There was so much excitement heading into the first week of the Texas High School Football season and for good reason. Katy and Westlake were set to clash in a modern day clash of the titans, Crosby and Manvel were set to duke it out and multiple coaches and players made their debuts.
It lived up to and exceeded the expectations for an opening weekend.
Katy took Austin Westlake down to the wire, falling 32-29 in the end. Deondrick Glass had his coming out party with a 193-yard rushing performance against the Chaps. Manvel flexed its muscles against Crosby winning 35-21 as Kason Martin finished 13 of 27 for 233 yards., three touchdowns and an interception.
Moving on from those we learned a lot about Houston area teams.
Tomball Memorial has arrived. The Wildcats blew out Goose Creek Memorial 33-0 on Friday night. Dru Baker and the crew of running backs had a night to remember. Baker finished 16 of 22 for 280 yards and two scores. A defense that surrendered 28 points per game a year ago pitched a shutout in the first week. Finis Vanover was extremely excited about this team heading into the season and for good reason, they have size and speed and are a force to be reckoned with now.
Up north, New Caney started a new era with Jordan Cooper at quarterback. A year removed from Timmy Ware and David Harvey leading the Eagles to the program’s first playoff berth in 12 seasons, Cooper and Marte Allison look like they will fill their roles in 2016. In his first game as an Eagle, Cooper finished 7 of 15 for 107 yards and two scores, while rushing for 119 yards on 13 carries for another two scores as New Caney beat Livingston 48-20. Allison had a nice opening game as well rushing for 133 yards and two scores.
New Caney and Tomball Memorial meet in Week 2, which should make for a quality game.
Atascocita after making the deepest run in the playoffs by a Humble ISD program since 1995 last season, the Eagles had quite a few key players to replace. The one they didn’t was at quarterback with Daveon Boyd.
Boyd continued his already impressive high school career in a 34-23 victory against La Porte on Thursday. Boyd finished 15 of 29 for 229 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, while rushing for another 122 yards and two scores. Boyd will be key to the Eagles making another run in 2016 and proved that he is the definition of dual-threat quarterback.
Moving to another team many people didn’t know what they would have in 2016 was Dickinson. The Gators silenced their critics during the summer with a run to the 7-on-7 State Championship game and then solidified their statement with a 51-14 beating of Elkins. Myles Lewis had 16 carries for 157 yards and two scores.
Langham Creek had to have a last-second score to beat Klein Oak 29-28, while Cy Springs rolled to a 55-42 victory against Conroe as Taye Barber had a standout season-opening game. Barber finished 7 of 17 for 225 yards, two scores and an interception and ran for another 190 yards and three scores on just 18 carries.
Humble entered another season seeking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The Wildcats debuted new quarterback Xavier Martin on Saturday and he didn’t disappoint in a 42-18 victory against Katy Tompkins on Saturday. Martin in his first game rushed for 173 yards on 16 carries. Along with Martin’s rushing attack, Terio Brown chipped in with his 110 yards on 10 carries with two scores.
Other players that stood out in the first week were Ross Sterling quarterback Quan Ardoin rushed for 136 yards on 21 carries for a score and Pearland Dawson’s Darrius Smith rushed for 182 yards on 20 carries for three scores.
The one thing we learned in the first week is there is a lot of speed around the Houston area, which is going to make this season a lot of fun.
Week 1 is officially in the book. Who’s ready for Week 2? I know I am.