Shadow Creek is as good as advertised in its first official varsity season.
New Summer Creek coach Kenny Harrison found out firsthand how much talent and athleticism they possess in his team’s 43-7 season-opening setback at Alvin ISD’s new Freedom Field.
“It’s a work in progress, and it was an opportunity to learn about our team,” Harrison said.
“One thing, after getting back and watching the film, the mistakes we made are correctable mistakes. We’ve just got to make sure everything is ironed out before we hit district. That’s the most important thing.
“We want to continue to improve each and every day.”
Summer Creek started slow, but still had a chance to take a 14-7 lead early on.
The Bulldogs stopped Shadow Creek on its opening possession but then fumbled the punt return, stopped Shadow Creek again - and then fumbled the punt return again, which led to the Sharks’ first score.
“They had three possessions before our offense hit the field, and our defense was playing well,” Harrison said. “It was more that they got tired. You get two stops and then put an offense with that much athleticism back on the field, it’s difficult. But when we got the ball, we went down and scored.”
Quarterback Devin Matthews threw a 40-yard TD pass to Tyler Via, tying it 7-7 after one.
Summer Creek then stopped Shadow Creek again and had a chance to take the lead but turned the ball over on downs after reaching the Sharks’ 5-yard-line. Then the Sharks exploded offensively.
They scored 36 points in the second and third quarters to pull away.
Harrison said the play of nose guard D’Angelo Price, who he raved about in the offseason, was a bright spot for the Bulldogs.
“He made the hustle plays, made plays downfield, and played with a high motor from a nose guard position, getting out and making tackles on the outside screens, tunnel screens, and things of that nature,” Harrison said.
Matthews, who backed up John Holcombe last year, “did some good things” in his first start, Harrison said, and he’s expected to start again in Week 2, but junior Drevion Grant, who played wide receiver in the opener, and sophomore QB Bryan Bush also could see snaps under center against Dawson.
They meet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Turner Stadium.
“Our strength going into the season was offensive line,” Harrison said. “We’ve got two starters there from a year ago, but we’ve got some young kids who are playing there, too, so we have to continue to improve up there, and I feel confident everything is going to click and jell. We just have to keep working.”
Wildcats roll in opener
The Humble Wildcats went the opposite direction in their opener, rolling over Northbrook 47-6 at Tully Stadium.
They nearly tripled Northbrook’s production, outgaining it 312-107 in total yards.
QBs Chase Pena and Dexter Wible continued their competition, and both produced scores, with Pena completing 7 of 10 passes for 138 yards and two TDs and Wible throwing for 20 yards and a score.
Running back Isaiah Robinson produced 78 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.
Coach Charles West also got a look at quite a few players in the opener, with five players recording carries and five receivers catching passes - with three receiving TDs by three different players.
But the Wildcats still have a long way to go.
They won their opener last year, too, and then didn’t win again all season, finishing 1-7.
Next up is Aldine at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Turner.
Atascocita tackles Taylor
A win’s a win, but this one was a little close for comfort, especially considering who’s on deck for Atascocita.
The Eagles opened the season with a 16-0 win over Katy Taylor.
They didn’t notch their first score of the season until late in the second quarter and led only 9-0 - after a third-quarter safety - with eight minutes remaining before adding a second rushing score.
QB Brice Matthews supplied the first TD on a 1-yard plunge.
RB T.J. Thomas, who finished with 78 yards on 13 carries, broke a 35-yard run for the second touchdown.
But now the Eagles are gearing up for another shot at Katy at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Legacy Stadium.
K-Park stumbles in Week 1
Kingwood Park, taking on returning state semifinalist Angleton, stumbled out of the gate, falling 63-14 at home.
The Wildcats racked up 660 total yards and averaged 12.7 yards on 39 rushes.
QB Sam Johansen and RB Desmond Benjamin each surpassed 100 rushing yards and scored one TD, but Johansen, a converted linebacker making his first start under center, also threw two interceptions.
K-Park finished with three turnovers and 339 total yards.
It takes on Waltrip in Week 2 at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Delmar Stadium.
Jason McDaniel is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.