Irving Nimitz blasts Irving to claim playoffs

IRVING, Texas -- Irving Nimitz will be going to playoffs for the second year in a row after defeating Irving, 49-14, Friday night at Irving Schools Stadium.

Nimitz (6-4, 4-4 District 6-5A) knew that a win would mean the playoffs but a loss would leave the Vikings out of the postseason. In one half of play, Nimitz took control of all phases of the game.

Nimitz senior quarterback Adam Charles had his crosshairs locked on senior wide receiver J.J. Gaines, connecting on four passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.

Charles finished with 210 passing yards and four touchdowns, and he didn't throw a pass in the second half after Nimitz opened a 42-0 lead after two quarters.

The Vikings collected their other two touchdowns on a fumbled punt returned for a touchdown by Shane Taylor and an 85-yard punt return by Glenn McQuinney.

Irving (1-9, 1-7) came into this game after finding its first win of the season against Haltom last week, the same Haltom team that defeated Nimitz by one point on Sept. 24.

Nimitz head coach Steven Hohenberger said he tried to make sure his players understood it's about taking one game at a time, and not trying to look ahead.

"We teach our kids that it's a process," Hohenberger said. "We don't look at tomorrow. We have the big vision, but what we do is we focus on today."

As the last two years have shown, Hohenberger is trying to create a program that is familiar with winning.

"We're excited about playoffs for two years in a row," Hohenberger said. "Our theme throughout the entire season has always been about taking the next step, and that's what we want to do in the first round of playoffs."

Irving showed some signs of life for their future when sophomore running back Justin Moore ran for 130 yards and had the only two touchdowns for Irving, all in the second half.