Sterling is 5-2 on the season and they went undefeated in their non-district schedule with three wins over Clear Lake, Lee and MacArthur. Their two losses came within the district of 6A Region III District 21. One was a 29-0 shutout at the hands of first place North Shore and 32-21 over Summer Creek (5-2). Their last two wins were against two winless teams. The Rangers won 29-7 over Goose Creek Memorial (0-7) and a 21-0 shutout over King (0-7), which was last Friday. Atascocita is 5-1 with their only loss 31-21 at home against North Shore. Their two non-district games resulted in wins over La Porte (5-2) and Dekaney. The Eagles have wins in the district over Kingwood, Channelview and their best win over Summer Creek 26-10 last Friday. The Eagles had three rushing touchdowns in the game with two coming from senior Daveon Boyd, who averaged 8.5 yards per rushing attempt in the game.
Schulenburg is 5-2 on the season but their two losses were humbling ones. Hallettsville was their first loss and their second was a district road game at East Bernard (7-1). Their three non-district wins came against Luling, Weimer and at Ganado 28-23. The Shorthorns are 2-1 in 3A-2 Region IV District 14 with wins over Bloomington and Danbury. They beat the Panthers 40-7 last Friday at home. Boling is 6-1 on the season and their only loss was also to Hallettsville 28-7. Their three non-district wins are over Van Vleck, KIPP Sunnyside and Westbury Christian. They’ve won their first three games in the district over Danbury, Tidehaven and Brazos. They handled the 4-2 Tigers of El Maton, TX 42-7 at home in their most impressive win of the season.
Deer Park-La Porte
La Porte is 5-2 and they’ve played a challenging non-district schedule. They were competitive in two losses to Atascocita (5-1)and Clear Springs (6-1). They had two wins: one over Clear Brook (5-2) and one over Bellaire (4-3).The Bulldogs have also crushed three games in their relatively lackluster district of 6A Region III District 22. Their best win was 51-0 at Sam Rayburn (1-7), which featured a 36-yard fumble returned for a touchdown by sophomore Keith Sobnoaky. Deer Park lost their first two games of the season, one to Bishop Dunne from Dallas and a rough 41-17 loss to Dawson (6-1). They are 7-2 and their best win was in Conroe over Oak Ridge (4-4) on Sept. 16. The Deer scored 12 points in the second quarter and 14 points in the third quarter for a competitive 26-21 win. They are 4-0 in their district with wins over Dobie, Sam Rayburn, South Houston and Pasadena. They beat the winless Eagles last Friday 63-7. The Deer and the Bulldogs will play their rivalry game in La Porte.
Fort Bend Bush-Fort Bend Travis
Two 5-2 teams of 6A Region III District 20 also have a 3-1 record within the district. They are one game behind district leader Ridge Point. Fort Bend Travis’ two losses were at Katy Taylor 43-40 and to the aforementioned Ridge Point 31-16 on Oct. 8. Two non-district wins were against Houston Heights 36-14 and Fort Bend Elkins 17-14. The Tigers can win low scoring games or they can score as they did in their three district wins. Their lowest outcome was a 43-42 win over Fort Bend Austin and they beat Fort Bend Dulles 62-29. Their biggest win of the season was 86-20 at Fort Bend Clements on Sept. 24. Sophomore Arjei Henderson had four receiving touchdowns in the game. Senior Tre Johnson III had one punt return touchdown and one interception returned for a touchdown and junior Armin Jeffry had six touchdown passes against the Rangers. The Broncos’ losses came against Alief Taylor and to rival Fort Bend Hightower. They have an impressive non-district win Madison (5-2),
a win over Westside and three district wins over Fort Bend Dulles, Fort Bend Clements and Fort Bend Kempner. The win over the 5-2 Cougars was a 27-20 overtime road win on Oct. 6.
Faith Academy-Alpha Omega Academy
Faith Academy has played three games on the schedule, but they’ve really only played two games as their second game against Covenant Christian on Sept. 16 was cut short and the Knights forfeited the game and lost 2-0. Their other two games were mirror images. They beat Sanchez in Bellville, TX 53-7. Their most recent game against Faith Academy of Victoria was a neutral site blow out loss to the Cougars 51-6. They are in TAPPS Six-Man Division II District 6 (6A), the same as Alpha Omega Academy of Huntsville. It’s the first district game for either team. The only other team in the district is Lifestyle Christian. The Lions have been dominant for all but one game as they are 5-1. Their only loss was 69-24 at Emery/Weiner (6-1) who is ranked 11th in the state and nationally. In the Lions’ five wins, they’ve scored at least 45 points. They pitched three shutouts in their first three games: home against Chester 46-0, 55-0 at Bynum and 50-0 home against Faith West Academy. Their best win was 70-24 over the Fort Bend Chargers Homeschooling (6-2) in Rosenberg. Their recent game was an 80-34 win over Brazosport Christian Sept. 30. The star of that game was Sasha Thompson, who had three rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, one interception, one kick return for a touchdown and one fumble recovered. Thompson is a senior who plays both sides of the ball. He’s ranked 36th in Texas and 107 nationally.
