HOUSTON – The opening week of the high school football season gave fans some high-profile match-ups and week two is no different.
The slate of games opens with defending 6A Division I State Champion North Shore Mustangs and now 5A power Manvel clashing at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
“We’re pretty familiar with what they are doing over there,” North Shore coach Jon Kay said. “They’re extremely athletic and well coached. They’ve got a great tradition started by Coach Martin over there. We’ve played the last four years and I think we’ve developed a pretty good rivalry. So it’s a great opportunity for us to play them this year and next year.
“We know we’re going to have our hands full on Thursday night.”
Mustangs quarterback Bryant Badie, despite playing at quarterback only 30 percent of the time last season, played a role in helping lead North Shore to the Division I 6A State Championship in 2015.
Badie, a senior, will play a much larger role as the full-time starter in the Mustangs’ hopes for a repeat in 2016 and has shown through week one that he can step up.
In a season opening beatdown of Dekany, 56-19, Badie racked up 284 of North Shore’s eventual 587 total yards of offense by himself. The senior passing for 138 yards on 11 of 21 and one interception, while running for 146 on 13 carries and five touchdowns.
“He’s a guy that’s been there,” Kay said. “I really think he handled being the every down quarterback last week very well. Hopefully he just continues to get better as the year progresses.”
Badie and company now face former 6A foe Manvel in a Week 2 test.
This is the fifth-straight season North Shore and Manvel have locked up in non-district play, the Mustangs losing last year’s battle 43-40.
North Shore won the first two meetings of the current series in 2012 and 2013, the last win against Manvel coming on September 9, 2013 in a 24-20 victory.
“They’ve gotten us the last two years,” Kay said. “Last year was kind of a barn burner … I think just early on in the season it’s a great test for both teams to see this caliber of a program.”
Manvel is experiencing its first dose of being a 5A program since being bumped down in December.
The Mavericks didn’t waste any time in making their presence felt by beating Crosby 35-21 in the opening week.
“They’re a good football team, I was happy to get that one under our belt,” Manvel coach Kirk Martin said. “We’re a really young team, don’t have a lot of upperclassmen returning that started last year. So for the most part a large part of the kids starting out there were on JV last year. It’s always good to get that first one in the books and perform well.”
Manvel junior quarterback Kason Martin had an impressive debut to his high school career on Friday.
Martin finished 13 of 27 for 233 yards, three scores and one interception.
“I thought he did a great job,” Kirk said. “I thought he performed well in the circumstances – it rained most of the game, we had over an hour delay before the start of the game, the ball was wet and dry. I thought he had a good night.”
The next challenge for the young group of Mavericks will be the defending 6A Division I State Champions on Thursday.
When sizing up North Shore, Kirk joked that they weren’t very good on film and they were overhyped.
“All that’s false,” Kirk said. “I told Coach Kay I thought they are better this year than they were last year. They’re loaded. That quarterback makes it all go, he’s special. We’re going to have our hands full. They’re very aggressive on defense, they bring a whole lot of pressure and they run to the ball really well.”
For North Shore, even though they are the defending State Champions, Kay said they are working every day to get better to help reach their eventual goal.
“I think our kids and our staff have done a really good job of keeping our eye on the ball so far as far as what we’re trying to accomplish early in the season,” Kay said. “We’re trying to just improve everyday as a football team. There’s a lot more talk right now about the things we need to get better at as opposed to the things we need to do to stop our opponent.”
Manvel and North Shore meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Texan Live Game of the Week – WATCH LIVE HERE