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Fort Bend Football Week 3 Preview: Coach Anthony returns to face Terry at Traylor

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Hightower head coach Cornelius Anthony will return to face his former team, Terry Thursday at Traylor Stadium. Anthony was the fifth head coach in Terry history, taking over for Tim Teykl in 2017. Anthony spent four years with the Rangers, earning a 14-26 record overall.

Thursday, Sept. 9

Terry Rangers (1-1) vs. Hightower Hurricanes (1-1)

District 10-5A DI - Thursday, Sept. 9 - 7 p.m. - Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium

Emotions will be high on Thursday at Traylor Stadium. Hightower head coach Cornelius Anthony will return to face his former team, Terry. Anthony was the fifth head coach in Terry history, taking over for Tim Teykl in 2017. Anthony spent four years with the Rangers, earning a 14-26 record overall.

Anthony left for Hightower this offseason after Hurricanes head coach Joseph Sam left for Arlington Bowie.

Anthony’s offensive coordinator Darnell Jackson was elevated to head coach, and he has the Rangers 1-1 through two games. Despite the emotions of facing a former head coach, Terry will be opening District 10-5A Division I play.

“This week is the first district game, so we must put the Lamar week to bed,” Jackson said. “We tell our kids that they can’t get too high on emotions, or too low. We have to focus on our tasks and execute between the whistles.”

Both teams will be seeking to get off on the right foot in one of the toughest districts in Texas. A win of either team will put them in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot.

In the early part of the season, Terry and Hightower have similar total yardage of offense and defense. The Rangers are averaging 199.5 yards per game on offense and 313.50 on defense, while the Hurricanes have averaged 262.0 yards per game on offense and 301.5 on defense.

Hightower has found its quarterback for the 2021 season with sophomore Kedron Penson Jr

He is currently second in 10-5A DI with 367 passing yards and two touchdowns.

While Terry has found its groove with a two-man rushing attack from Michael Odom and Marcus Townsend. The duo has over 200 yards rushing in six quarters of action.

Terry allowed a season-high 63 points to Hightower in 2020, including 36 points in the second quarter.

Lamar Consolidated Mustangs (1-1) at Cypress Park Tigers (2-0)

Non-district - Thurs. Sept. 9 - 6:30 p.m. - Berry Center

The challenge for Lamar Consolidated continues Thursday against Cypress Park. The Mustangs have played a historically good 5A program and a rival through two weeks and Lamar was two minutes away from being 2-0.

The challenge will ramp up even more for Mustangs in Week 3. Lamar plays 2-0 Cypress Park. The Tigers are coming off an impressive win against the Cypress-Fairbanks flagship school, Cy-Fair, 62-28.

Cy-Park head coach Greg Rogers’ squad has put up over 60 points in both of their wins this season over Cy-Fair (62-28) and Cy-Ridge (68-14).

The Tigers have found success in the Wing-T formation in 6A, and that fact has shown in Cy-Park’s ability to run the ball at a high clip. Cy-Park has over 1,000 yards rushing through two games, including 327 yards from senior Cameron King.

Senior Harold Perkins, senior Nathan Livingston and junior Marquice Dale are all over 100 yards rushing.

Cy-Park has attempted 16 total passes this season, completing eight of them for 156 yards.

Completing passes is something that Lamar knows how to do, senior quarterback Dylan Garrett is second in District 10-5A Division II in passing with 447 yards and five touchdowns through two games.

Senior Rayshawn Glover is second in the district in receiving with 190 yards and two touchdowns. The trio of Garrett, Glover and senior Jamiel Robinson will be a tough test for any secondary.

Austin Bulldogs (0-2) at Westside Wolves (0-1)

Non-district - Thurs., Sept. 9 - 7 p.m. - Delmar Stadium

The Austin Bulldogs hit the road again on Thursday, seeking win No. 1 against Houston Westside. The Wolves were scheduled to play another Fort Bend ISD team earlier this season with Willowridge in Week 1, but a COVID-19 case canceled the game.

Westside hasn’t played a game through the two weeks of the regular season and opens its 2021 season with a home game at Delmar against Austin.

The Wolves return over 20 lettermen from a 4-4 season last year season that reached the bi-district playoffs.

The players to watch for Westside are quarterback Thaddeus Watson, wide receiver Dorian Washington and offensive lineman Nonso Omezi.

Austin also has a quarterback to watch with senior Braeden Abboud, who has completed 53% of his passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Junior Daniel Oloso (nine catches, 89 yards), senior Luke Weaver (three catches, 70 yards) and junior Thusaun Gibbs (three catches for 67 yards) have been the top targets for Abboud.

