SAN ANTONIO – A 21-point first quarter outburst set the tone for the Wimberley Texans as they raced to a 42-12 upset win over the rival Geronimo Navarro Panthers in the Region IV, 4A, Division II final at the Alamodome.
With the win, Wimberley advances to play either West Orange-Stark or Silsbee in the 4A, Division II state semifinals next weekend. The victory also marks the second time in the past three seasons Wimberley’s football team has reached the state semifinal round of the 4A, Division II playoffs.
Guiding the Texans was quarterback Cooper McCollum who accounted for all six Wimberley touchdowns in the contest. McCollum went 18 of 21 for 209 yards and five touchdowns passing, as well as 31 yards rushing on 9 carries and a score.
Wimberley (11-3) built a 21-0 first quarter lead highlighted by a pair of touchdown passes from McCollum to wide receiver Christian Marshall. However, Navarro (12-1) countered with a 13 play, 88 yard drive that was capped off with an 11 yard touchdown run by running back Johnny Alegria, cutting Wimberley’s lead to 21-6 after a missed extra point.
Navarro carried that momentum early in the second half, orchestrating a drive that went as far as Wimberley’s one yard line. But the Texan defense stood firm with a goal line stand, giving the offense a chance to capitalize.
The Texans responded with an 11 play, 84 yard drive completed with a 13-yard touchdown pass from McCollum to Jaxson Watts to increase its lead to 28-6.
Wimberley outscored Navarro 14-6 in the final 12-plus minutes of the game which included a 56-yard strike from McCollum to wide receiver Josh Limely.
Limely and Marshall both finished with 65 yards on three total receptions. Marshall led the way with two touchdown receptions and Limely had one. Texan wide receiver Jaxson Watts finished with 53 yards on six catches and score. Texan running back Moses Wray finished with 98 yards on 16 carries.
Alegria ran for 114 yards on nine carries and scored two rushing touchdowns.