Ball High at Texas City
7 p.m. today, Stingaree Stadium
Radio: KBME-AM 790
TEXAS CITY — The Stings will get their second straight in-county test when the Tors come to town for a key District 24-4A contest.
Texas City (6-0 overall, 3-0 in 24-4A) is ranked fifth among the state’s Class 4A teams and will be a difficult opponent for Ball High (2-4, 2-1).
The Tors have come on, winning two of three with a strong offense that racked up huge numbers in the first half. That was beneficial because the wins over Baytown Lee and Santa Fe both saw second-half surges by the Ganders and Indians.
In last week’s 35-34 victory over Santa Fe, Ball quarterback Jacob Simon was a passing machine, completing 14 passes for 299 yards.
The acrobatic Kevin Batiste was on the receiving end for three tosses and two went 40 and 37 yards for touchdowns.
Batiste finished with 163 yards receiving.
The Stings are a powerhouse wherever anybody looks.
The backfield tandem of D’Onta Foreman and Donald Lynch have accounted for 1,364 yards and 25 touchdowns. Armanti Foreman has 23 catches for 378 yards and five touchdowns, plus, he has intercepted three passes.
Linebacker D’Vonta Hinton has 72 tackles already and defensive lineman Francois Bonilla has collected 10 sacks.
In a word, Texas City is loaded with talent.
The Stings are coming off a 45-37 win over a scrappy Friendswood team and may be looking to flex its muscles and though the Stings won, the game was not put away until late.
Friendswood also was able to score on fumble and kickoff returns, and Texas City needs to stop that from happening again.
Galena Park at Santa Fe
7 p.m. today, Joe Raitano Field
SANTA F — The Indians will be looking to get back on the winning track when they square off against the Yellowjackets tonight.
Santa Fe (1-5 overall, 0-3 in 24-4A) had its heart stomped last week when a 20-point fourth quarter fell just short in a 35-34 loss to Ball High.
Ryan Skufca was throwing darts in that game, completing 17 of 21 passes for 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for 64 yards and scored another six points on the ground.
Tim Alcala pounded away on the Tor defenders, rushing for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 51 yards.
If Santa Fe can keep up that two-headed attack, the Indians have a good chance to win.
The Yellowjackets (4-2, 2-1) like to wear out opponents with their running game. Thus far, their ground attack has toted up 1,453 yards while gaining 541 yards through the air.
Quarterback Anthoula Kelly is the main man on both fronts. He’s completed 40 passes and four have been good for touchdowns.
On the ground, however, is where he really shines. The quarterback has rushed for 914 yards and scored 13 times. The latter number is more than twice what the rest of the teams has put together on the ground.
Friendswood at Goose Creek Memorial
7 p.m. today, Stallworth Stadium
BAYTOWN — The Mustangs will be looking to punish somebody after falling to Texas City last week, 45-37.
Friendswood (4-2, 2-1 in 24-4A) hung with the state-ranked Stings for the entire game before slipping at the end, and the Mustangs would like to show they are the real deal.
There really shouldn’t be any doubt about that, as Friendswood can move the ball on anybody, and the defense is particularly hard-nosed.
The Friendswood receiving corps is pretty stout, with Sam Longbotham, Slade Holle, Colin Faulk and Eric Loll all having 12 or more receptions this season.
Longbotham leads the way with 263 yards on 12 catches, and six have gone for six points. He’s also the Mustangs’ leading rusher with 804 yards, and he’s scored another six times on the ground.
Since taking over at quarterback, Brandon Sargent has performed well, completing 54 passes for 774 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Patriots are sitting at 2-4, 1-2 after falling to Pearland Dawson, 49-27, last week.
Quarterback Connor Sollock has thrown for 850 yards and has five scoring strikes to his credit. But, he also has thrown six interceptions.
Running back Legend Choudhry is a pounder, having rushed for 473 yards on 69 carries. He’s also scored four times.
Clear Brook at Dickinson
7 p.m. today, Sam Vitanza Stadium
DICKINSON — If the Gators are going to make it to the playoffs, they need to make their move this week.
Dickinson is 2-3-1 overall and 0-2 in District 24-5A action with four league games to play.
Clear Brook (4-3, 1-2) is coming off a 37-14 loss to Clear Falls last week, where its passing game had some glaring deficiencies. Wolverine quarterbacks only completed seven of 20 passes and threw four interceptions.
But the Wolverines are a run-first team, and it often starts with the quarterback tandem of James Ramos and Joseph Mobley.
Ramos has rushed for 110 yards and four touchdowns, and Mobley has 155 yards and one score.
One of the Wolverines’ best weapons is kicker Yannis Routsas, who is deadly accurate and has one of the best legs around.
The Gators fell to the Clear Creek buzz saw last week, 51-7, in a game where Dickinson showed little on either side of the ball.
For the season, however, the Gators have put up some good numbers, particularly when running the ball.
Krysten Hammon has rushed for 575 yards and scored seven TDs. Brad Woodard has picked up 290 yards on the ground.
