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Travis hosts Foster in non-district clash

September 7, 2018

High schools with Richmond addresses have football teams that regularly make the playoffs. Two of them provide one of the Fort Bend area’s best matchups this week.

Travis and Foster clash for the first time in seven years Sept. 8 at Mercer Stadium. Both ultimately look to continue playoff streaks, four years for the Tigers and six for the Falcons, including a 14-1 state semifinal appearance in 2016 and last year’s regional final run.

The Tigers seek a 2-0 start after a thrilling, 37-30 overtime victory against Hightower. Foster traded scores with defending state champion College Station before falling 42-38.

Travis and Hightower met as district rivals for several years and provided another classic last week. Isaiah Essisima scored from 62 yards away for the Hurricanes with 55 seconds left to push the game into overtime, when Kaelen Shankle rushed in from 14 yards out for the game-winner.

Shankle scored twice on the ground for the Tigers, while Arjei Henderson amassed 155 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions. Eric Rodriguez passed for three touchdowns, including a 63-yarder to Parker Washington.

Foster trailed 10-0 early against College Station but took the lead on a 95-yard kick return by Jaden Smith and a 68-yard interception return by Israel Floyd. The Falcons took their last lead in the third quarter, 32-27, with Cody Jackson stepping in under center and rushing for a score.

Isaac Johnson finished with 142 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries for Foster, including scoring runs of 53 and 31 yards.

Travis and Foster meet for the first time since a non-district series in 2010 and 2011. The Tigers won both meetings, 10-3 and 23-21. One might expect a higher-scoring affair this time.

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