With everyone in district play, the stakes get higher each week.
Why waste time? Let's look at what will be a pivotal week, especially for those looking to rebound from losses in their respective district openers last week.
*Cypress Creek tries to shake off a 34-31 loss to Cypress Fair as the Cougars take on a Cypress Ranch squad that has bolted out to a 3-0 start in District 17-5A. Playing their first season of varsity play, the Mustangs are sparked by the running of Keith Ford, who enters the Thursday night affair with 631 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Creek counters with RB Devan Demas, who has nine scores while dashing for 459 yards.
*Having scored 113 points in the last two games, the explosive offense of Friendswood welcomes the improving Dawson Eagles in a five-star District 24-4A clash. Mustangs QB Pete Maetzold has completed 63 percent of his passes with an impressive 14-2 TD-INT margin, but the Eagles gained a confidence boost after fending off upset-minded Santa Fe in the 24-4A opener. The two teams meet for the third time in less than a year, having met twice last season, including Dawson's win in the Region III finals. The Mustangs can't afford to overlook the Eagles with a date at La Marque looming next week.
*All eyes will be on West Orange-Stark, which hosts Kirbyville on Saturday night. The game will mark the first for the Mustangs since the tragic death of QB Reggie Garrett on September 17. WR Mark Roberts (13 catches, 359 yards, seven touchdowns) and RB Britton Lindsey (19 carries, 198 yards, three scores) will shoulder the offensive load as coach Dan Hooks faces the task of refocusing his emotionally-drained team.
*One of the surprise teams in the area, Tomball takes on Spring as the Cougars look to maintain their best start since 1991. Coach Tommy Kaiser's team has scored with ease, but the defense has shared in the spotlight as well. Senior DB Malcolm Scott is ranked among the top ballhawks in the state, as he comes into the week with five interceptions.
*If there was a version of fantasy football with Houston area players, Todd Eaglin would be one of the most productive performers. The Woodlands Christian junior QB/DB has put together an impressive array of stats, having thrown for 1,375 yards and 15 touchdowns while running for 297 yards and five scores. In his "spare time," Eaglin has intercepted three passes for coach Blake Ware's squad, which enters Friday's TAPPS District 4-IV opener against Huntsville Alpha Omega.
*Something has to give as Galena Park's high-scoring passing assault meets a rugged Dayton defense in a momentum-swinging matchup in District 19-4A. The Yellowjackets have averaged 45.5 points behind the arm of QB Andrew Vargas (1,076 yards, 15 TDs) and four receivers with at least 12 catches en route to a 4-0 start under coach Ray Zepeda. The Broncos finally got on the winning track with a 54-0 thumping of Barbers Hill, and coach Jerry Stewart's 1-3 team hopes the defensive effort will carry over.
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