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Marshall's Ja'Koby Banks runs down the field during a Sept. 2 game against Elkins at Hall Stadium in Missouri City. He accounted for four touchdowns on Friday as the Buffalos beat Galena Park 48-21 in its District 11-5A opener. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

Only two of the area’s local high school football teams remain unbeaten through the first three weeks of the 2021 season.

Fans are likely familiar with one of them in the Marshall Buffalos – who have been a Class 5A powerhouse for much of the past five seasons – while the second team is probably a relative surprise in the Clements Rangers.

Both squads cruised past their opposition last week to keep their unbeaten streaks alive, as Marshall beat Galena Park 48-21 in a District 11-5A opener and Clements blanked Pasadena by a score of 59-0 in its final non-district tune-up.

It is the first time Clements has started 3-0 since the 2009 season, while Marshall has now done so in four consecutive campaigns.

Quarterback Micah Darnell was once again a catalyst for the Rangers in the win over Pasadena on Thursday. Darnell threw touchdown passes of 67 and 27 yards to senior receiver Patrick Smith, who also added a nine-yard rushing touchdown.

Backup quarterback Gunner Chernier had a 77-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter, while running back J.R. Mirelles added a 21-yard scoring dash to pace a Rangers offense that put up nearly 400 yards of total offense.

Ja’Koby Banks accounted for four total touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 passing) in this one as the Buffalos continued to roll. Terrance Fontenot caught a 47-yard strike from Banks and added a touchdown run. Jeffrey McWilliams hauled in a 46-yard toss from Banks for his first receiving touchdown of the season.

Hightower 41, Rosenberg Terry 0

The Hurricanes scored early and often, with most of the offensive damage coming courtesy of quarterback K.J. Penson. Penson threw touchdown passes to Caleb Douglas and Kaleb Johnson, while adding a rushing touchdown.

Andrews Missick-Duncombe and Jeremy Payne each added a rushing touchdown for the Hurricanes, who amassed more than 400 total yards of offense in the game.

Travis 20, Cy Falls 13

Dual-threat quarterback Anthony Njoku may need to add “wide receiver” to his resume after this one. The senior signal caller had two touchdowns in the game – one on a keeper, and another where he was on the receiving end of a 67-yard touchdown off a flea flicker early in the first quarter – to lead the Tigers to their first victory of 2021.

Willowridge 57, Northside 0

It was the Eagles’ defense making the most noise in this one, forcing six fumbles against the Panthers on Thursday. Defensive lineman Treylan Williams (3 fumble recoveries) was one of four different Eagles to reel one in, while Steven Olvera and Nate Reams each returned one for a touchdown.

Belleville 48, Stafford 26

Sophomore running back Jamaal Wiley had 19 carries for 101 yards for the Spartans despite the loss. It is the second 100-yard outing of the season for Wiley, who now has four such games in his varsity career.

Last week’s scores

District 10-5A

Hightower 41, Rosenberg Terry 0

District 11-5A

Marshall 48, Galena Park 21

Willowridge 57, Houston Northside 0


Clements 59, Pasadena 0

Travis 20, Cy Falls 13

Houston Westside 34, Austin 25

Clear Springs 45, Elkins 3

Alief Taylor 28, Bush 20

C.E. King 28, Ridge Point 26

Stratford 21, Dulles 13

Bellville 48, Stafford 26

This week’s schedule


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


Ridge Point vs. Austin, 7 p.m., Hall Stadium

Stafford at Sealy, 7:30 p.m.


Marshall vs. Houston Northside, 11 a.m., Hall Stadium

Willowridge vs. Houston Waltrip, 6 p.m., Hall Stadium

Kempner at Katy Paetow, 6 p.m., Legacy Stadium

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