By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
Not even the weather could stop the Fort Bend ISD football teams as they went a combined 9-2 in week 1.
Kempner 38, Katy Mayde Creek 31
Billy Reagins Jr. ran 57 yards for a touchdown in the opening minute as Kempner jumped to a 22-6 first quarter lead, and hung on to win 38-31. Reagins ended with 253 yards rushing and three touchdowns. “Our O-Line battled all game, our backs never gave up and the team just kept fighting,” Reagins said. Quarterback Alec Carr ran for 156 yards including touchdown runs of 63 yards and 18 yards. Even though Mayde Creek had 449 total yards, Coach Darrin Andrus gave credit to the defense.
“The defense had a big goal line stand,” Andrus said. “It was a great team win.”
On Friday, Kempner plays Nimitz at Mercer Stadium.
Willowridge 14, Houston Aldine 7
Willowridge grabbed a 14-0 lead in the third quarter on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Vaughnte Frederick to Chris Shaw, and survived an Aldine 82-yard touchdown pass with 38 seconds to go to win its opener, 14-7.
“Shaw’s 75-yard touchdown was a thing of beauty and showed off all of the talents he possesses – big, fast and great hands,” Coach Richard Lazarou said. “We played great defense all night – about one-third of their yards came on their last play with 38 seconds to go. Ja’Quail Jackson, Henry Dobbins, Michael Jackson and David Anderson led the way with multiple tackles each.”
In his first start, sophomore Frederick completed 3 of 4 for 82 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 68 yards. “Frederick stepped up big time in his first career start,” Lazarou said. “A very impressive debut for that young man.”
Lazarou gave special credit to freshman kicker Jose Jaso. “Jose did an awesome job of pinning Aldine deep every time we punted or kicked off,” Lazarou said. “Our coverage team made sure handed tackles all night.”
On Saturday, Willowridge takes on Westbury at Butler Stadium.
Clements 30, Pasadena Rayburn 7
Clements jumped to a 30-0 halftime lead and coasted home for a 30-7 win over Rayburn. The Clements defense held Rayburn to 159 total yards and allowed only two pass completions on 12 attempts.
Robert Dominguez scored two touchdowns on runs of 10 and 39 yards, and Paul Jreij scored on an 11-yard pass from Nick Infante. Jordan Khalil kicked a 28-yard field goal and closed out the Rangers’ scoring with a 20-yard interception return.
Quarterback Infante completed 9 of 16 passes for 142-yards and one touchdown.
“The W was awesome,” Infante said. “We have really improved our team chemistry and are playing together as a team.”
“The key to our victory was a fast start and the team mindset that expects success,” Coach Bobby Darnell said. “Our defense was led by Blake Jameson and Rashawn Slater, who had two sacks.”
On Saturday, Clements will play Alvin at Hall Stadium.
Alief Taylor 48, Bush 14
The Broncos could not stop Taylor in either half and fell 48-14. Bush gave up 412 yards of total offense, including touchdown passes of 91 and 41 yards. Broncos quarterback Wade Freeman completed 7 of 15 passes for 130 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Wide receiver Donte Donahue had three receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. Taylor held Bush to 70 rushing yards on 23 carries, a 3-yard average per carry.
On Friday, Bush meets Madison at Butler Stadium.
Austin 35, Alief Hastings 14
Orryn Nicholson scored three first half touchdowns as the Austin Bulldogs rolled to a 35-14 victory over Hastings. Nicholson had 50 rushing yards for the game but was extremely efficient as he scored on runs of 4, 2 and 4 yards. Wide receiver Darius Milton caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Logan Murvany and Chris Rivers closed out the scoring with a 12-yard run. Murvany completed 7 of 8 passes for 154 yards, Rivers rushed for 65 yards, and Milton had 7 receptions for 129 yards.
On Saturday, Austin plays Kingwood at Mercer.
