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Kingwood Park rallies to defeat Porter in district opener

October 1, 2018

Kingwood Park’s Sam Johansen couldn’t watch as Porter attempted a 46-yard field in the fourth quarter to win the District 9-5A, Division I opener on Saturday night.

The senior quarterback turned his head to the left to the video board for the final play of the game with seven seconds left.

“I couldn’t watch it,” Johansen said. “I just looked the other way at the scoreboard. Once I saw it wasn’t good we all celebrated. It was amazing.”

The Panthers (2-2,1-0) rallied from 17 points in the third quarter to defeat the Spartans 28-27 in the district opener at Turner Stadium.

Kingwood Park outscored the Spartans (2-2,0-1) 21-10 in the second half.

With 29 seconds left in the game Johansen scored the game-winning a 1-yard touchdown to put the Panthers up 28-27, which was their first lead of the game.

Johansen scored all three of is rushing touchdowns in the second half for the Panthers.

The right-handed signal caller had thrown two interceptions in the first half and wanted to make sure he came out in the second half looking for a fresh start.

“I just had to forget about those interceptions,” said Johansen, who had touchdown runs of 3, 1 and 1 yards. “We just got back to running the football and our offensive line did a great job. We ran as hard as we could.”

Kingwood Park head coach Clayton Maple had a simple message for the Panthers at halftime to start the rally.

“We kept talking to them even at halftime to just trust us,” Maple said. “We had some turnovers. We felt like we stuck with the plan and didn’t panic and we would be fine. It’s a huge win for us. In this district there are a lot of good teams and you can’t rest on any of them. It was just all heart from our guys.”

The Panthers rushed for 250 yards on offense.

Running back Dalton Roger had 24 carries for 151 yards with one touchdown to carry the load for K-Park.

Johansen had 16 carries for 54 yards.

The K-Park defense forced two turnovers, which were fumbles.

The Panthers will play Houston Wisdom next week at 7 p.m. Friday at Butler Stadium to continue district play.

“Going forward with this team, we have been talking about our goals and things we want to accomplish,” Maple said. “To be able to see it tonight was really big for our guys.”

Football roundup

Atascocita rolls past Sam Rayburn

Atascociata routed Sam Rayburn 77-0 on homecoming last Friday night at Turner Stadium.

The Eagles (3-1, 2-0) had a total of 453 yards of total offense to stay undefeated in District 22-6A play.

Atascocita running back TJ Thomas had four carries for 137 yards and rushed for four touchdowns. Thomas had touchdown runs of 20, 7, 49 and 61 yards.

Eagles quarterback Brice Matthews went 5 of 5 for 100 yards throwing three touchdowns.

Atascocita had a 63-0 lead at halftime.

Humble back in the win column

Humble running back Isaiah Robinson had 23 carries for 138 yards and one touchdown as the Wildcats defeated Pasadena Memorial 35-21.

The Wildcats (4-1,2-1) outscored the Mavericks 21-7 in the second half to secure their second district win of the season.

Humble rushed for 237 yards and passed for 129 yards.

The Wildcats defense forced four turnovers, which were two fumbles and two interceptions.

Kingwood shutouts South Houston to end 4-game winning streak

Kingwood shutout South Houston 19-0 last Friday night at Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium for its second district win of the season.

The Mustangs’ defense recoreved to fumbles and had three sacks.

Blake Parr and Casey Roth combined for 23 carries with 94 yards and three touchdowns for the Mustangs.

Summer Creek on bye

Summer Creek had a bye last week and will take on Pasadena High School at 7 p.m. Friday at Turner Stadium.

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