High school games, players to watch this week
Alief Taylor is two wins away from obtaining its first district championship in the school's nine-year history.
The Lions (7-1) have done it in convincing fashion, accumulating a 4-0 record in District 18-5A and averaging more than 40 points a game. A 52-27 win over previously undefeated Eisenhower last week gave Alief Taylor the upper hand.
Now, just two teams in the bottom three of the district stand in the Lions' way — Nimitz and Aldine. A win this weekend guarantees Alief Taylor at least a share of the district title.
"We said if we beat Eisenhower we're going to be in the driver's seat," coach J.D. Jordan said. "That doesn't mean we couldn't lose the last two. We're trying to keep focused and win these last two, because we don't want to stub our toe.
"We've never had a district championship here. We can't take anybody lightly."
A key factor to the Lions' success is continuity. It's Jordan's first year as head coach, but the team has not had major shifts in its offensive or defensive philosophies.
The decision-making of quarterback Jordan Are has also improved dramatically. Last season, he threw 12 interceptions. This year, he's been picked off once.
With the experience of 22 returning lettermen, Alief Taylor is zeroing in on a deep run in the postseason. Last season, the Lions advanced to the third round, which puts the bar higher this time around.
"We don't want to be three-and-out," Jordan said. "We want to win it all."
Hill’s late TD runs putting Klein over the top
Keshawn Hill’s downhill running has kept Klein near the top of the hill this year, and that’s no small feat in District 13-5A.
For the second time this season, the senior scored on a long touchdown run late in the game to lift the Bearkats to victory, this time from 62 yards out with 3:06 left in a 17-13 win over Dekaney last week.
“He’s got a knack for hitting the home run when we need it,” Klein coach Shane Hallmark said.
Hill had a 41-yard TD run with 2:28 remaining in a 21-17 victory over Westfield in Week 5. Last week, he notched two long scores — the 62-yarder in the fourth quarter and a 43-yarder in the third.
He finished with a season-high 213 yards, giving him 1,032 yards and 12 TDs on 142 carries.
Players to watch this week
Jerry Bynum, RB
The running back has 186 carries for 1,207 yards and 19 touchdowns heading into the Rams’ rivalry showdown with Hastings on Saturday.
Macan Wilson, WR
The receiver had four receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ victory over Dallas St. Mark’s last Friday.
Mike Evans, WR
Sr., Galveston Ball
With 565 yards and six touchdowns, Evans is leading District 24-4A in receiving this season.
Games to watch this week
Clear Creek (6-2, 5-0 in District 20-5A) vs. Clear Springs (6-2, 4-1)
7 p.m. today, CCISD Veteran’s Memorial Stadium
Clear Creek at a glance: The Wildcats are in a three-way tie for third place in the district with Clear Brook and Dickinson. They have the district’s No. 2 rushing offense (287.8 yards per game) led by UH commitment C.J. McElroy (931 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns).
Clear Springs at a glance: The Chargers are in second place in the district, a game behind Pearland. They have the No. 2 offense in the league (431 yards per game) led by Howard Matthews (above) — 603 rushing yards, 543 receiving yards, 200 passing yards.
Madison (6-2, 5-0 in District 20-5A) vs. Lamar (7-1, 5-0)
7:30 p.m. today, Delmar Stadium
Radio: 1430 AM
Madison at a glance: Since starting 0-2, the Marlins have reeled off six consecutive wins. They have the district’s second-ranked rushing defense (86.8 yards per game) and are third in total defense. Running back Chris Williams leads the way with 829 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.
Lamar at a glance: The Redskins are coming off a 13-7 victory over Bellaire. They are No. 1 in the district in total defense and No. 2 in offense. Quarterback Bram Kohlhausen has thrown for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Crosby (4-4, 4-1 in District 19-4A) at Dayton (5-3, 5-0)
7 p.m. today, Bronco Stadium
Crosby at a glance: The Cougars are tied for second in 19-4A with Barbers Hill. Their offense, ranked second in the district and first in rushing, is led by TCU commitment Dominic Merka (1,398 passing yards, 744 rushing yards).
Dayton at a glance: After starting 0-3, the Broncos have won five consecutive games. They have the No. 1 defense in the district (222.8 yards per game) and the No. 2 scoring offense (37.1 points per game). Junior quarterback Andres Herrera (1,033 passing yards) has completed 70 percent of his passes this season.
La Marque (6-2, 3-2 in District 24-4A) vs. Dawson (5-3. 3-1)
7 p.m. today, The Rig
Radio: 1230 AM, 1540 AM
La Marque at a glance: The Cougars survived a scare from Galveston Ball last week, pulling out a 14-13 win in the Clash of the Causeway to avoid a third consecutive loss. This game marks their regular-season finale. Running back Tim Wright looks to inch closer to 2,000 rushing yards — he’s at 1,630 and 17 touchdowns.
Dawson at a glance: The Eagles have won five of their last six contests. Their rushing defense is No. 1 in the district (103.5 yards per game), and they are third in total defense. Junior quarterback Garry Kimble is second in the district in passing yards (1,339).
Willis (7-1, 5-0 in District 18-4A) vs. Humble (7-1, 5-0)
2 p.m. Saturday, Turner Stadium
Willis at a glance: The Wildkats have clinched their first playoff berth since 2003 and are looking for their first eight-win season since 2002. They own the district’s No. 1 total defense, which allows 132.4 yards per game. They’re also No. 1 in scoring offense (43.5 points per game).
Humble at a glance: The Wildcats also have clinched a playoff berth in their first season since moving from Class 5A. Humble, which is second in total defense in the district, is first in scoring defense, allowing just 8.8 points per game (70 total for the season). The Wildcats are second in scoring offense (35.9 points per game).
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