The Bulldogs are still seeking balance on the offensive end, with a team total of 190 yards rushing through two games.

Austin currently has the No. 3 defense in District 20-6A, allowing 221.5 yards per game and an average of 21 points per game.

Clements Rangers (2-0) at Pasadena Eagles (0-2)

Non-district - Thurs., Sept. 9 - 7 p.m. - Veterans Memorial Stadium

The Clements Rangers are seeking their first 3-0 start since 2009, the Rangers went 7-3 that season. Coach Bobby Darnell’s squad faces a Pasadena team that the Rangers beat 54-7 last year.

Clements had over 500 yards of offense including 441 yards rushing. Quarterback Micah Darnell split duties with now-graduated James Sattler in the victory. Darnell completed 8-of-10 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

Linebacker Matt McGinnis collected seven tackles and a sack on defense against Pasadena.

Back to 2021, the Rangers hope to continue their success on defense. Clements is No. 2 in 20-6A in yards allowed with 186.5 per game while allowing 10 points per contest. The Rangers are one of two teams to allow less than 100 yards passing in two games.

Running back Dimas Kusuma has been a spark on offense, averaging 8.3 yards per rushing attempt.

Micah Darnell is second in 20-6A in passing with 337 yards and three touchdowns on 60% passing.

Marshall Buffaloes (2-0) at Galena Park Yellowjackets (1-1)

District 11-5A DII - Thurs. Sept. 9 - 7 p.m. - Galena Park ISD Stadium

The short non-district slate for the Marshall Buffalos is over. The No. 2 team in 5A Division II has already hit its stride on offense, averaging 478.5 yards per contest, nearly 200 yards more than the next team in the district.

The Buffs defense has been equally impressive, holding offense under 200 yards through two games and leading the district with a positive turnover margin of six.

Marshall has beaten Aldine Eisenhower (68-34) and Elkins (49-7) through two games, while Galena Park has split games against Baytown Lee (7-56) and Caney Creek (34-14).

Galena Park has been run-first through two games, collecting 447 of its total 588 yards on the ground.

Seniors Jose Barrientos and Amarion Kelly lead the way for the Yellowjackets on offense, both rushers are over 100 yards in the young season.

Willowridge Eagles (1-1) at Northside Panthers (0-2)

District 11-5A DII - Thurs., Sept. 9 - 7 p.m. - Barnett Sports Complex

Willowridge for the second year in a row will only get one non-district game to sharpen its skills before district play begins. Willowridge will open District 11-5A Division II play Thursday at Barnett Stadium against Houston Northside.

Willowridge struggled on offense against Dulles, collecting seven total yards. Nicholas Shock and Blaize Covington combined to throw for 29 yards, but neither quarterback completed over 35% of their passes. Javion Chatman ran the ball 15 times for 66 yards in the loss to Dulles.

Northside hasn’t scored a point in two games against fellow HISD teams, losing to Chavez 70-0 and Worthing 61-0.

Sophomore Justin Charqueno was a bright spot for the Panthers at quarterback, collecting 42 yards on 2-of-6 passing.

Willowridge won the contest last year against Northside 47-7, the Eagles rushed for 267 yards. A similar game plan of running the ball will produce a similar result for Willowridge in 2021, Northside has allowed 418 rushing yards through two games.

Randle JV (1-1) vs. Fulshear Chargers

Sub-varsity - Thurs. Sept. 9 - 5:30 p.m. - Lion Stadium

The Randle High School football team will get its first taste of Lamar Consolidated ISD football Thursday against Fulshear. The Lions are coming off their first victory at the junior varsity level last week with a 39-0 romp of St. Pius X.

Running back ​​Zion Lewis scored two touchdowns for the Lions last week with a kickoff return and a 20-yard run.

Friday, Sept. 10

Foster Falcons (1-1) vs. Katy Paetow Panthers (2-0)

District 10-5A DI - Fri., Sept. 10 - 7 p.m. - Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium

The Falcons jump out of the frying pan of non-district rivalry games and into the fire of District 10-5A Division I.

Coach Shaun McDowell’s squad faces one of the hottest teams in 5A at the moment. The Panthers are one of only two teams in the district with a 2-0 mark and Paetow has arguably the district’s two most impressive wins in the young season with victories over Barbers Hill (41-20) and Morton Ranch (43-14).

“Paetow is going to be a tough team,” McDowell said. “We have to find out what we’re good at this week in practice. In the end, it’s all about us and be able to take away what Paetow does well.”

