La Marque vs. Lamar Consolidated
7:30 p.m., Reliant Stadium
The Cougars will take their show on the road to Reliant Stadium, but the venue is not what is important.
“I’d play the game in a parking lot if it means we get a ‘W,’” La Marque head football coach Mike Jackson said.
La Marque is 1-2 and has not seen the victory column since a 32-7 win over Ball in the season opener.
The Mustangs are 2-1 and thrashed Fort Bend Clements last week, 41-27.
Lamar Consolidated is a run-first team, having ground out 794 yards rushing so far. Quarterback Scott Novahitza leads the team in rushing with 277 yards on 39 carries, and he’s run into the end zone three times. Darius Turner (43 carries, 237 yards) and Phillip Ross (25 carries, 157 yards) also get their touches and have scored two and three TDs, respectively.
Novahitza puts the ball in the air, too. He’s completed 21 passes for 294 yards, and a pair of aerials put the Mustangs in the end zone. He has thrown three interceptions, however.
Defensively, Mikey Randal has picked off two passes already.
Deer Park at Dickinson
7 p.m., Sam Vitanza Stadium
Dickinson has already equaled last year’s two victories and is looking to grab another during homecoming.
Last week, the Gators (2-1) demolished South Houston, 42-0, behind the formidable running of Brad Woodard and Krysten Hammon.
Woodard rushed for 157 yards on just 10 carries and also scored a touchdown. Hammon had 19 carries for 135 yards and also tallied a score.
Deer Park comes into the game at 1-2 and is on a two-game slide, including a 42-35 loss to Clear Creek last week.
As befits their name, the Deer like to run and already have two backs with more than 300 yards.
They both are used about equally, but Trey Farmer has a slight statistical edge, having rushed for 377 yards on 53 carries with three touchdowns. Connor Means has picked up 333 yards on 49 totes and has reached the end zone five times.
The Deer are a threat passing, but there is no single go-to guy. In all, 10 players have caught 32 passes for 370 yards.
On the other side of the ball, defensive backs Eric Benvidez and Gunner Herrera lead the team in tackles with 11 each and both have picked off a pass.
Ball High at Aldine MacArthur
7 p.m., Thorne Stadium
The Tors are 0-2 and could use a win in the worst way.
Ball’s offense has been largely stymied, having scored just once in each game this season.
Both of those scores were electrifying, as Kevin Batiste hauled in passes and raced 79 and 83 yards for the end zone.
The Generals sit at 2-1 and took out Willowridge last week, 27-7.
Running back Derek Ford has been the bulk of MacArthur’s offense, rushing for 353 yards on 46 carries. He also has caught four passes for 25 yards. His five touchdowns are more than the rest of the offense combined.
Quarterback Joseph Pellerin has done a decent job this year, throwing for 269 yards on 26 completions, but he has not tossed a scoring strike and has two interceptions.
Elishua Williams leads the Generals’ receiving corps with seven catches for 97 yards.
Pope John XXIII at Bay Area Christian
7 p.m., Bronco Field
The Broncos dismantled Evadale last week, 28-10.
Quarterback Clayton Webb has been steady the last few weeks. Against Evadale, he threw for 159 yards on nine completions and had two touchdown tosses.
The Lions are 2-1 and pack a powerful offense that has gained 970 yards this fall.
Greg Moore has been the big hoss for Pope John XXIII, toting the mail 48 times for 362 yards with a trio of touchdowns.
Quarterback Greyson Secades (36 carries, 180 yards) and Edd Williams (29 carries, 141 yards) are also round threats.
Secades is comfortable throwing, too. He’s completed 15 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Concordia Lutheran at Hitchcock
7 p.m., Bulldog Stadium
The Bulldogs are 0-2 and would like to get on track this week.
Quarterback Marquez Oliver has been getting the job done two ways. Last week against Northland Christian, he rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns and had five completions for 54 yards.
Oliver’s running mate, Eddie Goodman rushed for 81 yards last week.
The Crusaders are 1-2 this season and are coming off a 50-20 loss to Houston Second Baptist.
Concordia Lutheran had 306 yards of offense in that game, with all but 17 coming on the ground.
Cullen Eubanks finished with 108 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 19-yard run.
Zach Huwyler had a big breakaway, scoring on a 64-yard run.
High Island at Baytown Christian
7 p.m., Baytown Lee High School
The Cardinals are sitting at 0-3, but two of those losses were by a single point.
In last week’s 45-44 loss to Sugar Land Logos Prep, Dylan Blake came on strong, scoring on runs of 63, 35 and 5 yards.
The Baytown Christian Bulldogs are 2-1 on the season and are coming off a 25-0 shutout of Fort Bend Homeschool.
Week 3 games
Clear Creek 42, Baytown Sterling 14
Deer Park at Dickinson, 7 p.m.
La Marque vs. Lamar Consolidated at Reliant Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Ball High at Aldine MacArthur, 7 p.m.
Pope John XXIII at Bay Area Christian, 7 p.m.
Concordia Lutheran at Hitchcock, 7 p.m.
High Island at Baytown Christian, 7 p.m.
Clear Springs at Eisenhower, 6 p.m.
Pearland Dawson at Clear Falls, 6 p.m.
OFF: Texas City, Friendswood, Santa Fe, O’Connell