WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — After a crucial fourth down stand with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Wimberley quarterback Matthew Tippe led the Texans on a game-winning drive for a 24-22 win against Canyon Lake on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Wimberley trailed 20-17 late in the fourth quarter before wide receiver Christian Marshall caught the eight-yard pass from Tippe for the decisive score.
Canyon Lake rallied nearly swinging the game on their final drive. The Hawks were stopped by the Wimberley defense four times inside the Texans five-yard line in the final seconds, turning the ball over on downs without the needed points to get the win.
Wimberley had to take one more snap at its own goal line and gave up a safety, forcing the Texans to kick off to Canyon Lake for the final play. The Hawks weren’t able to muster a miracle play on the kickoff.
KBVO-TV broadcasted Friday night’s game between Wimberley and Canyon Lake — the first time a regular season high school football game was allowed to be televised on Friday nights.
KBVO regularly broadcasted Thursday night games in previous seasons, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Interscholastic League lifted its ban on broadcasting Friday night games.
“We know this, there will be many people who stay away because they’re fearful, particularly our elderly and our senior citizen,” UIL Executive Director Charles Breithaupt said when he made the announcement in June. “We want to give them a chance to see the game based on what the local district allows the agreement between the two schools to broadcast the game either digitally, or on a linear product would exist just this year.”
This won’t ever happen again after this year, according to UIL. You can tune in each week for high school football coverage.
Meanwhile, high school football teams are working to make sure players are practicing safely, including wearing masks and social distancing. Wimberley and Blanco, for example, are also allowing fans at 50% capacity.
Texas high school football teams in Class 5A and 6A won’t play their first games until Sept. 24.