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Football: Summer Creek not satisfied after making school history

November 29, 2018

Summer Creek made school history last week by defeating Clear Lake 28-19 in a Class 6A, Division II area round playoff game last week.

The 2018 Bulldogs became the first team from Summer Creek to advance past the area round. The Bulldogs were happy to make school history, but are looking to make more noise in the playoffs this season.

“They have been very excited,” said Summer Creek head coach Kenny Harrison. “They came back very focused after last Saturday’s ball game. They want to continue in the playoffs and we have another tough game this week.”

Summer Creek (9-3) will take on Cypress Creek in a regional semifinal playoff game at 7 p.m. Friday at Rice Stadium.

The Cougars (7-5) are back in the regional semifinal for the first time in eight years.

Cypress Creek is led senior by quarterback Julian Brown.

Brown is 230-of-401 for 2,473 yards with 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions so far this season. The Bobcats offense is averaging 33 points per game this season.

“Another very good football team,” said Harrison on Cypress Creek. “They’re a football team that likes to throw the football a lot. Their quarterback can make plays with his arm and feet. They have a very athletic defense as well.”

Senior linebacker Jamarcus Elder has seen the Bulldogs aggressive in practice.

The Summer Creek defense has been playing some of its best football in the playoffs.

“We have been having a good week of preparation since Monday,” Elder said. “We have been going full speed all week and we’re ready for Friday. I think this has been one of the best defenses to come out of Summer Creek.

Elder and the Bulldogs defense are ready for the challenge to contain Brown.

Summer Creek’s defense has allowed 20 points a game this season.

“Alignment will be the most important,” Elder said. “Everyone has to line up correctly and just do their job. If the defense can do our job then our offense can take the ball and score a lot of points.

Sophomore quarterback Bryan Bush came through in the clutch for the Bulldogs after his 51-yard touchdown sealed the game.

Harrison has seen the young signal-caller mature throughout this season and step up big in the playoffs.

“He’s a tremendous leader and has done a tremendous job for us all season,” Harrison said. “A lot of times when you’re a sophomore in the playoffs you get little jitters, but he’s stayed calm. He hasn’t gotten too high or too low on himself.

The Bulldogs offensive line has done their part, giving Bush time to make plays through the air and with his feet.

“That’s been a bright spot for us all year,” said Harrison on the offensive line. “We knew when we had two four-year starters in Jack Zelezinski and Angel Robles coming back and to mesh them with some young guys turned out good. We’re very fortunate to have those guys play all 12 games for us this season and they have done a great job.”

Receiver Jamison Frazier has developed great relationship with Bush and the receiving core.

“The connection has been great all year,” Frazier said. “It keeps getting better in practice and at games. We will stay after practice and talk too. We’re always talking on the phone or he will come over and stay at my house. The chemistry is there and our offense has been able to put up some points.”

In order for the Bulldogs to advance in the playoffs and make more school history another week, they will have to slow down the Bobcats.

“You always have to be sound in all three phases,” Harrison said. “We always tell our kids to make three big plays on special teams, limit the big play ability and execute on offense. I feel if we do those things we will have a chance to win the football game.

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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