The fourth-year Panthers coach watched as his team ran past Channelview 56-0 on Friday in the Class 6A Division II Region III Bi-District round at Panther Stadium, giving C.E. King its first playoff win since 2015 and first-ever as a Class 6A program.
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“We have made the playoffs three years in a row and the first two years we made it we got beat in the first round, so that was a hurdle we needed to get past,” Fitzhenry said. “Excited about where we are going and to have the opportunity to go to the next round.”
C.E. King advances to take on defending Class 5A Division I State Champion Shadow Creek Sharks, who defeated Clear Creek 55-6, next week in the Area Round. The Panthers will be looking to reach the third round for the first time since 1989.
They are a super program, super team and athletes everywhere, Fitzhenry said about Shadow Creek. Their defense is just phenomenal and then they have the big quarterback who’s a Power 5 superhuman being. I had his grandfather [Jerry Drones] on my staff, so I know he has great character too. It’ll be a great challenge for our program.”
Heading into the playoffs, on paper, C.E. King had a three-headed monster coming out of the backfield with quarterback Kameron Kincheon, and backs Jerrell Wimbley and DK Hammond.
Channelview got plenty of doses of that attack, especially from the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Wimbley.
Wimbley had an impressive 251 yards and three touchdowns, including an 84-yard touchdown. For the junior back, 167 of those yards and two scores came in the first half alone.
“It’s really special,” Wimbley said. “We’ve been one and done for two years straight. Had to come in and win.”
Just as impressive was Kincheon, who ran for an eight, 18-yard, and 31-yard touchdown and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Scott. Kincheon finished with four total scores for the night.
“It’s just something we worked on in practice,” Kincheon said about the fast start for the offense. “It was getting all the details down and making sure everything was right and we came out here and did our thing on offense and defense too.”
Defensively, C.E. King handled Channelview, not allowing a single point, giving the Panthers’ the program’s sixth-ever playoff shutout.
The 56-point victory margin is the largest in Panthers’ playoff history, which dates to 1957. It also marks the most points ever scored in a C.E. King playoff game, the previous high being 55 back in 2014 in a 55-23 win over Beaumont Central.
Entering Friday, Fort Bend Hightower was definitely the underdog. On the road, facing an undefeated Port Arthur Memorial team and entering the playoffs with a 3-4 overall record. Throw all of that out of the window! A touchdown with 10 seconds to go would give FB Hightower the 41-34 lead and the eventual victory, handing the Titans their first loss of the season. The win snaps a streak of five-straight playoff losses and notches the first playoff win since 2013.