At the ready

East Bernard linemen senior Casen Ivy, junior Marquinn Glover, senior Dylan Baird, senior Blake Walters and senior Riley Moseley wait for the play call from junior quarterback Dallas Novicke. 

Travis Tigers (0-1) vs. Heights Bulldogs (1-0)

Friday, October 16, 2020 — 7 p.m. — Kenneth Hall Stadium


It is hard to imagine anything other than the coronavirus pulling away athletes’ attention from the field during the 2020 season.

But it hard to imagine the Travis High School football team’s hearts and minds haven’t affected this week by the sudden passing of wide receiver coach Derwyn Lauderdale.

Lauderdale was shot in Rosenberg Saturday and died at the hospital.

Lauderdale’s final message on Twitter, “There’s always work to do,” will be a mindset for the Tigers returning to the field.

Travis will play their second game of the season on Friday at Hall Stadium against Houston Heights.

It will not be the first time the Tigers have faced Houston Heights under coach Trey Sissom; the Tigers won a contest 36-14 at Mercer in 2017.

Travis is licking its wounds after losing a game late at 5A-DII Montgomery Lake Creek.

Junior quarterback Anthony Njoku will hope to build on a performance where he was 18-of-29 for 185 yards and one touchdown along with one interception. He also added 78 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries.

The Heights enter the contest with a lopsided win over Houston Westbury.

The Bulldogs offense spread the ball around with six different rushers and five different receivers catching a pass.

Senior Kendric Rhymes was a stand out with three receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Junior Jalen Morrison had the most attempts at quarterback. He completed 7-of-9 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior Patrick McDowell had the most rushing attempts with five carries for 61 yards and a touchdown.

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