Head coach BJ Gotte currently has the No. 2 offense in 10-5A DI, averaging 424 yards per game. The Panthers lead the district in total rushing yards with 495. Senior Jacob Brown and junior Damyrion Phillips have taken the lead in the rushing attack, combining for 314 yards and six touchdowns on 46 carries.

Senior CJ Dumas returns at quarterback, he has completed 75% of his passes for 346 yards and five touchdowns. The top two targets are Junior Jason Blue (three catches, 128 yards) and senior Kole Wilson (seven catches, 110 yards).

Foster has landed on junior quarterback JT Fayard at quarterback, and the Falcons offense took flight last week against Travis. Fayard was 17-of-22 for 321 yards and three touchdowns. The Falcons will need another strong day from Fayard if the running game continues to struggle. Foster has averaged 63 rushing yards per game in a small sample size.

The Falcons won the 2020 contest against Paetow, 28-10, at Legacy Stadium in Katy. Foster gave up 340 yards of offense, while the Falcons had over 450 yards. Both had running backs over 100 yards, Foster had Xavier Smallwood and Paetow had Damon Bankston.

Needville Blue Jays (1-1) vs. Geronimo Navarro Panthers (1-1)

Non-district - Fri., Sept. 10 - 7 p.m. - Blue Jay Stadium

The Needville High School football has one of its toughest tests Friday at Blue Jay Stadium, Geronimo Navarro. In 2020, Geronimo Navarro thumped Needville, 45-27.

But the Panthers will look much different in 2021, than the team that went to the regional finals last season. Coach Rod Blount’s team returns only five starters including only two starters back on defense.

One positive for the new Panthers will be three-year starter Nick Billings will be back to run the Navarro Slot-T option offense.

Navarro comes into the game against Needville with a 33-28 loss to Calhoun and a 35-6 win over La Vernia.

In the win against La Vernia last week, the Panthers had 363 yards of offense including 295 yards rushing. Navarro’s rushing attack was led by Brody Whiston and Cole Mouser, the pair combined for 149 yards and four touchdowns.

Billings was 1-for-4 passing for a touchdown and an interception.

On defense, Navarro allowed 224 yards to LaVerina on defense while forcing six turnings, including four fumbles lost.

Bryce Nirider has settled into the duties at quarterback for Needville, he has completed 10 of his 23 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown; more importantly, he has 183 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Nirider, sophomore Sherman Jones and freshman Da’Shawn Burton have created a stout rushing attack for Needville. The three runners have collected 485 yards and five touchdowns through two games.

East Bernard Brahmas (1-1) vs. Boling Bulldogs (1-1)

Non-district - Fri. Sept. 10 - 7:30 p.m. - Memorial Stadium

The annual meeting between the East Bernard Brahmas (1-1) and the Boling Bulldogs (1-1) for the battle of Wharton County takes place at Memorial Field this Friday night.

East Bernard has had the upper hand in the rivalry, winning the last 11 regular-season meetings between the two.

The pair used to share a district, however, Boling moved 3A Division II to Division I separating them, but the rivalry continued.

Both Boling and East Bernard picked up wins last Friday after starting the season with losses.

Boling beat Van Vleck 35-6 while East Bernard defeated Hitchcock 32-29.

The Bulldogs are coming off a tough week after the death of their defensive coordinator Mike Austin, days before their game with Van Vleck.

The Bulldogs offense is scoring 27 points a game this season, while the Brahmas are allowing 26.5 points a game through two games.

Boling has gotten production from a couple of different running backs this season. Bulldog sophomore Ryan O’neal and junior Christian Montalvo have combined to rush for nearly 400 yards through two games.

Bulldog junior quarterback Jaxson Urbanek has been efficient, completing seven of 10 passes. If Urbanek goes to the air, he’ll have to watch for East Bernard senior Mason Crist, who has two interceptions this season.

Boling this year is allowing 31.5 points a game while the Brahmas are scoring 19.5 points through their two games.

Brazos Cougars (1-1) vs. Burton Panthers (2-0)

Non-district - Fri. Sept. 10 - 7:30 p.m. - Cougar Stadium

The Brazos Cougars are licking their wounds after a rough game against Bay Area Christian, losing 44-13. Now, Brazos welcomes 2A-Division II Burton to Cougar Stadium on Friday.

The Panthers are 2-0 to start the season, including wins over Holland (32-6) and Reicher Catholic (20-3).

Burton had 307 yards of offense against Reicher last week, including 297 yards on the ground.

The Panthers were efficient, converting six of nine third downs and also adding one of three fourth-down attempts. Burton only attempted three passes total in the victory against Reicher.

For Brazos, Bryson Bennett was 3-of-9 passing for 28 yards while rushing for a 25-yard touchdown.

