The Summer Creek Bulldogs would like nothing better than to spoil what is being called the biggest birthday party in Dickinson, Texas on Friday night. Friday marks the 48th birthday for Dickinson head coach John Snelson but more importantly it will be his last radiation treatment since being diagnosed with cancer in June.
If one game can be used a measuring stick for a team’s future success, it appears that Summer Creek Bulldogs could be back on track for another football title run and that Dickinson, 13-1, last season is just as ready for another title run. Just two seasons removed from a district title and a deep run into the state high school playoffs, the Bulldogs look to make a statement as they travel to Sam Vitanza Stadium and a 7p.m. meeting with the 15th ranked Dickinson Gators. Last season to the day, the Gators took a big bite out of the Bulldogs with a 35-7 win at Humble’s Turner Stadium.
The style by which Summer Creek and Dickinson took down their week zero opponents, could not have been more different. Although each featured potent ground games, Summer Creek had to overcome mistakes to post a come-from-behind win to open 2015. The Gators routed Aldine-McArthur.
Key ground gainers will lead both offenses. Three hundred and eight four yards of Summer Creek’s 498 yards offense game via the rushing attack.
Broderick Jones, Summer Creek’s featured back picked up nearly as many yards (210) on his own as Dickinson runners combined (229). Trailing 14-7, Jones’ two scores led Summer Creek’s 20 unanswered point comeback.
All-state running back Jordan Meyers is the man with the rock at Dickinson this season and he did not disappoint against Aldine-McArthur. The senior toted the ball 13 times for 133 yards and four scores. His 10 yards per carry was better than the team average of 6.7 yards and his 133 yards accounted for over half the 229 yards gained on the ground.
Both offense throw just enough to keep defenses honest.
It will be interesting to see if either side gives their signal callers a little more free reign in this game. Bulldogs quarterback Zachary Walker led Summer Creek on a 6 play, 81 yard drive to open the 2015 season capped off with a touchdown pass to Phillip Suah. Walker showed off the legs scampering 51 late in the third for the go ahead score.
Dickinson was just as efficient through the air. Quarterback Dalen Baines was 8 of 11 for 189 yards and a score.
Both defense allowed very little to their opposition offenses last Friday. While the Gators were limiting Aldine-Memorial to just 97 yards and four first downs, the Summer Creek Bulldogs were holding Pasadena Memorial to 163 of total offense.
On the other side, Summer Creek will have to be wary of defensive back Waylon Hurst and linebacker Trevor Harmanson who combined for a blocked punt and return for a touchdown.
Talking to coaches on both sides, one has to be impressed with not just the respect they show for their opponent’s programs and athletes but that both head coaches and their staffs are sticklers for preparation. One thing fans on both sides will take away from this game win or lose is that these are student-athletes who show up for work and go to work and leave it all on the gridiron.
Come late Friday night, fans will have a good idea on far how Summer Creek has come since last season and how close Dickinson may be to a consecutive state title run.
Written by: Lou Roesch