Clear Springs at Clear Creek
The Fight for 518 will be the kickoff to the District 24-6A schedule for the Clear Creek Wildcats (3-0) and Clear Springs Chargers (2-1) as the two square off on what will be a special night for Clear Creek Independent School District tonight.
Clear Creek’s young offense is helmed by quarterback Sam Mathews, who will have workhorse running back Jaiden Woodson and top receivers Brandon Woodson and Chris Whisler at his disposal.
The Wildcats defense has surrendered an average of just a little more than 13 points per game with linebacker Malik Tezeno, lineman Chris Herrera and defensive backs Noah Daniels and Nick Pettiti leading the way.
That defense will be put to its toughest test yet this season, though, against an explosive Clear Springs offense led by quarterback Will McBride, running back Todd Hudson and receivers Alex Sander and Peyton Sawyer.
The Chargers will counter Clear Creek’s spread offense with a defense headed up by defensive backs Langston Frederick and Gavin Roland and linebacker Jake Chatman.
Both teams are coming off a bye week, and the week before that, each team was victorious, with Clear Springs topping La Porte, 41-34, and Clear Creek edging Houston Heights, 17-16.
Kickoff for the Clear Creek-Clear Springs game is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Challenger Columbia Stadium, 2145 West NASA Blvd., League City.
Before the game, Clear Creek ISD will be inducting the inaugural class of its new athletic hall of honor.
Clear Brook at Clear Falls
Two teams looking to build on positive momentum will clash in their District 24-6A opener, as the Clear Falls Knights (2-1) meet the Clear Brook Wolverines (2-1) tonight.
Quarterback Cam Davis will lead Clear Falls’ pass-happy offensive attack, with lead running back Dorian Mason serving as both the top ball-carrier and as a threat in the passing game. Carter Fuller, Isaiah Woodard and Kobe Reddington will be other receivers to watch.
Leading the defense for the Knights will be linebacker John Niese and defensive backs Hanif Muhammad and Taylor Vessel.
For the Wolverines offense, quarterback Jaizac Garcia has gotten off to a strong start completing 65 percent of his passes, regularly finding top receiving targets Caleb Chapman and Russell Hall.
Running back Jarrett Smith has gotten most of the carries out of the backfield, while Mark Milton will be utilized as a weapon in both the running and passing game.
Linebackers Darian Holmes, Isaac Guinn and Khalil Guinn, defensive lineman Cameron Townsend, and defensive backs Braelon Hill and Nick Bailey are expected to be players to watch on the Clear Brook defense.
Both teams should be fresh after a bye last week. Before the bye, both Clear Falls (30-7 against Pasadena Sam Rayburn) and Clear Brook (34-6 against South Houston) picked up lopsided wins.
Kickoff for the Clear Falls-Clear Brook game is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2305 East Main St., League City.
Texas City at Ball High
Both the Ball High Tors (0-3) and Texas City Stingarees (1-2) will look to put rocky pre-district schedules behind them as they kick off their District 23-5A seasons tonight.
The Stings will look to pound the rock on offense with quarterback Da’Quan Thompson and running backs Jared Hernandez and Johnathan McDaniel leading the charge.
On defense, Texas City will have a strong defensive line anchored by tackle Andre Smith, while Tarik Cooper and Isaiah Sweed can rush the passer from either the defensive end or linebacker spots. Zach Henry and Kenny Smith head up the secondary.
Texas City had a bye week last week to regroup after a 21-7 loss to Dickinson the week prior.
Struggling on offense throughout the pre-district schedule, Ball High will try to get things going on that side of the ball behind either quarterback Jordan Simmons-Collins or Martavian Jackson and lead running back Tony Garrido.
Defensive players to watch for the Tors include defensive backs Tristin and Zyon McCollum and Austin Lawrence, and defensive linemen Jason Hessler and D’Ron Scott.
Before their bye last week, the Tors suffered a 30-17 loss against Houston Strake Jesuit in Week 3.
Kickoff for the Ball High-Texas City game is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Kermit Courville Stadium, 1307 27th St., Galveston.
Fort Bend Elkins at Santa Fe
Off to their best start in years, the Santa Fe Indians (2-1) will try to keep the good times rolling tonight against an Elkins Knights (0-3) team better than their record indicates.
Santa Fe has plenty of options on offense with either Tucker Mica or Nathan Kruger at quarterback, Landon Thompson and Bryce Montemayor at running back, and Blaine Marcantel at receiver.
Safety Wade Perkins and lineman Justin Davis anchor the Indians defense.
The Indians picked up a 42-20 win against Goose Creek Memorial two weeks ago before heading into their bye last week.
A balanced Elkins offense will be led by quarterback Luke LeBlanc, running backs Leonard Harris and Jordan Sylvester, receivers Jailon Howard, Javion Glass and Jordan Colsante and a big, experienced offensive line.
Defensive players to watch for the Knights include linebacker Kenneth Murray, defensive lineman Kenneth Orji and defensive back Myles Banks.
