Football: Summer Creek routs South Houston in district finale
Summer Creek celebrated a win on senior night in the Bulldogs’ District 22-6A finale against South Houston on Thursday.
The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 42-13 at Turner Stadium.
First-year head coach Kenny Harrison said he wanted to make sure the Bulldogs ended the regular season on a positive note.
“We had to come into the game focused,” Harrison said. “We had to eliminate the distractions from the activities before the game and just come and play football. We had a game to play.”
With the loss South Houston is eliminated from playoff contention. The Trojans finish the season 6-4, 4-4.
“A win is a good thing and that’s the bottom line,” Harrison said. “We had some mistakes and some penalties that we need to correct. Once we correct those we’re going to be a great team.”
The Bulldogs clinched a playoff spot last week with a 51-0 win over Sam Rayburn. The Bulldogs (7-3, 7-1) will play in Class 6A, Division II in the playoffs.
Summer Creek will play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Turner Stadium against an opponent that will be announced Friday night.
“Now we start a fresh new season,” Harrison said. “There’s always three parts to a season, you have non-district, district and the playoffs. We’re going into the playoffs 0-0 and a win or loss from the past can’t hurt us. We’re looking forward to moving on and where we’re going.”
Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Bryan Bush left the game in the second quarter after taking a hit.
“I think he’s going to be fine,” Harrison said. “It was just one those precautionary type deals. I think he’s going to be fine and he will get evaluated for next week.”
Quarterback Devin Matthews stepped in for Bush to keep the Bulldogs’ offense moving.
Matthews went 7 of 10 for 70 yards and threw two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
Summer Creek scored 14 points in the first, second, and fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs had a total of 324 yards of offense and shutout the Trojans 14-0 in the second half.
Summer Creek’s defense forced five turnovers with four interceptions and a fumble recovery.
“It feels good knowing that I don’t have to put my pads up,” said Summer Creek offensive lineman Jack Zelezinski. “We’re playing next week and that’s all that matters is extending my senior season with my teammates.”