Clear Falls at Dickinson
7 p.m. today, Sam Vitanza Stadium
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DICKINSON — The Knights and Gators open District 24-5A play with what should be a pivotal contest for both teams.
Clear Falls is 2-2 and already has matched its win total from last season. The Knights lost a nail-biter to Rosenberg Terry in the first game of the season, whitewashed Baytown Sterling and Dobie, then endured a 49-13 drubbing at the hands of Pearland Dawson.
Dickinson (2-1-1) has had its downs and ups. The Gators opened with a 48-0 loss to Texas City, then responded by downing Friendswood and South Houston. Last week’s downpours forced Dickinson’s game with Deer Park to be called with the score tied 28-all.
As two 24-5A teams could will be in the mix when playoff spots are doled out, this game will go a long way toward showing which squad will be playing meaningful contests late in the season.
Dickinson has a strong ground game led by Krysten Hammon, who has rushed for 464 yards and scored five times. Wide receiver Alec Randle is a deep threat, having racked up 164 yards on just seven catches with four touchdowns.
On defense, Keffirn Wydermyer and Waylon Hurst both have a pair of interceptions.
The Knights don’t really have single go-to guy. Brandon Hayward leads the team in rushing with 348 yards, but Austin Davis and Sam Draper have the most ground touchdowns with two apiece.
The same holds true in the receiving department, where John Humphrey has 198 yards, twice more than any teammate. Ke’Shaun Holmes has the most scoring strikes at two.
In all, seven different Knights have found their way into the end zone this season.
Clear Lake at Clear Creek
7 p.m. today, Veterans Memorial Stadium
LEAGUE CITY — This long-standing rivalry may have lost a bit of its luster with the opening of several Clear Creek ISD high schools, but for fans of a certain age, it is still the only game that matters on the teams’ schedules. And since it’s the District 24-5A opener, it matters even more.
The rivalry dates back to 1972, when Clear Lake opened and its attendance zone was carved out of that was Clear Creek territory.
The Wildcats are 3-1 and have a high-powered offense that can get it done in the air and on the ground.
Quarterback Jarrett Hildreth figures in on both areas. He’s completed 48 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns and legged it out for 275 yards and a quartet of TDs.
His main running mate is Kaliq Kokuma, who has rushed for 369 yards and scored five times.
Landon Etzel is Clear Creek’s top receiver, having caught 21 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns.
Clear Lake also is 3-1, and the Falcons’ offense is no slouch.
Running back Nicholas McGee has already scored nine touchdowns and has 658 yards rushing.
Quarterback Sam Smith has thrown for 658 yards and five touchdowns, but has also thrown five picks.
Jordan Davis has been Smith’s main target. Davis has 19 catches for 286 yards and a pair of scores.
Marquis Blakely has made himself a major nuisance for opposing quarterbacks — he’s got four interceptions.
Clear Springs at Clear Brook
6 p.m. Saturday, Veterans Memorial Stadium
LEAGUE CITY — Clear Springs has been putting up some serious numbers on the way to a 3-1 record, having scored 50-plus points in each of the last two games as it enters District 24-5A play.
The Chargers’ offense has been clicking, rolling up 1,551 yards with 917 coming via passing.
Quarterback Zach Cripps is the head bombardier in the air attack, having thrown for 829 yards and six touchdowns on 54 completions.
Speedy Matt Guidry has been the favored target. He has 22 catches for 349 yards and a pair of TDs. He’s also made his mark carrying the mail. Guidry has 557 yards rushing with nine scores on that side of the ledger.
Defensive back Jeremy Hunt has shown a knack for knowing where the ball is going. He has two interceptions.
Clear Brook also is 3-1, but the Wolverine offense is not as strong as Clear Springs.
The team has gained but 769 yards in four games and has kept teams close. Two of the Wolverines’ wins have been by four points.
Cody Williams is a money receiver. He’s caught five passes for 117 yards and has found himself in the end zone on three occasions.
What the Wolverines do have is a defense that likes to force turnovers. Clear Brook has five interceptions and has recovered six fumbles.
Baytown Lee at Ball High
7 p.m. today, Kermit Courville Stadium
GALVESTON — The Tors are still searching for their first win of the season. Ball (0-3) is waiting for a breakout moment as District 24-4A play begins. The defense has done well at times, but the offense has sputtered, scoring just three times.
