By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Mayde Creek (2-0) vs. Jordan (1-1), 6 p.m. at Legacy Stadium
Last year: Did not play
- Mayde Creek and Jordan meet in a battle of two teams both looking to prove themselves this season.
Whichever way the matchup goes, it will be a first, for Jordan it would be the first district win in school history, while for Mayde Creek it would be the first head coaching district win for J Jensen.
The Rams have had a strong start to the season his year, earning two blowout wins in their first two games and coming off a 49-27 victory over Waller in the second week of the season.
Carldell Beard had a very strong and efficient game against Waller, completing seven of 12 passes and throwing for 125 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception. Jeremiah Hill was the biggest weapon in the passing game in the game, catching two passes for 49 yards while Beau Bankston also caught two balls, gaining 34 yards receiving.
Jeremiah Hill led Mayde Creek on the ground with 52 yards on 16 carries while Beard had 30 yards and Quintin Davis had 18 yards receiving. Eric Nelson had a good day on defense, causing three fumbles and coming away with an interception.
Jordan comes of a hard fought game which the Warriors lost 17-10 to Kingwood. The Warriors tied things at 10 in the fourth quarter before ultimately falling to Kingwood.
Colin Willetts had a good game at quarterback, completing 16 of 29 passes and throwing for 173 yards, but he did throw an interception.
Sophomore receiver Andrew Marsh once again led the way receiving wise for Jordan, as he caught ten passes for 100 yards while Nathan Salz caught three passes for 47 yards and Zechariah also had three receptions for 26 yards.
It was a decent day running the ball for the Warriors as Ifenyi Monye had 15 carries for 60 yards, Chad Gasper carried the ball eight times for 48 yards and Willetts had 13 yards rushing and a touchdown.
But the Warriors struggled with pass defense, allowing 208 yards through the air and a touchdown in the game. Kingwood also gained 112 yards on the ground. Jordan will want to come in with something to prove though as they play their first game ever in district play, but Mayde Creek will be just as amped and ready.
It will be a very intriguing matchup between the teams as both have good offenses and thrive taking the ball away, and both will be extremely motivated heading into the game.
Morton Ranch (2-0) vs. Paetow (1-1), 7 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium
Last Year: Paetow 43, Morton Ranch 14
- Morton Ranch and Paetow will take on each other for the third straight season, with Paetow trying to keep its perfect record against the Mavericks alive and Morton Ranch trying to get off to a strong start in district.
The matchup has turned into a rivalry game, as players on both teams know each other very well and Paetow pulled some students from Morton Ranch when the school opened.
The Mavericks come off a strong win over Kingwood Park in the second week of the season, in which the team had 353 yards on the ground and 158 yards through the air, while Holding Kingwood Park to just 216 total yards.
The Mavericks offense clicked on every level. The run game pounded away with both Santana Scott and Ryan Hall gaining over 100 yards, and the teams pass game was great on the play action, with Josh Johnson thriving. Johnson is already off to a great start this season, as he already has 296 yards and two touchdowns to no interceptions in the air, Mike Gerald has been Johnson’s top target on the season, already having six receptions for 170 yards and four touchdowns, while Cameron Hudson gives the team options in the passing game.
Paetow comes off a 22-7 loss to Cy-Ranch in the teams second game of the season, as the Panthers dropped to 1-1 on the year.
The Panthers offense once again struggled to get anything going in the game.
Derrick Johnson rushed for 35 yards for Paetow while Koby Truehill was efficient but safe with the ball, completing nine of 12 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Justin Stevenson led the Panthers with four receptions for 72 yards and a score. But turnover on downs and a fumble by Truehill derailed the offense throughout the night.
The Panthers defense was good against the ground attack but also struggled against a good pass game from Cy-Ranch
Paetow allowed 233 yards through the air and 112 yards to wide receiver Carson Littlefield, but held Cy-Ranch’s top rusher to 39 yards on 15 carries. But did allow a rushing score.
It was the Panthers first loss with Lonnie Teagle as head coach and now they turn their attention to district and another matchup which they feel they can win.
It will be a battle of strengths in the game, as Paetow’s defense has done lots of good things against both the pass and run early in the year, but the Mavericks boast both a strong run and pass game with athletes at every offensive skill position.
Tompkins (2-0) vs. Katy (2-0), 6 p.m. at Legacy Stadium
Last year: Katy 56, Tompkins 21
- Katy and Tompkins meet in the first week of district in a matchup that could decide the top of the district standings come regular seasons end.
This has been the big matchup in the district over the past few years and its looking like this year it could be the same way, with both teams looking extremely impressive throughout their first two non-district games.
Katy faced one of the toughest teams in the state last week in Atascocita and held on to win with a last minute touchdown. The Tigers showed prowess both in the run game which is to be expected and in the pass game, as the Tigers had 200 yards passing and senior quarterback Caleb Koger had a very good game, proving why he is a three-year starter for the program.
The Katy defense also came to play, shutting down the Atascocita run game for most of the night, but they did struggle at times containing the Eagles pass game.
Tomkins comes off a 38-14 trouncing of Bridgeland last week to stay perfect on the season.
Chris Gilbert Jr. once again had a strong game, as he has gotten off to a good start this season while the Tompkins run game and defense continues to prove itself against good competition. And the run game was strong for Tompkins again for the second straight week.
Tompkins held Bridgeland to just 84 yards rushing on 20 carries, with leading rusher Kendall Burns only gaining 52 yards. Bridgeland was able to find some success in the pass game, throwing for 190 yards but they also intercepted Bridgeland twice, once again showing the Falcons propensity to force turnovers.
Tompkins will come into the matchup confident, but so will Katy, and both have already proven themselves against some very strong teams around the area and it again looks to be one of the best matchups the district will see this year.
It will be a battle between the two teams, and the biggest question in the matchup will be can Tompkins defense slow down the Katy run game and can the Katy defense keep the explosive Tompkins pass game in check.
Taylor (1-1) vs. Ciinco Ranch (1-1), 7 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium
Last year: Cinco Ranch 49, Taylor 20
- Cinco Ranch and Taylor meet in the first week of district play and both come into the game with a 1-1 record.
The Cougars got off to a terrific start the first week of the season with a blowout win over College Park, but lost a shootout to Klein Oak, 40-35 in the second week of the season.
The Cinco defense struggled in the game against a good Klein Oak team. Lorenzo Scheerhorn threw for 259 yards, completing 21 of 34 passes and throwing for two touchdowns, while the Klein Oak run game also had success. Keishaun Wooten ran for 141 yards and Scheerhorn ran for 116 and Klein Oak had four touchdowns on the ground. The Cougars especially struggled against Kaleb Black in the pass game, as he caught 11 passes for 142 yards.
The Cinco offense once again had success, with Gavin Rutherford leading the way, but it wasn’t enough in the matchup.
Taylor earned a win over George Ranch to move to 1-1 on the season last week and boasted a strong run defense and run game. The Mustangs only allowed 59 yards on the ground and 108 yards through the air and contained George Ranch to just eight first downs in the game.
Offensively, Taylor rushed for 268 yards with many players chipping in and kept penalties at a minimum as they wore down the George Ranch defense and were successful on offense as the game went on.
The game will come down to which teams defense can show up and stop what the other team wants to do, with Taylor needing to stop an explosive pass and run game for Cinco Ranch, and Cinco needing to stop a powerful Taylor run game that tries to wear down defenses as games go on.
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