Bush, Dulles, Elkins undefeated entering 20-6A play
All teams are tied for first place at 0-0 when district play begins this week. But District 20-6A does have three teams holding the possibility of an undefeated regular season.
Bush, Dulles and Elkins completed perfect non-district seasons entering the Week 4 bye taken by all eight league members. Defending champion Ridge Point and Travis were not far off at 2-1, both with a loss to a quality opponent.
With a somewhat different cast, the Broncos are off to a similar start as 2017, when they were 6-0 before a 7-2 finish. Bush owns the league’s top scoring defense through non-district play, allowing 13.3 points per game.
The Broncos came through in the clutch to defeat Terry 9-7 and Langham Creek 23-20, heading into the bye week with a convincing 41-13 win against Alief Taylor.
Cameron McMillan gained a game-high 102 yards on four catches, including an 86-yard touchdown against the Lions. Jonathan Williams rushed for 144 yards and two scores on 12 carries, while Kenneth Phillips scored twice on the ground and Donte Jones caught a touchdown pass from defensive back Erick Young just before halftime.
Bush has displayed several playmakers, with Demetrice Jones and Jamal Morris making big plays against Langham Creek. Wilfredo Guzman has four field goals and accounted for all the scoring against Terry, highlighted by a 45-yard game winner.
Bush enters district play looking to extend a three-year playoff streak. They begin 20-6A action Sept. 27 against Clements at Mercer Stadium.
Dulles seeks its first playoff berth since 2012 and might have its most talented group since. The Vikings are 3-0 for the second time in three years, finishing 5-5 in 2016. They were 4-4 last year and narrowly missed a postseason spot in 2015.
Reasons for optimism this year include a solid 114-68 non-district margin as the Vikings defeated Willowridge, Terry and Hightower. They flexed their defensive muscle in a 17-11 win against the Hurricanes.
Ainias Smith scored five touchdowns in the first two games, along with 11 catches and 409 yards from scrimmage. Myles Heard racked up 162 yards against Terry, with Cameron Peters throwing three touchdown passes.
Cord’Dric Walton, Jeremiah Walker and Javian Myles have been among the early playmakers for the Vikings, who start league play Sept. 17 against Austin.
Elkins already has more wins than all of last season, a rare down year at 2-6. Back in Class 6A, the Knights take wins against Brazoswood, Sterling and Chavez into their district opener Sept. 27 against Travis.
They are 3-0 for the second time in four years, the last resulting in an 8-3 season, and have outscored opponents 108-74. Junior Cameron George is off to a strong start under center, completing 63 percent for 441 yards and five touchdowns without an interception, adding a team-high 235 rushing yards.
Kolby White has been productive early with 21 catches for 325 yards and three touchdowns, also returning a punt for six. Senior Xavier McIntyre already has 44 tackles, five for loss, and 1 ½ sacks.
Sophomore Bryce Bradley is second with 24 tackles, four for loss, and a sack. The Knights have 10 sacks, led by three from senior Daelon Mitchell. Senior Nicholas Darby had 18 tackles and a fumble return for a touchdown.
All three undefeated teams are likely to be in the mix for playoff spots, with Ridge Point and Travis looking to extend their postseason streaks of four years or more. The Panthers seek a remarkable fifth consecutive district title.
Clements and Kempner both entered league play 1-2, with the Rangers routing Spring Woods and the Cougars defeated Alvin. Austin is off to a 0-3 start but was a two-point conversion from victory in Week 3.
HASTINGS BEGINS DEFENSE OF 23-6A CROWN
There are two undefeated teams in District 23-6A as league play begins. Pearland and Strake Jesuit have been impressive early, but Hastings is the one to catch as the race for first begins.
The Bears finished 2-1 in non-district action, sandwiching a 21-17 loss to Cypress Falls with wins against Jersey Village, 34-18, and Kempner, 52-20.
One early positive for the Bears was quarterback depth, with all-district quarterback Javon Williams, Joseph Manjack and Caleb Bowman all seeing action. Bowman stepped up with four touchdowns against Kempner, three on the ground along with 133 yards. He also has a sack and an interception on defense.
Seniors Emmanuel Akinyemi and Jevon Leon are tied for the team lead with 22 tackles, with Leon adding five tackles for loss and two sacks. Christian Felix has 17 tackles, while Roy Herring has 14, two for loss.
Hastings opens district against rival Elsik, Sept. 28 at Crump Stadium. The Rams and Taylor are seeking their first win of the season.
George Ranch opens Sept. 28 at Brazoswood. The Longhorns are 1-2 including a 27-24 victory in double overtime against Clear Lake. They lost 42-28 against Clear Springs despite four touchdowns and 274 combined yards from quarterback John Cristian Jackson.
