Area high school football capsules

October 9, 2018

Pearland vs. Alief Elsik

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Pearland

Records: Pearland 5-0, 2-0; Elsik 0-5, 0-2

The skinny: Under normal circumstances, this game might look like a mismatch, but it could be far from it.

The Oilers will look to avoid a letdown after their 56-27 victory over rival Dawson this past week at the University of Houston’s TDECU Stadium.

In that District 23-6A win, Pearland scored 21 points in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the game to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. By game’s end, the Oilers had scored on offense, defense and special teams.

Pearland defensive back Johnny Tamayo returned a fumble for a touchdown while Oiler Kellen Linton returned a punt 66 yards for another score.

Oiler quarterback J.D. Head completed 21 of 32 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns.

Pearland’s defense, meanwhile, forced five turnovers.

Alief Elsik last week became the victim of another unbeaten team as Strake Jesuit pinned a 41-21 defeat on the Rams.

Jesuit led 14-0 after one quarter and 28-7 at halftime in rolling to the victory.

The Elsik offensive line features 6-6, 325-pound Rodquice Chaney. The Ram defense entered this season with only two returning starters.

Elsik is picked to finish seventh in District 23-6A.

Dawson vs. Brazoswood

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Freeport

Records: Dawson 2-3, 0-2; Brazoswood 0-5, 0-2

The skinny: Each team is seeking its first district win, and it’s imperative for both to pick up a victory in this matchup if the Eagles and Buccaneers are to maintain playoff aspirations.

Dawson lost its third straight game last week in a 56-27 setback to Pearland.

The Eagles trailed only 7-6 in the first quarter when the Oilers scored 28 straight points to open a 35-6 lead. Dawson lost two fumbles early and had two passes intercepted as Pearland took advantage of those miscues.

The Eagles received a pair of touchdown passes from Patrick Kramer to Khalil Jones, but Dawson’s defense wasn’t able to handle a balanced Oiler offense.

Brazoswood, which has struggled this far this season, hoped to get into the win column last week, but couldn’t do so against a previously winless Alief Taylor squad.

The Lions scored late to break a 14-14 tie and claim a 20-14 victory.

Brazoswood is led by quarterback Lane Caballero and tight end K.J. Brown (6-2, 235). Wide receiver/ defensive back Andrew Schreiner is a talented player on both sides of the ball for the Bucs.

Brazoswood is picked to finish eighth in District 23-6A.

Friendswood vs. Richmond Foster

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Friendswood

Records: Friendswood 5-0, 2-0; Foster 3-2, 2-0

The skinny: This battle for early supremacy in the District 10-5A football race will pit contrasting styles.

Friendswood is methodical in its offensive approach, but has the ability to strike for the long play on occasion.

Meanwhile, the Falcons rely on their speed a big-play ability to make things happen.

Both teams won convincingly last week to set up this showdown. The Mustangs defeated Galveston Ball, 35-7, using a 21-point second quarter to fuel their factory.

Mustang quarterback Luke Grden threw three touchdown passes in the second period, a 26-yarder to Christian Lee and 14- and 11-yard hook-ups with Austin Alvarez to build a 21-0 halftime cushion.

The lead swelled to 28-0 on a 6-yard run by Colton Halata before Galveston Ball finally scored a touchdown.

Grden threw his fourth TD pass, an 8-yarder to Halata, with 9:55 left to cap a 24-for-36 night for 326 yards.

Foster rolled to a 31-7 win over Rosenberg Terry for its second league win. The Falcons also beat Galveston Ball in their District 10-5A opener, knocking off the Tors by a 34-24 score.

In Dave Campbell’s Texas Football preseason rankings, Foster was picked second behind Angleton, just ahead of third-place Friendswood.

Clear Creek vs. Alvin

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: League City

Records: Clear Creek 3-3, 1-1; Alvin 0-5, 0-1

The skinny: The Wildcats should have a much easier task this week than they did this past Friday in a 48-21 loss to Dickinson.

Creek will be taking on an Alvin team which has lost its first five games and is allowing more than 66 points in each of its last three outings.

The Wildcats battled Dickinson tough for a quarter before the Gators erupted for 21-second quarter points to take control of the game. Dickinson built a 28-0 lead before Wildcat quarterback Hunter Smith threw a 40-yard touchdown pass.

The Gator lead reached 35-7 and 42-14 before Dickinson settled for the 27-point win.

Alvin led Clear Lake 7-0 last week, but then gave up 56 straight points in a 56-7 loss.

