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Tomball Soccer Beats PNG in PKs; Advances To 1st Regional Final

The Lady Cougars clinched their first-ever trip to the regional final Vype

After 100 scoreless minutes, Tomball girls soccer (22-0-5) prevailed 0-0 (4-1 in shootout) in the 5A Region III semifinal match against Port Neches-Groves (23-4-3). VYPE Player of the Game Priscella Caruso kept the Indians in check with her saves throughout the game.

"The kid's a sophomore," said Tomball head coach Martha Freisleben. "The kid can't even drive a car yet. Not even 16 yet, and she's in there winning games for us in 5A, so I can't say enough about her."

The low-scoring affair didn't have a lot of goal opportunities until late. Tomball had the teams' best shot in the final minute of regulation, but Port Neches-Groves' goalkeeper Libbie Lejeune made a key save to keep the game scoreless.

Caruso kept the Cougars on track, blocking a Port Neches-Groves' attack in the first overtime.

Because Tomball had the momentum heading into penalty kicks, it wasn't a suprise when it ran away with it. Elaine Griffin was the first Cougar to line up, and flew the ball past Lejeune for the first goal of the game. It set up her team's 4-1 spurt.

With the victory, the Lady Cougars clinched their first-ever trip to the regional final. They will take on the Kingwood Park/Cedar Park winner at Humble ISD's George Turner Stadium, starting at 11am on Saturday.

"We didn't have the best first half [today], so we know what we need to do to have a better game [tomorrow]," said Griffin.

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Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans started fast but faltered late as the New York Jets hand Houston their ninth loss of the season 21-14. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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