Brazoswood at Clear Creek
7 p.m., CCISD Veterans Memorial Stadium
LEAGUE CITY – The Wildcats are in the home stretch for an outright district title and look to continue their winning ways against Brazoswood.
Clear Creek (7-1, 4-0 in District 24-5A) has been clicking all season long offensively, having scored 40-plus points in seven games.
It all starts with quarterback Jarrett Hildreth, who has thrown for 1,372 yards this season, including 14 touchdowns. He also has a knack for not giving up the ball. Hildreth has had just one pass picked off this season.
Landon Etzel has been Hildreth’s most consistent target. The receiver has caught 39 balls for 745 yards and seven touchdowns. Andrew Wiesen has 31 catches for 377 yards and six touchdowns.
Devon Smith, C.J. Green and Kaliq Kokuma have combined for 687 yards receiving and nine scores.
Kokuma is also the Wildcats’ biggest threat on the ground. He has rushed for 833 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
Defensively, they are on a hot streak, too, having only allowed a total of 21 points over the last two contests.
The 56-14 win over Clear Brook last week saw the Wildcat defense force five turnovers.
At 3-5, 1-3, the Bucs have very little hope of nabbing a playoff spot this fall.
They are a team the likes to run the ball, as can be seen by Brazoswood’s 2,193 yards on the ground and 670 yards passing.
In last week’s 31-21 setback to Dickinson, Maleek Goins handled the bulk of the Buc offense.
He rushed for 121 yards and caught passes for another 51.
Goins also showed some special mettle when he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
Clear Springs at Dickinson
7 p.m., Sam Vitanza Stadium
DICKINSON – The playoff implications are pretty high on this game.
Dickinson (4-3-1 overall and 2-2 in District 24-5A) needs a victory to stay alive in the drive for a postseason slot, while Clear Springs (6-2, 3-1) can clinch a berth with a win.
The Gators are on a bit of a roll, having won two straight.
Last week’s 31-21 win over Brazoswood featured 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and also saw the Gators blank the Buccaneers in that period.
Dickinson’s defense also proved hard-nosed, forcing four fumbles and recovering three.
Krysten Hammon led the way with 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Clear Springs is no slouch in the streak department, having won three straight including last week’s 30-23 last-minute win over Clear Falls.
That game was the Zach Cripps-Matt Guidry show.
Quarterback Cripps threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns and he also scored the game-wining TD. Guidry rushed for 102 yards and another score.
Apple Springs at High Island
7:30 p.m., Cardinals Nest
HIGH ISLAND – The Cardinals will be out to defend their nest from the Eagles this evening.
Apple Springs comes into the game unblemished having won all six of its games and also picking up its first District 16 Division I win last week in a 69-12 trimming of Chester.
Damiyne Durham has thrown for 738 yards and rushed for 874 for the Eagles.
High Island (0-7, 0-1) has had a particularly rough season, having lost by seven points or less three times.
East Bernard at Hitchcock
7:30 p.m., Bulldog Stadium
HITCHCOCK – The Bulldogs are facing yet another juggernaut of a team in this rough autumn. This time it is East Bernard, which carries an 8-0 overall record and a 4-0 mark in District 13-2A Division II play.
The Brahmas have recorded five shutouts this season and the closest margin of victory has been 35 points.
East Bernard has employed a punishing ground attack that has totaled 2,391 yards on the ground.
Cedric Perkins leads a pack of nine runners that has rushed for more than 100 yards this season.
Perkins has accounted for 50 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Brahmas put the ball in the air sparingly, but when they do it is gold. Quarterback Grant Ashenbeck has completed 25 of 39 attempts for 577 yards and 10 times he has put the ball into the end zone.
Nathan Hlavinka has seven catches for 178 yards and four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs are 1-7, 1-3 and are coming off their first win of the season, a 36-35 edging of Boling.
La Marque at Columbia
7:30 p.m., Griggs Field
WEST COLUMBIA – With four squads advancing to the playoffs from the five-team District 24-3A, neither the Cougars nor the Roughnecks are out of the postseason picture, but La Marque has a little more to gain in this game.
If the Cougars (5-3, 2-0) can win, it likely sets up a battle for the district championship when La Marque faces Stafford Nov. 8.
For the Roughnecks (3-5, 1-2) tonight’s contest can solidify an already firm hold on a playoff spot.
