Fulshear Chargers (1-6) at Columbia Roughnecks (5-1)
Friday, Oct. 18 — 7:30 p.m. — Griggs Field
The Fulshear High School football team got a few more firsts out of the way this past week with its first Homecoming and first district win in program history against Bay City.
But the competition level will be raised this week with the Chargers hoping to secure back-to-back wins.
The Chargers (1-6, 1-2) travel to Griggs Fields Friday night in West Columbia to take on the Columbia Roughnecks at 7:30 p.m.
The Roughnecks (5-1, 1-1) are licking their wounds after falling to the Blue Jays in Needville, 34-17.
Columbia will be everything the Chargers can handle with the No. 1 offense in District 13-4A DI, averaging 426.7 yards per game. And Fulshear knows it will have to stop the run with nearly 80 percent of Columbia’s offensive yards coming on the ground.
The Roughnecks have four rushers in the top 15 in the district with sophomore Jordan Woodard (544 yards, 3 TDs), junior Jamaurion Woodard (449 yards, 6 TDs), senior Jame’son Rebector (339 yards, 6 TDs) and senior Luke Arias (309 yards, 4 TDs).
Senior quarterback Cameron Ward has completed 43 percent of his passes (29x68) for 567 yards and seven touchdowns against five interceptions.
The Fulshear coaching staff got prime views of both their week eight opponent and their week nine opponent during their open week with the Columbia-Needville contest. What the Chargers likely saw was a Needville defense that bent but didn’t break in the red zone. It will likely be a similar formula for the Chargers to follow.
Also from the Columbia-Needville game, the Roughnecks gave up over 300 yards rushing to senior Blue Jay Ashton Stredick. Which should have junior Tosin Ogunlana and the Chargers licking their chops.
Columbia has the No. 2 defense in the district, allowing 220.5 yards per game. The Roughnecks have averaged 124 rushing yards allowed per contest.
A healthy running game for Fulshear will open up the passing attack from junior quarterback Jackson Edge.
Edge leads the district in passing with 1,032 yards and seven touchdowns against five interceptions. He has completed 58 percent of his passes (88x151).
Edge is one of only two district signal-callers with 100-plus pass attempts entering week eight, joined by Sealy senior Carter Cryan (67x106).
The passing attack that includes the district’s No.1 receiver in receptions (30) and receiving yards (418) will press a Columbia secondary that hasn’t faced many pass-happy teams.