Written by Corbett Smith
Kincade, Samples connect on 4 TD passes as Skyline rolls past The Woodlands
FRISCO — Ra’Shaad Samples was trying to take it easy, as easy as one can on a football field.
Tell that to The Woodlands.
In his first real action since breaking his left fibula in March, Samples caught four touchdown passes from Devante Kincade as Skyline rallied to a 42-28 win in the North Texas Football Classic on Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium.
Samples finished with 11 catches for 169 yards, and Kincade rushed for two key fourth-quarter scores. Skyline came back from a 28-21 fourth-quarter deficit by scoring three times in the final period.
“Overall, I’m proud of them, I’m proud of the way they fought,” Skyline coach Reginald Samples said. “If you were to ask me if we would have played like this [during the comeback], I don’t know if I would have told you yes. I’m very impressed; they showed me something.”
The game was similar to last year’s Class 5A Division I regional final, in which Skyline overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat The Woodlands, 35-31.
This year, Skyline took its first second-half lead when Kincade broke a 59-yard touchdown run with seven minutes remaining. He added another score on the following drive, four plays after an interception by Will Barrow.
“Sometimes we come out slow,” Kincade said. “Once we go to the locker room and figure out what we did wrong, we come out and fix it and put it together.”
Reginald Samples held Ra’Shaad, his son, out of contact drills during fall practice, hoping to gain as much recovery time as he could without additional stress on the fracture.
Reginald admitted he was nervous for his son; in fact, he tried — to no avail — to substitute him out of the game. But Ra’Shaad, who has committed to Oklahoma State, wouldn’t come out, largely because the Woodlands struggled to find a coverage that could slow him down.
The game wasn’t without a scare, however.
Early in the second quarter, Samples was spun down near The Woodlands’ sideline, his ankle popping on the tackle.
“Last time it popped, it was hurt,” Ra’Shaad Samples said. “I got up and was like, ‘OK, I’m all right.’”
His last catch tied the score, 28-28, with 10:54 remaining, as Kincade found him in the end zone between two defenders.
“It’s basically like we’re twins,” Kincade said.