Dobie headed to playoffs after 199th all-time district win
Memorial High School’s varsity football team was attempting to do something this weekend that’s never been done before.
In 14 years, the Mavs have never won three straight over Dobie’s program but Thursday night offered a new opportunity.
However, that chance will now have to wait until the 2021 season at the earliest because the Longhorns locked down District 22-6A’s fourth and final state playoff berth with a 65-35 “Battle of the Beltway” romp in the 15th annual game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
With already single-game school scoring records set against Pasadena and Sam Rayburn this season, Dobie made it a threepeat with its 65 points against the struggling Mavs, who hit the off-season with a 3-7 season record and 2-6 district mark.
Dobie’s previous high was 49 points, owned by the 2011 Longhorns.
With the victory, Dobie’s program is celebrating its 21st state playoff trip in the school’s history, but its first since the 2015 campaign.
Dobie advances to the large school division where it’ll oppose District 21-6A champion North Shore on Nov. 16 at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The Longhorns quest will be to improve on its 9-20 postseason record. But Dobie hasn’t tasted success in the state playoffs since the 2004 campaign when the Longhorns defeated Clear Brook (24-0) and Houston Westside (24-17), before Katy knocked off Dobie 49-14 at NRG Stadium.
For Memorial, its 2-6 district record is only the fourth time in school history that the Mavs finished with two or fewer victories in a district race. The other seasons were the inaugural year of 2004 as well as the 2011 and 2014 campaigns.
But by some miracle, the 2011 team made the state playoffs with an overall ledger of 3-7.
Memorial falls to 6-9 against Dobie in the 15-year history of the series.