Clear Springs dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in a decisive 54-29 win over Pearland in Friday’s Class 6A, Region III, Division II bi-district game at CCISD Challenger Columbia Stadium.
The Chargers will play the North Shore Mustangs at 1 p.m. Nov. 25 at Pasadena Memorial Stadium.
The Mustangs crushed District 22-6A champion Deer Park, 48-7, on Friday.
There were few if any phases of Friday’s contest that Clear Springs did not establish control over.
Most noticeable was a stellar performance by the Chargers offensive line.
Chibuike Ejimado, Garrett Nickelson, Chris Aldridge and Eric Williams continually opened holes up front that paved the way for six touchdowns and four field goals.
Quarterback Garrett Rooker guided an explosive offense that accounted for 504 total yards.
Rooker completed 11 of 16 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown while also running for score.
Peyton Sawyer had seven of those receptions for 138 yards.
Isaiah Bibb was the workhorse of the Chargers’ backfield, carrying the ball 22 times for 204 yards.
Bibb had touchdown runs of 8, 2 and 42 yards.
Caleb Hines added a 67-yard scoring run to open the fourth quarter.
Seth Porter booted four field goals and six extra points in the contest.
Just as impressive was the performance of the Clear Springs defense, which held Pearland to two touchdowns and 168 total yards over the first three quarters, which ended with Chargers holding a 44-14 lead.
That dominance began on the opening play of the game as Christian Waller intercepted an Austin Landry pass at midfield and returned it 34 yards.
Nick Thompson added a second interception early in the fourth period.
Pearland enjoyed little success on the ground against Clear Springs’ imposing defensive front, managing just 41 yards over the first three periods.
James Wokaty and Darian Bell spearheaded a defense that put consistent pressure on Oiler quarterbacks Landry and Layne Roblyer.
The overwhelming win gained some measure of revenge for Clear Springs after a pair of losses to Pearland in 2016, including a 20-17 setback in the first round of the playoffs.