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Indians, Coogs and Bulldogs also pull out valuable wins

Dickinson at Texas City
RUNNING BACKS Myles Lewis, Montell Williams and Dylan Savage each scored rushing touchdowns as the Gators remained undefeated with a 21-7 win over hosts the Stingarees on Friday. 160909-gators-at-stings-2
The victory gives Dickinson a 3-0 record entering their bye week before opening district 24-6a play against Friendswood on September 23.
Lewis scored on a four-yard run with 9:24 left in the first quarter to cap off the Gators’ opening drive of the night.
The score remained 7-0 into the third quarter until Williams plunged in from four yards out to increase the margin to 14-0.
Dickinson put the game away with 2:34 left in the fourth quarter when Savage barrelled into the end zone on a six-yard run.
The Stingarees, who are now 1-2, looked destined to suffer a shutout but they averted a blank scoresheet when Edward Amey set up their sole touchdown with a 59-yard catch and run to the Dickinson five-yard line.
From there, Darian Ziegler found Kenny Smith on a four-yard scoring connection with 58 seconds left.
Texas City will also
have an open week before starting district 23-5a play against Galveston Ball on September 23.

Texas City quarterback Da’Quan Thompson cannot avoid Dickinson linebacker Joseph Shields in a rare Stingarees rush against the Gators on Friday – Photo by Gene Schwartz

Indians double up on win count

Santa Fe at Goose Creek Memorial
A SPARKLING display of offense allowed the Indians to roll past Memorial 42-20 on Thursday, giving coach Mark Kanipes’ squad their second win of the season to double their 2015 campaign win total.
Santa Fe amassed 386 yards of total offense, with quarterbacks Nathan Kruger and Tucker Mica combining for 244 yards passing and three touchdowns.
The mauling included a 72-yard scoring toss from Mica to Blake Marcantel late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
The quarterback duo also teamed up to rush for 79 of the Indians’ 142 yards on the ground, while Marcantel added 120 yards on six receptions.
The Indians spotted the Patriots a 6-0 advantage before their offense exploded to take a 27-13 halftime lead and adding a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Mica.
Santa Fe next meet Fort Bend Elkins to start district 23-5a play on September 23.

Bulldogs unleash last-quarter winner

Hitchcock at Lutheran South
A HUGE effort from running backs Drevian Archibald, Carlos Frank and Xavian Hampton on Friday propelled the Bulldogs to a 38-27 on-the-road result that gave them a second straight win to make up for their season-opening loss to Houston Second Baptist.
The backfield trio combined for 363 yards and five touchdowns, capped by Hampton’s five-yard winner late on.
That helped the Bulldogs fend off a furious rally from Lutheran South as the Pioneers overcame a 22-0 first-half deficit to pull back to three points down at 30-27 midway through the fourth quarter.
Hampton scored three times, while Archibald and Frank each added scoring runs.

Preston pulls Coogs from peril

La Marque at North Forest
SOPHOMORE Perry Preston was an all-purpose performer on Thursday, scoring on a pair of touchdowns to help the Cougars escape an upset bid from the Bulldogs with a 23-16 victory.
A jaw-dropping 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter helped La Marque take a 15-6 lead at the half, with quarterback Myles Launius throwing a 19-yard scoring toss to wide receiver Jeremy Limones in the second quarter.
Preston gave the Coogs the lead for good when he returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown with 3:37 left in the game.
The score came right after North Forest kicker Sal Fuentes had hit an 18-yard field goal that gave the Bulldogs a brief 16-15 lead.
The La Marque defense clinched the game by stopping North Forest inside their 10-yard line with 29 seconds remaining.
The victory offset an evening in which the Cougars had three punts blocked and committed 12 penalties for 94 yards.
With their nailbiting win, La Marque improved to 3-0 going into this Friday’s game at West Columbia.

Galveston County high school football scores

(Thursday 8th)
North Forest  16 – 23  La Marque
Goose Creek  13 – 42  Santa Fe

(Friday 9th)
Clear Brook  34 – 6  South Houston
La Porte  34 – 41  Clear Springs
Texas City  7 – 21  Dickinson
Galveston Ball  17 – 30  Strake Jesuit
Lutheran South  27 – 38  Hitchcock

(Saturday 10th)
Clear Creek  v  Houston Heights
Sam Rayburn  v  Clear Falls
Kingwood  v  Friendswood

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N THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD … ON THE F

