If the opening week of the high school football season is any indication, then 2013 will be an explosive go-round.
There were big-time performances across the county, but several players stood out from the rest.
Here they are, and be sure to look in the Galveston County Daily News as the season goes on to find out about their exploits and those of other players this fall.
1 Jake Blumrick, QB, Friendswood
Blumrick is the latest in a long line of Mustang quarterbacks that come out shooting. He completed 10 passes for 219 yards and threw for four touchdowns.
2 Oliver Knipe, RB, High Island
Knipe was a one-man ground game for the Cardinals, rushing for 205 yards on 19 carries and scoring four touchdowns.
3 Blake Chapman, QB, O’Connell
Chapman was especially versatile for the Buccaneers, throwing for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 67 yards and another TD.
4 Ryan Skufka, QB, Santa Fe
Skufka had a knack for finding his receivers’ hands. He was 15-for-19 passing for 161 yards and a touchdown.
5 D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas City
Foreman rushed for 148 yards on 14 totes and found the end zone three times.
6 Kaliq Kokuma, RB, Clear Creek
Kokuma rushed for 159 yards on 19 carries and scored a trio of touchdowns.
7 Cameron Faulk, WR, Friendswood
The Mustang wideout made the most of his touches. He caught three passes for 112 yards and scored on two of his receptions.
8 Jarrett Hildreth, QB, Clear Creek
Hildreth was his usual solid self in the first game of the season, completing 13 of 23 passes for 185 yards.
9 Laderrian Ellis-Jones, QB, La Marque
Ellis-Jones rushed for 152 yards and scored once on the ground for the Cougars in his first start at quarterback since junior high. He also threw for a TD.
10 Dalton DeMoss, RB, High Island
DeMoss was pretty much an automatic first down for the Cardinals, gaining 103 yards on just nine carries. He also scored a pair of touchdowns.