Tag: Eric Schmid

Football: Setting new goals: Six Highlanders from The Woodlands heading to college football

purcell_and_schmidIt’s indeed a proud moment for parents to see their kids off to college, but it can be just as rewarding for coaches. “To see the kids you’ve worked with for all these years — many of them since they started junior high football — finish their high school career and to have done well enough both in the classroom and on the field to be awarded an opportunity to go to the collegiate level and play is very, very rewarding,” said The Woodlands High School Head Coach Mark Schmid. read more…

Football: The Woodlands QB Schmid is The Courier’s Player of the Year

aaaEric Schmid turned back toward the field, helmet in hand. He had just finished standing with his teammates as The Woodlands’ marching band played the school song in celebration of the Highlanders’ playoff victory over Garland Sachse – a gritty win that came down to waning minutes.

Earlier in the game, Schmid had absorbed a tough hit from one of the Mustangs’ defenders as he was diving toward the left corner of the end zone. Read more…

Football: The Woodlands’ Michael Purcell picked AGH Defensive Player of the Year


Purcell was at the heart of a banner season with 90 tackles and 17 sacks

While quarterback Eric Schmid had The Woodlands’ offense in cruise control during the playoffs on the way to the Class 6A Division I championship game, senior Michael Purcell was the “quarterback” of a defense that led the way for the Highlanders to have their best season in more than a decade. Read more…

Highlanders enjoy best season in school history

By Doug Sarant | Arlington, Texas

Last week, I wrote about The Woodlands High School football juggernaut and pointed out that other schools have similar programs and not everyone can win every game. This past Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington I was proven a one time prophet as someone had to lose.

The Lake Travis Cavaliers showed everybody their football juggernaut is a little bit more impressive, for the time being. Take nothing away from The Woodlands players as they gave it everything they had until the final whistle.

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As upwards of 40,000 fans can attest, sometimes you just run into a better team. Superior firepower will win almost all of the time.

Lake Travis is not only better than The Woodlands, they also just may be the best high school football team since the last time The Woodlands made it to the dance and faced the North Shore Mustangs. Led by quarterback Bobby Reid, the Mustangs were a virtual wrecking ball levelling opponent after opponent culminating in their dominant win over a game Woodlands squad in 2003. Continue reading “Highlanders enjoy best season in school history”

Football: The Woodlands’ Mark Schmid made the right call, opting for wind in the third quarter

The end came quickly, and it came with emphasis.

56513cbd9a1e8.imageThe Woodlands had a terrific football season in 2015, what with the Highlanders’ defense operating like 11 rock ‘em, sock ‘em robots and Eric Schmid and the offense doing just enough to keep the magic moving from one week to the next.

(Except for the Katy game, in Week Two, at Hughes Field, but that was a game for the ages, too, and the Tigers’ 14-7 victory over the Highlanders showed everyone that both teams would be reckoned with in November.)

But the moment of truth arrived for the Highlanders in the final moments of halftime, before the Austin Westlake Chaparrals pulled away for an emphatic 28-3 victory at Bryan High School’s Merrill Green Stadium. click here for complete story

Football: Eric Schmid guides The Woodlands to 16-7 victory over Klein Oak; Austin Westlake next for Highlanders

The Woodlands took the fight to the Klein Oak Panthers on Friday night, and this time, the Highlanders will live to tell about it.

The Woodlands’ Antoine Winfield Jr. returns a kick against Klein Oak on Friday.
The Woodlands’ Antoine Winfield Jr. returns a kick against Klein Oak on Friday.

The Woodlands used a brilliant effort from junior quarterback Eric Schmid and a typically sturdy performance from its defense to turn back the Panthers 16-7 on a chilly night at Woodforest Bank Stadium.

The Highlanders took Klein Oak’s best shot and avenged last year’s 38-20 loss to the Panthers at Klein Memorial Stadium.

The Woodlands (10-1) advanced to the area round of the Region II-6A Division I playoffs and will face Austin Westlake (10-1) in a Saturday afternoon game on November 21. click here for complete story

Football: The Woodlands defeats Klein Oak 16-7, advance in playoffs

IMG_2255The Woodlands football team rejoiced as they triumphed over Klein Oak 16-7 in the Bi-District Playoffs.

Watch the highlights here.

The game began in the Highlander’s favor with an early run for a touchdown by starting quarterback Eric Schmid. An interception for a Highlander first down would be capitalized with a successful field goal by Lucas Veith in the second quarter, bringing the halftime score to 10-0, Highlanders. Klein Oak returned in the third quarter with a touchdown, but the Highlanders answered back with another touchdown, bringing them to what would be their final game score, 16-7. click here for complete story