Thursday, Sept. 23
Seven Lakes (3-1) vs. Katy (4-0), 6 p.m., Legacy Stadium
- After an uncertain start to the season, Seven Lakes has found it’s groove the past two weeks, outscoring opponents 73 to 33 in that timespan. Grayson Medford has settled into the quarterback position and went 11-17 for 112 yards and a touchdown through the air last week while adding 30 yards and a score on the ground in Seven Lakes win over the Heights. Kyler Foster and Beau Clewitt are both threats in the passing game and have over 100 yards receiving on the season while sophomore Barrett Hudson has become the workhorse in the backfield. Katy meanwhile, comes off a grueling non-district schedule and is dealing with some injuries heading into district play. The Tigers won a close game against the Woodlands last week in which Seth Davis had a career day, rushing for 225 yards and three scores. Caleb Koger has looked reliable in his second year as a varsity quarterback, but there are still some question marks that have to be answered throughout district play and the playoffs for the team. Katy’s running game and play action will be very hard to stop for the Spartans with the Tigers having so much balance on offense. The Tigers main goal defensively will be to contain Medford.
Cinco Ranch (3-1) vs. Tompkins (4-0), 7 p.m., Rhodes Stadium
- Cinco Ranch suffered its first setback of the season last week as the Cougars lost 37-7 to Clear Falls. Gavin Rutherford and the passing game were still successful, as the junior passed for 192 yards and two touchdowns and Seth Salverino had 165 yards and two touchdowns on six catches, but the team wasn’t able to keep its success in the running game going. Sam McKnight had just 42 yards and averaged just over three yards per carry and the team only tallied 52 yards rushing in total. Defensively, it was the first time Cinco Ranch was outmatched this season, as the Cougars had given up 14 points on average heading into the game. Tompkins on the other hand, came off its strongest performance of the season as the Falcons beat Clear Creek 57-7. Tompkins has found balance on offense and the defense has very much come alive since a close call against Clear Springs in week 2. Cole Francis has weapons in Josh McMillan II, Matthew Ogunrin, Wyatt Young and Chidubem Lebechi in the pass game, while Collin Marshall, Young and Caleb Blocker have grown into their roles in the run game as the season has progressed. Cinco Ranch’s passing game will test the Tompkins defense, but the Cougars will need balance if they want to have success against such a strong unit, and Tompkins will look to keep doing what it did last week offensively as the Cinco Ranch defense will have its hands full.
Friday, Sept. 24
Taylor (1-3) vs. Morton Ranch (2-2), 7 p.m., Rhodes Stadium
- Taylor and Morton Ranch both head into district play needing to answer questions on the defensive side of the ball. Taylor gave up over 50 points for the second straight game in a loss to Klein Cain last week and will need to find a way to slow teams down on that side of the ball after giving up over 600 yards of offense in the loss. One positive for the Mustangs is the success they had running the ball against Klein Cain. The team had 336 yards on the ground and Michael Whitaker III rushed for 116 yards. Morton Ranch almost pulled out a win against Lake Creek, but came up just short in a 41-40 loss as Santana Scott almost willed the team to victory himself. The junior running back finished with 472 all-purpose yards in the game, including 240 rushing yards and five total touchdowns. Joshua Johnson had his best game of the season, going 12-19 for 206 yards and two touchdowns, but the defense was not able to hold up against Lake Creek. Taylor will continue to try and pound the run game against Morton Ranch, as the Mavericks struggled with the run last game, while Morton Ranch will try to take advantage of a Taylor defense that has struggled against both the run and the pass.
Mayde Creek (2-1) vs. College Park (3-1), 6 p.m., Legacy Stadium
- Mayde Creek comes off its bye week winners of two straight games. Sophomore quarterback Jaylen Bragg has had a strong start to the season a she has thrown for 332 yards and four touchdowns thus far. Jordan Kelly is leading the way for the receivers with 142 yards and two touchdowns early in the season while Leroy Turner also has over 100 yards receiving on the season. The run game will need to get better for the Rams as they have just 125 yards total and no one has reached 50 yards on the ground for the season. The defense has been a strong spot and will need to continue its strong work for Mayde Creek to have a successful campaign. That defense will be tested this week by College Park and senior quarterback Ty Buckmon. The College Park offense is averaging over 30 points per game and its defense has had strong showings against every team but Cinco Ranch thus far. It will be a good test for Mayde Creek to see where the team is at before they head into district play.
Jordan (1-3) at Lake Belton (4-0), 7 p.m.
- Jordan lost its second straight game last week to Davenport and it won’t get any easier for the team this week as it goes up against Lake Belton. The Warriors fell 52-45 in a close game to Davenport, as the teams offense showed promise after a subpar game against Little Cypress-Mauriceville. Lake Belton is led by quarterback Connor Hays, who has already thrown for 846 yards and five touchdowns on the season and rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns. The team has an explosive offense in both the pass and run game and has on average given up under 30 points per game, making this game a real challenge for Jordan.