ONE THE FIELD with Brandon C. Williams
Area High SchooFootball Begins Games that Matter for Playoffs
HIGH SCHOOL football gets real on Friday as district play in both 24-6A and 23-5A. While the guys on the gridiron kick off the official push to the postseason, volleyball players are already in the midst of action as the regular season continues to heat up.
Today, Wednesday: Another Wednesday evening of volleyball is on the docket as teams continue to make up for lost time after Hurricane Harvey. Dickinson is at Clear Brook, while Friendswood is at Clear Falls and Clear Springs at Alvin. Each match begins at 6:00pm.
The sports day starts at 1:00pm as ESPN has the Astros-Rangers game. Texas entered the week still alive in the American League Wild Card hunt while Houston started Monday 2.5 games behind Cleveland Indians for the best record in the AL. Justin Verlander, who has won each of his four starts with the Astros, gets the nod for the locals, while the Rangers counter with Nick Martinez and his 3-7 record and 5.42 ERA.
Tomorrow, Thursday: Texas City will be among the area’s schools whose cross-country teams will participate in the Bulldog Invitational at La Porte. While high school subvarsity football and junior high school volleyball fills the day’s schedule, the first taste of high school basketball season starts with the opening games of the Texas City Fall League, which will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Texas City high school.
In what could be an American League Division Series preview, the Astros finish the regular season with a four-game set at Boston versus a Red Sox team that opened the week on the verge of clinching the American League East crown. Brad Peacock (12-2, 2.98 ERA) starts for Houston, while Eduardo Rodriguez (6-6, 3.91 ERA) goes for Boston. AT&T Sportsnet will start its pregame show at 5:30pm, which will lead into the 6:10pm game time.
Friday: District 24-6A football kicks off at 7:00pm with Dickinson at Friendswood the marquee matchup. Clear Springs begins defense of their 2016 district crown when they host a vastly-improved Clear Creek squad, while Clear Falls continues their growing process with a road game against high-scoring Clear Brook.
In District 23-5A, Galveston Ball visits Texas City at 7:00pm as both seek to get an early leg up on the fourth and final playoff spot.
Both Hitchcock and La Marque continue non-district play, with the Bulldogs hitting the road to play Shiner, while the Cougars welcome the explosive offense of Hardin-Jefferson. Both games kick off at 7:30pm.
Charlie Morton (13-7, 3.63 ERA) takes the mound for Houston in the second game of their series at Boston, who will counter with former Astros starter Doug Fister (5-8, 4.87 ERA) beginning at 6:10pm. AT&T Sportsnet starts its pregame at 5:30pm.
Saturday: Undefeated Santa Fe looks to extend their record to 3-0 when the Indians travel to Fort Bend Elkins in their District 23-5A football opener at 6:00pm.
Two volleyball matches are on the schedule as La Marque is at Hitchcock at 11:00am, while Clear Brook at Dickinson at 11:30am.
For the third straight Saturday, the Astros will be on Fox as they get the national spotlight in a 12:05pm start. Lance McCullers (7-3, 4.01 ERA) gets his final tuneup for the postseason when he opposes Drew Pomeranz (16-5, 3.15 ERA).