Cutting up field

Needville senior wide receiver Dax Bridges turns up field against Columbia last week. 

Needville Blue Jays (3-3) at Stafford Spartans (1-5)

Friday, October 16, 2020 — 7 p.m. — Stafford MSD Stadium


One win can make all the difference in the perspective of the projector for a football team.

A case in point is the Needville Blue Jays.

Needville entered last week’s game at West Columbia with a 2-3 record.

The Blue Jays were under .500 with a handful of tough losses entering the opening week of District 12-4A DI play.

But after an overtime win against Columbia, the Blue Jays sit atop the district standings, seeking to ride that momentum Friday at Stafford MSD Stadium against the Stafford Spartans.

The contest between the only two Fort Bend County 4A programs will be the first between Needville and Stafford since 2017. The Spartans were split into different districts for two seasons before returning to play Needville after Sealy and Fulshear exited the district in realignment.

Stafford has handed the offense over to a sophomore quarterback Brayden Batistie. He has completed 50% of his passes (47x94) for 796 yards and nine touchdowns against six interceptions.

Last week against El Campo, the sophomore was 7-for-15 for 172 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.

The quarterback also leads the team in rushing attempts with 51 for 32 yards.

Senior Christian Fregia is the Spartans top rusher with 203 yards and a touchdown on 40 carries.

Stafford has two receivers averaging over 20 yards per reception: junior Jaydon Johnson and Jordon Barrett.

Johnson has 13 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns, while Barrett has 11 catches for 233 yards and three touchdowns.

Needville has taken the reins off senior running back Walker Warncke. He carried the ball 34 times last week against Columbia.

He is 127 yards away from crossing 1,000 yards rushing through seven games.

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