After getting a big win for its first of the season, the George Ranch football team hopes that it can carry over throughout the rest of the District 23-6A slate.
George Ranch finally got in gear with a 69-point win last weekend over Brazoswood. Now the Longhorns hope to parlay that confidence-building win into a tough game against the Alief Hastings Bears on Friday at 7 p.m. at Crump Stadium in Houston.
It was a balanced attack by George Ranch on Saturday, as the Longhorns ran for 287 total yards and passed for 274. Running backs K.J. White and Davion Jenkins combined for 149 yards, while Hymond Drinkard had two touchdowns.
Quarterback Sam Miller also had a big game, throwing for 265 yards and five touchdowns on 8-of-14 passing.
Meanwhile, the defense played its best performance of the season, holding the Buccaneers to only seven first downs.
The win gave a boost to a George Ranch team hungry for a positive performance.
But Hastings is a different animal than Brazoswood. The Bears have a lot of athletes who can make big plays and a much bigger offensive and defensive line.
Hastings has won three of its last four games, including a 14-12 win over bitter rival Elsik last week to open district play.
Senior quarterback Caleb Bowman leads the Bears with 369 yards on 82 carries with three touchdowns, while throwing for 378 yards and two scores against three interceptions.
Junior running back Darrian Houston has rushed for 177 yards on 45 carries with three touchdowns, and also has 11 receptions for 83 yards. Senior receiver Kollin Jackson has 10 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Hastings defense is a balanced outfit, giving up 157.0 rushing yards and 150.0 passing yards per game.