The race for the playoffs begins
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By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
The 2016 high school football season begins this week. Due to the realignment announced last spring, the Fort Bend ISD 6A schools once again have a district of their own. The 6A classification includes schools with enrollment of 2,150 and over. District 20-6A is composed of Austin (enrollment 2,262), Bush (2,235), Clements (2,456), Dulles (2,231), Hightower (2,230), Kempner (2,336), Ridge Point (2,349), and Travis 2,497).
Each district’s top four teams will go to the playoffs, so it is certain that Fort Bend ISD will have at least four teams make the playoffs. The question is which four teams. Dan Campbell’s Texas Football magazine is predicting Ridge Point, Hightower, Travis and Bush to make the playoffs.
The District 20-6A players to watch this year include: Clements’ offensive lineman Rashawn Slater, Dulles’ quarterback Luke Metzer, Hightower’s linebacker Derrick McClendon, Kempner’s full back Billy Reagins, Ridge Point’s tight end Mustapha Muhammad, running back B.J. Rainford and linebacker Chad Bailey, and Travis’ quarterback Amryn Jeffery.
The games to watch this year will be: Ridge Point vs. Travis on Oct. 8, Travis vs. Hightower on Oct. 27, and Ridge Point vs. Hightower on Nov. 3.
The 5A classification includes schools with enrollment between 1,100 and 2,149. Fort Bend ISD’s three 5A schools, Elkins, Marshall and Willowridge, are in what many say is the toughest district in the state, District 23-5A. The District 23-5A lineup is Elkins (enrollment 2,114), Galveston Ball (1,941), Galena Park (2,068), Manvel (2,012), Marshall (1,280), Santa Fe (1,514), Texas City (1,920) and Willowridge (1,304).
In preseason polls, Manvel has been ranked the top team in 5A, Elkins at number 6 and Texas City at number 7. Which leaves one playoff spot for the other five teams. Dan Campbell’s Texas Football magazine is predicting Marshall will take that final spot.
The Fort Bend ISD 5A players to watch include: Elkins’ offensive guard Luke Matthews and linebacker Kenneth Murray, Marshall’s offensive linemen Barton Clement and Bryant Newson, and Willowridge’s linebacker Jeremiah Sanders.
The games to watch are: Elkins vs. Travis on Sept. 8, Willowridge vs. Manvel on Sept. 22, and Elkins vs. Manvel on Oct. 14.