HOUSTON – We knew it would eventually happen.
Eventually the number of undefeated teams would begin dwindling as the season progressed and Week 7 proved to be the end to a couple of undefeated streaks and the continuation of others.
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Dickinson entered the week looking for yet another 6-0 start to a season but the Gators ran into Clear Springs, falling 23-7, ending their perfect season. Now Dickinson goes back to the drawing board to prepare for Alvin. Prior to Friday’s loss, Dickinson’s lowest point total of the season had been 21. The Gators are now 15-2 in district play in the last three seasons with the loss.
Atascocita had made some early noise, but Friday’s meeting with North Shore was truly the first real test of the year for the Eagles. Many anticipated the Week 7 meeting would in the end decided the District 21-6A Champion. It certainly may have. North Shore came into Atascocita’s house and walked out with a 31-21 victory, moving to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district play. The next few games for the Mustangs pits them against Kingwood, Channelview and Goose Creek Memorial, whom are a combined 3-6 in district play to start. North Shore’s season finale comes against Summer Creek, which up to this point is flawless. North Shore has won four-straight games since falling to Manvel in the second week of the year.
Cy Ridge had rolled through the first five weeks, having a few close wins but in the end coming out with the victories. Trelon Smith had powered them to the start but against Cy-Fair, Trenton Kennedy was just better. Smith was held to just 49 yards rushing, while Kennedy erupted for 227 yards and four scores in the upset. The 16 points by Cy-Ridge in the 35-16 loss were the fewest of the season and 35 is the most given up.
As some teams went down, others continued to impress.
Alief Taylor is arguably one of the most impressive teams in Houston. The Lions had to open the season with seven-straight games before seeing their bye week, which comes this week. Alief Taylor in that opening stretch of the season averaging 38 points per game and giving up just 7.4 points per game. The Lions defense has pitched a pair of shutouts this season already and look in line to run the table if they can get past Dawson and George Ranch in the final two weeks.
Porter isn’t a surprise anymore. A come-from-behind victory against Dayton on Friday secured a 44-42 victory and a 5-0 start to the season. Porter has never had this much success in a single season ever. Jim Holley has instantaneously found success in his return to coaching and looks like a prime candidate for coach of the year in District 21-5A and maybe even Houston. The Spartans are 3-0 in district play tied with rival New Caney for first place in the standings. New Caney and Porter meet on October 28.
Summer Creek has been fueled to a 5-0 start by Myles Wanza. The senior running back in five games has amassed 1,112 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 222.4 yards per outing. Wanza has rushed for more than 200 yards in four of the five contests this year, with his one sub-200 yard game being a 183-yard performance. The Bulldogs’ are off to their best start since the 2013 season when they ran the table in the regular season.
The Woodlands, Cy Ranch and Manvel continue to dominate with another week and more blowout victories.
The most recent one for the Highlanders, beating West Brook 72-7, handing that program its worst loss in program history. The Highlanders have outscored their opponents 135-49 in the past two weeks. The Woodlands is 6-0 overall and their resume includes wins against Katy and George Ranch.
Manvel is on the same recent run that The Woodlands is experiencing, the Mavericks scoring 40 or more points in three-straight wins. The Mavericks defense has been solid all season, giving up an average of 8.3 points per game.
Cy Ranch came two points away from a District 17-6A record for points scored in a game in a 73-45 beat-down of Cy Springs. The Mustangs have scored 50 or more points in their last two games.
COMING UP IN WEEK 8
- Westfield looks to continue its turn around season this week against Nimitz. Since starting the season 0-3, the Mustangs have rattled off three-straight victories with wins against Spring, Dekaney and MacArthur to move to 3-0 in district play. With a win on Thursday, Westfield can really begin separating itself from the pack in District 16-6A, taking a firm grab on first place.
- Katy has dominated District 19-6A for years and that continues this season. This week, the Tigers face Morton Ranch, which is also undefeated in district play thus far. This may be a test for the defending State Champs but many believe Katy will continue to roll. Either way it is a matchup of district foes with perfect records in district play up to this point.
- Cy Ranch continues to roll in District 17-6A. A 73-45 win against Cy Springs on Saturday was a clear message that the Mustangs are not a team to mess with. It was 49-10 at the half and for the majority of the second half the second and third units were on the field for Cy Ranch. This week Langham Creek will be a big test for Cy Ranch. The Lobos are 4-1 in district play, putting them in a three-way tie for second with Cy Ridge and Cy-Fair.
- Cy-Fair and Cy Creek clash on Saturday, which the outcome could affect the bubble team of District 17-6A when everything’s said and done. Cy Creek is sitting at 3-2 right on the outside of the playoff picture. Cy-Fair looks to continue its push for the top three spots in the playoff picture.