Two undefeated teams against each other in 3A-1 Region IV District 14. Rice Consolidated has six wins and they’ve allowed 47 points total for an average of seven points allowed per game. Their non-district wins are over Royal, Luling and a 47-0 shutout over Danbury. Their three district wins are over Palacios, Van Vleck and Industrial. The Raiders’ best win was the 31-0 shutout over the 5-3 Cobras on Oct.7. The defense had four sacks and senior Jakavius McGrew had 12 tackles. The Brahmas have eight wins, with three quality non-district wins over Schulenburg (5-2), Shiner (5-2) and Boling (6-1). Their four district wins are over Yoakum, Palacios, Van Vleck and Industrial. Their best win was a 45-0 shutout over Schulenburg on Aug. 26.
Northland Christian-Legacy Christian Academy
The undefeated Northland Christian Cougars (7-0) have an extremely challenging road game against Legacy Christian Academy (6-1). The Warriors have pitched four shutouts this year against Lutheran North, Logos Prep Academy, Fort Baptist Christian and Legacy Prep Christian Academy. Last week the Warriors blew out Bay Area Christian 55-7. The Cougars’ weakest outcome was a 34-17 win over Lutheran South. They have six straight wins of scoring 50 points or more. They have three shutouts including 64-0 over Legacy Prep Christian Academy and 63-0 over Bay Area Christian. Their most impressive win was Oct. 7 at Logos Prep Academy, who the Cougars beat 90-7. They had 621 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns, including three interceptions returned for a touchdown. Colby Buckhanan had two interceptions returned for a touchdown and one kickoff returned for a touchdown. Senior quarterback Michael Massarella threw five touchdowns.
Episcopal (8-0) hosts All Saints (6-2) from Forth Worth. They both reside in Southwest Prep 4A. The Knights have scored 466 points compared to 115 points allowed. They are ranked 95th nationally and 13 in Texas. They have three quality wins over Prestonwood Christian (6-1), Brenham (6-1) and 69-28 over (5-3) Kinkaid. All Saints lost to Prestonwood Christian and Trinity Christian to start the season, but they are 5-0 in the district. Their best win was a 45-14 rout of Houston Christian (5-2). Junior quarterback Shaun Taylor had four passing touchdowns and Brendan Harmon had a 95-yard kick returned for a touchdown.
Concordia Lutheran-St. Pius X
The Concordia Lutheran Crusaders are 5-2 with their second loss coming last week against Kinkaid 26-14 at home, a game in which they had only 42 passing yards. Their other loss was also non-district at Second Baptist 48-35. Their best win was a 21-20 victory on the road at Hitchcock (5-2). Kurt Terry of the Crusaders had four pancake blocks in the game. Kaleb Crowder had 11 tackles, junior Pierce Labrada had 13 tackles and senior Jake Holland had 10 tackles. St. Pius X is undefeated with seven wins and they’ve allowed 119 total points. Their best win was Oct. 7 at Levelland (5-3) 63-19. Sophomore quarterback Grant Gunnell had 583 passing yards and eight touchdowns in the game. The Panthers’ fewest points they’ve scored in a game was 42 in their first game at Faith Lutheran. They’ve scored at least 60 points in four consecutive games. The two schools are in TAPPS Division I District 3, with St. Thomas Catholic and Kelly Catholic.
The Victoria East’s first game was a tough 63-62 double overtime loss at home against Vela (6-1). They allowed 497 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns in the game. They also lost their first district game 35-30 to Angleton (6-1). They have three non-district wins over Flour Bluff, East Central and McAllen. The two district wins are against Lamar Consolidated and Victoria West. They rank third in 5A Region IV District 27 at 2-1 in the district and 5-2 overall. The Titans face Foster, who is first in the district at 3-0 and 7-0 overall. The Falcons have two wins over quality teams with one out of district, 28-17 over Katy Taylor (5-2) and one in district 67-41 on the road against Terry (5-3). Junior quarterback Grant Guzzetta was 22-27 for 81with 462 passing yards and five touchdown passes. Ceedee Lamb also had a game for the record book with 10 catches, 284 yards and five touchdowns. Foster’s next game is against Angleton so the trick for them is to not get caught looking ahead.
Hardin-Jefferson (4-2) will be up against it in their second district game against undefeated Liberty (8-0) in 4A-2 Region III District 12. They have two rough losses against Little Cypress-Mauriceville (2-5) 40-20 and a 62-0 loss in their first district game against West Orange-Stark (7-0). Their four wins have all been non-district over Buna, Kelly Catholic, Hardin and Jasper. Their best win was 30-22 over the aforementioned 5-2 Jasper Bulldogs. The challenge is on Liberty to not overlook the Hawks before their final game of the season. Their defense is their calling card as they’ve allowed 117 points and the most they’ve allowed in a game was 27 on Oct. 7 against Orangefield. Their two best games are non-district road wins: 20-14 at Woodville (7-1) and 24-22 at Shepherd (6-1). They held the Pirates to 85 passing yards in the game.