The Roughnecks are a team that loves to keep the ball in their hands. They have rung up 2,693 yards of offense and all but 594 have come on the ground.
Darius Bell has rushed for 1,043 yards and 11 touchdowns to pace the ground pounders, but Brodney Thomas, Jarius Kesee, Lamarquis Fields and Colton Jones have also rushed for more than 100 yards this season.
La Marque comes into tonight’s game off a 35-28 win over Dallas Bishop Lynch.
Daquan Jones was the man of the hour and then some for the Cougars.
Jones rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns - one of them a 75-yard sprint to pay dirt. He also returned a kickoff 85 yards for another touchdown.
Santa Fe at Texas City
7 p.m., Stingaree Stadium
TEXAS CITY – The Indians are looking to see if they can start a winning streak, but they have the ominous task of facing one of the area’s toughest teams.
Santa Fe improved to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in District 24-4A with a 34-21 downing of Baytown Lee last week. Texas City, meanwhile, is 8-0, 5-0 and has clinched a playoff spot.
The Indians have not had a problem putting points on the board this year. They have scored at least 16 points every game and are averaging more than 27 points a pop over the last three games.
The Indians like to control the clock on offense and that was evident last week when Santa Fe quarterback Ryan Skufca attempted just four passes. He completed three for 55 yards.
Instead, the Indians relied heavily on Tim Alcala, who rushed 15 times for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Skufca, Colton Davis and Josh McKinney also combined for 201 yards rushing.
Texas City is strong across the board, but it really excels at producing the big play.
That was pretty evident last week when Tres Rodriguez and Andrew Allen connected on a 59-yard scoring strike in a 44-0 whomping of Galena Park.
Running backs D’Onta Foreman and Donald Lynch also consistently came up with explosive action. The pair combined for 284 yards and averaged more than seven yards per carry.
The Stings are also a model of consistency when it comes to execution. In that game against the Yellowjackets, Texas City never punted.
Ball High at Pearland Dawson
7 p.m., Pearland Stadium
PEARLAND – The Tors (2-6, 2-3) are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but they have their work cut out for them. The Eagles are 6-2, 3-2 and smarting from a 31-21 loss to Friendswood last week.
Dawson rang up 397 yards of offense in that game, but chinks in the armor became evident. Brett Winnegan had 229 yards rushing, but 129 came on two touchdown runs. The rest of the night he was picking up just over three yards per carry.
Wide receiver Tony Upchurch had eight catches for 76 yards, but was unable to show his breakaway speed.
Ball High is a team that is still improving as the season goes on. The Tors have scored in the double digits the last six games and have topped the 30-point mark twice.
Baytown Lee at Friendswood
7 p.m., Henry Winston Stadium
FRIENDSWOOD – The Ganders (2-6, 0-5) are out of the playoff hunt but are still looking for their first league win.
Lee has a potent offense that has totted up 3,100 yards of offense and hasn’t had trouble putting the ball in the end zone. The problem is the defense gives up a lot more points.
Last week, the Ganders fell to Santa Fe, 34-21, while outgaining the Indians, 467 to 417 yards.
Lee used P.J. Leonce and Javarius Irving at quarterback in the contest, with the latter competing 11 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Irving also rushed for 62 yards and another TD.
The Ganders’ chief running back was Leo Cedeno, who pounded his way to 123 yards but was kept out of the end zone.
Friendswood is sitting pretty at 6-2, 4-1 and assured itself of a playoff berth with a 31-14 victory over Pearland Dawson last week.
The Mustang defense played a large part in that win, as Friendswood forced five turnovers that sent the powerful Eagle offense to the sidelines.
Freshman Tyler Page had a breakout game for the Mustangs, rushing for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Houston Mt. Carmel at Bay Area Christian
1 p.m., Saturday, Bronco Field
LEAGUE CITY – The Broncos will be making due with what they have Saturday.
Bay Area (5-3, 3-0 in TAPPS District 6-III) was supposed to play O’Connell in a league matchup, but when the Buccaneers forfeited, the Broncos went scrambling, finding the Rebels available.
Mt. Carmel is an independent TAPPS team that has been playing both 6-Man and 11-Man teams this season.
The Broncos have shook off the doldrums that plagued them at the beginning of the season and have started to come on strong.
Last week, Bay Area earned a playoff spot with a 47-0 trampling of Beaumont Legacy Christian.