It is crazy how fast the Texas High School Football season has seemed to fly by. Already with Week 5 in the books the focus starts to shift to who will finish in the playoff spots and who might have already dug too much of a hole to climb out of for a postseason berth.
In some districts last week served as a chance to clear the picture up with multiple undefeated teams going head to head for the first time this season. With those games in the books we now have a slightly clearer picture.
District 17-6A showdowns of the undefeated’s proved to be as good as advertised. Cy Ranch beat Cy-Fair 24-17, including using a fake field goal in the win which ended up being one of the top plays of the week, and Cy Ridge downed Langham Creek behind Trelon Smith’s 188 yards and three scores. With those games, now Cy Ranch and Cy Ridge remain as the final undefeated teams in the district. If you were wondering the Mustangs and Rams are slated to meet October 28.
Dickinson continued to impress beating Tyler Page and Friendswood 21-16. The Gators move to 4-0 and look strong pushing into the middle of the season. Myles Lewis rushed for 122 yards in the win for Dickinson. The Gators continue to climb everyone’s power rankings as the wins continue to pile on. Dickinson is averaging 343 yards per game and 30 points per game to open the season, while holding opponents to 13 points per game.
Katy is looking like their old selves again. The Tigers have outscored opponents 93-7 in the past two weeks to move to 3-2 overall. Many people questioned the Tigers defense after getting pummeled by The Woodlands, losing 26-3, and sliding by Klein Collins after giving up 49 points in that 50-49 overtime victory. We have seen this script before – Katy hits its stride and they are like a locomotive going down the tracks with no brakes. Offensively, Deondrick Glass has hit or rather hurdled his way into the picture for district accolades with 728 yards on 71 carries and 11 touchdowns.
Summer Creek has started to catch the attention of some with the Bulldogs moving to 3-0 and in big thanks to Myles Wanza.
Wanza hands down has been one of the more impressive running backs in Houston to start the season. In his first three games this season, the senior has rushed for more than 200 yards in each, including a season high 265 yards against Dawson. Wanza has rushed for 250 yards or more in two-straight weeks and scored nine touchdowns in that stretch. Wanza is running behind one of the bigger offensive lines Brian Ford has had in his tenure.
Entering the season Wanza rushed for just 222 yards last season … he passed that number after his first few carries in the second game of 2016. Wanza is currently on pace for a record-breaking season and it will be fun to watch him chase it.
Here are some other headlines and notables from Week 5
- Atascocita improved to 3-0 overall beating Kingwood 37-7 last week. Daveon Boyd passed for 202 yards in the win. Eagles will be definite contenders for the District 21-6A title with the way the offense is playing right now
- Porter continues to impress. The Spartans have tied a school record for wins in a single season with a 3-0 start. In 2011, the Spartans went 3-7 overall for the best season in school history. Under Jim Holley and the way the offense and defense is playing right now, this is lining up to be a rather historic season.
- Alief Taylor continued its impressive start beating Brazoswood 35-0, Splendora saw its perfect start end against Humble falling 28-20, Tomball Memorial improved to 4-0 in a battle of the kickers against Huntsville, winning 6-3.
Now looking ahead to Week 6
- New Caney looks to continue its hot start to District 21-5A play. The Eagles after losing a Week 2 matchup to Tomball Memorial have won two-straight district contests, beating Caney Creek, 49-0, and Dayton, 48-26, to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in district play. New Caney gets Splendora on Thursday at Texan Drive Stadium. This will be a good test for Splendora on a short week and trying to rebound from its first loss of the season.
- George Ranch looks to continue its recent dominance against Dawson seeking its third-straight win against them on Friday. The Longhorns are coming off a 35-21 win against Alief Hastings to get above .500 again at 3-2. The defending State Champions’ two losses have come at the hands of Dickinson and The Woodlands this year.
- Magnolia bounced back nicely from its first loss of the season dismantling Waller, 55-22, behind Jacob Frazier’s 401 yards passing and seven touchdowns to improve to 3-1 and 1-0 in District play. The Bulldogs get Tomball this week, whom is coming off a 26-14 loss to Willis. Magnolia was considered a major contender for the District 20-5A Championship entering this season and now we will see if they can put together the beginnings of another winning streak.