Stafford at La Marque
7:30 p.m. today, Etheredge Stadium
LA MARQUE — The District 24-3A title will be up for grabs when the Cougars host the Spartans tonight.
Stafford comes into the game sporting an 8-0 overall record and 3-0 mark in district play, while La Marque is sitting at 6-3 and 3-0.
Though the two teams are both undefeated in league action, the Spartans have had much closer games. Stafford took out Columbia, 34-27, and nipped Sweeny, 50-49, before blowing out KIPP Sunnyside, 50-7.
Meanwhile, La Marque took out the same opponents by 31-0, 17-10 and 58-0 counts.
Stafford’s offense is a stout one and averages 362 yards per game.
The Spartans have trotted out two quarterbacks this season, with Sampson Bankole getting the bulk of the work. He’s thrown for 645 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 395 yards and eight scores. Kyle Thompson has thrown for 486 yards and seven TDs.
Stafford’s rushing game has been spread around over multiple carriers, but Adrian Seales has been the go-to guy. He’s rushed for 735 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Spartans’ defense has been especially good at smelling out the football. It has recorded 13 interceptions, with Wesley Huff snaring four on his own.
La Marque comes into the game on a roll, having pitched shutouts in two of its last three games.
Last week, the Cougars’ 31-0 smacking of Columbia saw running back Daquan Jones come into his own, gaining 103 yards on 11 totes and scoring a pair of touchdowns.
After some growing pains early this season, quarterback Ladarrian Ellis-Jones has steadily grown into the position. Last week, he was nearly mistake-free, completing seven of nine passes for 94 yards, while rushing for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Clear Creek at Clear Springs
7 p.m. today, Veterans Memorial Stadium
RADIO: KPRC-AM, 950
LEAGUE CITY — The Fight of 518 will rage once again when the Wildcats and Chargers take the field for the annual clash between the two schools on the League City farm-to-market road.
Clear Creek (8-1 overall, 5-0 in District 24-5A) has clinched the league championship, while Clear Springs (6-3, 3-2) is in second place and looking to get some breathing room from the rest of the pack.
The Wildcats have been an offensive juggernaut this season, totaling 4,187 yards of offense with it coming almost equally from the ground and air attacks.
Quarterback Jarrett Hildreth has been nearly flawless, throwing for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns while giving up only two interceptions. Landon Etzel has been the prime target, catching 52 passes for 957 yards and 10 TDs.
On the ground, running back Kaliq Kokuma has stormed his way to 974 yards rushing and 16 scores.
Over at Clear Springs, the Chargers are led by running back Matt Guidry, who has rushed for 958 yards and 14 touchdowns and also caught 33 passes for 539 yards and five TDs.
Wide receiver Devin Milburn has had a nose for the end zone this year. He’s caught 26 passes for 424 yards and seven scores
Quarterback Zach Cripps has come back nicely from an early-season leg injury. The senior has thrown for 1,703 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Texas City at Baytown Lee
7 p.m. today, Stallworth Stadium
BAYTOWN — The Stingarees will be looking for perfection tonight.
Texas City (9-0, 6-0 District 24-4A) already has a playoff berth wrapped up and is concentrating on securing a league championship and finishing the regular season unscathed.
The Stings have been a running machine all season, having rushed for 2,951 yards. Leading the pack is D’Onta Foreman, who has gained 1,280 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.
But, his running mate, Donald Lynch, is not to be ignored. He’s rushed for 900 yards and 12 scores. A good night by him would give Texas City two 1,000-yard rushers, which isn’t bad.
Meanwhile, Foreman’s twin brother, Armanti, has kept teams honest with his pass-catching abilities. He has 31 catches for 498 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s also nabbed five interceptions.
Baytown Lee, on the other hand, is a team looking for positives.
The Ganders (2-7, 0-6) and have not seen the win column since Sept. 12.
Last week’s 44-14 loss to Friendswood was typical. Lee had trouble mounting any kind of running game and averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. At the same time, the passing game was ineffectual, and quarterback P.J. Leonce completed only eight of 19 attempts for 162 yards.
The Ganders also fumbled the ball away three times.
