Flag football: Region final breakdown — May 8

Region semifinal rewind

Class 2A

Lennard 39, Steinbrenner 38 (3 OT)

In an epic, marathon game, the Longhorns rallied to force a tie at the end of regulation,then outlasted the Warriors to advance. 

Trailing 20-13, Lennard scored on fourth and goal and converted the extra point just to get to overtime.

After that, the game became a test of endurance.  

In the third overtime, the Longhorns trailed 38-32 before scoring to tie it, then winning with an extra point.

Sydney Elizondo had two touchdown receptions for Lennard and caught a pass on the final extra point for the win. 

Alonso 38, Newsome 0

The two-time defending state finalist Wolves made it to the region semifinals by relying on a stingy defense. 

Trouble was, the undefeated Ravens were even more dominant on that side of the ball. 

Alonso recorded its sixth straight shutout and 10th overall this season. 

The play of the secondary was a big reason the Ravens were able to keep Newsome off the scoreboard. Alonso picked off five passes, including two by Makenna Sturgis. 

Sturgis ended up scoring four touchdowns – three on receptions and the other on an interception return.  

Class 1A

Robinson 35, Gibbs 0

The Knights, whose field is unavailable due to the installation of turf, played at the Buccaneers’ indoor facility. 

The six-time defending state champions were efficient on offense with Haidyn Spano throwing for five touchdowns – three hauled in by Katejion Robinson and other two caught by Manasvi Viavaraghavan.

On defense, Robinson was dominant, recording its 11th shutout of the season. 

Tonight’s area region final matchups

Class 2A

Lennard (17-3) at Alonso (20-0), 7

This is a matchup between the top three teams in the class, the state and the nation according to MaxPreps. 

It also is a rematch from a regular season game that the Ravens won 18-7 to keep their perfect record intact. 

That was the second-closest game Alonso has had all season. 

The key is whether the Longhorns’ offense can find a way to generate more production in the rematch.

Lennard, ranked third in the class, the state and the nation, has averaged 32 points per game in the playoffs so far. 

But keeping that pace will be difficult against the Ravens, who are ranked first in the class, the state and the nation. 

After all, Alonso has not allowed a point in six straight games. 

Stat leaders
Passing yardsAbby Elwell, 4,114 (57 TDs, 14 INTs)Mieke Rowe, 4,427 (85 TDs, 10 INTs)
Rushing yardsAbby Elwell, 101 (1 TD)Mieke Rowe, 206 (4 TDs)
Receiving yardsGrayce Bird, 1.078 (17 TDs)Makenna Sturgis, 1,126 (28 TDs)
TacklesLayla Crawford, 105Eryn Klaus, 104
SacksBrianna Nelson, 7Ella Bode, 27
InterceptionsGrayce Bird, 12Lucy Montiegel, 13

Class 1A

Braden River (14-2) at Robinson (18-2), 7

Despite losing two games in the regular season, the Knights are still favored to their seventh straight state title. 

Robinson, ranked first in the class and fourth in the state and nation by MaxPreps, enters the region final on an eight-game win streak. 

During that stretch, the Knights have outscored foes by a combined 361-18. 

After losing to Gibbs in the 1A-8 district final, the Pirates bounced to win a pair of close playoff games over Tampa Catholic (14-13) and Lecanto (6-0). 

Stat leaders
CategoryBraden RiverRobinson
Passing yardsCydnee Brooks, 2,375 (42 TDs, 9 INTs)Haidyn Spano, 4,480 (81 TDs, 23 INTs)
Rushing yardsCydnee Brooks, 567 (5 TDs)Adriana Williams, 267 (6 TDs)
Receiving yardsMonique Schwalbach, 677 (14 TDs)Katejion Robinson, 1,149 (25 TDs)
TacklesMaddie Beahr, 76Tammy Jerson, 88
SacksMaddison Epperson, 18Julia Guillermo, 28
InterceptionsAmeria Smith, 6Manasvi Vijayaraghavan, 9