Kingwood blanks Sam Rayburn for first district win
When Casey Roth stepped onto the field at Turner Stadium on Friday night, the turf was wet and the humidity made it hard to breathe.
It wasn’t the normal conditions for a football game, but the senior Kingwood running back is used to adjusting to the atmosphere he plays in.
“It’s kind of been like that the whole season for us with the weather,” Roth said. “We have had practice in rain and practice in gyms and what not. You just have to be prepared to play in any type of weather. We adjusted well and got the win, which was most important.”
Roth scored two touchdowns as the Mustangs shutout Sam Rayburn 50-0 for their first District 22-6A win of the year.
The Mustangs rushed for a total of 293 yards against the Texans (0-4,0-2) and had five rushing touchdowns.
Grant Wall had a 1-yard touchdown run, Carter Amarantos added a 41-yard touchdown run and Ben Jones had a 34-yard touchdown run.
“It felt great to get our first district win,” said Roth, who had touchdown runs of 21 and 47 yards. “This was a huge game and after what happened last week it was big to get this win. Our offense line did a great job blocking and was able to open up holes for our running backs.”
It was the first shutout of the season for the Mustangs, who improved to 2-2, 1-1 on the season.
“Overall, I think we played well on both sides of the ball,” said Kingwood head coach Barry Campbell. “I think we got off to a slow start at first on offense, but we were able to make some plays to score some touchdowns early to change the momentum.”
The Mustangs outscored the Texans 37-0 in the first half.
Sophomore kicker Kaden Wooster nailed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter to get the Mustangs on the scoreboard.
The Mustangs blocked a punt and junior linebacker Brandon Lewis returned it 15 yards as Kingwood took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
“We had blocked it and it was just laying right there in front of me,” Lewis said. “I just picked it up and went straight to the end zone. It was big momentum for the team and we all started playing together.”
The Mustangs’ defense held the Texans to a total of 63 yards in the game.
Aiden Bell picked up a Texans fumble and returned it 32 yards for the scoop and score in the third quarter.
“Those kinds of plays can be momentum shifters,” Campbell said. “Our defense was able to make plays and get to the end zone. Whenever you can get a turnover and get a touchdown that’s good for your team.”
The Mustangs will take on undefeated South Houston at 7 p.m. Friday at Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Trojans defeated Humble 47-7 on Friday.
“They’re undefeated right now and have a great football team,” Campbell said. “We have played them the last couple of years in the playoffs so we know what we’re up against. We have to get right back to work and prepare for them next week.”