An unprecedented shutout and the emergence of a diverse Dickinson athlete highlighted Week 1 of local high school football action.
Defense doesn’t budge
With the score tied at 6 at halftime in the Clash of the Causeway, La Marque and Ball High held each other scoreless in the third quarter. There was a goal-line stand by the Tors, two punts and only one pass attempt between the two teams, an incompletion by Ball High’s Jake Simon.
In the 2013 Clash, after going into the halftime break tied at 7, La Marque scored three touchdowns and shut out Ball High, 19-0, in the third quarter — scoring more points in the third quarter than the two teams combined for in the entire game Thursday, which La Marque won, 12-6.
Rivalry bragging rights
The 24-0 shutout win for Friendswood against Texas City was the first time either team had been held scoreless since the two teams began playing each other yearly in 1998.
The previous lowest team point total in the series was 13 by both Friendswood in 2005 and Texas City in 2001.
Bulldogs bright spots
Hitchcock dominated Katy Pope John Paul XXIII on Friday in a 39-3 win, helping shake the bad memories of a 2-8 record last year. The victory actually started a winning streak for the Bulldogs after they downed Brazos, 32-7, in last season’s finale.
Friday’s win also marked the most points scored By Hitchcock since a 49-24 victory against Brazos on Nov. 9, 2012. The Bulldogs scored a season-high 36 points on Oct. 25 least year in a one-point loss to Boling.
Not many tight ends have the playmaking skills of Dickinson junior Jordan Myers, who put his talents on display during the Gators’ 26-0 win against Panama Bay, Fla., on Friday.
Myers caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Martin in the first quarter before taking a handoff and sprinting 81 yards for a score in the second. Myers led the team with 118 rushing yards on just three carries in what could be the opening act to a breakout season for both him and the Gators.
Top dog for the ‘Cats
Junior wide receiver Landon Etzel caught 13 passes for 158 yards and three TDs — all game highs among receivers.
But on top of those numbers, Creek quarterback Chase Hildreth targeted Etzel on 20 throws out of 39 attempts.
That’s good for more than double the number of targets of any other Clear Creek receiver. Coach Darrell Warden seemed to be excited about the QB-WR duo’s success, especially since they have the rest of this season and all of next year together as both are currently juniors.
No room to run
Clear Creek had virtually no daylight in the running game. Senior Austin Mathews led the team with five carries for 10 yards.
As a whole, the team ended the game with -12 rushing yards due to three sacks from the Panthers’ defense. The only other Wildcats’ runner was sophomore Jaiden Woodson, who carried four times for 2 yards.
North Shore new era
Friday night’s North Shore-Clear Springs game marked the beginning of a new era in North Shore football.
It was the first without head coach David Aymond, who stepped down after 20 seasons at the helm to become the boy’s athletic director for Galena Park ISD.
In those 20 years, more than 180 Mustangs signed college scholarships, and four of those were on the active rosters of NFL teams last year.
Before Aymond took over in 1994, the Mustangs hadn’t been to the playoffs in 31 years. Since his first season, he led the Mustangs to 20 straight playoff berths, including going 12-1 in 2013 and reaching the Division I-5A semifinals.
New head coach Jon Kay is no stranger to North Shore, having served there as a teacher and assistant coach the last 15 years. Kay has been honored as the 2010 Greater Houston Coaches’ Association Assistant Coach of the Year.