HOUSTON – With most districts taking their bye weeks in Week 4, it left a limited amount of games around the Houston area to enjoy.
Despite the few games on the slate a lot turned out to be fantastic and even historic finishes.
Start with Porter.
Heading into the Spartans’ District 21-5A opener against Crosby on Thursday, no one gave them a fighting chance against the Cougars. Someone forgot to tell Porter that.
Behind a stellar performance by quarterback Jake Hall – 22 of 30 for 403 yards and three scores – and wide receiver Shane Carney – 12 receptions for 260 yards and two scores – the Spartans were able to play spoiler, winning 37-34 in overtime.
It was the first district victory for Porter since October 17, 2014. It was only the 10th win in program history and marks the first ever 2-0 start to a season. Now the Spartans still have a lot to prove, but for first-year coach Jim Holley, who is trying to turn this program around, this was a statement win they needed. It is a win that can carry a ton of momentum moving forward. Next Porter takes on Kingwood Park, which is 0-4 to start the year and has scored a total of six points in its first two district contests.
In other big news from Week 4 – Katy is Katy for a reason.
Heading into the Tigers’ meeting with Cinco Ranch on Friday, all the buzz was around the Cougars’ high-flying offense that had scored 93 points in its last two games, including a 51-0 blowout of Memorial the week before. While Katy was coming in licking its wounds from a 26-3 loss to The Woodlands the week before.
Katy’s defense had given up 75 points in the two previous games, going 1-1 in that stretch.
Despite being Katy, there were plenty of people that were picking the Cougars to beat the Tigers.
Well as Katy has done in the past, especially under Gary Joseph, they went back to work and absolutely ran over Cinco Ranch, at one point leading 45-0 and winning 45-7. Just proves anytime you doubt Katy it’s not a good idea to have done that.
Katy Taylor is Katy’s next opponent, whom is coming off a big 51-28 win against Magnolia, who started the season off hot. I think it is safe to stay away from picking against Katy for a while. They figured it out on Friday and this may just be the beginnings of another run by the Tigers.
Finally, looking back at the week that was here are some quick hits.
- Cy-Fair is a legitimate contender for District 17-6A. They are coming off a big 57-21 beatdown of Cy Springs, which they ran the ball right down their throats for the entire game for more than 300 yards by night’s end. Trent Kennedy finished with 175 yards rushing and two scores. The Bobcats had a pair of 100-yard rushers with Blake Faecher joining him with 110 yards.
- Cy Ranch joins Cy-Fair as a contender in 17-6A. The Mustangs have rolled in the first two weeks of district play, allowing just 14 points while scoring 61 points in the process. EJ Thompson has powered the running game for the Mustangs, rushing for 272 yards thus far. Quarterback Blake Nevins has been very efficient passing for 551 yards on 27 of 51 for five touchdowns and no interceptions.
- New Caney has bounced back nicely from their Week 2 loss to Tomball Memorial with back-to-back blowout victories of Kingwood Park and Caney Creek to sit atop District 21-5A. The Eagles will get a test this week in Dayton, who beat Humble 41-28 earlier this week.
- Langham Creek and Cy Ridge continued their winning ways, both improving to 3-0 overall and still undefeated in district play.
Now time to take a look ahead at a week that will be one that could affect district races and eventual playoff berths. Here we go.
- There is a log jam atop of District 17-6A heading into this week with Cy-Fair, Cy Ranch, Langham Creek and Cy Ridge all sitting at 2-0. That changes this week with Cy Ranch taking on Cy Fair and Langham Creek facing Cy Ridge. These will be the battles of the running backs. Cy-Fair’s Trent Kennedy (321 yards, 5 TDs), Cy Ranch’s EJ Thompson (272 yards, 4 TDs), Langham Creek’s Toneil Carter (197 yards, 2 TDs) and Cy Ridge’s Trelon Smith (524 yards, 8 TDs).
- Cy-Fair and Cy Ranch clash on Thursday at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium at 7 p.m. and Langham Creek and Cy Ridge meet on Friday at Pridgeon Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
- Dickinson and Friendswood both are coming off bye weeks, meaning there will be two weeks of preparation for the showdown between the undefeated squads. The Gators to the surprise of many have started the year off 3-0, including beating George Ranch. Losing all their offensive starters from a year ago seems to not have affected them. Friendswood has looked extremely impressive in their first two wins, surpassing 50 points and allowing just 20 in each. This will be a big test for each and following this game we should have a clearer picture of where these teams stand.
- Tomball Memorial begins to push into the tougher part of their schedule beginning this week with Huntsville. Following this weeks game the Wildcats will face Magnolia West and Willis in a span of three weeks. Currently both those teams stand undefeated.
- Atascocita gets back to work this week following a bye week. The Eagles were in a weird situation with Klein Oak in the week prior to their bye week in a game that got called off in the third quarter because of weather. The game ended up not counting, Atascocita was leading 17-7 at the time of the delay. Atascocita opens District 21-6A play this week against Kingwood looking to maintain its undefeated record.
- Baytown Sterling, who has started 3-0, will get its first test of the year this Thursday when they take on defending State Champion North Shore, who is coming off a 36-16 win against Westfield before its bye week. Summer Creek is also 2-0 heading into this week when they will play Goose Creek Memorial on Friday.