The 2013 high school football season officially kicks off tonight with a pair of contests involving Galveston County teams.
High Island has the honor of being the first squad to take the field. The Cardinals have a 6 p.m. contest versus Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian at the Living Stones Classic in Alvin at 6 p.m.
Clear Falls will open its second Class 5A season with a nondistrict Veterans Memorial Stadium contest against Rosenberg Terry at 7 p.m.
Second year of six-man
This is the second year for High Island to compete at the six-man level, and the Cardinals are well suited to improve on last year’s 6-3 record.
Dylan Blake played fullback for High Island last year and will stand under center this time around, which will give the Cardinals’ multiple-formation offense a completely different look this season.
One thing that will not change, however, is the fact that back Oliver Knipe can run with the best of them. He was the District 16 Division I Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and is looking to step up as a sophomore.
On defense, look for ball-hawking safety Dalton DeMoss. He had nine interceptions last year and returned five for touchdowns.
Second varsity year for Knights
Clear Falls had a promising start last year, going 2-1 after three games. But a succession of injuries — particularly at quarterback — saw the team finish the season with a seven-game losing streak.
At one point, Clear Falls was on its fourth-string quarterback, but that is different now as Alex Assarian has taken the helm.
John Humphrey will likely see time at several positions tonight. At 6 feet and 165 pounds with 4.4 speed and sticky hands, he has the qualities that make it possible to plug him in at running back or receiver.
Terry will be no slouch. The Rangers were a Class 4A Division II regional semifinalist last season and don’t look to have downgraded this year.
The main threat on offense and defense is Kishawn McClain, who starts at quarterback and outside linebacker.
Last season, he rushed for 931 yards out of Terry’s split-back veer offense and threw for another 674 yards. If the Knights can contain him, it will bode well for their chances this season.
Rosenberg Terry at Clear Falls
7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, League City
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High Island vs. Brazosport Christian
6 p.m. at Living Stones Christian School, Alvin