By Sean Wolfson
On a warm but breezy Friday night, the mighty Dulles Vikings, led by experienced head coach Jim Creech, took to the astro turf to rumble with the fierce and senior laden Katy Seven Lakes Spartans. Hopes were high for the Vikings and their fans as they were coming off a big overtime win vs Alief Hastings last week.
Seven Lakes, an up and coming district playoff contender, scored first on a 33 yard field goal by Reid Rochelle that barely made it inside the right uprights. After the kickoff to Dulles, senior QB Eric Johnson handed the ball to Ravon Felton who scampered for a big 30 yard run. Johnson, not to be outdone, immediately followed with a 29 yard run of his own. A 30 yard field goal would follow with Dulles tying the score at 3. It would be all downhill from there for Dulles as the Spartans from Katy would score 28 unanswered points to bury the Vikes. The 2nd half proved to be pivotal, as the Spartans fed off the Vikings lack of depth and crammed the ball down their throat.
There were a few rays of hope and promise for Dulles. Zach Carrabine had some TD saving tackles to keep the game within reach in the first half. Linebacker Steven Smith made the hit of the year, so far as I’m concerned, was taking the helmet off the star Seven Lakes running back Denzel Hilliard. Offensive lineman Justin Walker hit defensive opponents like a Ford F 150 Texas Edition hitting a PT Cruiser. Dulles gained 97 yards of total offense in the 1st half.
With 3:59 left in the 2nd quarter, a bad snap by Seven Lakes led to a blocked punt by Dulles, only to be called back by the officials due to roughing the kicker. That call left many Dulles coaches baffled. Coach Creech passionately fought for his team, and did all he could to get the call reversed, but to no avail. “We have to, as a team, carry out our assignments on each and every play on offense, defense, and special teams. We have no superstars, but when we play together, play smart, and play hard from whistle to whistle we can make a run to the playoffs. Thanks for all you do wolfman”, said Zach Carrabine.
The Spartans were too much for the Vikings on this night. Seven Lakes 31 Dulles 3. Final. Dulles plays Alief Taylor Saturday September 10, at 7pm.
In other FBISD action, the Clements Rangers lost to Pasadena Memorial 14-7. Marshall, Kempner, and Hightower got beaten. Elkins and Travis were the lone winners out of 10 FBISD teams who played last weekend. The entire area is wondering what’s wrong with Hightower. Overrated? We’ll see. They are 0-2 right now.
For post game food and beverages, check out my friends at The Rouxpour in Sugar Land town center. Owner Lincoln Ward is doing it right over there.
Till next week, good golf, good tennis, or whatever makes you happy.