Ridge Point quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr.

Ridge Point quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr. faces down a Jersey Village defender during a 2020 area-round playoff game. Emanuel Jr. and the Panthers face C.E. King this Saturday in search of a 3-0 start. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

As the area’s non-district slate wraps up this week, local high school football teams such as the Dulles Vikings, Clements Rangers, Ridge Point Panthers, and others are looking to take some momentum into district play.

There is one game, however, that stands out above the rest in the final week of non-district action. The most high-profile game of the week will be Ridge Point taking on the C.E. King Panthers on Saturday in a battle of undefeated teams.

Ridge Point (2-0), which enters the week ranked 22nd in Class 6A by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, will look to its high-powered offense (40-plus points each of the first two weeks) to break through against a King defense that has allowed just 27 total points in its first two contests.

Bert Emanuel Jr. has been lethal for the Panthers through the season’s first two weeks, and will look to keep things going against a stingy defense. The senior dual-threat quarterback, who holds college offers from Army and Texas Southern, has amassed 577 total yards so far this season, including a team-leading 274 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Fellow backfield mate Ezell Jolley has kept defenses from focusing on Emanuel, though, with 234 yards rushing and three touchdowns of his own.

Both figure to be heavily involved this week as Ridge Point seeks its first 3-0 start since the 2016 season. However, King has some lethal weapons of its own in the senior running back tandem of Jerrell Wimbley (473 yards, 5 touchdowns) and D’Koreion Hammond (226 yards, 4 touchdowns).

Here are a few more players and matchups to watch this week:

Clements (2-0) at Pasadena (0-2) – Clements’ RBs Micah Darnell/Dimas Kasuma: This backfield duo has been the driving force behind the Rangers’ second consecutive 2-0 start. They have combined for 541 yards and eight touchdowns between them in the season’s first two weeks, and will likely be the focal point in Thursday’s road tilt against the Eagles.

Marshall (2-0) at Galena Park (1-1) – Marshall’s WRs Rundrick Dudley/Chris Marshall: There is little secret to the Buffalos’ game plan under head coach James Williams this year and every year, with its potent rushing attack already producing three players with over 100 yards and multiple scores in the season’s first two weeks. But defenses who get tunnel vision for the rushing attack do so at their own peril with these two on the outside. Chris Marshall – who holds 24 Division I college offers – and Dudley have been quarterback Ja’koby Banks’ primary targets early on, accounting for 279 of the team’s 337 receiving yards and all seven of its touchdown catches. They look to do more damage Thursday.

Defensively, the Buffalos’ defense will be faced with stopping the Yellow Jackets’ rushing attack that has been similarly potent to theirs, producing 447 yards through two games. Amarion Kelly (103 yards, 3 touchdowns) and Jose Barrientos (144 yards) are the ones to watch for Galena Park.

Travis (0-2) at Cy Falls (1-1) – Travis’ QB Anthony Njoku: While not much has gone right for the Tigers to open the 2021 season, one point of consistency has been their senior signal caller. Njoku is a dual-threat weapon for head coach Trey Sissom, and has totaled 386 yards in the Tigers’ first two contests while accounting for three of their four touchdowns. If Njoku keeps it up Saturday, Travis might break through and get a win this week.

Cy Falls will likely look to sophomore running back Trey Morris (136 yards) to carry the load.

 

This Week’s Schedule

Thursday

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

Friday

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.

Saturday

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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