The Mustangs head into Friday’s showdown against Clear Lake sitting in the driver’s seat in both 24-6A and our rankings after winning six straight games. Both Clear Springs and Clear Brook lurk near the top, while both Dickinson and La Marque appear to have things in order after hitting rough patches of varying degrees.
How does it all shake out? Let’s start here and let your eyes work down.
11.Clear Falls (1-5, at Alvin, Friday): While it shows in flashes, the Knights are making progress. Rebuilding takes time, but a win over the Yellow Jackets on Friday would be a huge boost of confidence for the squad.
Friendswood (6-1 overall, at Clear Lake, Friday): So much for a rebuilding effort. When the Houston Touchdown Club holds its awards dinner on December 13, Robert Koopmann should be among the finalists for area coach of the year. This Mustangs team has a chance to go pretty deep next month.
Clear Brook (4-2, at Clear Springs, Friday): The Wolverines rebounded from their loss to Friendswood with an airtight thriller over Clear Lake last week. This game should be filled with college scouts as both teams are brimming with future Saturday talent.
Clear Springs (4-2, vs. Clear Brook, Friday): Running back Todd Hudson went full Beast Mode with 336 yards and five touchdowns as the Chargers lit the scoreboard with a 69-point outing against Clear Falls. Springs still has a chance to win their second straight 24-6A title but it all starts with outslugging an equally potent Clear Brook offense.
Dickinson (4-2, vs. Clear Creek, Saturday): The Gators’ defense went into lockdown mode in last week’s 24-7 Homecoming win over Alvin. Coach John Snelson’s squad is in playoff mode fully aware there is no margin for error in order to play beyond November 11.
La Marque (4-3, at East Chambers, Friday): A team playing on the emotions of off-the-field tragedies has won four straight behind a defense that allowed a season-low 75 yards in their Homecoming win over Anahuac. Quarterback Myles Launius, whose passing struggles were an issue last season, is completing nearly 60 percent of his passes and has thrown just one interception this year.
Clear Creek (3-3, at Dickinson, Saturday): The Wildcats have to shake off the 52-21 defeat from Friendswood to gear up to visit the Gators in what will have the feeling of an elimination game. Creek has shown the ability to score with anyone, but must be up to the challenge of putting up points against a Gators D that has begun to hit its stride.
Santa Fe (4-2, vs. Fort Bend Willowridge, Friday): A win over Galena Park put the Indians back on track for a playoff spot in 23-5A. They get a golden opportunity to bolster those hopes against an Eagles team that has been outscored 223-48 in their four district losses.A win also provides a cushion as the Indians close out the regular season against top-ranked Manvel and a Fort Bend Marshall team also ranked in the state’s top 25.
Texas City (3-3, vs. Manvel, Friday): Three straight wins have the Stingarees feeling optimistic about a return to the postseason after missing out on last year’s fun. While Texas City knows they are huge underdogs to the top team in Class 5A, the Stings also have the home crowd and a nothing to lose attitude that could make things more interesting than expected.
Galveston Ball (3-3, vs. Galena Park, Friday): The Tors still have a good look at the playoff window, and a win over the Yellowjackets will strengthen their odds. That Ball is ranked here is a sign of the parity in this area this season. Coach Kimble Anders’ squad is capable of breaking through and snapping the school’s postseason drought.
Hitchcock (3-3, vs. Hardin, Friday): Again, parity. Each of the teams ahead of the Bulldogs are at .500 or better, so placing them here isn’t an insult. The return of explosive running back Drevian Archibald enhances their chance to remain undefeated in District 12-3A-1 leading into the November 10 date against La Marque in what could be a winner-take-all contest.