After three consecutive state titles, Allen (Texas) saw its season end in the state semifinals for the second consecutive year.
The Woodlands jumped out to a 26-3 and held on for a 36-28 victory Saturday in Austin to earn a berth in the 6A Division I state final.
The win puts The Woodlands into the state final for the first time since 2003.
The Woodlands is dedicating its postseason run to Grant Milton, who remains in a coma after being taken to the hospital during a victory against Bowie (Austin) more than two weeks ago.
For No. 5 Allen (14-1), it was only their second loss in five years.
Allen rallied in the fourth quarter as quarterback Mitchell Jonke scored on a 2-yard run with 7:03 remaining to cut the lead to 33-20. The Eagles held The Woodlands to a field goal with 3:02 remaining to keep the game to within two scores at 36-20.
Allen went to work again and Theo Wease caught a 2-yard pass from Jonke and Tevyn Stevenson caught the two-point pass to cut the margin to 36-28 with 51 seconds remaining. Allen went for the onside kick, but Kesean Carter fell on the ball for The Woodlands.
A pair of long touchdown passes had helped The Woodlands build its lead. Ahead 10-3 in the second quarter, Dylan Casey caught a 68-yard pass from Sam Houston State commit Eric Schmid with 3:17 remaining in the half. Schmid then connected on a 72-yard pass to Carter within the first 90 seconds of the third quarter and the lead had bulged to 26-3.
The Woodlands posted nearly 500 yards on total offense led by Schmid’s 353 yards passing and three touchdowns. Carlos Ramos led the rushing attack with 76 yards and a TD.
After 11 consecutive weeks of scoring at least 40 points, The Woodlands just missed extended that streak, but it was enough to get to the state final.
Jonke, in his final high school game before heading to Brown, threw for 309 yards with the two touchdowns and an interception. Wease had 107 yards receiving. The usually potent Allen ground attack was held to 86 yards.
The Woodlands (15-0) will face No. 17 Lake Travis for the state title next Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.
Lake Travis beat Atascocita (Humble) 63-21 to advance.