Friendswood at Ball High
7 p.m. today, Kermit Courville Stadium
GALVESTON — The Mustangs (7-2, 5-1) will be looking to hone their game for the playoffs when they travel to the island tonight.
Following its one District 24-4A loss to Texas City, Friendswood has had a strong run through its schedule, and its defense has been a major factor — the Mustangs have allowed opponents less than 12 points per game in the last three contests.
During that time, Friendswood has forced 14 turnovers, recovering three fumbles per game.
The Mustang offense has been clicking, too.
Quarterback Brandon Sargent has thrown for 1,165 yards and 13 touchdowns this year. Slade Holle has been the top receiver with 524 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.
Running back Sam Longbotham is on the verge of a milestone. He’s rushed for 950 yards and nine touchdowns.
Ball (2-7, 2-4) is closing out its first season under head coach Kimble Anders and though the record may not show it, things have progressed well for the Tors.
Jacob Simon had a solid game at quarterback last week in a 41-7 loss to Pearland Dawson. He completed 18 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.
The Ball receiving corps had a trio of sure-handed pass-catchers. Greg Rollins-Jones had four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown to pace the group. Kevin Batiste and Jujuan Whitaker also had four grabs, the former for 50 yards and the latter for 34 yards.
Hitchcock at Brazos
7:30 p.m. today, Cougar Stadium
WALLIS — The Bulldogs are hoping to finish the season with another win.
Hitchcock (1-8, 1-4 in District 13-2A Division II) collected its lone victory two weeks ago in a 36-35 nipping of Boling. Last week, however, there was a 54-0 loss to No. 1-ranked East Bernard that saw the Bulldogs struggle to move the football.
The Cougars (5-4, 2-3) have had their own woes. Brazos has shown little offense and less defense. In five district games, Brazos has scored 73 points and given up 215.
Quarterback Chris Demny is the Cougars’ main threat. He has thrown for 888 yards and four touchdowns and also has rushed for 222 yards and four more scores.
He also has shown a penchant for throwing the ball to the other team, having been picked off eight times.
TAPPS Class 3A
Bay Area Christian at The Woodlands Christian Academy
7 p.m. today, Warrior Stadium
CONROE — The Broncos (6-3, 4-0) will be looking to close out an undefeated TAPPS District Division III slate when they square off against the Warriors.
Bay Area handed down a 65-6 thrashing to Mount Carmel last week in a game that saw Connor Crow score on a 30-yard run and a fumble recovery in the end zone. He also toed up nine extra points.
The Warriors are 2-2 in district play and took down Beaumont Legacy Christian, 28-0, in their last outing.
Quarterback Michael Sacks rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns in that game and also threw for 116 yards and another score.
Cypress Christian at O’Connell
Noon Saturday, Kermit Courville Stadium
GALVESTON — The Buccaneers will be looking to close out their season the way they started, with a victory.
O’Connell began the fall with a 33-6 win over Lutheran North, but it has been a long, hard winless slog since then, and the Bucs would like to send their seniors out with a victory.
High Island at Chester
7:30 p.m. today, Aubrey Bradley Stadium
CHESTER — The Cardinals go into their last game of the season with their best chance for a victory.
High Island and Chester are both 0-2 in District 16 Division I action, but of the two, the Cardinals have shown more oomph.
The Yellowjackets lost to Apple Springs, 69-12, and Oakwood, 67-6, in their district outings. The Cardinals, on the other hand, lost to those teams by 71-46 and 79-34 marks, respectively.
High school football — Week 10
Clear Lake 24, Dickinson 21
Goose Creek Mem. 48, Santa Fe 19
Texas City at Baytown Lee, 7 p.m.
Clear Creek at Clear Springs, 7 p.m.
Stafford at La Marque, 7:30 p.m.
Friendswood at Ball High, 7 p.m.
Bay Area Christian at The Woodlands Christian, 7 p.m.
High Island at Chester, 7:30 p.m.
Hitchcock at Brazos, 7:30 p.m.
Cypress Christian vs. O’Connell at Kermit Courville Stadium, noon
OFF: Clear Falls