Photo: Timothy Verghese/Texas HS Football

CONROE, Texas — Woodforest Bank Stadium will be the site for a pivotal showdown in District 12-6A as The Woodlands Highlanders host the Beaumont West Brook Bruins in a battle for first place in the district.

The Highlanders are 2-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of Katy in a thrilling season-opener. Their opponent, West Brook, has stunned the district by jumping out to a 5-0 start and making this game one of the most important games of the season so far.

Beaumont West Brook QB L’Raven Elia (Photo courtesy 247 Sports)

For the Bruins, this season means more than just football, as Hurricane Harvey hit them hard. First-year head coach Eric Peevey was flooded in during the storm, unable to be with his team for four days. The team rallied around each other in the aftermath of the storm, helping the flood-affected homes of fellow players and coaches. Now, a month later, they are tied for first in their district.

The Bruins have started strong thanks to their explosive offense that’s averaging more than 50 points a game. They’re led by junior quarterback L’Ravien Elia, who is having a breakout year scoring through the air and on the ground (14 total touchdowns). Wide receiver Bralin Simon is looking to build off his best game of the season against The Woodlands College Park (6 catches, 141 yards, and a touchdown).

This game is just the start of a tough test for the Bruins ad they will face District 12-6A co-leader Conroe Oak Ridge just eight days after Thursday’s matchup with the Highlanders.

The Woodlands WR KeSean Carter (6) runs the opening kick off 104 yards for a touchdown. (Mark Goodman/Texas HS Football)

An early loss to Katy dashed The Woodlands hopes of an undefeated season, but a win against Beaumont West Brook will keep their district record unblemished. Offensively for the Highlanders, wide receiver KeSean Carter and quarterback Quinn Binney have forged a high-octane connection.

The running game has progressed as the season has gone on and the Highlanders will need to lean on their backs in a tough game. After a win last week at Lufkin, the Highlanders will be looking to muster everything they have in what should be a fun matchup Thursday night.

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