When Dickinson goes to the air, Jordan Myers and Alec Randle have shown some good play capabilities. Myers (19 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns) is averaging 17 yards per catch, while Randle (11 catches, 245 yards, four TDs) is averaging 22 yards a reception.
Clear Springs at Clear Lake
7 p.m. today, Veterans Memorial Stadium
LEAGUE CITY — The Chargers have had two weeks to prepare for this game, and they will be looking to show they belong in the postseason.
Clear Springs (4-2, 1-1 in 24-5A) took out Brazoswood on Oct. 5, 54-42, in a game that saw the Chargers explode for 549 yards of offense.
Quarterback Zach Cripps completed 18 passes for 255 yards and a quartet of touchdowns.
On the ground, the Chargers got good use out of Mike Dunn and Matt Guidry. The former rushed for 158 yards, and the latter 110, while both broke into the end zone once.
Clear Lake (4-3, 1-2) lost to Brazoswood last week, 55-46, in a game that saw a Falcon halftime lead wither away as the Bucs outscored them 21-7 after the break.
Deshon Francis was a workhorse for Clear Lake in that game, carrying the ball 30 times for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Quarterback Sam Smith had 15 completions for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jordan Davis was on the receiving end of both of those scoring strikes. All told, he had seven catches for 93 yards.
Brazoswood at Clear Falls
2 p.m. Saturday, Veterans Memorial Stadium
LEAGUE CITY — Brazoswood is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in district and seems to be team that doesn’t know what direction it wants to take, as the Bucs have followed each win with a loss.
That bodes well for the Knights, as Brazoswood prevailed over Clear Lake last week, 55-46.
In that game, Ryan Ross and Maleek Goins toted the mail and then some. Ross rushed for 24 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Goins picked up 133 yards and one TD.
The Knights (4-3, 2-1 in 24-5A) are making a playoff run, and another win would put them in good stead.
Last week, Clear Falls dumped Clear Brook, 37-14, and defense proved to be the difference, as the Knights held the Wolverines to 153 yards of total offense.
Of special note, Clear Falls defenders picked off four passes and two were returned for touchdowns.
KIPP Sunnyside at La Marque
7:30 p.m. today, Etheredge Stadium
LA MARQUE — After a murderous nondistrict slate, the Cougars are happy to be in league play and looking to flex their muscles a bit.
La Marque (3-3, 1-0 in 24-3A) is coming off a tight 17-10 win over Sweeny in the league opener last week.
The game was a close one throughout and wasn’t decided until Ladarrian Ellis-Jones scored on a 7-yard burst with less than two minutes to play.
The defensive struggle saw both teams combine for less than 500 yards of offense, which makes the efforts of Daquan Jones that much more impressive. The sophomore running back rushed 17 times for 129 yards and a touchdown, plus, he caught two passes for another 18 yards.
KIPP Sunnyside is 3-3 and coming off a 19-0 victory over KIPP Academy. This is a sound improvement for the fourth-year school. The Senators were 1-9, 0-4 last year.
Tidehaven at Hitchcock
7:30 p.m. today, Bulldog Stadium
HITCHCOCK — The Bulldogs are 0-6 overall and 0-2 in District 13-2A-II and would love to get their first win of the season in league play.
Hitchcock got behind early and never seemed to get on track in last week’s 55-8 setback to Danbury.
Hitchcock has been run-heavy this season and also employs a share-the-wealth mindset.
Marquise Oliver, Dustin St. Cair, Nathaniel Foster, Eddie Goodman and Tony Combs have all rushed for more than 100 yards. Oliver leads the bunch with 216 yards and has scored three times.
Tidehaven is a good candidate for a Bulldog victim. The Tigers (1-6, 0-3) and coming off a 21-7 loss to Van Vleck.
High Island at Silsbee Good Samaritan
7 p.m. today
SILSBEE — The Cardinals are sitting at 0-7 and are thirsting for a win.
High Island has been playing folks close and last week was no exceptions, as the Cardinals fell to Katy Faith West Academy, 44-36.
Bay Area Christian at Rosehill Christian
7 p.m. today, Victory Field
TOMBALL — The Broncos are 3-3 overall and 1-0 in TAPPS District 6-III actions thanks to a hard-fought 16-8 win over Cypress Christian last week.
Offense was at a premium in that game, but Tyler Neubauer was a decisive factor elsewhere. He returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and also had an interception late to seal the win.
The Woodlands Christian blanked the Eagles last week, 36-0, and it was not a favorable experience for Rosehill.
The Eagles had 63 yards of total offense and 25 rushes netted only 3 yards.
Woodlands Christian at O’Connell
7 p.m. today, Kermit Courville Stadium
GALVESTON — The Warriors are sitting pretty at 4-2 overall and 2-0 in TAPPS District 6-III play. The team is coming off a 36-0 pasting of Rosehill Christian. The game was all Warriors as they rolled up 474 yards of offense with 352 coming via the rush.
Running back Luke Hudson was the big gun, rushing 13 times for 192 yards and scoring three times.
The Buccaneers have had a hard run of late and lost to Beaumont Legacy Christian last week, 48-7. But, O’Connell is hoping that some homecoming magic will turn the tide.