FRIENDSWOOD’S win over Dickinson last Friday was only a precursor of what the District 24-6A race will look like. It also changes things with the latest The Post Newspaper area football rankings that include a Santa Fe team that made a statement in their District 23-5A opener.
Clear Brook (3-0, defeated Clear Falls, 55-42, at Clear Creek, Friday): The Wolverines needed five touchdown connections from Jaizac Garcia to Caleb Chapman to outlast a Knights team that traded shots with them for much of the night. They can’t afford to overlook a Creek squad that’s getting better with each game.
Clear Springs (2-1, defeated Clear Creek, 28-21, at Alvin, Friday): All-state return specialist Peyton Sawyer’s 65-yard punt return for a score gave the Chargers the lead for good after trailing 14-0 early. The Chargers’ defense stepped up in the second half and must carry the momentum against a dangerous swarm of Yellow Jackets.
Friendswood (3-1, defeated Dickinson, 27-24, at Clear Falls, Friday): This was a win that could bolster the Mustangs’ run at the district crown. However, they can’t afford to overlook the Knights, who have shown marked improvement under second-year coach Zach Head.
Dickinson (2-1, lost to Friendswood, 27-24, vs. Clear Lake, Friday): The Falcons are a solid team capable of gaining a playoff spot, but they may be in the wrong place at the wrong time against a Gators team looking to get back on track.
Santa Fe (3-0, defeated Fort Bend Elkins, 13-6, vs. Texas City, Friday): Sophomore quarterback Connor Dunham did a solid job filling in for injured starter Nathan Kruger, but it was the defense that highlighted the surprising win over Elkins. A win over the Stingarees could really open the door toward a possible run to the postseason for the Indians.
Galveston Ball (2-2, defeated Texas City, 41-40, vs. Manvel, Friday): A wild rally from a 20-point deficit gave the Tors the footing they needed to compete for a playoff spot, especially since they’ll welcome the state’s top team in Class 5A when the Mavericks visit The Rock on Friday night.
Clear Creek (1-2, lost to Clear Springs, 28-21, vs. Clear Brook, Friday): Creek can really muddy the 24-6A waters if they can pull out a win over the Wolverines. If the Wildcats can keep the score low, the greater their chances to deliver the W.
Clear Falls (1-2, lost to Clear Brook, 55-42, vs. Friendswood, Friday): Despite the loss, the Knights continue to show they have found the ability to score. The growing pains are still there, yet Falls has the talent to keep it close against the Mustangs.
La Marque (1-3, defeated Hardin-Jefferson, 26-22, vs. Houston Madison, Friday): Joey White’s 54-yard touchdown catch with 1:14 left kept the Coogs from their first 0-4 start since 1989. They continue to play above their weight class as they face an explosive Marlins team that plays in Class 5A.
Hitchcock (1-3, lost to Shiner, 35-28, Open date): The banged up Bulldogs need a week to heal before starting District 12-3A-1 play next week.
Texas City (0-3, lost to Galveston Ball, 41-40, at Santa Fe, Friday): This is a young Stings team that showed its potential and inexperience in the loss to open district play. A win over the Indians can get them back on track and offer a huge boost toward building a brighter future.Clear Brook rises atop latest area football poll