By Sean Wolfson
On a beautiful night for football, the battle between Clements and Aldine ensued. Kickoff time was 6:58pm. This was the sharpest dressed referee crew I’ve seen in two years, which instills confidence in the players and coaches. I have never seen the Ranger fans so pumped up for a game. They were cheering and chanting all night. Clements won the toss and deferred to have the ball in the 2nd half.
The Rangers, led by head coach Keith Knowles, would draw first blood, as they kicked a 29 yard field goal in the 1st quarter that put them ahead 3-0. Aldine would fumble the kickoff, and Clements would recover. A nice drive would give the Rangers and sophomore QB Kyle Hologorsen a 10-0 lead. Clements Running Back, Minor, had a great game and fought hard all night against a much bigger defensive line.
The Clements defense took care of business on the next Mustang possession, and took the ball back ready to score again. But the Aldine defense would answer the call, and on 4th down the Clements punter muffed the ball near the end zone. Aldine recovered in the end zone for a 2 point safety. Aldine would score once more and convert on the 2 point conversion to tie the game at 10. Clements barely missed a 41 yard FG attempt wide left to end the half. Halftime score CHS 10 – Aldine 10.
The 2nd half was full of defense, defense, defense!! Clements linebacker Zach Branda made some big stops and held the Aldine offense. CB Trevor Moore, son of former New York Mets baseball player Tony Moore, kept Aldine wide receiver Josh Moore in check, keeping him to only short yardage receptions. Trevor helped his same last named player from breaking numerous potential long yardage plays.
The Rangers would let down defensively only one time in the 2nd half, and it turned out that was all Aldine needed to claim a seven point victory on Clements home turf.
The Rangers offense needs work folks. Holgorsen, was forced the throw deep balls on the last two possessions, and tossed two interceptions. With 15 minutes left in the 4th quarter and down 7, the Clements defense stopped Aldine to give the offense one last shot at either tying the game or possibly going ahead. On 3rd and 6 from their own 40 yard line, Clements was called for a delay of game penalty which pushed them back 5 yards. The very next play, Clements was again flagged for a false start, forcing Holgorsen into deep pass mode and Aldine into playing outfield. The interception happened, and the ballgame was over. I felt like I was watching reruns of this past weekend Dallas Cowboys game.
Final score Aldine 17 Clements 10.
Senior leader and linebacker Zach Branda had this to say about the Clements team as they head into district play, ” To turn the season around, we need to get better every week, have less mental mistakes, and continue to work hard. We have faced some stiff competition and made forward progress each game. When district comes around I think we will be ready.”
In other FBISD action, the fighting Austin Bulldogs, coached by Dan Schreiber, won their first game of the season blanking Hastings 21-0. Elkins succeeded to be 2-1 on the year. Bush won as well, as did Hightower. FBISD went 4-0 on Thursday night last week.
This week’s after game spot is Bogies on Cartwright and Dulles. They’ve got a full menu of great food, drinks, and plenty of big screen TVs to watch the highlights of all the high school football action. Tell Chad over there I sent you. He’ll take care of you.
Till next week, go out and inspire a kid, it’ll make your week!