With a bye week last week, Elkins got a chance to regroup after an extremely difficult pre-district schedule, which included getting edged, 17-14, two weeks ago against Fort Bend Travis.
Kickoff for the Santa Fe-Elkins game is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Joe Raitano Field, 16000 state Highway 6, Santa Fe.
Shiner at Hitchcock
The Hitchcock Bulldogs (2-2) will face an interesting test in their final pre-district tune-up as the perennial state contender Shiner Comanches (3-1) out of District 15-2A-I make the long road trip for their game tonight.
Heading up the slot-T offense for Hitchcock will be bulldozing fullback Xavian Hampton, running backs Carlos Frank and Drevian Archibald and quarterback Michael Parker.
Hunter Thiem will be a key piece of both the offensive and defensive lines, and defensive back Alfred Locke and defensive lineman John Scott will be other Bulldogs players to watch.
Hitchcock will try to bounce back as the team saw a two-touchdown lead evaporate in a 21-20 defeat against Tomball Concordia Lutheran last week.
Shiner’s run-heavy offensive attack will center around running back Dadrian Taylor, with dual-threat quarterback Brandon Cerny also expected to make plays.
Projected defensive leaders for the Comanches include linemen Ryan Panus and Wyatt Rankin and linebacker Charles Haynes.
Shiner enters tonight’s game off the momentum of a 48-0 shellacking of Falls City last week.
Kickoff for the Hitchcock-Shiner game is scheduled for 7:30 today at Bulldog Stadium, 6629 FM 2004, Hitchcock.
La Marque at Houston Westbury Christian
In what will be their final pre-district matchup, the La Marque Cougars (3-1) try to scrub off the stink of their first loss of the season last week in tonight’s game against the Westbury Christian Wildcats (1-3).
Lead running back De’Marco Guidry made a strong return to action last week, despite the Cougars losing to Columbia, 28-14, and will again be looking to lead La Marque’s offense, along with speedy running back Perry Preston, quarterback Myles Launius and receiver Kordel Stewart.
Defensive leaders for La Marque include defensive lineman Marlon Ford, linebackers Jaden Bishop and Allen Franklin, and defensive back Jeremy Limones.
A talented offensive line will help the Wildcats pound the rock with workhorse running back Micah Flowers and will help protect quarterback Brady McConatay.
Leading Westbury Christian’s defense will be defensive backs Casey Hampton and Ubong Okon, and defensive lineman Craig Maura.
Westbury Christian enters tonight’s game coming off of a 57-21 loss against Boling last week.
Kickoff for the La Marque-Westbury Christian game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Houston Baptist University’s Husky Stadium, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston.
High Island vs. Richland Springs
After steamrolling their competition so far this season, the High Island Cardinals (4-0) will truly be put to the test against the defending state champion and current No. 1 state-ranked team in Class 1A-II Richland Springs Coyotes (3-0) in a six-man state showcase tonight.
Top athletes on High Island include Zach Bronkhorst (who has quarterbacked a highly effective Cardinals offense), Kole Rodriguez, Brandon Marvin, Kade Meyers, Brandon Guidry and Matt Summers.
High Island enters tonight’s game coming off of its most impressive offensive showing of the season, an 88-42 rout of Brazosport Christian last week.
Richland Springs lost only one starter from its 2015 state championship team, and expected to be leading the way for the Coyotes will be running back Walker Tippie, quarterback Jordan Burkhart and linebacker Hutton Lusty.
Richland Springs have outscored opponents 170-14 this season, which includes last week’s 60-8 win against Austin Hill Country Christian.
Kickoff for the High Island-Richland Springs game is scheduled for 6 p.m. today on the neutral ground of Lifegate Field, 395 Lifegate Lane, Seguin.
Bay Area Christian at Houston Northland Christian
Still in search of their first district win, the Bay Area Christian Broncos (1-2, 0-2 in district) face a tough road test tonight against the preseason district favorite Northland Christian Cougars (3-0, 2-0).
At the helm of the Bay Area Christian offense is quarterback Jacob Stiehl, while Buck Khalil and Matthew Merritt are expected to be top playmakers on both sides of the ball. The team’s lone senior Austin Russell will lead the offensive and defensive fronts.
The Broncos had a bye last week, and were topped the week before that against Pasadena First Baptist, 19-0.
Northland Christian’s pass-happy offense will be led by dual-threat quarterback Michael Massarella with receiver Hunter Pace and running back Christian Lovack as his top weapons. Defensive lineman Harrison White and defensive back Johnny Oloh will be players to watch on the Cougars defense.
Northland Christian drops to TAPPS Division III this season following a run to the state semifinals in Division II in 2015.
Northland Christian also had a bye last week, and in the previous week, routed Tomball Rosehill Christian, 64-6.
Kickoff for the Bay Area Christian-Northland Christian is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Cougar Stadium, 4363 Sylvanfield, Houston.
James LaCombe is the sports editor of the Galveston County Daily News. He can be reached at email@example.com