LEAGUE CITY — Before Thursday’s game between Clear Creek and Clear Falls, spectators were instructed to watch the sky for the arrival of four sky divers.
Fans continued to look upward during the contest as Wildcat quarterback Jarrett Hilldreth filled the air with passes on the way to a 45-21 victory in District 24-5A play.
Returning under center following a first-quarter injury that knocked him out of last week’s win over Clear Lake, Hildreth wasted no time regaining top form. The Wildcat senior threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns before yielding to younger brother Chase Hildreth in the fourth quarter.
Jarrett Hildreth was a model of efficiency, completing 27 of 35 passes with no interceptions. Operating in Clear Creek’s accelerated offense, the elder Hildreth used quick-release throws to pick the Knights’ defense apart.
Clear Falls (3-3, 1-1) saw its offensive progress hindered by four turnovers and an aggressive Clear Creek (5-1, 2-0) defense.
The Knights moved 61 yards in 14 plays on the first possession to take a 7-3 edge, their only lead of the night. Four pass completions by quarterback Alex Assarrian set up a 1-yard scoring run from Austin Davis.
Clear Creek established control after that, putting six unanswered touchdowns on the scoreboard.
Jarrett Hildreth began the comeback by helping the Wildcats overcome two 10-yard penalties on the next drive. Completions to Landon Etzel and Kaliq Kokuma set up a 29-yard touchdown pass to Etzel on a fourth-and-8.
Kokuma also had a productive night for the Wildcats with three touchdowns. The Creek running back ran for 67 yards and added 46 yards on four receptions.
Clear Falls never let down and reached the scoreboard twice in the fourth quarter. Both came on passes to John Humprey, covering 31 and 56 yards.
Good defensive pressure by Clear Creek kept Clear Falls in check for most of the night.
Colby Burton intercepted an Assarian pass to stop a Knights drive late in the second quarter. A previous possession ended at the Wildcat 15 on a sack by Nik Daniels.
Clear Falls was limited to 105 yards rushing, with much of that coming in the fourth quarter with the result well in hand. The Clear Creek defensive line turned in a solid performance in controlling the line of scrimmage.