick Henry. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Romeo Crennel made a valorous call that might have costed the Houston Texans from winning their second consecutive game on Sunday. Up by seven with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, Crennel decided to call a two-point conversion following Deshaun Watson's one-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

During the two-point conversion, Watson had a look at an open Randall Cobb, but Titans' defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons got a hand on the ball to deflect the pass. The failed conversion allowed the Titans to take a 42-36 victory over the Texans inside Nissan Stadium. Tennessee scored 13 unanswered points, which included a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown to send the game into overtime.

"I think I would do it again," Crennel said during his media availability on Monday. "You are on the road against a divisional opponent who is undefeated, and if you could get that two-point conversion — you shut the door on them. We had a guy open, but unfortunately, the ball got tipped and we did not make it. I would do it again because it was a good choice."

The decision to not kick the field goal caused somewhat of an uproar, but it is understandable why Crennel made the call. Crennel had faith in Watson to put the Texans in a position to close the game, similar to his 4th-and-4 call during last week's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the end, Crennel's risky decisions could stem from the lack of faith he has in the Texans' depleted defense.

Houston's defense hit an all-time low against the Titans. They gave up a franchise-worst 601 total yards — with Derrick Henry accounting for 212 yards on 22 carries. But despite their struggles against the run, the Texans' secondary were just as faulty. They gave up a total of 338 yards through the air and allowed Tannehill to go 8-for-9 down the field during the Titans' final drive of regulation.

Had Houston's defense made a stop during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, the Texans could have ended the game 2-0 under their interim head coach.

"I wanted to go ahead and get the two points — I felt like that would have put the game out of reach for them," Crennel said. "If we had gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. But we did not get it. We did not perform well in overtime, and they [Titans] won the game."

Following Sunday's heartbreaking loss, Texans safety Justin Reid said it best, "Had we converted on the two-point conversion, this would be a totally different conversation. So it is what it is."

Up next, the 1-5 Texans will look to bounce back from defeat against the 4-1 Green Bay Packers, inside NRG Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 12:00 PM CT.

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