Atascocita and Summer Creek set the tone on Thursday night for the opening weekend of Texas high school football. For nearly eight long months, players and fans have waited for this moment. From Crosby’s Jeff Riordan to Dayton’s Josh Hancock to Huffman’s Mike McEachern to Brian Ford of Summer Creek,to Charlie West of Humble and Atascocita’s Craig Stump, the mission remains the same year in and year out…..be hoisting a championship trophy come late December. With the UIL realignment and the shifting of teams, each of these players and coaches will be facing new obstacles in the pursuit of excellence but nonetheless on this opening weekend, the journey has begun.
Huffman 28 Kashmere 20
Senior Collen Arnold’s 22 yard touchdown run with 7:51 remaining in the third quarter proved to be the game winner as Huffman (1-0) slipped by the Houston Kashmere Rams 28-20 at Falcons Stadium. Arnold replacing Huffman starter Cesar Marroquin (118 yards, 1TD) who left with a sprained finished the night with 131 yards including runs of 15, 22, 24, and 57 yards.
A’Darrion Christie led the Rams on the ground (82 yards) and through the air completing 8 of 16 for 141 yards and two scores.
Crosby 25 Nederland 20
The Crosby Cougars (1-0) ushered in a new era of football with a 25-20 come-from-behind win over the Nederland Bulldogs (0-1). The “Coogs” trailed 14-3 midway through the second quarter when the defense woke up. While the defense limited the Bulldogs to 15 second half rushing yards, the Crosby offense reeled off 21 unanswered points.
Senior running back D’onta Allen rushed for 181 yards including a 50 yard romp that put Crosby up 17-14 in the third.
Nederland’s three scores came through the air. The quaterback duo of Sage Seay and Bret Smith combined for 16 of 21 and 228 yards.
Atascocita 52 Clear Falls 0
Atascocita (1-0) won the game but lost their starting quatrterback in the process. Sophomore Daveon Boyd suffered the knee injury that will sideline him for the season midway through the second quarter of Thursday night’s blowout. By that point Boyd had connected on 12 of 15 for 237 yards and two scores.
Freshmen Niyl Campbell was just as prolific in relief completing 5 of 6 for 71 yards and two scores plus 78 yards rushing with one score for the Eagles.
Clear Falls (0-1) finished the night with just 32 yards of offense.
Summer Creek 62 Pasadena Memorial 7
The Summer Creek Bulldogs (1-0) haven’t missed a beat following the departure of quarterback Aaron Sharp to graduation and astep up to 6A football taking down Pasadena Memorial 62-7 at Humble Turner Stadium on Thursday night. The Bulldogs did it all building a 49-0 halftime lead including two rushing touchdowns, two scores through the air and a punt return.
Quarterbacks Isaiah Been and Demareous Little combined for 7 of 13 for 218 yards and four touchdowns. Been also got it done on the ground averaging 14.6 yards per carry and one score. Senior De’unte Chatman led Summer Creek with 138 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns.
Pasadena’s running game of Ty Lozano and Ricky Hambright combined for nearly half of Memorial’s offense with 149 yards and and a score.
Channelview 69 Dayton 35
Put up 35 points and you expect you will win a football game but 14 penalties for 131 yards and four turnovers turned the tables on the Dayton Broncos. Channelview (1-0) played nearly flawless football churning out 478 yards on 44 carries added another 209 yards through the air enroute to a 69-35 win. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts ran for 4 scores and threw for another while runningbacks Chris Jefferson and Darryn Cain for four more scores.
Dayton (0-1) was led by receiver Isaiah Chambers six catch performance for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Humble 14 Houston Raegan 7
The Humble Wildcats, 4-6 just a year ago opened the 2014 season with a dramatic 14-7 win over the Houston Raegan Bulldogs (0-1) on Saturday night at Turner Stadium. With 3:05 left in the first half, Humble’s Terio Brown open the scoring with a 62 yard touchdown run. Brown finished the night with 20 carries for 155 yards. The game remained 6-0 until the Bulldogs sophomore strong safety Jonathon Campos rambled 32 yards with a fumble recovery and place kicker Orlando Marroquin added the extra point to open the fourth quarter. Houston’s 7-6 lead was short-lived as Cornelious Martin returned the ensuing kick-off to the Wildcats 49 yard line. Brown and quarterback Khalil Berotte marched Humble down the field on a 9 play, 51 yard drive capped off by Berotte’s one yard plunge. The duo combined for the two point conversion and Humble had a 14-7 win.