The Heights Bulldogs have built a culture of playoff contention under head coach Stephen Dixon, having qualified the high school football postseason every year since 2010.
Now they are looking to build a new culture of playoff success and advance past the bi-district round for the first time since 2013.
Heights (4-6) will square off with Houston Memorial (6-4), which finished fourth in District 17-6A, in a Class 6A Division II bi-district playoff game scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Delmar Stadium.
The Bulldogs defeated Westbury 39-19 last Thursday night to finish off a strong regular season, which saw them place third in District 18-6A behind Lamar and Bellaire. Heights went 4-2 in district play.
With a playoff spot clinched prior to the game, Kendric Rhymes got the start at quarterback in place of Jalen Morrison and did not disappoint. The junior completed 8 of 12 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns while adding 154 yards and three more scores rushing to pace the Bulldogs’ attack.
St. Thomas (7-3, 4-0 TAPPS District 3) polished off an undefeated district run with a 47-21 triumph over St. Pius X in the schools’ annual rivalry game Friday night. Maddox Kopp threw for 283 yards and five touchdowns in the victory for the Eagles, who won five straight to end the regular season and will host Addison Trinity Christian (0-10) in a TAPPS Division I first-round game at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Despite a loss to Bay Area Christian on Friday night, Lutheran High North (6-2) still finished with its best record since 2016. The Lions, who finished third in Division III, District 4 under first-year head coach Shaun Stephens, will look to advance past the first round of the postseason for the first time since 2009 when they play at Texas School for the Deaf (6-4) in Austin for a TAPPS Division III game at 7 p.m. Friday.
While it may have been a season of learning for St. Pius X (2-8), the Panthers have a chance to rewrite the story of their season when TAPPS postseason play begins this weekend. The Panthers will play at Midland Christian (6-4) in a TAPPS Division I first-round matchup at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Basketball season tips off
The high school basketball season has just started for teams in the area and all across Texas. UIL girls teams began play last Friday, while the boys season is slated to begin this Friday night.
TAPPS play has also begun for both boys and girls teams.