Foster Falcons (7-2) vs. Goose Creek Mem. Patriots (6-3)
Thursday, December 10, 2020 —7 p.m. — Guy K. Traylor Mem. Stadium
Thursday’s game has been four years in the making for the Foster High School football team.
The Falcons will host their first playoff game at Traylor Stadium since 2016; the Falcons dismantled San Antonio Brackenridge 72-12 in the bi-district win.
Foster hosts Goose Creek Memorial in the Region III-5A bi-district round Thursday at Traylor Stadium. The game was moved to Thursday from the intimal Friday date over weather concerns; the kick will remain at 7 p.m.
The Patriots will be playing in the playoffs for the first time in nearly 10 years after Goose Creek Memorial finished third in District 9-5A DI.
“(Memorial) is a good team; they are well-coached,” Foster head coach Shaun McDowell said. “They play in a competitive district.
“Hopefully, we can go out there and match the energy they are going to have and get a result that we want, a win.”
Memorial had plenty of talent returning in the 2020 season with 16 starters back. The high point was arguably the Patriots’ last regular-season game against Beaumont United — a win earning Memorial the third seed.
“I like their quarterback and running back,” McDowell said. “They do a good job of running the ball; we need to do a good job of taking that away from them.”
Senior Ja’Keydric Smith was the driving force for the Patriots on offense against United; rushing for 76 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Senior quarterback Dylan Pitre also showed off his athleticism, throwing for 83 yards on 6-of-12 passing while rushing for 20 yards and a touchdown.
Foster has played a tough schedule to finish the year with games against Manvel, Travis and Klein Cain.
The Falcons have struggled to find a rhythm on offense during that period, especially running the ball.
“We’re really young on the O-line,” McDowell said. “It’s been a challenge upfront, but they are doing a great job.”
But that might not be a problem against Goose Creek Memorial. The Patriots gave up 380 passing yards last week.
The winner of Thursday’s game will play the winner of Cedar Park-San Antonio Veterans Memorial game.