In their two previous outings, the Yellowjackets allowed 73 points to Katy Mayde Creek and 70 points to Katy Tompkins.

Clear Springs vs. Clear Brook

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Webster

Records: Clear Springs 2-3, 1-0; Clear Brook 2-4, 1-1

The skinny: A well-rested Clear Springs team will be taking on a Clear Brook squad coming off a hard-fought win over Clear Falls.

The Chargers were idle this past week, and will look to remain unbeaten in District 24-6A play.

Clear Springs is powered by a versatile offense led by explosive running back Todd Hudson, dual-threat quarterback Garrett Rooker, and reliable receiver Isaiah Bibb.

Clear Brook found itself involved in a wild scoring affair with Clear Falls last week. The Wolverines had to score 21 second-quarter points to take a 31-24 halftime lead.

Clear Brook then used a solid defensive performance in the final 24 minutes to hold on for a 41-30 victory.

The Wolverines amassed 438 yards of offense.

Quarterback Shane Porter completed 18 of 23 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. La’Darrion Florez had five receptions for 44 yards while Loronzo Thompson had four catches for 77 yards.

The Wolverine running game was powered by Michael Norris, who carried 23 times for 134 yards while Porter carried the ball 14 times for 102 yards.

Clear Springs was the preseason favorite of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine to win District 24-6A.

Clear Falls vs. Dickinson

When: 1 p.m., Saturday

Where: Webster

Records: Clear Falls 3-3, 0-2; Dickinson 6-0, 2-0

The skinny: Clear Falls’ rocky road to fit in among the elite of District 24-6A gets a little more rugged this week when the Knights battle Dickinson.

The Gators appear to be as strong as any team in the district, having rolled to six consecutive wins.

Dickinson downed Clear Creek last week, 48-21.

After a scoreless first quarter, Dickinson erupted for 21 second-quarter points in building a 21-0 halftime lead. The Gators stretched that margin to 35-7 and 42-14 later in the second half.

Clear Falls will have to deal with a Dickinson offense that is just as potent running the ball as it is throwing it. Compounding the Knights’ problems will be trying to score against a Gator defense which has been stingy all year.

Clear Falls has shown all season that it can score points, but once again, its biggest challenge will be trying to slow the Gators’ offense.

The Knights dropped a 41-30 decision last week to Clear Brook, but compiled 423 yards of offense. However, Clear Falls committed three turnovers - all interceptions. One of those was returned 51 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter that gave Clear Brook a 24-14 lead.

If the Knights’ fail to win this game, then they would be required to win at least three of their final four district games in an effort to make the playoffs.

Lutheran South Academy vs.

Fort Bend Christian Academy

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: Lutheran South

Records: LSA 4-1, 0-0; FBCA 1-3, 0-0

The skinny: The Pioneers were idle this past week, and now we’ll see if the break was a much-needed one for LSA or if it was a momentum interruption of the Pioneers’ winning streak.

The Pioneers have won their last three games and would obviously like to see that string stretched to four games in this TAPPS DII-5 opener. In its last outing, LSA defeated Magnolia Legacy Prep, 28-0.

Other wins in the Pioneers’ current victory streak came against Brookshire Royal and Beaumont Legacy Christian.

Fort Bend Christian Academy was also idle this past week, but prior to their open date the Eagles dropped a 21-9 decision to The Village high school in a non-district game.

FBCA’s lone victory this year was a 61-7 win over KIPPS Generations.

LSA is picked by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine to finish fourth in district while FBCA is pegged to finish fifth.

Bay Area Christian vs.

First Baptist Christian

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Where: League City

Records: BAC 2-3, 1-0; First Baptist 1-4, 0-2

The skinny: The Broncos will be looking to extend their winning streak to three games while also trying to remain unbeaten in TAPPS Division III District 4.

BAC was idle this past week, but before their break, the Broncos took an important 14-6 win over The Woodlands Christian Academy in their district opener.

BAC also defeated Galveston O’Connell the previous week, 33-0, in a game that was called at halftime because O’Connell had an insufficient number of players.

First Baptist Christian Academy’s lone win came against Sabine Pass, 19-14, in both teams’ season opener. Since then, the Warriors have dropped four consecutive games.

FBCA’s district losses have come against The Woodlands Christian Academy, 52-7, and Northland Christian, 64-18.

At the outset of the 2018 campaign, Bay Area Christian was picked to win the district while Pasadena First Baptist was projected to finish fifth.

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