By Bill McCaughey
For the Fort Bend Star
Ridge Point’s Jeremiah Glaspie caught a 91-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Allen with 6 minutes to go in the game to break a 14-14 tie as the Panthers beat Travis 28-14 in a battle for first place in District 20-6A.
The game, also known as the battle to avoid Katy in the first round of the playoffs, was close through-out as Ridge Point took a 14-0 lead, but Travis came back to tie the score with 11 minutes to go in the game.
The Panthers’ Chad Bailey scored on a 5-yard run and John Paul Richardson caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Allen for their 14-0 lead. The Tigers got on the scoreboard when Kaelen Shankle scored on a 3-yard run. Travis tied it up when Arjei Henderson scored on a 26-yard pass from Amryn Jeffrey.
Allen scored on a 35-yard run with a minute to go to make the final score, 28-14.
“We played great in the second half and our offensive line did a great job. Jeremiah Glaspie had a game! He should get more recognition and looks by colleges. Proud to have him back at wide receiver,” Allen said. “I love all my brothers. We played lights out.”
The Panther defense held the Travis air attack to 234 yards and intercepted two passes. The Panther offense ran for 101 yards and had 297 passing yards.
“A lot of my teammates stepped up when their time came,” Mustapha Muhammad said.
Ridge Point plays Dulles on Friday at Hall Stadium, and Travis takes on Austin on Saturday at Mercer Stadium.
Bush 50, Kempner 28
Bush jumped to a 21-6 first quarter lead as they beat Kempner 50-28 last Thursday at Mercer Stadium.
The Broncos had two touchdowns from Shawn Thomas on passes from quarterback Wade Freeman, one for 66 yards and the second for 67 yards. Dy’Shon Hodge scored on a 9-yard run, Brian Smith had a 2-yard scoring run, and Cameron McMillan had a 5-yard scoring run.
For Kempner, Charles Alla had three rushing touchdowns, and Brian Pham had one.
The Broncos defense held Kempner’s triple option offense to 247 yards rushing.
“The triple option offense is not hard to stop physically but it’s hard to game-play against. However, we got it done, and on to the next game,” Bush safety Jamal Morris said.
Bush plays Clements on Thursday at Mercer, and Kempner plays Hightower on Friday at Mercer.
Hightower 32, Dulles 22
Devin McAdoo had two touchdowns to lead Hightower past Dulles, 32-33. Dulles took the early lead when Leroy Jackson scored on a 1-yrd run. Hightower then reeled off four straight scores to grab the lead. Hightower had touchdowns from Ben Burson on a 7-yard pass from Chance Ceaser, Ronald Carroll on a 2-yard run and McAdoo on a 27-yard run. Endy Lopez had a 23-yard field goal during the scoring run.
For Dulles, Ainias Smith had two touchdown receptions, one for 54 yards from Cameron Peters, and one for 13 yards from Peters. McAdoo finished the scoring with a 44-yard run, making the final score, 32-33.
The Hurricanes held Dulles to 219 yards of total offense, while its offense generated 345 yards.
“We had a pretty good game. We were moving the ball at will,” Hightower linebacker Derrick McClendon said.
Hightower plays Kempner on Friday at Mercer Stadium, and Dulles plays Ridge Point at Hall Stadium on Friday.
Austin 49, Clements 42
Austin earned its first victory in district play by beating Clements, 49-42. Austin quarterback Tresian Larsen completed 15 of 24 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Troy Omeire caught six passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
For Clements, quarterback John Nork was 9-19 for 236 yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Jordan Khalil had seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Clements had been shutout in its first two district games.
“I really think our offense is gaining some momentum,” Clements offensive lineman Fote Demeris said. “With our offense improving, we really need our defense to start performing, to allow us to widen our leads.”
Austin plays Travis on Saturday at Mercer, and Clements plays Bush on Friday at Mercer.
Elkins 28, Willowridge 14
Elkins outlasted Willowridge to win 28-14. Elkins had touchdowns from Derwin Cooks, a 1-yard run, Jacory Lee, a 28-yard run, Vernon Harrell, a 73-yard pass from Luke Leblanc, and Patrick Ballard on a 25-yard pass from Leblanc.
“Our offense definitely found a rhythm despite the heavy blitz they showed. We have confidence in our running game which has opened up the passing game a lot these past two games,” Leblanc said. “We have all the pieces to be a high-powered offense and we expect to put up a lot of points for the rest of the year.”
“I think we just had a realization, and we’ve come together as a unit to put up points. Especially the offensive line,” Offensive lineman Luke Matthews said. “We definitely found a rhythm despite the heavy blitz they showed. We have confidence in our running game, which has opened up the passing game a lot these past two games. We have all the pieces to be a high-powered offense and expect to put up a lot of points for the rest of the year.”
Willowridge’s points came on a 6-yard run from Joe Jackson, and a 32-yard pass from Chris Carter to Vaughnte Frederick.
Elkins plays Manvel on Friday at Manvel, and Willowridge plays Texas City on Thursday at Hall Stadium.
Manvel 56, Marshall 27
Marshall stayed with Manvel for one quarter before the Manvel defense shut down the high-powered Buffalo offense and went on to beat Marshall 56-27.
Manvel led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, and then outscored the Buffalos 42-14 in the final three quarters.
Marshall’s Devon Achane led Marshall with two touchdowns, the first was a 65-yard pass from Jabari James, and the second a 52-yard run. Henry Thomas had a 20-yard touchdown pass from James, and Michael Jones had a 20-yard touchdown pass from James.
Marshall will play Galveston Ball on Saturday at Hall Stadium.