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Week Five area high school football capusles

September 23, 2018

Pearland vs. Alief Taylor

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Pearland

Records: Pearland 3-0, Alief Taylor 0-3

The skinny: The Oilers look to improve on their solid play when they open District 23-6A play against a an Alief Taylor squad which has played a rugged non-district schedule.

Both teams were idle this past week, but in the Oilers’ previous outing, quarterback J.D. Head threw six touchdown passes in a 56-28 win at Katy Cinco Ranch.

The Oiler defense was challenged by a Cinco Ranch team which scored 48 points against Jersey Village the week prior to the Oiler-Cougar matchup. Pearland pulled away in the second half to give first-year head coach Ricky Tullos his third win in as many outings.

In catching Taylor at the outset of the 23-6A race, Pearland hopes it isn’t awakening a sleeping giant.

The Lions have lost to three high-quality teams in Klein Collins (47-13), Houston Westfield (53-6) and Fort Bend Bush (41-13).

Taylor, which is picked to finish sixth in 23-6A, is led by wide receiver Shea Whiting and quarterback Charlie McFarland along with linebackers Ezrah Thibodeaux and Isaiah Wheeler and defensive back Montrell Winters.

Dawson vs. Strake Jesuit

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Houston

Records: Strake Jesuit 3-0, Dawson 2-1

The skinny: The District 23-6A football race becomes heated right off the bat when these two playoff contenders battle it out on the Strake Jesuit campus.

It’s much too early to eliminate any team from the district race, but the winner of this game will certainly do itself a lot of favors where the postseason is concerned.

Each team enters the game off a bye week.

Dawson suffered its first loss of the season two weeks ago in a 34-6 setback to powerful Dickinson. The Eagles had difficulty slowing the Gator offense while also struggling to score against a stingy Dickinson defense.

Prior to that showing, Dawson had built momentum with road victories over Conroe Oak Ridge and Humble Summer Creek.

Strake Jesuit, which is picked fifth in District 23-6A, will be trying to prove its doubters wrong. The Crusaders are certainly well on their way to doing that after the first three games.

Strake Jesuit has defeated St. Thomas Catholic (56-32), Beaumont West Brook (55-40) and Aldine Eisenhower (34-3).

The Crusaders are led by 6-5, 235-pound tight end Thomas Gordon, running back Michael Wiley and wide receivers Nathaniel Beal and Caleb Crawford. Linebacker Jett Bush and cornerback Denzel Blackwell spearhead the defense.

Friendswood vs. Texas City

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Friendswood

Records: Friendswood 3-0, Texas City 2-1

The skinny: There aren’t too many teams more familiar with each other than these two former district foes who are once again reunited in a different league.

This time, the Mustangs and Stingarees are pitted against each other in one of many pivotal District 10-5A openers.

Each team enters the contest after an open date, hoping to be healed and well-prepared for what should be another close struggle.

In its previous outing, Friendswood rolled to a 43-7 win over La Porte, building a 31-0 halftime lead in cruising to the victory. Quarterback Luke Grden threw a pair of touchdown passes, and the Friendswood defense held its opponent without a touchdown for the second straight game.

The Stingarees lost a tough 28-21 season opener to El Campo, but have since bounced back with wins over Clear Falls (35-28) and Clear Lake (24-9).

Texas City is led by quarterback Phillip McDaniel and running back Jo’vel McDaniel. The Stingaree defense is led by linebacker Mykahl Brow.

Friendswood is picked to finish third in 10-5A while Texas City is pegged for fifth place. Many insiders, however, believe all eight teams will have a strong say in how the league race unfolds.

Clear Creek vs. Clear Brook

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: League City

Records: Clear Creek 2-2, Clear Brook 1-3

The skinny: This District 24-6A opener features teams which will be trying to right the ship and build momentum for the remainder of the league campaign.

Clear Brook received a surprise wake-up call from surprising C.E. King this past Friday as the Panthers cruised to a 56-35 win.

C.E. King rushed for more than 600 yards, and that was almost evenly split with quarterback Ulysses Bently (23-292) and fullback Roderick Crumedy (23-271). That duo combined for eight touchdowns on the ground.

The Wolverines hope to have starting quarterback Shane Porter available after he suffered an injury in a tough non-district battle against Angleton. La’Darrion Florez has filled in nicely, but having Florez back at his usual wide receiver position provides Brook with an additional threat.

The Wildcats, too, ran into a rejuvenated team in Katy Tomkins this past week. Tomkins used a balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense in taking a 38-7 win over the Wildcats.

