@FtBendAthletics: Super Soph Ainias Smith leads Dulles to win

By Bill McCaughey
For the Fort Bend Star

Here is the rundown of Fort Bend ISD football for the week:


Ainias Smith did just about everything as Dulles pulled away in the second half to beat Terry 40-21. Smith had five carries for 88 rushing yards and two touchdowns, two receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown, and he was 1-1 passing for 37 yards not counting a pass for a 2-point conversion.

Dulles opened the scoring with a Maurice Frank 2-yard run. Terry immediately responded with a 100-yard kickoff return. In the next series, Smith caught a 33-yard pass from Luke Metzer. Not to be outdone, Terry’s Vonte Davis caught a 66-yard touchdown pass to close out the first quarter scoring. Clayton Cooper kicked a 35-yard field goal with four seconds to go in the half to give the Vikings an 18-13 halftime lead.

In the second half Dulles outscored Terry 22-8.

“We realized Terry wasn’t adjusting well to our ground game, so we just pounded it on the ground,” Metzer said. “Our linemen did a great job, and our backs hit the holes.”

Keeping it on the ground, Rodney Herd scored on a 7-yard run, and Smith finished up the Dulles scoring with runs of 10 yards and 59 yards.

“On my touchdown catch, I have to give credit to the offensive line for holding their blocks and to Metzer for selling a good fake and hitting me in stride,” Smith said. “I couldn’t have done any of my runs without the offensive line getting a good push.”

Dulles meets Willowridge at Hall Stadium this Saturday.


Ridge Point scored 21 points in both the first quarter and the second quarter as they rolled over Lamar 49-0. B.J. Rainford scored three touchdowns on runs of 47, 11 and 12 yards. Aaron Allen had three touchdown passes, one to Terry Petry for 19 yards, Adam Bazan for 28 yards, and Jeremiah Glaspie for 13 yards. Cameron Edmonson had a 13-yard touchdown run.

“The key to the win was execution as the kids did exactly what we expect on each play. Cameron Edmonson really proved he is a quality back for us when he averaged over 10 yards a carry. WR Adam Bazan and Jeremiah Glaspie continue to impress as we move forward. On the O-line Zach Brady and Gabe Jacques are performing well. The whole defense again was the backbone of the team with Chad Bailey leading the way,” Coach Brett Sniffin said.

On Friday, Ridge Point takes on Stratford at Hall Stadium.


Behind 21-14 at the half, Bush came back to win 42-35. Courtland Neal had two touchdowns, a 102-yard kickoff return and an 8-yard pass from Wade Freeman. James Colley scored on a 20-yard run, Shawn Thomas on a 24-yard pass from Freeman, Brendon Smith on a 2-yard run, and Wade Freeman scored the winning touchdown, a 1-yard run, with 35 seconds to go in the game. “Our key is playing as a team and not giving up when adversity hits,” Freeman said.

Freeman was 4-9 for 93 yards and one touchdown, and rushed eight times for 54 yards. Justin Harper rushed 11 times for 69 yards.

Bush plays Westside at Mercer Stadium on Saturday.


Elkins took a 13-7 lead with 7:06 left in the third quarter, but gave up two touchdowns late, giving the win to Oak Ridge. Jordan Sylvester scored two touchdowns, both on 2-yard runs. Elkins had 17 first downs and 231 total yards to Oak Ridge’s eight first downs and 243 total yards. The Knights take on Travis on Thursday at Mercer Stadium.


Lamar jumped on Hightower for 20 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second on their way to a 51-0 win. Hightower generated only 145 yards of total offense to Lamar’s 416. Lamar outrushed Hightower 207-63 yards and out-passed them 209-82. Hightower meets Spring on Friday.


Billy Reagins Jr. scored three touchdowns as Kempner held on to beat Nimitz 37-28.

“Our O-line is doing an excellent job,” Reagins said.

Reagins scored on runs of 2 and 16 yards in the first quarter, and Joel Adams scored on a 4-yard pass from Alec Carr and Jake Landry scored on a 19-yard pass from Carr as Kempner took a 29-8 halftime lead. Reagins added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Nimitz scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make it close. Reagins carried 30 times for 148 yards and Jake Landry had two receptions for 39 yards. While happy with the victory, offensive lineman Dalton Perez is looking for more consistency.

“The O-line really needs to just stay more consistent and quit letting the scoreboard get to our heads,” Perez said.

On Thursday, Kempner meets Alief Hastings at Crump Stadium.


Marshall generated 478 yards of total offense as they beat Hastings 41-6.

“We always focus on controlling the line of scrimmage, and we definitely did that tonight. Offensively we rushed for 385 yards. You have to give credit to the offensive line, led by Barton Clement and Bryant Newson. Antonio Brooks ran for 145 yards and a touchdown,” Coach James Williams said.