DAWN arises for the Texans, while district play in volleyball begins to pick up steam as the second week of September reminds us that cooler weather is a figment of our imagination …
Today, Sunday:
Fans will see the regular-season debut of new quarterback Brock Ostweiler and running back Lamar Miller as the Texans welcome Chicago Bears to NRG stadium at noon.
The game also marks the season’s debut of defensive end JJ Watt, who missed the entire preseason due to complications from back surgery in July. Watt insisted he won’t be limited on the number of snaps in which he can participate, bringing welcome news to a franchise desperate to become the first team in National Football League history to play in its home stadium for the Super Bowl.
In what caps off a huge weekend in Houston sports, the Astros conclude a three-game series with National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs in a 7:08pm televised game that ESPN will
air nationally.
Houston will throw in 10-6 Mike Fiers, who will be countered by reigning National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, who sported a 12-6 record entering the weekend.
The two teams, which Sports Illustrated picked to meet in the World Series, will conclude a weekend series that began on Friday.
Tomorrow, Monday:
Things won’t get any easier for the Astros, who welcome American League West-leading Texas Rangers for the first of a three-game series that starts at 7:10pm.
The Rangers entered the weekend with an 8.5 game lead over the Astros, yet Houston’s wild-card hopes remain strong, as they woke up on Friday 2.5 games behind Baltimore Orioles for the final postseason spot in the American League.
Tuesday:
A very busy evening of high-school volleyball will have a number of enthralling games on tap, with surprising district 23-5a leaders Galveston Ball traveling to Manvel for a 6:30pm contest.
The Tornadoes entered the weekend with a 4-0 record in league play and an overall five-match win streak.
The result will grant the winners sole possession of first place as the Mavericks also had a 4-0 record in 23-5a play going into the weekend.
Other matches on the evening, all starting at 6:30pm, are Clear Creek at Clear Brook, Clear Falls at Friendswood, Dickinson at Clear Lake, La Marque at Harmony and Texas City at Shadow Creek.