Javien Dickerson had the Cougars’ only passing touchdown, a 65-yard connection to Trey Gaston in the fourth quarter against Bay Area Christian. Gaston caught five passes for 100 yards and a score.

Brazos won the 2020 contest at Burton, 18-12.

Bush Broncos (0-2) at Taylor Lions (1-1)

Non-district - Fri., Sept. 10 - 7 p.m. - Crump Stadium

The Bush Broncos travel to Crump Stadium for Friday night football. Bush has struggled through two games, heading into the game against Taylor -— averaging a district-worst 210.5 yards per game.

Bush did see a bright spot in Week 2 against College Station, senior quarterback Tyler Hilder improved from Week 1. Hilder completed eight of his 16 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Senior running back Adrian Cormier has averaged over five yards per carry, while receivers Miachel Ormodia and Dantonio Hackworth Jr. both had receptions over 30 yards.

The Taylor Lions come into Friday’s game with the No. 1 offense in District 23-6A, averaging 424.5 yards per game.

Senior running back Alonzo Hines is coming off a monster week against Angleton, accounting for 230 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

The Lions defense has also struggled, allowing 348 yards per game including 484 passing yards in a small sample size.

Elkins Knights (0-2) vs. Clear Springs Chargers (0-2)

Non-district - Fri., Sept. 10 - 7 p.m. - Ken Hall Stadium

The Elkins Knights will take FBISD’s center stage on Friday against the Clear Springs Chargers. Both teams are seeking their first win of the season, the Knights lost to Houston Bellaire 23-20 and Marshall 49-7 while Clear Springs has lost to Katy 40-7 and Tompkins 53-43.

Clear Springs had 405 yards of offense in the loss to Tompkins including 215 passing yards. Chargers quarterback Cody Kuhlmann was 15-of-23 for 215 yards and four touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions. Xai-Shaun Edwards had 30 carries for 210 yards and a touchdown. Ky Woods was the top receiving target, catching six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

The one bright spot for Elkins’ offense last week against Marshall was senior receiver Jackson Hart, who caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Stafford Spartans (0-2) vs. Bellville Brahmas (2-0)

Non-district - Fri. Sept. 10 - 7:30 p.m. - Stafford MSD Stadium

The Stafford Spartans have a tough assignment on Friday at home against Bellville. The Brahmas are 2-0 with wins over Giddings 49-0 and Cameron Yoe 41-26.

Bellville is averaging 394.5 yards per game including 351.5 rushing yards per game. Seniors Richard Reese and Robert Briggs are the two top weapons on the ground. The pair has combined for 611 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 47 carries, both are averaging over 12 yards per carry.

Bellville won’t be the first run-heavy offense the Spartans have faced this season. In last week’s contest against Calhoun, Stafford allowed 319 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries.

Back-to-back weeks of option football could lead to more success for Stafford on the defensive end.

Fort Bend Christian Academy Eagles (2-0) at Houston St. John’s Mavericks (2-0)

Non-district - Fri., Sept 10 - 7 p.m. - McMurrey Memorial Stadium

Quarterback Brady Dever and the Fort Bend Christian Academy offense take the show on the road Friday to McMurrey Memorial Stadium to face Houston St. John’s.

The Mavericks are 2-0 with wins over The Woodlands Cooper 35-21 and Addison Greenhill 42-0. St. John’s will have to stop an FBCA offense that put up 581 yards of offense against St. John XXIII last week in a 60-10 victory.

The last time these two teams played St. John’s won 35-3 at home in 2017.

Saturday, Sept. 11

Fulshear Chargers (2-0) vs. Manor Mustangs (1-1)

Non-district - Sat. Sept. 11 - 1 p.m. - Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium

Fulshear is seeking its second-straight 3-0 start to a season Saturday against Manor, the winning streak feels different after Chargers collected a victory over top-ranked 4A team El Campo compared to a Week 2 win over Houston Math Science and Tech in 2020.

The Chargers quarterback junior Parker Williams and senior running back Tyjae Williams combined for 175 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Ricebirds.

Williams also caught two passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.

The high-powered Fulshear offense will face a Manor team that is 1-1 with a loss to Austin LBJ 28-7 and a 29-7 win over Bastrop.

Manor sophomore Jayson Zardavets was 8-of-23 for 160 yards and touchdown against Bastrop. Junior running back Quinten Joyner was 17 for 225 yards and two touchdowns rushing while Senior receiver Che Nwabuko had seven receptions for 159 yards in the victory for the Mustangs.

