Temple Wildcats (11-1) vs. Richmond Foster Falcons (10-2)
Friday, November 20, 7 p.m.
Berry Center – Cypress, Texas

Fifth-ranked Temple takes another step toward a second straight state title appearance when it meets Richmond Foster for the first time. Last week, the Wildcats rode a stellar defensive effort to a 14-6 win over No. 9 Houston Stratford. Meanwhile, the Falcons extended their playoff run with a 42-28 decision over Houston King.

Quarterback Reid Hesse and running back DeVonte Nealy provided just enough offense for Temple. Hesse connected with Davion Curtis for a 48-yard scoring pass, and Nealy scored on a 6-yard run.


The junior quarterback finished the game with 204 passing yards with 14 completions in 25 attempts, bringing his season totals to 1,828 yards and 21 touchdowns. Nealy served as Temple’s workhorse, gaining 156 yards on 33 carries and extending his year-to-date numbers to 1.667 yards and 21 scores.

But the game ball against Stratford belongs to the Wildcat defense. Temple defenders limited the Spartans to 201 total yards and held Texas A&M bound running back Rakeem Boyd to 74 yards on 27 carries. Last season in Temple’s 47-35 area win, Boyd ripped through the Wildcats for 421 yards and five touchdowns.

In their area win over King, Foster dominated the Panthers more than the final score indicated. Garrett Grammer’s 23-yard interception return put the Falcons in front 42-14 with just over five minutes remaining.

Foster maintained its balanced attack against the Panthers just as it has all season, rushing for 171 yards and passing for 177. For the year, the Falcons have gained 2,334 via the run and 2,379 through the air. In the King contest, Alex Ramart completed 17-of-24 passes including scoring tosses of 26 and 18 yards and has thrown for 2,357 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2015.

Quantonio Williams, who carried 17 times for 157 yards and scored twice against the Panthers, leads the Foster ground assault. The running back has rushed 212 times for 1,349 yards and scored 13 times this season.

Cedarian Lamb and Evan Fairs each caught a scoring pass against King have almost equal receptions for the season. Lamb leads the Falcons in receiving yardage with 932 yards on 50 catches, while Fairs has 51 receptions for 776 yards.

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