La Marque on rise as black skies hit Mustangs

DESPITE sending shockwaves across the Houston area with a convincing win over defending class 5a, division I champions George Ranch on Friday, Dickinson Gators retain a strong second place in this week’s edition of our football rankings even though Mother Nature did the one thing few defenses are capable of – shutting down Friendswood quarterback Tyler Page.
All five top-ranked teams kept their position in our local league but La Marque Cougars jumped two places to sixth, swapping places with Clear Brook Wolverines as Texas City Stings maintained seventh spot.
1.Friendswood (1-0, previously ranked 1st): The storms that ran through the Houston area were too much for the Mustangs to complete their road game against Summer Creek, leading to the cancellation of the contest.
Coach Robert Koopman’s squad will hope the weather is more friendly when they travel to Kingwood on Saturday.
2. Dickinson (2-0, previously 2nd): While quarterback Jordan Grigg is gaining attention with his six touchdown passes, the Gators’ defense has quietly emerged as one of the area’s stingiest units, limiting George Ranch to just 209 total yards of offense en route to snapping the Longhorns’ 17-game win streak.
Confidence levels are high, yet the Gators can’t afford to slip up when they visit Texas City in what should be a physical affair at Stingaree stadium on Friday.
3. Clear Creek (2-0, previously 3rd): We can stop asking questions about how effective the Wildcats’ offense can be, especially after they’ve averaged 37.5 points and 416.5 yards per game thus far.
Running back Jaiden Woodson has been the early focal point, which makes Creek more intriguing as quarterback Sam Mathews grows more comfortable running the spread attack.
The Wildcats’ final tuneup before district 24-6a play begins comes on Saturday when they welcome Houston Reagan to Challenger Columbia stadium.
4. Clear Springs (1-1, previously 4th): Three touchdown passes from quarterback William McBride and 142 yards from running back Todd Hudson, who also scored a touchdown, were more than enough for the Chargers to maul Pasadena Dobie 39-6 to give coach Sam Dailey his first win.
Springs’ defense is off to a strong start but it’s one that will be challenged when they travel to La Porte on Friday.
5. Hitchcock (1-1, previously 5th): Running back Xavian Hampton would not be denied as he rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown to help the Bulldogs shock state-ranked East Bernard 24-19.
Drevian Archibald’s 27-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter gave Hitchcock the lead for good, while a defensive stop in the closing minute assured them of their first win of the season.
The Bulldogs will hit the road on Friday when they face Lutheran South Academy.
6. La Marque (2-0, previously 8th): Defense has been the foundation of the Cougars’ early success, as the “Black Flag” unit has not allowed a score in their last seven quarters.
Running back Perry Preston has 343 yards rushing and has tallied six touchdowns thus far.
But the bar will be raised for the Coogs on Thursday when they travel to North Forest to meet a Bulldogs team looking to find itself after being outscored 89-25 in its 0-2 start.
7. Texas City (1-1, previously 7th): The normally ground-and-pound Stingarees took the skies in their 24-16 win over Clear Lake in a game that was held up for nearly two hours due to lightning.
Quarterback Da’Quan Thompson connected with Zion Davis on a pair of touchdown passes and added a third on the ground late in the third quarter to help fend off the Falcons.
Thompson, who added 120 yards rushing, will look to continue his dual-threat magic in Texas City’s home opener against Dickinson on Friday.
8. Clear Brook (1-1, previously 6th): Trailing 28-7 late in the third quarter, the Wolverines rallied but fell short in a 28-20 loss to La Porte in which they outgained the Bulldogs 438-318 in total yardage.
Coach Mike Allison might have a potential star in the making as quarterback Jaizac Garcia threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns while adding 118 yards on the ground.
The Wolverines now have a chance to get above the 0.500 mark when they host South Houston at Challenger Columbia stadium on Friday.
9. Santa Fe (1-1, previously 9th): An early lead for the Indians evaporated under the heat of Barbers Hill receiver Skylar Langelier, who scored four touchdowns in a 54-13 victory.
A touchdown run from co-starter quarterback Tucker Mica and a touchdown pass from his fellow quarterback, Nathan Kruger, to Blake Marcantel put Santa Fe within sight at 24-13 toward halftime but the Eagles poured it on after the intermission.
Coach Mark Kanipes’ squad will look to rebound
on Thursday when the Indians visit Goose Creek Memorial.
10. Galveston Ball (0-2, previously 10th): Turnovers have been the bane of the Tors, who have committed six in their first two games.
The offense did show some life under quarterback Martavian Jackson, who replaced Jordan Collins in the third quarter of last week’s loss to Brazoswood and led them to their first two scoring drives of the season.
The Tornadoes will seek to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2011 when they host Strake Jesuit on Friday.
11. Clear Falls (1-1, previously 11th): For the first time since September 4, 2014, the Knights experienced the thrill of victory when they outlasted Bellaire 28-21 in overtime.
Receiver Carter Fuller’s 25-yard scoring catch from quarterback Cameron Davis in the extra session proved to be the game-winner and gave coach Sam Head his first successful outing.
Davis threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth for the Knights, who will seek a second straight W at Pasadena Rayburn on Saturday.

N THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD … ON THE FIE

WHILE district play begins in full in volleyball for both 24-6a and 23-5a, this week’s slate of football games will mark the final non-district action for each district, as next week’s open Friday will allow coaches and players to gear up for the playoff push that begins on September 23.
Today, Wednesday:
With American League West title hopes all but dashed, the Astros will place their focus on the wildcard chase as they continue a four-game series at American League Central leaders Cleveland Indians.
The Astros ended the weekend only two games behind both Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the final spot. Today they will turn to Doug Fister and his 12-10 record, while his opposing Indians hurler, Carlos Carrasco, heads into the 6:10pm matchup with a 10-7 record.
Tomorrow, Thursday:
While La Marque Cougars head to Houston to meet North Forest and Santa Fe Indians travel to Goose Creek Memorial, with both games beginning at 7:00pm, other football programs will yield the evening to their sub-varsity teams.
One of the more interesting contests will be at Texas City, where the Stingarees’ freshmen host a Dickinson team that will look to build upon a new streak after a heartbreaking opening season loss to Fort Bend Elkins.
That defeat marked the first time the Gators’ class of 2020 has suffered a loss after going unblemished in both their seventh- and eighth-grade years. The game gives a glimpse into the future for both programs while also serving as a nice appetizer heading into their varsity teams’ Friday game at Stingaree stadium.
Friday: District 24-6a volleyball play begins with a resurgent Friendswood squad traveling to Dickinson for a 6:30pm contest.
After struggling in their first two years in class 6a, the Mustangs have been dominant in non-district play with a 24-5 mark under first-year coach Sarah Palk. The senior-laden squad has five players with at least 117 kills, headed by senior outside hitter Shannon Murphy’s 268.
State-ranked Clear Creek welcome rivals Clear Springs at 6:30pm, with Wildcats fans celebrating Creek Courtside Crazies T-shirt giveaway night.
With Hitchcock at Faith Christian Academy’s tournament, other volleyball action includes:
Shadow Creek at Galveston Ball and Galena Park at Santa Fe at 4:30pm; Texas City at Willowridge at 4:30pm; Clear Falls at Clear Brook at 6:00pm; and La Marque at Brookshire Royal at 6:30pm.
On the football side of things, the busy night looks like this:
South Houston at Clear Brook, Clear Springs at La Porte, Dickinson at Texas City and
Strake Jesuit at Galveston Ball, all at 7:00pm; and Hitchcock at Lutheran South at 7:30pm.
Saturday: High-school football will dominate the evening, with three games being played under the lights. At 6:00pm, Clear Creek will host Houston Heights and Clear Falls will visit Pasadena Sam Rayburn, while Friendswood will travel to Kingwood for a 7:00pm kick-off.
Coming off their upset of third-ranked Oklahoma, University Of Houston’s college football team will welcome Lamar University to TDECU stadium, while Rice Owls travel to face Army, with both games starting at noon.

