Texas City at Friendswood
7 p.m. today, Henry Winston Stadium
Radio: KBME-AM 790
FRIENDSWOOD — A pair of high-octane offenses will be featured when Friendswood hosts Texas City in a battle for first place in District 24-4A.
The Mustangs are sitting at 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district, while Texas City is a perfect 5-0, 2-0.
Friendswood has cranked out 1,951 yards of offense, with a little more than half of that — 1,056 yards — coming on the ground.
Sam Longbotham has been the Mustangs’ workhorse. The junior running back has rushed for 786 yards and has scored six times. He’s also caught nine passes for 126 yards and has four scoring strikes.
Brandon Sargent has been the Mustangs’ quarterback of late and has stepped up to the task. He has completed 40 of 64 passes for 533 yards and five touchdowns.
Friendswood’s receiving corps is quite deep. Eight players have caught passes this season and four of them have more than 100 yards in receptions.
Colin Faulk has seen the most work, catching 14 aerials for 245 yards and three TDs.
Texas City has produced 2,064 yards, with 1,544 yards of that on the turf.
D’Onta Foreman has been the most productive running back for Texas City, having rushed for 656 yards on 64 touches. What are most impressive, however, are the 14 touchdowns he’s scored. Add to that another one receiving, and most people would be happy with that for a whole season.
Twin brother Armanti Foreman is the Stings’ top receiving target, with 18 catches for 319 yards and four TDs.
Santa Fe at Ball High
7 p.m. today, Kermit Courville Stadium
GALVESTON — It’s homecoming for the Tors and they would like to put one on the good side of the ledger.
Ball (1-4, 1-1 in District 24-4A) has had trouble scoring this season, keeping it at 12 points or below in every game save a 38-point outburst in its win over Baytown Lee.
If the Tors can get back to that form, it could be a long night for the Indians.
Wide receiver Kevin Batiste has burned defenses regularly. Last week against Galena Park, he had five catches for 125 yards with a 66-yard TD.
The Indians (1-4, 0-2) have put up respectable numbers on offense.
Quarterback Ryan Skufca has thrown for 232 yards, run for another 594 and has accounted for eight touchdowns. He also makes few mistakes passing, with 52 completions in 86 attempts and just one interception.
Tim Alcala has been a reliable hoss for Santa Fe. He’s rushed for 304 yards on 76 totes and scored three times.
Wide receiver Josh McKinney has also scored three times and has 20 receptions for 242 yards.
La Marque at Sweeny
7:30 p.m. today, Bulldog Stadium
SWEENY — The Cougars are in largely uncharted territory this week, as La Marque (2-3) goes into District 23-3A play with a losing record.
A lot of that can be blamed on the Cougars’ meat-grinder of a schedule, which should change now that league play begins. That’s not to say District 24-3A is comprised of layabouts, just that things should get easier.
Tonight’s contest with Sweeny, however, will be a good test. The Bulldogs are 4-1 and like to score. Sweeny puts up almost 45 points per game. The Bulldogs also give up just less than 36 points, so the door is open for La Marque.
Sweeny’s offense is almost entirely ground-based. It has gained 1,977 yards this season, with only 179 coming in the air. The Bulldogs are so averse to throwing the ball, they have attempted just 26 passes, completing eight.
Dorland Fields gets most of the work in the rushing department. He’s gained 883 yards and scored 18 TDs. Anthany Simmons has 566 yards rushing and eight tallies.
The Cougars are coming in from a week off following a 17-14 setback to Houston St. Pius.
Key for La Marque will be finding a way for Ladarrian Ellis-Jones to get back to last season’s form when he rushed for 1,148 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.
Clear Falls at Clear Brook
7 p.m. today, Veterans Memorial Stadium
LEAGUE CITY — The Knights’ fortunes will largely rest on which Wolverines team shows up.
Clear Brook is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in District 24-5A, but it has been inconsistent of late. Two weeks ago, the Wolverines handily downed Clear Springs. 28-7, then came back last week and fell to Clear Lake by the same margin.
The Wolverines feature a steady, slow-going offense that takes huge chunks of time off the clock with each possession. Thus, they only have 1,317 yards of total offense.
Clear Brook likes to share the ball, too. Seven Wolverines have registered carries and the same number have caught passes.
D’Andre Jackson is the team’s leading rusher with 240 yards and one touchdown. Cody Williams is the top pass-catcher with eight catches for 151 yards and three tallies.
The Knights (3-3, 1-1) have had a stout showing from their defense, as they have allowed more than 14 points just twice and had back-to-back shutouts earlier this season.
Offensively, John Humphrey has consistently penetrated defenses with his pass routes. He has already caught 44 passes this season and logged 344 yards through the air. He’s put the ball in the end zone three times, too.
Brandon Hayward has chewed up quite a few yards of grass, rushing 75 yards for 404 yards.
Hitchcock at Danbury
7:30 p.m. today, Humber Field
DANBURY — The Bulldogs are not facing an easy task this week as they look for their first win of the season.
The Panthers are 6-0 and have proved to be an offensive juggernaut, toting 2,923 yards of offense.
Quarterback Spencer Seman is completing passes at a 71 percent clip (91 for 128) and has 1,483 yards and 18 TDs to his credit.
Seman also has some foot skills. He’s scored 11 touchdowns and rushed for 461 yards.
When he hands the ball off, Seman often gives it to Darik Toombs, who has 535 yards rushing.
Hitchcock (0-5) has been stalled all season long and is looking to bust out of its doldrums.
Quarterback Marquise Oliver leads the team and has three touchdowns rushing.
Bay Area Christian at Cypress Christian
7 p.m. today, Warrior Field
HOUSTON — The Broncos will be looking to keep up the good work from last week.
Bay Area (2-3) had experienced trouble getting the ball into the end zone but exploded for a 62-41 win over KIPP Sunnyside last week.
In that game, quarterback Clayton Webb was a concise 12-for-18 passing for 203 yards and four touchdowns. Josh Shelmire was the long gainer with 73 yards on three receptions.
Barret Skeeter and Kory Gills each had four catches for 69 and 48 yards, respectively.
Cypress Christian is 1-4 but is coming off a 30-20 win over Shiner St. Paul.
Quarterback Andrew Wilson, who threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns in that game, leads the Warriors.
All three scores went to Frank Aufmuth. In all, he had seven catches for 170 yards.
Faith West Academy at High Island
7 p.m. today, Cardinals Nest Stadium
HIGH ISLAND — The Cardinals are looking to best the Eagles in a battle of birds.
High Island (0-6) has taken its lumps this season, enduring three losses of three points or less.
At the same time, Faith West Academy (5-0) has been a powerhouse, outscoring opponents 192-74.
O’Connell at Beaumont Legacy
7 p.m., Warrior Field
BEAUMONT — The Buccaneers are looking for some goodness as they took a 56-0 beating from KIPP Academy last week.
But, things could go O’Connell’s way, as the Warriors are 3-2 and coming off a 46-0 drubbing at the hands of Evadale.
High school football — Week 6
Clear Creek 51, Dickinson 7
Texas City at Friendswood, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe at Ball High, 7 p.m.
La Marque at Sweeny, 7:30 p.m.
Clear Falls at Clear Brook, 7 p.m.
Hitchcock at Danbury, 7:30 p.m.
Bay Area Christian at Cypress Christian, 7 p.m.
Faith West at High Island, 7 p.m.
O’Connell at Beaumont Legacy, 7 p.m.
OFF: Clear Springs