SportsPost by Brandon C Williams
FOUR COUNTY teams remain undefeated entering the third week of the regular season, while Clear Springs and La Marque are still in search of a first win.
This week’s featured game sees Texas City looking to build on the momentum of an impressive win over La Marque in the Battle By The Bay as the Stingarees welcome a Dickinson team fueled with the motivation to play for coach John Snelson, who is enduring the effects of chemotherapy for throat cancer.
Santa Fe’s suddenly explosive offense will take on a St Thomas team with the Indians in with a chance to exceed last year’s one-win campaign early in the new season.
The Tors’ exertions in notching up Galveston Ball’s 2-0 start to the season have been rewarded by a well-earned rest this week.
Deer Park (2-0) at Clear Creek (2-0), 7:00 pm Thursday
The Wildcats will have to contend with a ground-oriented Deer attack that has averaged 47 points in their two victories. That means stopping running back Sammy Linton, who rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 42-19 rout at Brazoswood, as both teams seek to prevent a first loss of the season.
The ’Cats have put up 36 points per outing behind quarterback Jared Hildreth, who has thrown for seven touchdowns while feeding a receiving trio in Landon Etzel, Brandon Hower and Andrew Wisen, who have each accumulated at least 136 receiving yards.
Clear Falls (0-2) at Seven Lakes (1-1), 7:00 pm Friday
Consistency is a barrier the Knights have yet to hurdle, as the roller-coaster ride of last week’s overtime loss to Fort Bend Kempner displayed. One way to solve that is by getting the ball to running back Priest Bluitt, who rushed for 215 yards and a score last week.
The Spartans are coming off a 31-23 win over Fort Bend Austin, as running back Brock Sturges had 199 yards and a score on the ground.
Falls are 1-12 in their last 13 games and have not kept any opponents under 30 points since October 31, 2013.
Dickinson (2-0) at Texas City (1-1), 7:00 pm Friday
The area’s top team doesn’t have too far to travel for its first road outing of the season, as the Gators have amassed 111 points in a pair of blowout wins.
Versatile Jordan Myers has 311 yards and seven touchdowns rushing, while the defense and special teams have combined for three scores.
With Snelson facing the toughest stretch of his treatment, his team doesn’t want to let up against a Stings team that forced five turnovers in the win over La Marque. What was expected to be a running back by committee has been changed by the play of Exavier Simpson, who has 265 yards and five scores thus far.
The game’s electric atmosphere is bound to be heightened by its commentary on AM 950 Radio by the dynamic duo of local sports broadcasting, Charles McCullough and Coach Ed Biles. Sponsored in part by The Post, it’s live on both KPRC Houston and its online streaming website, kprcradio.com.
Kingwood (0-2) at Friendswood (1-1), 7:00 pm Friday
A lethargic effort in last week’s loss to George Ranch was a wet rag on the Mustangs’ progress. They continued to struggle defending the run, as they allowed 275 yards on Friday, allowing 5.6 yards per rush.
This week, they’ll get a potential pick-me-up kind of game, as the Kingwood team has been outscored 88-21 in blowout losses to heavy hitters Katy and Klein Collins.
The game will a contest between dual-threat quarterbacks Tyler Page of Friendwood and Dawson Trudell. Whichever of the two can balance their skills best will go a long way toward their respective team’s chances for a win.
St Thomas (2-0) at Santa Fe (1-1), 7:00 pm Friday
Indians quarterback Tucker Mica leads his team in rushing but knows how to find wide receiver Cody Rambin, who has hauled in three touchdowns thus far.
Santa Fe’s up-tempo offense had better be up to the task of trading shots with the Eagles, who have averaged 43 points per game behind the talents of quarterback Michael Keating, who has thrown for 495 yards and five touchdowns while adding 231 yards and four scores on the ground.
La Marque (0-2) at MacArthur (0-2), 7:00 pm Friday
Someone’s assured of their first win of the season and, if the Cougars plan on doing so, holding on to the ball would help. Coach Mike Jackson’s team has committed eight turnovers without causing a single one and, with injuries mauling an already-thin roster, his team needs to make as many breaks as possible.
The Generals have been as equally inept offensively, also managing just one touchdown while being outscored 87-7 to Dickinson and Montgomery.
Hitchcock (2-0) at Northland Christian (1-1), 7:30 pm Friday
With 109 points in two games, the Bulldogs are clicking full tilt offensively. Quarterback Michael Parker’s work in the summer has translated very well running coach Craig Smith’s flash-and-dash ground assault.
A win over the TAPPS 4 division II Cougars would equal last year’s 3-0 start for Hitchcock, whose defense has also shown marked improvement from this time in 2014.
La Porte (2-0) at Clear Springs (1-1), 6:00 pm Saturday
For the Chargers to knock the Bulldogs from the ranks of the undefeated, it must begin by stopping a two-headed ground game of Cobra Jones and Austin Upshaw, who have combined for 538 yards and six touchdowns. Seth Murray adds a third wave with his 146 yards and two scores.
Springs’ heart-stopping victory over Dobie last week might be the kind of moment that galvanizes a program, especially if quarterback William McBride can continue his connection with wideout Michael Gillaspia, who had five catches and 100 yards and a touchdown in the 34-32 win.