Clear Creek couldn’t get untracked fast enough, falling behind 31-0 through three quarters. The Wildcats’ only touchdown came on a 3-yard run by quarterback Hunter Smith.

Dickinson and Clear Springs seem to be near-certainties for playoff berths, but the remaining five teams in the district will battle for the final two post-season spots, putting extra significance on encounters such as this one.

Clear Falls vs. Clear Springs

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Webster

Records: Clear Falls 3-1, Clear Springs 1-3

The skinny: Clear Falls enters this game off the first three-game winning streak in school history, and the Knights would be ecstatic if they could extend it to four games.

However, that will be much easier said than done against a Clear Springs squad many have predicted to win the District 24-6A championship.

The Knights take the momentum of a 69-46 win over Houston Bellaire into the contest while Clear Springs capped a punishing non-district schedule by sustaining a 59-7 loss to Katy.

Clear Springs amassed an amazing 705 yards against the Cardinals, throwing for 492 yards while rushing for 213 more.

Clear Falls quarterback Gavin Esquivel was near-perfect, completing 24 of 26 passes for four touchdowns. Those TD throws covered 36 yards, 39 and 55 yards to Dorian Mason, and 34 yards to Brandon Woodson.

Mason finished the night with seven receptions for 115 yards.

Clear Springs fell behind 28-0 before it scored its lone touchdown on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Garrett Rooker to wide receiver Terrance Woodson.

Despite the Chargers’ 1-3 record, they’re still expected to finish first or second in District 24-6A.

Clear Lake vs. Dickinson

When: 6 p.m., Saturday

Where: Webster

Records: Clear Lake 1-3, Dickinson 4-0

The skinny: Along with Clear Falls, the Falcons will have the toughest assignment this week in trying to derail the relentless Gators.

One upbeat note for Clear Lake is that it picked up its first win of the season this past Friday, defeating Houston Chavez, 56-0.

Until then, head coach Larry McCrae’s group had sustained setbacks to Manvel, George Ranch and Texas City in a difficult non-district slate.

Dickinson, meanwhile, has been dispatching its opponents with frightening ease. The Gators have defeated George Ranch (38-8), Pasadena Memorial (48-0) and Pearland Dawson (34-6). Clear Lake lost to George Ranch in overtime, 27-24.

Dickinson’s first-team defense has allowed just one touchdown this season.

Clear Lake’s offense is led by versatile quarterback Shae Suiaunoa and running back Brendon Holmes. Dickinson counters with multi-dimensional quarterback Chris Welch, NCAA Division I tight end/wide receiver Jalen Wydermeyer and outstanding linebacker Colby Mouton.

Lutheran South Academy

Vs. Magnolia Legacy

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: LSA

Records: LSA 3-1, Magnolia Legacy 2-2

The skinny: The Pioneers continue to build momentum for the TAPPS DII-5 race and will take on the Lions in their final non-district matchup this week.

LSA won for the third time in four outings Friday night, taking a 42-11 road win at Brookshire Royal. The Pioneers used a 21-point second quarter to pull away to the triumph.

Quarterback Luke Harrison threw touchdown passes of 62 yards to Jake Justice and 37 yards to Joel Hutchins while Beau Psencik ran six and five yards for two other Pioneer scores.

Easton Brenner also returned a kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown for LSA while Pioneer running back Baron Bailey capped his team’s scoring with an 8-yard run.

Magnolia Legacy Prep defeated Houston Northland Christian, 40-19, Friday night to level its record.

The Lions’ Sam Bargainer rushed for 168 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Quarterback Jack Granick rushed for 107 yards and threw scoring passes of 26, 15 and 28 yards.

Bay Area Christian vs.

Woodlands Christian

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: League City

Records: BAC 1-3, Woodlands Christian 2-2

The skinny: Bay Area Christian picked up its first win of the season, taking a 33-0 victory over O’Connell this past Friday for some much-needed momentum.

O’Connell, though, which had beaten one of the Broncos’ district rivals, Pasadena First Baptist Academy, saw its game against BAC halted at halftime.

O’Connell fielded just 13 players for the game with the Broncos, and several of those were injured, preventing the game from continuing.

Bay Area Christian led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter before scoring 19 points in the second period to take a commanding lead.

O’Connell (1-2) had its game against Evadale canceled the previous week because of bad weather.

The Woodlands Christian Academy dropped a 38-21 decision to Fort Worth Lake Country Christian this past Friday.

Prior to that game, the Warriors had defeated Schertz John Paul II, 21-14, and Spring Grand Oaks, 42-33. Its other setback was to Magnolia Legacy Prep, 27-26, in overtime.

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