Uncertainty reigns throughout the Houston Area as few enter the penultimate weekend of the regular season assured of life beyond next Saturday.
Two matchups will have direct impact on district championships as red-hot Dayton (5-3, 5-0) hosts Crosby (4-4, 4-1) in a potential winner-take-all clash in 19-4A, while Madison (6-2, 5-0) and Lamar (7-1, 5-0) meet at Delmar Stadium in a high-stakes 20-5A showdown.
*The latter meeting will feature two of the area’s most productive runners, as Marlins RB Chris Williams (829 yards, 10 touchdowns) brings the offensive thunder for coach Ray Seals as their six-game win streak is challenged by Lamar’s high-powered tailback and future California commit Darren Ervin (605 yards, seven scores).
The Redskins’ defense is coming off a stellar effort in last week’s win over Bellaire, holding the Cardinals to just 86 yards and four first downs; they’ll need an equal effort from future Houston commit Earl Foster and the rest of the district’s top unit.
*Don’t expect a defensive struggle when 17-5A leader Cy Ridge meets Cy Woods in a Saturday night slugfest between two of the area’s premier offenses. Coach Gary Thiebaud’s Rams have scored at least 42 points in five of the last six behind a ground attack that features four players (Renderick Childs, Demarias Porter, Casper Issac, Andrew Gonzales) that have at least 351 yards and four touchdowns, while QB Colton Huntsman and all-purpose RB Frederick Anderson spearhead a Wildcats assault that has put up 116 points the last two weeks.
*Friendswood’s shocking loss at Santa Fe last weekend threw an already jumbled District 24-4A into a full-blown jam, with six of seven teams still alive entering the last two games. The picture could become more (or less) clear when the Indians (5-3, 1-3) travel to Texas City (5-3, 2-2) while La Marque (6-2, 3-2) visits Dawson (5-3, 3-1). Manvel (6-2, 2-2) takes on Ball (1-7, 0-4), with the Tors looking to snap a seven-game losing skid.
*In a season filled with explosive running performances, Yates junior Tadarius Limbrick’s effort has been underplayed. Limbrick has just 49 carries, but has 703 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging a jaw-dropping 14.35 yards per carry. Limbrick has helped the Lions to a 6-2 overall mark and 4-0 in District 21-4A; Yates plays Sterling on Saturday before closing out the regular season with a clash against Austin (also 4-0 in district) in what could decide the outright 21-4A crown.
*Clear Brook looks to keep their District 24-5A playoff hopes alive when they take on Pearland, but the Wolverines must contain the state’s leading scorer in Oilers RB Dustin Garrison, who enters the game with 156 points on the strength of 26 touchdowns.
Brookshire Royal’s Brandon Williams (23 TDs), Katy’s Donovann Young (22) and La Marque’s Tim Wright (20) are also among the state’s leaders, while Clear Creek’s C.J. McElroy and Alief Elsik’s Jerry Bynum each has 19 touchdowns.