Baytown Lee is sitting at 2-1, thanks to an offense that put up more than 60 points twice.
Gander quarterback Javarius Irving is the guy who makes things go. He’s completed 38 passes for 470 yards and five
touchdowns, but his real damage comes from his legs. He has 27 carries for 294 yards with nine scores.
Leo Cedeno is the workhorse, however, logging 46 carries for 494 yards and three touchdowns.
Santa Fe at Pearland Dawson
7 p.m. today, The Rig
PEARLAND — The Indians face the Eagles in their District 24-4A opener.
Santa Fe (1-2) has a strong weapon in quarterback Ryan Skufca, who simply doesn’t waste passes. He’s 25 for 35 for 389 yards and four touchdowns and has rushed 16 times for 174 yards and two TDs.
Tim Alcala has proved to be a reliable ground gainer. His 47 carries have produced 209 yards and three touchdowns.
Dawson is 3-0 and has a punishing offense that wears opponents down.
The Eagles have 1,196 yards of total offense this year, with 924 coming on the ground.
Running back Brett Winnegan accounts for 499 of those yards, and he’s scored nine times. Wide receiver Tony Upchurch, an LSU commit, is a deep threat, but he hasn’t been used that much. He has seven catches for 127 yards.
Galena Park at Friendswood
7 p.m. today, Mustang Stadium
FRIENDSWOOD — The Mustangs (2-1) come into the district after an off week. Friendswood’s offense is fairly evenly split with 646 of its 1,218 yards coming via the rush.
Sam Longbotham gets the lion’s share of the totes. He has rushed 57 times for 496 yards and three scores.
First-year quarterback Jake Blumrick is still working his way into the job. He has 21 completions for 316 yards and four scores.
The Yellowjackets (2-1) have just 893 yards but have outscored opponents 92-61.
Their offense breaks down to 3-to-1 rushing to passing. Quarterback Anthoula Kelly leads the team in rushing with 492 yards and eight touchdowns. He has also thrown for three more.
Van Vleck at Hitchcock
7 p.m. today, Bulldog Stadium
HITCHCOCK — The Bulldogs are sitting at 0-3 after a difficult nondistrict schedule. They hope their fortunes change, however, when District 13-2A, Division II play begins this evening.
Dustin St. Cair leads the Hitchcock offense. He’s rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries and has four catches for 42 yards.
Eddie Goodman is the rushing leader with 114 yards.
The Leopards are 1-2, and points haven’t always been spotted in large amounts.
Van Vleck has been outscored 66-46 in three games.
Though just the first game of the regular season, this district matchup could be a key one at the end of the season when playoff berths are determined.
KIPP Sunnyside at Bay Area Christian
7 p.m. today, Bronco Field
LEAGUE CITY — The Broncos are 1-3 and looking to rebound from a tough 18-12 loss to Pope John Paul XXIII.
That game saw Cory Gills catch five passes for 51 yards and Jake Smith slog his way to 45 yards rushing on muddy field.
The Senators are 1-2 and have not won since a 16-7 victory over Westbury Christian in the season opener.
Crayg Smith Jr. is a multiple threat for the Senators, having caught passes for 149 yards and rushed for 163 more. KIPP Sunnyside has only scored three touchdowns this season and Smith has figured in all of them, running for one, catching a pass for another and returning a blocked punt 40 yards for the third.
Quarterback David Lopez has thrown for 207 yards on 10 completions.
Huntsville Alpha Omega at High Island
7 p.m. today, Cardinal’s Nest
HIGH ISLAND — The Cardinals are 0-4 and hungry for a win.
High Island has taken a different tack from most 6-man teams in that it likes to hammer away at foes with its ground game. Dylan Blake and Oliver Knipe get the bulk of the carries and have proved adept at going inside and outside.
The Lions (2-3) are on a hot streak that has seen them win two in a row and outscore opponents 55-6.
Against Good Samaritan HomeSchool, Alpha Omega’s offense was extremely low key, gaining just 169 yards of total offense in the 52-0 rout, but it was enough.
Defensively, freshman Ryan Ficklen picked off two passes, and the Lions recovered three fumbles.