Full steam ahead

Needville senior running back Ashton Stredick and the Blue Jays seek a undefeated district title Friday in Sealy. 

Needville Blue Jays (8-1) vs. Brazosport Exporters (5-3)

Friday, Nov. 1 — 7:30 p.m. — Blue Jay Stadium


 

The Needville High School football team has already made modern history. The Blue Jays have won at least a share of the District 13-4A DI crown, the program’s first district title since 1987. The Blue Jays have also secured the top seed with a win over the teams currently tied for second place in the district: Columbia and El Campo.

But the taste of an undefeated district championship is different. That is still the goal for the Blue Jays in Friday’s regular-season finale against Sealy at T.J. Mills Stadium.

“Our kids aren’t blind to the situation but we’re focused on Sealy,” Giles said.

Needville (8-1, 5-0) wants to put the exclamation point on a historic season for the Blue Jays. Sealy (5-3, 2-3) needs help. The outcome of Friday’s game in Sealy won’t impact the Tigers’ standings but a game in Freeport will.

The Tigers are currently tied with Brazosport at 2-3 and the Exporters have the tie-breaker with a 21-20 win earlier this season. Sealy needs Fulshear to pull the upset against Brazosport to get a playoff spot.

On paper, Sealy appears to be of the same caliber that guided the Tigers to a district title last season. The Tigers are one of four teams in district averaging over 370 yards of offense per game and one of three allowing under 250 yards per contest on defense.

But in the three losses for Sealy this season, the Tigers have been outscored 84-to-41. Sealy averages around 30 points per game but scored an average of 14 points per game in losses.

“Sealy is a really good team,” Giles said. “We’ve been in the same situation before on the outside looking in on the final week. This district is tough.”

Thus the key for Needville will be bend but don’t break. It’s plan that shouldn’t be a problem for Needville, who has the second-highest point differential during district play: 215-to-122.

Needville will have to stop senior running back Matthew Lord to keep the Tigers off track. Lord has 775 yards and eight touchdowns on 84 carries.

Lord sets up the passing game for senior quarterback Carter Cryan and junior receiver Draper Parker.

Cryan has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,027 yards and nine touchdowns against four interceptions. Parker leads the district with 35 catches for 369 yards.

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