Atascocita rolls past South Houston to stay undefeated in district
TJ Thomas wanted to get off to a fast start on the offensive side of the ball for Atascocita on Thursday night.
The junior running back was determined to make sure the Eagles came out on clicking on all cylinders.
Thomas had 11 carries for 112 yards and scored three touchdowns as Atascocita rolled past South Houston 72-14 in a District 22-6A matchup at Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium.
“It felt amazing getting off to a great start,” Thomas said. “The line did a great job of blocking and the coaches did a great job of calling the plays.”
The Eagles (4-1, 3-0) scored 70 points for the second-straight week and remained undefeated in district play.
“Well I thought we performed well, but there are things we can still get better at,” said Atascocita head coach Craig Stump. “I liked the way we came out. We’re a young team and we always talk about how we play and not about who we play. We just have to come out with the same energy all game. I think that we have done that the last two weeks.”
Thomas had touchdown runs of 2, 18 and 1 yards all in the first quarter.
Atascocita junior quarterback Brice Matthews, who went 10 of 16 throwing for 217 yards and one touchdown, added a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles a 28-0 lead in the first.
“It was good,” said Matthews on the way the offense performed. “The line was doing the best they could and the receivers were catching the ball all the time. It was a good team win.”
At the end of the first quarter on an extra point try, Atascocita junior offensive lineman Kenyon Green was injured. An unsportsmanlike penalty was called on South Houston.
Green was helped off the field and remained on the sideline on crutches for the rest of the game.
“He has a sprained knee and we will see how it goes this week,” Stump said. “Hopefully he will be ready for Saturday.”
The Eagles defense forced three fumbles and came up with one interception.
The Trojans came into the game averaging 427 yards on offense and the Eagles held them to 282 yards of total offense.
“I think it’s our offense, defense and special teams just playing together,” Stump said. “We always stay humble and we’re not a finished product yet. If we play more consistent we will get better.”
The Eagles went into the locker room at halftime with a 38-7 lead.
David Tuihalangingie returned a blocked punt for a 3-yard touchdown for the Eagles on special teams.
The Eagles had a total of 522 yards of total offense with 316 yards passing and 206 yards of rushing.
Atascocita will look to extend its district winning streak to four games when the Eagles play at 6 p.m. Saturday against Pasadena Memorial at Turner Stadium.
“We have a confident group, but what’s important is that they have to think that everyday matters,” Stump said. “When we prepare for next week, last week doesn’t matter at all. We have to move forward and focus on our next opponent.”