Football: Kingwood prepares for district showdown with undefeated South Houston
Michael Van Uden has noticed the Kingwood Mustangs have turned it up a notch in practice this week.
The senior linebacker likes the intensity he seen from his teammates.
“I think we have been working really hard and have been aggressive all week,” Van Uden said. “We have been doing our jobs and have listened to our coaches. It’s easy to tell at practice that everyone wants to win this week and get our second district win.”
Kingwood will play undefeated South Houston at 7 p.m. Friday at Pasadena Memorial Stadium in a District 22-6A game.
The Mustangs (2-2, 1-1) have familiarity with South Houston (4-0, 2-2) after defeating the Trojans in the bi-district round of the playoffs the last two seasons.
Kingwood head coach Barry Campbell already knows what the Trojans can bring to the field.
“Last year, it was evenly matched and they have improved from last year from what we have seen on film,” said Campbell, who is in his 7th season with Kingwood. “They’re a lot better team this year. They can do so many things with the football.”
South Houston is off to its best start in 43 years after defeating Humble last week 47-7.
The Trojans’ hot start comes after the school hired first-year head coach Patrick Longstreet — who spent the last seven seasons as the offensive coordinator for Rosenberg Terry High School.
South Houston leads the district with 1,857 yards of total offense, and is averaging 46.5 points a game this season.
The Mustangs’ defense has allowed a total of 68 points this season through four games.
The Trojans are led by senior quarterback Torrence Stevens, who has rushed for 400 yards on 38 carries with four touchdowns while going 41 of 62 throwing for 659 yards with nine touchdowns.
“Their quarterback has been starting for them since his sophomore year and can run the ball good,” Campbell said. “They have good running backs and big tall wide receivers that can hurt you if you make a mistake. Our defense is going to have to play each snap, not give up any big plays and play our type of defense. They can score on any play of the game.”
The Mustangs are coming off their first district win of the season after routing Sam Rayburn 50-0 last week.
The Kingwood ground attack has averaged 191 yards per game this season and will be looking to control the clock against the Trojans.
Senior running back Casey Roth leads the Mustangs with 43 carries for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
“We struggled running the football the first two weeks, but the last two weeks we have run the ball good,” Campbell said. “We have to continue with the rushing attack. Last week, we did a better job last week of throwing the football. Our offense is getting better each week and we will have to play our best game on Friday.”
The Kingwood defense will be looking to hold the Trojans offense and get their second district win of the season.
“We have to minimize the big plays on defense,” Campbell said. “They have a lot of quickness and we have to make sure that we contain them. If we can keep the pressure on them, it gives us a shot to win the game.