Kingwood cools off South Houston 19-0
Is that any way for South Houston’s best September in 43 years to go out?
A very strong Kingwood defense played party-pooper to not only South Houston’s Homecoming festivities but also to the Trojans’ best start in four decades, following a 19-0 District 22-6A setback at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night.
Never mind the meaningless Kingwood score with 2:06 remaining, South Houston’s defense played well enough to win, but Kingwood’s defense bubbled over with superlative plays.
Outside of quarterback Torrence Stevens going on runs of 42 and 44 yards, the district’s No.1 offense entering the game was silenced.
“The defense really had a challenge in front of them. They’ve been getting after it offensively. They’ve been wearing some people out, putting up points, racking up the yardage and their defense has been solid and their defense was solid again tonight,” Kingwood head coach Barry Campbell said.
Kingwood’s swarming defense handed South Houston its first shutout defeat since Nov. 5, 2015 when Alvin blanked the Trojans 42-0.
“We knew it was going to be battle coming in. We were right there at the end. It was 7-0 pretty much the whole game. We had so many opportunities to get it in down there. We kept having the penalties or a bad play. We didn’t do ourselves any favors, let’s put it that way,” new Trojans head coach Patrick Longstreet said.
It was South Houston’s chance at revenge since Kingwood had eliminated the Trojans from the state playoffs the last two years. But the Mustangs took the starch out of those plans in a hurry.
“We’ve seen them the last three years and they’ve gotten better every year. It’s been a challenge every year,” Campbell said.
Stevens’ 42-yard run deposited the team on the Kingwood 7, but they failed to find points because Kingwood defensive end Hayden Rios sacked Stevens for a 12-yard loss.
The attempt at breaking a 0-0 tie with a 31-yard field goal was blocked two plays later.
Stevens’ 44-yard run landed the Trojans on Kingwood’s 12-yard line, but a holding call and three incomplete passes, including a fourth-down pass in the end zone, again left the Trojans holding an empty bag early in the third.
Thee Trojans crossed the 50-yard line just once after that and that was to the 49.
Starting South Houston’s troubles was Kingwood punter Kaden Wooster, only a sophomore, getting off a remarkable 66-yard punt.
“Special teams is extremely important too. We had a solid effort all the way through. We’re not perfect, we have things to work on, but some of that has to do with South Houston and the things they were doing,” Campbell said.
Setting up on the 4-yard line, Stevens got his teammates out of the red zone only to fumble the ball during one of his runs and Kingwood’s Dominik Izydorczyk recovered on the 27.
The team overcame a five-yard penalty when the running game produced gains of seven, 19 and six yards and a 7-0 lead with 3:07 left in the first half.
Kingwood’s insurance score came on the opening play of the fourth quarter when quarterback Grant Wall connected with Casey Roth with a screen pass and he went 36 yards for the backbreaker.
First downs: South Houston 12, Kingwood 8
Yards rushing: South Houston 124, Kingwood 116
Yards passing: South Houston 122, Kingwood 55
Punts: South Houston 5, Kingwood 4.
Penalties: South Houston 6-42, Kingwood 5-45