Giles & Co. prepared for tough schedule

By Michael Sudhalter
msudhalter@fortbendstar.com

082714_ElkinsElkins High senior quarterback Johnathan Giles is one of the top prep football players in the Houston area.

But the Texas Tech commit hasn’t let his success – or the 48 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards last season ‚Äì change him.

“He’s just the same old Johnathan,” Elkins head football coach Dennis Brantley said of Giles, who plans on playing wide receiver at Texas Tech. “He’s the first one to show up and the last one to leave. He leads by example, and the kids will follow him.”

ElkinsSchedThe Knights finished 10-3 last season, sharing a district title with Hightower. They lost to eventual state runner-up, Katy High, in the third round of the playoffs.

While a 6A division was created, Elkins will stay in 5A, but it’s one of the toughest 5A districts around with fellow Fort Bend ISD schools Ridge Point, Marshall and Bush as well as perennial power, Texas City.

Elkins will prepare for the tough district slate with a trio of non-district games that may be even more difficult.

They’ll host Bellaire High at Mercer at 7 p.m. Friday and welcome Houston Lamar on Sept. 6 at Mercer, before wrapping up non-district against College Station A&M Consolidated on Sept. 13 at Hall.

“We’ll find out really quickly where we stand,” Brantley said.

The Knights will begin 5A-23 competition on Sept. 26 at Texas City.

“Every year, we go in with high expectations,” Brantley said. “We’ve done a good job of taking it one day as a time.

The Knights return six returners on offense, and five on defense. They’ll also promote several players from a Junior Varsity squad that finished 7-3 last fall.

“Our biggest strength is speed and team chemistry,” Brantley said.

Senior running back Romellus Skinner rushed for 500 yards last season, and he’ll run behind an experienced offensive lineman that includes Simon Rodgers, Omar Wilkins, Derrick Williams and Mason McDougal in the potent Spread Offense.

The wide receivers are led by Darren Woods, who has received offers from UT-San Antonio and Air Force. Romano Skinner, Romellus’ twin brother, will also play a key role at wide receiver.

Defensively, linebacker/defensive end Leroy Godfrey, a Houston commit, will be the leader.

Defensive lineman Brandon Jones is a returning all-district player, who is expected to be a key player, along with defensive end Caleb Washington.

“Godfrey’s so athletic that he can play both positions.” Brantley said. “We have the biggest defensive line we’ve had since I’ve been here (in four years).”

The Knights have some experienced players returning in the secondary, including Derek Dixon and A.J. Matthews.

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