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Coogs and Wildcats also at 2-0 to start season with a swing

Dickinson at
George Ranch
JORDAN GRIGG threw three touchdown passes as Dickinson went on the road and delivered a 28-14 victory over defending class 5a, division I champions George Ranch at Houston’s Traylor stadium on Friday night.
The statement victory put the Gators at 2-0 while also showing pundits there’s not about to be a falloff after winning 25 games in the past two seasons.
Grigg connected on scoring tosses of 11 yards to Lathan Simmons, 19 yards to Cameron Johnson and 31 yards to Jalen Wydermeyer as the Gators scored 28 unanswered points after Longhorns return specialist Alex Fontenot opened the game with an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Dickinson tied the score on a five-yard run from Myles Lewis late in the first quarter before Grigg unleashed his vertical assault on the Longhorns, who moved up to class 6a this season.
The Gators’ quarterback finished the night with 16 completions on 25 attempts for 170 yards, while his team’s defense held their opponents to 209 total yards.
The Gators will look to remain undefeated when they visit Texas City at 7:00pm
on Friday.

Cougars roar early in quieting Warriors

Pro Vission at
La Marque
PERRY PRESTON ran for 154 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, all in the first half, as La Marque jumped out to a 2-0 start by shutting out Houston Pro Vision Academy 36-0 at Etheredge stadium on Thursday.
The Cougars’ defense held the Warriors to 47 total yards and forced four turnovers en route to the easy win.
Preston scored on touchdown runs of six and two yards while also returning a punt 54 yards for a score as the Coogs took a 24-0 halftime lead.
The La Marque special-teams unit also added a blocked punt for a safety and a seven-yard touchdown from Jerry Evans
off a fumble recovery.
Quarterback Myles Launius also added a five-yard touchdown pass to Kordel Stewart to help the La Marque cause.
The Cougars will make their first road trip this Thursday when they face North Forest at 7:00pm.

Buccaneers swashbuckle way past Tornadoes

Brazoswood at
Galveston Ball
BRAZOSWOOD’S defense forced four turnovers and held off a late rally from Galveston Ball to escape Courville stadium with a 16-12 victory on Friday.
While the Tors were able to score their first points of the season, their tally was not enough to keep them from avoiding their first 0-2 start since 2013.
The Buccaneers clinched the game when Charles Nichols recovered a Tors fumble in the end zone with 4:37 left in the fourth quarter, giving them a 16-6 lead.
While Ball cut the margin on Tony Garrido’s 14-yard scoring run at the 3:40 mark, they were unable to muster one last scoring drive despite holding Brazoswood to less than 200 yards of total offense.
The Tors will seek their first win of the 2016 season when they host Strake Jesuit at 7:00pm on Friday.

Wildcats maul vulnerable Falcons

Clear Creek at
Channelview

RUNNING BACK Jaiden Woodson rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns while younger brother Brandon scored on a 66-yard reception as Clear Creek stayed undefeated with a 34-7 hammering of Channelview on Friday.
After allowing the Falcons to score their only points of the night when Gerald Gardner hit Demontre Tuggle on a 24-yard touchdown in the first quarter, the Wildcats poured it on as the offense rolled up 450 total yards.
Jaiden Woodson scored on runs of six and 10 yards while Noah Daniels added a two-yard scoring run.
Quarterback Sam Mathews completed 12 of 13 passes for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a two-yard pass to Chris Whisler in the fourth quarter that closed out the scoring.
Clear Creek will host Houston Heights at 6:00pm on Saturday.