Barbers Hill-New Caney
New Caney’s only loss was their second game at Tomball Memorial 41-34. Their lone non-district win was their first game against Livingston 48-20. The Eagles are 5-0 in 5A Region III District 21 with wins over Kingwood Park, Caney Creek, Dayton, Splendora and Humble. The lowest point total over that stretch was 37 against Splendora. Their most impressive win was a 49-0 shutout over Caney Creek. Four players had at least 10 tackles in the game including Sam Jones with 11, Josh Salterman with 13, Matt Bridges 12 and Jared Hull with 10. The Eagles begin the tougher part of district play beginning with a home game versus Barbers Hill (7-1). The Barbers Hill Eagles’ only loss was their first district game against Crosby (6-2) and it was 42-18 blowout. In their seven wins, Barber Hill’s lowest point total was 40 on the road against Vidor (6-2).
The Stratford Spartans (6-1) are a defensive team. They’ve allowed 100 points through seven games of the season. The most points they’ve allowed in a game was a 30-0 shutout at undefeated Ridge Point (7-0). Otherwise their two non-district wins came over Alvin and Alief Elsik. The Spartans are undefeated and tied with their opponent Klein Collins for first place in the district of 6A Region II District 15. Their best win was a 40-0 shutout at Northbrook. Zach Peters had two rushing touchdowns and senior Kendrick Dooley had a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Tigers have an even more impressive defensive output with 94 points allowed in seven games. Half of those points came from (5-2) Katy in a double overtime 50-49 loss. They have a win over Cypress Woods and an impressive 14-9 win over Lamar (6-1). D’Anthony Doyle rushed for 356 yards on 30 carries. It was an average of nearly a dozen yards. The Tigers allowed only 11 rushing yards on the other end. They’ve allowed fewer than 10 points in five consecutive games.
Clear Springs-Clear Brook
Clear Brook (5-2) lost against La Porte (5-2) and suffered an ugly 41-7 blowout against Friendswood (5-1). They have two non-district wins over Bellaire and South Houston. The 56-27 road win against the Cardinals,’ their first game of the season, is probably the Mustangs’ best win to date since the Cardinals are on a three-game winning streak. They are in fourth place and 3-1 in the top heavy district of 6A Region III District 24. They have wins over Clear Falls, Clear Creek and Clear Lake. The Wolverines routed the Falcons last week on the road 64-28. They scored 27 points in the third quarter. The home game against the Clear Springs Chargers (6-1) is a rivalry game for the two schools. The Chargers lost their first game of the season at home to Pearland (5-3) 28-24. They haven’t lost a game since as they are riding a six-game winning streak. They have two of the best road victories with a 41-34 at La Porte on Sept. 9 and 23-7 two weeks ago at Dickinson (6-1) who was unbeaten at the time. The Chargers are 4-0 and first in the district.
Willis’ (5-2) two losses came within the district of 5A Region III District 20 to Magnolia West (5-2) and their rival Huntsville, which they lost in Huntsville 27-14. Their three non-district wins came against MacArthur, King and Hargrave in Huffman. The Wildkats’ key victory came last week over the Wildcats of Tomball Memorial. Willis had a 44-27 lead after three quarters in Tomball, and nearly squandered it when they allowed 14 points in the fourth quarter but they held on 44-41. Junior quarterback Taion Chatman threw only five passes, but he rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Darrell Mimms of the Wildkats ran a kickoff for 90 yards and a touchdown. Brenham (6-1) is tied for first place in the district with Magnolia. The Cubs’ only loss was 45-27 at home against 4A Prep star Episcopal. They have two non-district wins against Westside and Elgin. They are undefeated with four wins in the district, but they’ve been fairly close games. The largest margin of victory was a 17-point win on the road against Waller. Their best win was 27-23 over Magnolia West, which was won with a comeback of 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Union Hill-Apple Springs
Apple Springs is 4-2 on the season, but it’s their two losses that standout more than their wins. Their last game was their first game in 1A 6 Man 1 Region IV District 16 (6 Man) a loss to High Island (6-2) in which they allowed 96 points on Oct. 7. They allowed 395 rushing yards in the game and 13 touchdowns. They also allowed 70 points and scored 24 in a loss to Baytown Christian (7-0). Their best win was a 43-20 victory on Sept. 30 in Apple Springs against Trinity School of Texas (4-2). They also have three wins over Exel HomeSchool, Holy Trinity Catholic and Community Christian. Union Hill’s only loss was on Sept. 16, which was a high scoring 48-36 affair against Strawn (8-0). Outside of that, the Bulldogs of Gilmer, TX have been thoroughly dominant with their closest game an 89-34 win at Nazarene Christian Academy. They have pitched four shutouts this season over Full Armor Christian Academy, Exel HomeSchool and Calvary Academy. Their first shutout was 45-0 over Christian Heritage (6-1). The 45 points are the Bulldogs’ lowest point total in a game this season. Their last two wins were blowouts against the two best teams in their district; 56-6 at High Island and 68-8 at Leverett’s Chapel (6-1). They are ranked 35th nationally and 21 in Texas.