By Sean Wolfson
Friday night lights produced a good one last weekend at Mercer stadium in Sugar Land. Kick-off at 7:01 p.m. and a breezy 89 degrees set the tone for a nice evening of high school football. The Bush fan base was light but that didn’t seem to hurt them at all. Kempner had a ton of fans in the stands, but only the band seemed to have any spirit.
Kempner head coach Darren Andrus took his team to battle, and came tantalizingly close to pulling off an improbable 4th quarter miracle.The biggest highlight for Kempner was on their first possession, their punter kicked a 75 yard punt. He really got into it. Then, on the next play, Kempner intercepted the ball and looked to be driving, but penalties hurt their drive. On 4th and 1, Kempner tried a fake punt but was unsuccessful. Bush would take over only to go 4 and out themselves. Four (4) and out was a consistent headache for both teams in this game.
In the 2nd quarter, Kempner would drive and score a touchdown on a 1 yard run by their QB. However, the point after was blocked by the Bush special teams.
Kempner 6 Bush 0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bush ran a big gain all the way down to the Kempner 9 yard line. They would hit pay dirt on the next play. The point after was good.
Bush 7 Kempner 6.
Early in the 3rd quarter, Bush would snap the ball far over the punters head and Kempner recovered in the end zone to secure a safety.
Kempner 8 Bush 7.
I felt like I was watching a high school baseball game with a score of this nature.
The 3rd quarter was by far the most exciting! On the next possession, Bush drove and was almost sacked on their own 30, but completed a 15 yard pass. A field goal would follow shortly after.
Bush 10 Kempner 8.
With 2 minutes left in the 4th, Bush would extend the lead with yet another field goal from 36 yards. Kempner would return the kickoff all the way back to the 16 yard line and it looked like they would come up with an improbable victory. But as was apparent almost the entire game, Kempner’s offense sputtered and could not get the ball into the end zone. A disappointing loss,
Bush 13 Kempner 8, Final.
In other action, Marshall beat Clements 27-24. Travis edged Willowride 35-32. Elkins clobbered Dulles.
The after game hang out of the week is Uptown Deli in the heart of Sugar Land.
Have a championship week, and we’ll see ya’ at the stadium!