Ridge Point 31, Humble Kingwood 10
The Panthers traveled to Kingwood last Friday night and returned with a 31-10 win. Despite being down 7-6 after the first quarter, Ridge Point scored 25 straight points to claim the victory. The Panthers generated 356 yards of total offense while holding Kingwood to 97.
“Our defense was tremendous as they allowed less than 100-yards total defense,” Coach Brett Sniffin said.
On offense, Ridge Point rushed for 212-yards and threw for 144-yards. Quarterback Aaron Allen completed 12 of 20 passes for two touchdowns. Running back B.J. Rainford rushed for 139 yards on 29 carries.
“Aaron Allen and B.J. Rainford had tremendous games and the offensive line is really starting to jell,” Sniffin said.
On Thursday, Ridge Point plays Lamar Consolidated at Traylor Stadium.
Hightower 24, Eisenhower 22
Devin McAdoo returned a punt 77-yards for a touchdown and Sir-Zavious Brousard followed it up with a 56-yard touchdown run as the Hurricanes built a 24-0 lead and then held on to win 24-22. Joshua Johnson had a 4-yard touchdown run and Angel Moran kicked a 20-yard field goal, along with three extra points, to close out the scoring. Hysan Hypolite had one pass reception for 55 yards.
Quarterback Brousard completed 5 of 17 passes for 95 yards and ran for 167 yards on 13 carries. “The key was my O-line,” Brousard said. “The blocking up front made it easy.”
On Friday, the Hurricanes take on Houston Lamar at Delmar Stadium.
Dickinson 51, Elkins 14
Dickinson scored the first 24 points of the game and did not look back as they defeated Elkins 51-14. Dickinson had 255 rushing yards and 178 passing yards for 433 total yards of offense, while holding Elkins to 32 rushing yards on 29 carries and 140 passing yards. On Friday, Elkins travels to Conroe to take on Oak Ridge.
Marshall 34, Madison 21
The Buffalos stampeded to a 34-0 halftime lead on their way to a 34-21 victory. Wide receiver Korey King led a balanced offensive attack with two touchdown receptions, a 43-yard pass from Kacey Barnett and a 4-yard pass from Jabari James. Braxton Brantley returned a blocked punt 43 yards for a touchdown. Marshall rushed for 272 yards on 42 carries.
“A key to the game was we were able to get a great running game going,” offensive lineman Bryant Newson said.
The running game was a team effort with Jabari James rushing for 61 yards, Cadarein Lynch 58 yards, Adrion Robertson 57 yards, Jerry Davis 37 yards, Kacey Barnett 36 yards, and Antonio Brooks 26 yards.
“Our offense controlled the line of scrimmage,” Coach James Williams said. “Our defense played decent in the first half. Geovante Howard and Jakobe Sheffield each had an interception, and Chukwudalu Ononenyi blocked a punt and had two sacks. We need to learn how to finish and not relax.”
On Friday, Marshall takes on Hastings at Hall Stadium.
Travis 36, Heights 14
Heights, formerly known as Houston Reagan, took a 14-0 second quarter lead before Travis’ high-powered offense kicked into gear and scored 36 consecutive points to win 36-14. Quarterback Amryn Jeffrey completed 19 of 31 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Receivers Austin Bertness caught 7 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown, and Arjei Henderson had five catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Naveon Mitchell rushed for 160 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns.
Coach Trey Sissom attributed the win to a good defensive effort and a balanced offensive attack.
“Both Naveon Mitchell and Austin Bertness made big plays in the second half to score or keep drives moving allowing our tempo to take its toll on the defense,” Sissom said. “On defense our ends, Freddy Burnham and Josh Davies, and linebacker Jake Lynch all played with great energy and kept pressure on the quarterback allowing the rest of the defense to fly around and make plays.”
On Friday, Travis plays Katy Taylor at Rhodes Stadium.
@FtBendAthletics Athlete of the Week
The @FtBendAthletics athlete of the week is Sir-Zavious Brousard of Hightower. The quarterback completed 5 of 17 passes for 95 yards and ran for 167 yards on 13 carries including a 56-yard touchdown run.