Dulles’ Jaxon Tilley

Dulles’ Jaxon Tilley carries the ball toward the end zone during a game against Kempner last Saturday at Hall Stadium in Missouri City. Tilley scored two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 27-0 victory. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

As high school football kicked off under the lights last week for the first time in 2021, Fort Bend squads hit the ground running in nearly every facet.

The Marshall Buffalos are off and running in 2021 and don’t appear to have missed a beat, scoring early and often to overwhelm Eisenhower 68-34 last Thursday. Marshall used a potent rushing attack, spurred by a bevy of runners, to pick the Eagles apart in a scoring display familiar to its fans.

Quarterback Ja’Koby Banks was the star of the night for the Buffalos, rushing for 167 yards and three scores while throwing for 154 yards and two additional touchdowns. Both of Banks’ scoring tosses went to Chris Marshall, who hauled in four catches for 116 yards for an offense that piled up more than 500 total yards.

Four different Buffalo rushers found pay dirt Thursday as part of an attack that piled up more than 300 yards on the ground. Aaron McGowen and Jarrod Howard scored two touchdowns apiece, while backup quarterback Jordan Davis added a late scoring plunge of his own.

Ridge Point 41, Pearland 13

The Ridge Point Panthers kicked off their 2021 season with a bang as well, taking down Pearland last Friday. Junior running back Ezell Jolly led the Panthers with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns as part of a 265-yard attack for Ridge Point, while senior quarterback Bert Emanuel also threw for 134 yards.

Clements 21, Rosenberg Terry 6

Clements won its second consecutive season opener with a 21-6 victory over Rosenberg Terry last Thursday. Micah Darnell completed 8 of 12 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns for the Rangers, most of it to senior wideout Patrick Smith (147 yards, 2 TDs). Dimas Kasuma also ran for 60 yards and a score.

Dulles 27, Kempner 0

Three different Vikings runners scored touchdowns for Dulles on Saturday, with Alfred Antwi, Jaxon Tilley, and Jalen Brown all finding pay dirt in a 27-0 shutout against Kempner.

Hightower 26, Bush 0

Sophomore quarterback K.J. Penson tossed two touchdown passes for the Hightower Hurricanes in a win over the Bush Broncos on Friday, one each to Zion Kearney and USC commit Caleb Douglas. Defensively, Julian Payne had a fumble recovery to help Hightower pitch its first shutout in nearly two years.

Spring 38, Travis 17

Anthony Njoku had a rushing touchdown for the Travis Tigers in their xx-xx loss to Spring on Aug. 27, while Elkins’ Daron Smith ran for two scores in the Knights’ loss to Bellaire.

A roundup of last week’s scores and next week’s schedule for area teams is below.

Last week’s scores

Ridge Point 41, Pearland 13

Clements 21, Rosenberg Terry 6

Marshall 68, Eisenhower 34

Dulles 27, Kempner 0

Hightower 26, Bush 0

Angleton 34, Stafford 32

Houston MacArthur 20, Austin 14

Bellaire 23, Elkins 20

Spring 38, Travis 17

This week’s schedule

Thursday

Marshall vs. Elkins, 6 p.m., Hall Stadium

Ridge Point vs. Dickinson, 7 p.m., Freedom Field

Austin at Alief Elsik, 7 p.m. Crump Stadium

Travis at Richmond Foster, 7 p.m., Traylor Stadium

Friday

Hightower vs. Westfield, 7 p.m., Hall Stadium

Bush at College Station, 7 p.m., College Station High School

Clements at Westbury, 7 p.m., Dyer Stadium

Kempner at Alvin, 7 p.m., Alvin ISD Stadium

Saturday

Dulles vs. Willowridge, 6 p.m., Hall Stadium

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