Ridge Point, Elkins highlight opening week of football

The Oct. 16 football game between Ridge Point and Elkins is the most anticipated regular season game in Fort Bend County. The teams will kick off at 7 p.m. that evening at Hall Stadium.

Both teams lived up to their lofty expectations during opening weekend, with convincing victories over Class 6A opponents last Friday.

Ridge Point High running back Remus Butler, pictured during a scrimmage against Clements on Nov. 22, rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Clear Creek last Friday. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Ridge Point High running back Remus Butler, pictured during a scrimmage against Clements on Nov. 22, rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Clear Creek last Friday. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Ridge Point (1-0) routed Clear Creek, 45-26, in League City, which marked the Panthers’ first victory in three tries over Clear Creek. Remus Butler rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns, and both RP quarterbacks, Jesse Crebbe and T.J. Brock, passed for touchdowns.

Ridge Point will face another 6A opponent this week, Hightower (0-1), at 7 p.m. Friday at Hall Stadium in the Battle of the Fort Bend Tollway.

Elkins (1-0) cruised to a 52-27 win over 6A Bellaire at Mercer Stadium. Texas Tech commit Johnathan Giles passed for two touchdowns, but it was running back Aidan Edison who lit up the scoreboard with 180 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Elkins will challenge 6A Houston Lamar (1-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mercer.

Joining Ridge Point and Elkins in the win column were Marshall, Kempner, Stafford and Fort Bend Christian.

Marshall edged 6A Houston Madison, 19-16, on the road without the services of senior Kendall Sheffield, the top prep cornerback in the nation who missed the game due to injury. Marshall coach James Williams said Sheffield is questionable for the Buffaloes’ next game – 7 p.m. Thursday vs. Alief Hastings at Hall Stadium.

Kempner won its second game in a row, following the victory in last season’s finale against Clements, to match its win total from last season. The Cougars defeated Pasadena Rayburn, 34-14, on the road.

Kempner has a short week – playing on just five days rest before its home opener at 7 p.m. Thursday vs. Clear Falls at Mercer Stadium.

Stafford sophomore Hezekiah Jones had a breakout game, catching four passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans made a statement with a 41-15 win over East Bernard. The Spartans will hit the road against Bellville at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Fort Bend Christian also scored 41 points (in a 41-6) in its season opener, which turned into its home opener last Friday when Danbury couldn’t host the game due to poor field conditions caused by rain. The Eagles will host KIPP Collegiate at 7 p.m. Friday.

In other high school football action:

-Willowridge overcame a 28-0 deficit but lost to visiting Brazosport, 34-28 in overtime, last Thursday.

-Both Bush and Hightower lost their season openers by a score of 7-0. Bush fell to Alief Taylor, and Hightower, to Aldine Eisenhower.

-Despite a 95-yard kickoff return from Steven Sims, Travis lost to Katy Seven Lakes, 27-16, in its home opener last Thursday.

-Clements, which lost at Katy Taylor, 40-14, will look to bounce back at 7 p.m. Friday vs. Alvin at Mercer Stadium.

-Dulles opened the Oschlor Flemming Era with a 14-2 loss to North Forest, a Houston ISD squad that reached the playoffs last season.

-Austin allowed three turnovers in the first half of a 24-14 upset loss to Klein Forest, but they’ll look to get in the win column at 7 p.m. Friday at Katy Seven Lakes.

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