Marshall-Elkins Ja'Koby Banks

Marshall quarterback Ja'Koby Banks rolls out of the pocket during Thursday's game against Elkins at Hall Stadium in Missouri City. Banks threw five touchdown passes in the Buffalos' 49-7 win over the Knights. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

While the Marshall Buffalos’ offense was in sync to begin the season, the defense left much to be desired in the team’s season-opening victory.

That was not the case last week as Marshall dominated on both sides of the ball to take down Fort Bend ISD rival Elkins 49-7 last Thursday at Hall Stadium in a battle between Missouri City foes.

Quarterback Ja’Koby Banks was again the offensive catalyst for the Buffalos against the Knights, throwing five touchdown passes in the first half as Marshall led 49-0 at the break. Four of those scores were to Runderick Dudley on passes of 16, 25, 28 and 45 yards, and he connected with Chris Marshall late in the second quarter to finish off his night.

On the other side of the ball, the Buffalos forced five turnovers while stifling the Knights, who did not get on the board until midway through the third quarter. Marshall’s Chris Stephens and Laurence Tillman recovered a fumble apiece, while Caleb Cossey returned another miscue for a touchdown early in the first quarter.

Ridge Point 42, Dickinson 36

In a battle between two of the Houston region’s best in Class 6A, the Panthers piled up 545 yards of total offense to edge the Gators last Thursday and start 2-0 for the first time since the 2016 season. Senior quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr. accounted for 403 total yards (169 passing, 234 rushing) and five total touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 passing), while running back Ezell Jolley (134 yards rushing) eclipsed the century mark for the second consecutive week.

Defensively, Dashaun Chachere had 12 tackles for Ridge Point, while Cortez Nichols had a sack and a fumble recovery.

Clements 52, Westbury 14

It was once again Clements’ backfield duo doing the most damage. After accounting for multiple touchdowns in the Rangers’ season-opening win the week before, quarterback Micah Darnell accounted for three more touchdowns last Thursday in Clements’ rout of the Huskies. Dimas Kusuma also ran for two touchdowns.

Alief Elsik 22, Austin 10

Senior quarterback Braeden Abboud threw for 150 yards and his first touchdown of the season in the Bulldogs’ loss, while Luke Weaver led Austin’s receiving corps with three catches for 70 yards.

Richmond Foster 28, Travis 7

Anthony Njoku hooked up with his brother Dominic Njoku late in the first half for the Tigers’ lone score of the night.

Last Week’s Scores

Clements 52, Westbury 14

Ridge Point 42, Dickinson 36

Marshall 49, Elkins 7

Dulles 42, Willowridge 5

Alief Elsik 22, Austin 10

Westfield 38, Hightower 12

Alvin 17, Kempner 0

College Station 49, Bush 7

Richmond Foster 28, Travis 7

Port Lavaca Calhoun 21, Stafford 14

This Week’s Schedule


Clements at Pasadena, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Stadium

Marshall at Galena Park, 7 p.m., GPISD Stadium

Austin at Westside, 7 p.m., Delmar Stadium

Hightower at Rosenberg Terry, 7 p.m., Traylor Stadium


Elkins vs. Clear Springs, 7 p.m., Hall Stadium

Bush at Alief Taylor, 7 p.m., Crump Stadium

Stafford vs. Bellville, 7:30 p.m.


Ridge Point vs. C.E. King, 6 p.m., Hall Stadium

Dulles at Stratford, 6 p.m., Tully Stadium

Travis at Cy Falls, 6 p.m., Berry Center

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