By Bill McCaughey
For the Fort Bend Star
The Fort Bend ISD schools put Hurricane Harvey behind them and started their delayed football season by collecting 4 wins and 7 losses last weekend.
Clear Lake 47, Clements 0
Clear Lake took advantage of Clements’ turnovers to take a 28-0 first quarter lead, and go on to win 47-0. On their first series, the Rangers fumbled while attempting a punt and Clear Lake’s Rian Davis picked the ball up and ran 12-yards for a touchdown. On their second possession, the Rangers fumbled again and Davis picked it up and ran 25-yards for his second touchdown in the game’s first two minutes. On their fourth possession, the Rangers fumbled again at the 50-yard line. Clear Lake’s offense then scored on a 5-play drive to make the score 21-0. On their fifth possession, Clear Lake intercepted a Ranger pass and their offense scored again, making the score 28-0 with five minutes to go in the first quarter.
The Rangers did not give up as they intercepted four passes, but they could not score and the game ended with Clear Lake on top 47-0.
The Rangers’ senior offensive lineman Fote Demeris was optimistic after the game. “We are a very young team and for many of our freshman and sophomores their first touch on a varsity field was a starting position tonight. Their nerves definitely got to them but now they have their butterfly’s out and are ready to play. I was proud of the effort our young players gave, and I have full confidence in their ability to perform in these upcoming games,” Demeris said. “We’ve been preparing rigorously and we just need to dive back into film this week and prepare ourselves for Alvin next week.”
Bush 41, Westside 21
The Bush Broncos built up a 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 41-21 win over Westside. The Broncos’ quarterback Wade Freeman started the scoring with a 29 yard run for a touchdown. After Bush picked up a safety to make the score 9-0, Freeman threw a 15-yard pass to James Cooley for a 16-0 lead. Bush extended its lead to 22-0 when Freeman hit Shawn Thomas for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Dy’shon Hodge then took over with a 1-yard touchdown run, a 20-yard touchdown pass from Freeman and a 9-yard touchdown pass from Freeman to make it 41-0. Westside scored three touchdowns late in the game to make the final score 41-21. “Our defense is very aggressive and smart,” defensive back Jamal Morris said. “We tend to make big plays.”
Freeman ended the game with 4 touchdown passes and 1 running touchdown. “The Westside defense was set up for the run, so we were able to pass on them,” Freeman said. “Then our passing game opened up the run.”
Ridge Point 37, Stratford 8
The Ridge Point Panthers scored 23 points in the third quarter to break open a close game and go on to beat Stratford 37-8. The Panthers took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a Mason McBride 19-yard run, and a 21-yard scoring pass from Aaron Allen to John Norman. Stratford scored on a 73-yard pass play just before halftime to make the halftime score 14-6.
In the third quarter, Dylan Malpass kicked a 27-yard field goal, Adam Bazan scored on a 16-yard pass from Allen, Knowledge Smith picked up a blocked punt and ran it in from 17-yards out for a touchdown, and Charles Shelling ended the scoring barrage with a 23-yard touchdown run.
The Panthers had 169 rushing yards, 216 passing yards and 20 first downs. “We were able to stay focused down the stretch,” Allen said.
The Panther defense held Stratford to 18-yards rushing and just 10 first downs.
“The key to our win was honestly our defense doing an outstanding job locking down the run and the pass,” Panther tight end Mustapha Muhammad said.
“Quarterback Aaron Allen threw it well, Adam Bazan and Treveon Hamlin had a good day receiving, running the ball well was Charles Shelling and Mason McBride,” Coach Brett Sniffin said. “Defensively we were led by Chad Bailey and Quent Titre.”
Muhammad created a highlight when he hurdled a defender after catching a pass over the middle. “I had just caught the ball and saw a defender in front of me, and I just made a play. It just kind of happened. During a game situation, you just kind of improvise,” Muhammad said. “Although I do have to say that it was pretty fun being in the air like that.”
Travis 34, Elkins 23
Trailing 8-0 at halftime, the Travis Tigers came roaring back to win 34-23. The comeback started with Naveon Mitchell catching a touchdown pass from Amryn Jeffrey to cut the deficit to 8-6. Travis took a 13-8 lead as Jeffrey hit Arjei Henderson with a touchdown pass with 11:03 to go in the third quarter. Elkins responded with a 4-yard touchdown run by Issiah Nixon and after a 2-point conversion, Elkins was on top 16-13. The Knights extended their lead to 23-13 on a Luke Leblanc 38-yard touchdown pass to Kolby White.
But Travis was not finished as they cut Elkins’ lead to 23-20 on 39-yard touchdown pass from Jeffrey to Jackson, and they took the lead on Naveon Michell’s 7-yard touchdown run, making the score 27-23. Travis added another touchdown, and Henderson made an interception to clinch the victory, 34-23.
“We stuck with our script and played our game,” Henderson said. “We talk a lot about finishing games and it was good that we were able to do that this week.”
“The key to our second half was our mentality. It took us a minute to get things going,” Mitchell said. “But overall we played good team ball.”
Both teams were happy to be back on the playing field. “Finally, football is back!” Travis quarterback Jeffrey said. “In the second half, we just had to get a little creative with the formations and play calls.”
“Our kids played well in the second half against a really good Elkins team,” Travis Coach Trey Sissom said. “Offensively, Arjei Henderson and Naveon Mitchell sparked the team with some great individual efforts.”
Dulles 31, Willowridge 14
Dulles’ quarterback Ainias Smith ran for 159-yards on 16 carries, a 10 yard per carry average, and threw for 59-yards as the Vikings beat Willowridge 31-14.
“I was very relaxed. It reminded me of when I played quarterback as a freshman, but the speed of the game was most definitely different,” Smith said. “I felt more accountable and more of a leader.”
Dulles scored 15 points in the first quarter as they took an 18-7 halftime lead. Willowridge quarterback Christian Carter had 160 passing yards with 1 touchdown and 76 rushing yards with 1 touchdown for the Eagles. Wide receiver Vaughnte Frederick had 3 receptions for 110 yards and 1 touchdown.
“Our defense really stepped up and played a big part in our victory, allowing just 14 points,” Dulles’ Myles Heard said. “Ainias was explosive at quarterback, and our sophomore running back Leroy Jackson had a huge 100 plus yard game behind our offensive line. It was an all-around good game as special teams played well.”
Alvin 35, Austin 18
The Austin Bulldogs could not stop Alvin’s James Smith who rushed for 224-yards on 21 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. Austin also had 3 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles in their opening game.
Klein 27, Marshall 7
Klein opened up a 13-0 halftime lead and held on to beat Marshall 27-7. The Buffalos’ quarterback Jabari James was 1-19 passing for 83-yards and rushed for 25-yards. Marshall rushed for 212-yards but could score only 1 touchdown. Korey King had 37-yards rushing, Jerry Davis 37-yards and 1 touchdown, Antonio Brooks 49-yards and Devon Achane had 4 carries for 61-yards.
Spring 20, Hightower 6
Spring led 7-0 at the end of the third quarter and outscored Hightower 13-6 in the fourth quarter to win 20-6.
Alief Hastings 32, Kempner 7
Kempner gave up 368 total yards to Hastings and lost 32-7.
This coming weekend was originally scheduled as a bye week for the Fort Bend ISD schools, but due to the loss of the first two weeks of the season, several schools have scheduled games for this weekend. The games currently scheduled are:
Thursday games: Austin at Katy Taylor; Hightower vs Marshall at Hall Stadium and Kempner at Mayde Creek.
Friday game: Travis at Klein.