By Sean Wolfson
The scene, Friday evening at Mercer stadium, home of many great rivalry games in Fort Bend ISD. In recent years, no rivalry has been bigger than “E’s house” vs “C’s house.” They go at it like turkeys on June bugs. This one would be no different.
The 1st quarter was by far the best Clements has played all year. Unfortunately they stopped playing football after the 1st quarter and let their emotions get the better of them. I was embarrassed at this point to be a Clements alum. With a 17-7 lead, the student section from Clements began chanting, ” Elkins Sucks”, which immediately flipped Elkins’ switch. The Knights scored 28 unanswered points and buried Clements, turning that negative energy into positive energy, which is what champions do.
After a horrendous first 4 minutes of the game which saw 4 fumbles, Clements went on a roll. Clements’ defensive player Gentry recovered a fumble after a complete pass by Elkins QB Jake Burkhalter. Clements would recover their on fumble on their first play from scrimmage. DeMarcus Cobb would score on a 14 yard TD scamper with 4:45 left in the first to put the Rangers up 7-0. Then, with 3 minutes left in the first, place kicker Tanner Murphy hit a massive 44 yard field goal from somewhere in Harris County. Clements 10 Elkins 0.
Elkins would answer immediately. After getting the ball to their own 25 on the kickoff, Burkhalter would hit WR standout Chance Allen for a 43 yard reception. With 3 seconds left in the first, Burkhalter threw a fade pass to Allen in the end zone. Allen went high in the air to grab the ball just above the outstretched arms of standout Ranger player Trevor Moore. Trevor plays offense, defense, and special teams. The kid never leaves the field. On the next possession by CHS, RB Lorenzo Minor took off on a big run all the way down to the Elkins 4 yard line. QB Clay Holgorsen would complete the drive with a 4 yard TD run. Minor had a nice game for the Rangers. Clements 17 Elkins 7.
On the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff, senior QB Jake Burkhalter had seen enough of Clements football. And as all great players do, he made a great play. He unleashed a 65 yard pass to J. Moore, who took it in for a TD. Nick Coffman’s PAT was a good one, and it was Clements leading 17-14.
Elkins would turn on the defense, and get Clements to punt. With 5:15 left in the half, Jawon Rogers went flying into the end zone for the go ahead and game deciding touchdown. Rogers wasn’t done yet. He would score another TD shortly after his first, a 50 yard run, to put Elkins up 28-17 at halftime.
It was the Burkhalter to Chance Allen/ Elkins’ defensive show the entire 2nd half. Nick Coffman kept Clements deep in their own territory with touchback after touchback. Clements couldn’t get anything going offensively with Corey Thompson in the secondary for Elkins. Corey has committed to Texas ATM along with lineman Mike Mathews, son of NFL and Houston Oilers legend Bruce Mathews. Elkins would give CHS the “KNIGHTY KNIGHT” with 6:16 left in the 4th with a 12 yard touchdown pass from Burkhalter to guess who? Yes sir. Chance Allen.
FINAL Elkins 35 Clements 17.
In other Friday night FBISD action, Hightower beat Travis at Hightower’s homecoming, 41-28 at Hall stadium.
Quote of the week. ” No matter how good you become, if you aren’t getting better, you are getting worse.”
C ya next week!