WEEK 4 SCORES
Marshall 52, Manvel 51 (OT)
Willowridge 51, Waltrip 21
Sweeny 51, Fulshear 14
Edna 14, East Bernard 6
Yoakum 42, Needville 21
St. Thomas 28, Stafford 21
Fort Bend Christian 61, KIPP Generations 7
St. John XXIII 21, Brazos 14
Logos Prep 56, High Island 18
WEEK 4 STARS
Devon Achane, Marshall
What did Achane not do? He carried 24 times for 210 yards and five touchdowns, added two more scores on kick returns and converted the game-tying and game-winning two-point conversions in a 52-51 thriller against Manvel to open district play.
Minkandl Claude, Fort Bend Christian
The Eagles cruised to their first victory, 61-7 against KIPP Generations. Claude rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries, while Seth Montaye scored three times and J.T. Taylor threw touchdown passes to Brooks Kelley and George Obote.
Vaughn Frederick, Willowridge
Frederick and the Eagles started district play strong with a 51-21 win against Waltrip. The quarterback completed 14 of 18 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown and was even better on the ground with 159 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries.
WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Bush vs. Clements, 6:30 p.m., Mercer Stadium*
Elkins vs. Travis, 6:30 p.m., Hall Stadium*
Foster vs. Ball, 7 p.m., Traylor Stadium*
Fort Bend Austin vs. Dulles, 7 p.m., Mercer Stadium*
Kempner vs. Ridge Point, 7 p.m., Hall Stadium*
George Ranch vs. Brazoswood, 7 p.m., Hopper Stadium*
Lamar Consolidated vs. Lake Creek, 7:30 p.m., Traylor Stadium*
Fulshear vs. Sealy, 7:30 p.m., Mills Stadium*
Elsik vs. Hastings, 7 p.m., Crump Stadium*
Alief Taylor vs. Pearland, 7 p.m., The Rig*
Brazos vs. Rice Consolidated, 7:30 p.m., Cougar Stadium
East Bernard vs. Van Vleck, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium*
Needville vs. El Campo, 7:30 p.m., Ricebird Stadium*
Faith West vs. Fort Bend Chargers, 7 p.m., Kerr Field
Logos Prep vs. Victoria Faith Academy, 7 p.m., Victoria
Village School vs. Fort Bend Christian, 6 p.m., Village School Field
Hightower vs. Terry, 6 p.m., Hall Stadium*
Marshall vs. Sterling, 6 p.m., Mercer Stadium*
Sharpstown vs. Willowridge, 6 p.m., Butler Stadium*
Bush 3-0 (0-0)
Dulles 3-0 (0-0)
Elkins 3-0 (0-0)
Ridge Point 2-1 (0-0)
Travis 2-1 (0-0)
Clements 1-2 (0-0)
Kempner 1-2 (0-0)
Austin 0-3 (0-0)
Pearland 3-0 (0-0)
Strake Jesuit 3-0 (0-0)
Dawson 2-1 (0-0)
Hastings 2-1 (0-0)
George Ranch 1-2 (0-0)
Brazoswood 0-3 (0-0)
Elsik 0-3 (0-0)
Taylor 0-3 (0-0)
Angleton 3-0 (0-0)
Friendswood 3-0 (0-0)
Shadow Creek 3-0 (0-0)
Ball 2-0 (0-0)
Foster 1-2 (0-0)
Texas City 1-2 (0-0)
Hightower 0-3 (0-0)
Terry 0-3 (0-0)
A&M Consolidated 3-0 (0-0)
Lamar Consolidated 3-0 (0-0)
Huntsville 2-1 (0-0)
Paetow 2-1 (0-0)
Rudder 1-2 (0-0)
Cleveland 0-3 (0-0)
Montgomery 0-3 (0-0)
Lake Creek 0-3 (0-0)
Marshall 4-0 (2-0)
Sterling 2-2 (2-0)
Madison 1-2 (1-0)
Willowridge 2-1 (1-0)
Manvel 2-2 (1-1)
Northside 2-2 (1-1)
Milby 1-2 (0-2)
Sharpstown 0-3 (0-2)
Waltrip 0-4 (0-2)
Furr 3-1 (0-0)
Wheatley 2-1 (0-0)
Worthing 2-1 (0-0)
North Forest 1-3 (0-0)
Stafford 1-3 (0-0)
Yates 1-3 (0-0)
Navasota 0-4 (0-0)
Sealy 4-0 (0-0)
Columbia 3-1 (0-0)
El Campo 2-2 (0-0)
Fulshear 2-2 (0-0)
Needville 2-2 (0-0
Bay City 1-3 (0-0)
Brazosport 1-3 (0-0)
Schulenburg 4-0 (0-0)
Van Vleck 4-0 (0-0)
East Bernard 3-1 (0-0)
Danbury 2-1 (0-0)
Ganado 2-2 (0-0)
Bloomington 1-3 (0-0)
Tidehaven 0-4 (0-0)
Shiner 4-0 (0-0)
Yorktown 4-0 (0-0)
Brazos 2-1 (0-0)
Weimar 2-1 (0-0)
Kenedy 0-4 (0-0)