George Ranch Longhorns (2-0) at Pearland Dawson Eagles (1-1)

Non-district - Sat., Sept. 11 - 2 p.m. - Pearland ISD Stadium

The George Ranch Longhorns are one of the hottest teams in 6A right now, having beaten Houston Lamar and Katy Taylor to open the season. Now, head coach Nick Cavallo’s squad has to travel to “The Rig” to face playoff regular Pearland Dawson.

The Longhorns have the No. 2 offense in District 20-6A, averaging 378 yards per game. George Ranch has the No. 1 passer in 20-6A with senior quarterback Cole Murphy, who has completed 37-of-51 passes for 452 yards and five touchdowns without throwing an interception.

Dawson comes into Saturday’s game with the worst defense by yardage allowed, averaging 388 yards per game. The majority of that yardage has come from rushing attempts, 445 yards total.

Dawson has lost to Clear Falls 31-7 and beat Houston Heights 58-19. Clear Falls ran for 310 yards in the victory.

Travis Tigers (0-2) at Cypress Falls Eagles (1-1)

Berry Center - Sat. Sept. 11 - 6 p.m. - Berry Center

The Travis Tigers are in a rare spot under head coach Trey Sissom still seeking their first win in Week 3. But the Tigers hope to refocus for a battle at the Berry Center against Cypress Falls.

The Eagles come into Saturday’s game with a win against Alief Hastings last week, 45-6.

Cy-Falls nearly shut out Hastings, allowing a score in the fourth quarter while leading 45-0. The Eagles were balanced on offense, collecting 162 yards passing and 167 yards rushing.

Cy-Falls is rebuilding after a 2-7 season last year, returning 21 lettermen including Ethan Spear at wide receiver and quarterback Johnathan Valdez.

The Tigers struggled to keep their regular tempo against Foster in Week 2, a 28-7 loss. Senior quarterback Anthony Njoku was 9-of-20 for 66 yards and a touchdown, he was also the team’s leading rusher with 59 yards on 12 carries.

The Tigers need to help Njoku if they plan to improve on their offensive output in Week 3.

Ridge Point Panthers (2-0) vs. C.E. King Panthers (2-0)

Non-district - Sat., Sept. 11 - 6 p.m. - Ken Hall Stadium

Ridge Point, for the third week in a row, will play one of the best teams in the Houston area. In Week 3, head coach Rick LaFavers’ squad will face C.E. King.

The Panthers have already beaten Pearland and Dickinson before District 20-6A play begins.

“I am pleased with our effort and progress,” LaFavers said. “I thought we showed a lot of toughness and grit in the Dickinson game. It was a physical four-quarter battle against one of the best programs in Houston. We expect this week against CE King to be no different.”

The C.E. King Panthers have beaten Cypress Falls 53-0 and Houston Strake Jesuit 35-27.

“They are a big physical team that can score at any moment with their run game,” LaFavers said. “They have one of the best running backs in Houston. One thing we have to improve upon is our tackling. We missed way too many tackles against Dickinson which help extend drives and allow Dickinson to keep the chains moving at times. We can’t allow CE King to get easy yards and hit us for long runs.

“It will be another heavyweight fight. We have to be able to keep our toes on the line and keep trading punches. We have to execute and be physical in all phases of the game.”

The Panthers have found success running the ball in 2021, collecting 817 yards on 81 carries. C.E. King is averaging 10.1 yards per carry. The top rusher for the Panthers is senior Jerrell Wimbley with 32 carries for 473 yards and five touchdowns. Senior D’Koreion Hammond is close behind with 226 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries.

Quarterback Jesse Shelton is 10-of-19 for 80 yards and a touchdown when he has thrown the ball.

Dulles Vikings (2-0) vs. Stratford Spartans (2-0)

Non-district - Sat., Sept. 11 - 6 p.m. - Darrell Tully Stadium

The Dulles-Stratford game is a battle of undefeated teams Saturday at Tulley Stadium in Houston.

The Spartans are 2-0 with wins over Alvin 33-6 and Conroe Oak Ridge 31-27, while Dulles has beaten two fellow Fort Bend ISD teams Kempner 27-0 and Willowridge 42-5.

Stratford has a balanced offensive effort through two games. Junior quarterback Nash Rankin has completed 36-of-55 passes for 442 yards and four touchdowns, while the Spartans have rushed for 479 yards on 61 carries.

The top rushers are senior running back Diego Denson with 277 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries and senior Jordan Smith, who has 14 carries for 154 yards and touchdown.

Follow Fort Bend Herald sports editor Ryan Dunsmore on Twitter at @duns_more for game updates. Follow the Herald sports department on Twitter at @fbheraldsports, Facebook and Instagram at Fort Bend Herald Sports. 

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