Dulles/Kempner Football

Kempner's Justin Peters (5) attempts to fight through the tackle of Dulles' Trayveon Richard (10) during last Saturday's game at Hall Stadium. The Cougars take on Alvin this week, while the Vikings will face Willowridge. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

For the last five or so years, the Marshall Buffalos have been the team to beat when coming to Missouri City. Most every challenger has been struck down with authority.

But it’s a new season, and the first chance for someone else to lay claim to the area is upon us this week as they face a Missouri City counterpart in the Elkins Knights. That matchup highlights the area’s non-district tilts.

Buffalos junior quarterback Ja’Koby Banks leads the Buffalos (1-0) into this matchup. Banks is getting his first shot at being the primary starter after serving as the backup last season, and piled up more than 300 total yards and five touchdowns in Marshall’s 68-34 win over Eisenhower.

Daron Smith ran for two touchdowns in the Knights' 23-20 loss to Bellaire last week, and figures to be heavily involved again this week as Elkins looks to upset the Buffalos.

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

Ridge Point (1-0) vs. Dickinson (1-0) – Ridge Point’s Ezell Jolley: After serving as the primary backup for Keith Jackson last season, the junior running back is finally getting his chance in the sun. In last week’s season-opening 41-13 victory over Pearland, Jolly ran for 100 yards on 19 carries – the first time in his varsity career he had reached the century mark – and figures to be heavily involved again this week against the Gators.

Clements (1-0) at Westbury (0-1) – Clements’ Patrick Smith: The senior has played on both sides of the ball during his four varsity seasons, and came out of the gate quick last week. Smith, an all-district selection and the District 20-6A returner of the year in 2020, had 147 receiving yards and two scores in the Rangers’ 21-6 win over Rosenberg Terry.

Dulles (1-0) vs. Willowridge (1-0) – Dulles’ Jaxon Tilley/Alfred Antwi, Willowridge's Javin Chatman: Tilley had a receiving and rushing touchdown for the Vikings in a 27-0 win over Kempner last week while adding five tackles. Antwi had 67 yards and a score on the ground, and recovered two fumbles for the Vikings’ defense.

Chatman is the Eagles' leading returning rusher, running for 423 yards and three touchdowns last season. Willowridge won by forfeit after its scheduled season opener against Westside last week was cancelled, so this will be the first look fans have at the senior this season.

Stafford (0-1) at Port Lavaca Calhoun (1-0) – Stafford’s Jamaal Wiley: Wiley served as the Spartans’ primary back last season, accumulating 562 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman – and picked up right where he left off in last week’s season opener. He ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Stafford’s 34-32 loss to Angleton, making it his third 100-yard performance in just 12 career varsity games.

This week’s schedule is below:

Thursday

Marshall vs. Elkins, 7 p.m., Hall Stadium

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

Clements at Westbury, 7 p.m., Butler Sports Complex

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

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

Stafford at Port Lavaca Calhoun, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

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

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