HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Stony Point falls to Klein Collins in second round

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Stony Point's 2017 season ended on Friday afternoon as the Tigers fell to undefeated Klein Collins 48-14 on the Black Friday playoff matinee game at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.

The Class 6A, Division II, Region II Area Round postseason match went the way of Klein Collins, who improved to 11-0 with the rush-heavy victory. The Tigers were presented with the UIL's Area Round championship trophy at the game's conclusion.

After topping Manor 45-0 in last weekend's bi-district round, Stony Point could not overcome a masterful performance by Klein Collins running back Isaiah Spiller, whose three rushing touchdowns and 151 yards were both game-highs.

"I thought we played extremely well in the first half, and I'm real proud of our seniors," Stony Point head coach Craig Chessher said after the loss. "In the second half, they just said 'we're gonna run the football, good luck to you.' They're a good football team."

Stony Point finished 7-5 on the season after the loss. "We played to win, I don't want to play to lose," Chessher continued. "When you walk away from a football season happy eight times, you gotta feel good. I thought our kids played well in this one.

Stony Point struck first as junior running back Tyler O'Bannon capped off a 15-play first-quarter, game-opening drive with a five-yard touchdown run. It was the only lead the Tigers would see on the sunny, breezy afternoon, but showed signs of promise in the team.

Klein Collins, ranked sixth in the AP's 6A state poll, made quick work of the lead with two quick touchdowns, one from Spiller on the ground and another as quarterback Carter Rhyne hit A.J. Bennett for the score. Stony Point leveled it again at 14 as Zach Rangel hit Treshon Pickett for a 45-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter.

From there, it was all Klein Collins, as Stony Point would not reach the endzone for the final 24 minutes of action. Spiller and the running game that totalled 358 yards on the ground ran away with the Area Round trophy.

"We have an incredible group of young guys coming back. O'Bannon, [WR] Trae Edwards, several kids on defense that are good football players," Chessher said of his hopes for next season. "We think we'll be okay next season.

"I'm just real proud of our seniors. Last year we has 40, this year we had 26, and all they stepped up and played well this season," said Chessher. "We love our guys, love our spirit, love our crowd, and our community that has supported us all year."

Senior quarterback Zach Rangel finished off his tenure as a Stony Point Tiger with 214 yards and a touchdown on 13-29 passing. Tyler Cleveland led the way in the rushing game with 45 yards on ten carries in the loss at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.

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