Football: Kingwood shutouts South Houston for second district win
PASADENA - Dominik Izydorczyk was aware that South Houston had a high scoring offense.
The senior defensive lineman and the Kingwood defense were up to the test of stopping the Trojans’ offense on a rainy Friday night.
The Mustangs’ defense just needed to have one kind of mentality to have the edge over South Houston.
“We had to come out with that warrior mentality,” Izydorczyk said. “We knew that they were coming off some big games where they put up a lot of points. I’m glad we showed up and played hard. We didn’t lay down the entire game.”
Kingwood shutout South Houston 19-0 at Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium in a District 22-6A game.
It was the second-straight shutout for the Mustangs (3-2, 2-1) in district play and it was the first time the Trojans (4-0, 2-1) were held scoreless this season.
“I’m so proud of our defense,” said Kingwood head coach Barry Campbell. “They dug deep and kept doing a great job. They answered the challenge for sure and helped us all night. Our defense has been getting better each week and tonight they got much better. They have a high-powered offense that puts up a lot of points and a lot of yards.”
South Houston came into the game averaging 463.3 yards of total offense a game and scoring 46.5 points per game through four games.
The Mustangs’ defense held the Trojans to a total of 267 yards and forced two turnovers, which were two fumbles.
Kingwood scored on both of those turnovers with a 6-yard touchdown by Blake Parr in the second quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run by senior running back Casey Roth.
“We were able to get some big plays after the turnovers,” Campbell said. “When you can score off of turnovers that’s going to help you a lot. We held onto the ball on offense and our line did a great job of opening up holes for our running game. Both sides of the ball kept playing hard the whole game. It was a team effort.”
Roth also scored on a 36-yard screen pass in the fourth from quarterback Grant Wall.
Parr and Roth combined for 23 carries with 94 yards and three touchdowns for the Mustangs.
Roth wanted to make sure to get into the end zone for the defense.
“Our defense was working hard the whole game,” Roth said. “They were in the majority of the game wearing down the other team. We just knew that we had to score for them. The offensive line did a great job of blocking and we were able to get into the end zone in the fourth quarter.”
Izydorcyzk and Ryan Vincent both recovered Trojan fumbles and the Mustangs defense had a total of three sacks in the game.
The Trojans had a total of 127 yards at halftime.
“The whole week you work hard and when you win like this it’s rewarding,” Izdorcyzk said. “Our defense did a great job together as a unit and this game is going to make us better as a team.”
South Houston was threatening with 47 seconds left in the game on Kingwood’s 12-yard line.
The Trojans turned it over on downs and Wall took a knee to run the clock out to secure the Mustangs victory.
“It felt amazing to get that stop at the end of the game,” Izdorcyzk said. “We didn’t give up at all and wanted to make sure we played all four quarters.”
Kingwood will have a short week and will be looking for its third-straight district win when the Mustangs host Pasadena Memorial 7 p.m. Thursday at Turner Stadium.
“Our defense steeped up big,” Campbell said. “We will look at film and fix our mistakes, but our team really grew tonight. They all left it out on the field and I couldn’t be prouder.”