Stevens throws 5 TD passes as Trojans sink struggling Texans 49-0
Never in the rich history of high school football has a team spoiled two homecomings in one night.
But South Houston, in a must-win game against rival Sam Rayburn, managed to do it.
In addition to Sam Rayburn’s regular homecoming, the Texans were playing their first contest at Veterans Memorial Stadium since Aug. 30th, but South Houston spoiled both with an easy 49-0 District 22-6A win Thursday night.
South Houston improves to 3-2 in district, remaining in the hunt for a state playoff berth with only three games remaining.
Overall, the Trojans improved to 5-2. Head coach Patrick Longstreet’s club is only the third team since 1977 to own a 5-2 record through the first seven contests, joining the 1977 and 1995 teams as the others.
The 55th annual game was a rout from the get-go as the Trojans scored on the very first play and never looked back.
In what seems like a recurring theme this season, the 49-point margin of victory was South Houston’s most lop-sided victory over Rayburn in the 55-year history of the series.
It broke the old record of a 47-0 win back in 1989.
Two weeks ago, Dobie defeated Pasadena by 52 points, the most lop-sided victory for the Longhorns in that 50-year-old series.
Sam Rayburn’s headed for a record as well, but it’s not a good one. It was the fourth straight week that the Texans have been shut out, leaving the team one shy of the school record for most shutouts in one season.
That dubious distinction currently belongs to the 1971 squad that went scoreless in five games, but at least those Texans still managed to win two contests.
With quarterback Torrence Stevens throwing his 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th touchdown passes of the season, tops in 22-6A, South Houston racked up 565 yards of total offense. He was 6-for-9 with one interception, a pick by Geraldo Ledezma.
The ground game accounted for 380 yards and 185 went to the passing attack.
Stevens threw three touchdown passes to Keith Oliver and two to Ian Butler. The pair now have seven TD receptions for the season, good for a share of first place among 22-6A receivers. But Atascocita’s Dylan Robinson enters Saturday’s game against Memorial with six.
Oliver and Butler both enjoyed a height advantage on their Rayburn defenders and the duo simply leaped up to get an even greater height advantage in order to bring down the perfectly-placed passes by Stevens.
The game’s first play was a simple pass out in the flats to Butler and his quickness did the rest, going 66 yards for the score.
After a 44-yard run to the end zone by junior Joseph Phillips, Stevens’ second and third TD passes resulted in an 11-yarder to Oliver and a 10-yarder to Butler. Then on the final play of the first half, Stevens hooked up with Oliver for a 35-yard TD pass, creating a 42-0 lead.
Butler’s final TD grab was a 43-yarder that created the final score in the opening minutes of the third.
GAME NOTES: The shutout was the ninth for the Trojans in the 55 meetings, but the first since 2003 when the Trojans won 7-0 in overtime. Four of the nine took place in the 1980s. … South Houston is at the doorstep to a school record for most points in a season. Now with 249 points, Stevens and Co. need four touchdowns to break the record of 275 points set in 2007. The 49 points allowed this year’s team to pass up 10 teams, sending them from 14th to fourth on the all-time list. … The Trojans now lead the series with Rayburn by a 33-22 count. After the 40th annual, Rayburn held a 21-19 lead in the series.