“The ground game starts up front with the O-line. We practiced very hard this week and was locked in as a team,” said offensive lineman Bryant Newson Jr. “We came out and played hard, and stayed focus as a team.”

“On defense, we did a good job stopping the run,” Coach Williams said. “Adrion Robertson, our middle linebacker, was playing at a different speed and leading in tackles. Shaakir Smith had three sacks, while Jakobe Sheffield caught two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.”

Marshall plays Klein at Hall Stadium on Thursday.


Photo by Graith Photography Arjei Henderson of Fort Bend Travis running with the ball after a reception against Katy Taylor.

Photo by Graith Photography
Arjei Henderson of Fort Bend Travis running with the ball after a reception against Katy Taylor.

Travis came up short, losing to Katy Taylor 43-40. Katy Taylor took a 16-point lead before Arjei Henderson scored on a 16-yard pass from Amryn Jeffrey, and Grant Griffin scored on an 8-yard pass from Jeffrey to make the score 22-12 at halftime. Dylan Johnson scored two touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of 2 and 4 yards. Jeffrey threw two more touchdown passes, to Jake Prep for 4-yards and Austin Bertness for 18-yards, in the fourth quarter as Travis came up short. While Jeffrey completed 31 of 43 attempts for 446 yards and four touchdowns, the Tiger running game lost 9 yards for the game. Grant Griffin had 13 receptions for 214 yards and Arjei Henderson had 12 receptions for 206 yards.

Travis takes on Elkins on Thursday at Mercer Stadium.


Austin came up an extra point short as Kingwood prevailed 21-20. Mark Garcia scored on a 39-yard pass from Logan Murvany with 1:04 left in the game to bring the Bulldogs within one point but the extra point kick failed. Orryn Nicholson scored twice, once on a 4 yard run and again on a 17-yard pass from Murvany. Murvany was 14-18 for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Darius Milton had seven receptions for 61 yards.

Austin plays Alvin on Friday at Alvin.


Clements came up short, losing to Alvin 45-28. Quarterback Nick Infante was 18-31 for 245 yards and one touchdown, and running back Robert Dominguez had 11 rushes for 51 yards. Receivers Joshua Smiles and Jordan Khalil each had 6 receptions, Smiles for 61 yards and Khalil for 97 yards. Khalil also had 66 kick return yards.

Clements takes on Clear Lake at Veterans’ Stadium on Friday.


Willowridge scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Westbury for a 31-14 win, improving their record to 2-0 for the first time since 1991.

“We did a good job of controlling the ball and we forced them into some turnovers. Our offensive and defensive lines really put our skill players in position to do well,” Coach Richard Lazarou said. “The key play of the game was a fumble recovery by Ja’Quail Jackson in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal.”

Willowridge had 314 yards of total offense compared to Westbury’s 195. Quarterback Vaughnte Frederick was 6-8 for 84 passing yards and one touchdown, and he had 17 rushes for 80 yards. Running back Dyvonne Inyang had 17 rushes for 66 yards and two touchdowns, and Willie Price had 13 rushes for 62 yards. Wide receiver Chris Shaw had four receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown.

“On offense, Dyvonne Inyang scored two touchdowns and had a great catch and run that put us in position for a score. Vaughnte Frederick had another great game at QB, both running and passing the ball and Chris Shaw had an amazing touchdown catch on 4th down and long. Mark Alvarado, Alan Perales and Brendan Dejean lead the way on the O-Line setting the line of scrimmage,” Coach Lazarou said. “On defense, end and nose tackle Ja’Quail Jackson played a phenomenal game. He was all over the place for the second week in a row. He was great against the run and in pass rush, and had a big time fumble recovery. Davante Edwards made a bunch of great tackles from the corner position and had an interception that helped put the game away.”

The special teams played an important role in the win.

“Our kickers did a great job of flipping the field and scoring points. Jose Jaso, our freshman punter and field goal kicker pinned Westbury deep all night and made a big field goal right before the half. Our kick off specialist, Cesar Elias, put the ball inside the 10 all night which put them in tough positions after every score,” Lazarou said.

Willowridge and Dulles clash on Saturday at Hall Stadium.


Ainias Smith of Dulles is the Fort Bend Star @FtBendAthletics Athlete of the Week. Smith had five carries for 88 rushing yards and two touchdowns, two receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown, and he was 1-1 passing for 37 yards.


The 13th-ranked Houston Cougars upset the third-ranked Oklahoma Sooners 33-23. Several Fort Bend ISD alumni played roles in this big win. Matthew Adams, a starting inside linebacker from Hightower, had nine tackles, five yards. Joeal Williams, a cornerback from Hightower, also saw action. The Cougars play Lamar on Saturday at TDECU Stadium.

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