Clear Lake braces for The Woodlands
The Clear Lake Falcons face the undefeated Highlanders, who are coming off a huge 31-27 victory at then-No. 1 Katy, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Falcons hope The Woodlands may be dragging following such an emotional victory.
After opening the season with a 35-20 loss to Aldine, Clear Lake bounced back to win 40-23 at Strake Jesuit and is now going for two victories in a row.
ABOUT THE GAME
Matchup: The Woodlands (2-0) at Clear Lake (1-1)
When: 7 p.m. on Saturday
Where: Clear Creek ISD Veterans Memorial Stadium (2305 East Main, League City 77573)
What's at stake: Clear Lake wrapping up predistrict action on a positive note and trying to avenge last year's 31-13 loss to the Highlanders, and The Woodlands trying to stay perfect
Clear Lake players to watch: LB Jon Witton, FS Aaron Jones, DL Kelvin Hicks, SS Anderson Forrest, RB Randall Hollimon, QB Steven Hanley, OL Cody Spivey, OL Nathan Otto, OL Sam Roberts, WR Blake Waggoner, WR Cutter Runte, K Jordan Tyrna, P Edgar Gonzales
The Woodlands players to watch: QB Trent Eckel, RB Daniel Lasco, WR Randy Knust, OL Chad Lindsay, K Ben Pruitt, LB Robert Bouthilet, CB Ryan Clapsaddle
Clear Lake: It's business as usual for the option-offense Falcons, who have run the ball 90 times for 605 yards and thrown 10 passes (with six completions) for 160 yards in two games. Against Strake Jesuit, Hanley rushed for 148 yards on only seven carries (21.1 average), and scored on third-quarter runs of 86 and 70 yards, and took advantage of his three passes completing two for 102 yards including a 65-yard touchdown toss to Hollimon.
The Woodlands: The Highlanders started the season by blowing out Cy-Fair 42-6 at Pridgeon Stadium and winning at Katy, so a major challenge is avoiding the dreaded letdown against Clear Lake. Lasco ran wild for 258 yards and four touchdowns on 17 attempts against Katy, and the week before, he picked up 81 on 13 tries and scored twice in limited action. Eckel is 24 of 37 for 390 yards with a touchdown and interception in two games, and his top target has been Knust (nine receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns). The Woodlands finally has a home outing next week with Kingwood.
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