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Football: Humble, Summer Creek prepare for rivalry game

October 11, 2018

It has been two years since Humble and Summer Creek High School met on the gridiron.

The schools are 7.4 miles away from each other, but the Wildcats and Bulldogs will meet each other on the 50-yard line at 7 p.m. Friday night at Turner Stadium.

Bragging right are on the line around the Humble-area in the District 22-6A showdown.

“It’s a neighborhood rivalry game,” said Humble head coach Charles West. “It’s a sister school of ours in Humble and it’s great for the community. It’s going to be a great game and I hope that everyone comes out to support both teams.”

Humble (4-2, 2-2) is coming off its worst loss of the season after dropping a 70-20 decision to Dobie last week.

“It’s the game of football,” said West on the loss to Dobie. “You’re going to win some and lose some. Now, our attention is on Summer Creek. They’re a very athletic team and have a good offense and defense. It’s going to come down to executing and not having turnovers.”

The Wildcats are also dealing with a major injury.

The team lost senior starting quarterback Chase Pena last week against Dobie. Pena suffered a torn ACL injury and will miss the rest of the season.

Junior quarterback Dexter Wyble, who saw action against the Longhorns, will start for Pena this week.

“It’s an opportunity for the next man to step up,” West said. “We have to be fundamentally sound in all three phases of the game to win.”

Humble is led by senior running back Isaiah Robinson, who leads the district in rushing with 99 carries for 903 yards and nine touchdowns. Robinson averages more than nine yards per carry for the Wildcats.

The Bulldogs (3-2, 3-0) remained undefeated in district play after getting their first shutout of the season with a 62-0 win over Pasadena.

“Anytime you can pitch a shutout in a game, let alone a district game it’s good for your team,” said first-year head coach Kenny Harrison. “The kids feel good about themselves and it makes all the hard work they put in every week worth it. That was last week and now we have to move onto this week. There are some mistakes that we have made, but they’re all correctable and that’s what we have been working on in practice.”

The Bulldogs have averaged 51 points per game through three district games.

The Bulldogs’ offense is led by first-year starting quarterback Bryan Bush, who went 15 of 21 throwing for 294 yards with four touchdowns in the win over the Eagles. Bush also had 12 carries for 79 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

Bush spent the non-district schedule playing with Summer Creek’s junior varsity team before being called up to start district play against Pasadena Memorial on Oct. 14.

Senior offensive linemen Jack Zelezinski and Angel Robles make sure that Bush has enough time in the pocket.

“Bryan Bush makes the whole offense better,” said four-year starter Zelezinski. “He’s really encouraged everybody whether we’re making mistakes on the field or not. It helps our whole team when we work together.”

“As a line we want to make sure that Bryan has time to make play,” said senior lineman Angel Robles. “As a line we’re playing good right now and have great chemistry. We know the game starts with us up front. If we don’t do a good job blocking our offense can’t move.”

Harrison likes how the right-handed signal caller has performed in his first three varsity games.

“He’s matured every week since he’s been with us,” Harrison said. “He’s only going to be making his fourth varsity start on Friday. He’s done a great job of grasping the offense and executing on the field. He’s matured a lot and has done everything that we have asked since fall camp.”

The Bulldogs will be looking to contain Robinson and the Wildcats’ offense in order to get their fourth straight win in district.

“They’re a very athletic football team,” Harrison said. “They had some injures last week with Dobie, but I told our guys that we’re going to see the best Humble team on Friday. They’re going to come out and play hard and we have to be ready for that. We have to be sound in special teams, limit turnover and cause turnovers. If we’re solid in all three phases I like our chances.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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