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work each year, but I can't think of a better way to go out. Each year, the magazine showcases the area's tremendous talent on and off the football field. I want to take this space to thank the photographers and editors that helped make the sports department look good.

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he "Battle further deepened of the 'Berg" the bonds between victory bell the district's prois only seven years grams. old. Still, it's hard "Battle of the to imagine a Lamar 'Berg will always be Consolidated-Terry the grand-daddy football game withof them all," Nelout it now. son said. "That is The images of where rivalries in players in red or this school district blue storming the started. It was high LCISD adminisschool No. 1 and trators when the No. 2. trophy is handed "I think to showoff to the victors case the rivalries, are iconic. The joy or maybe the word of ringing the bell for it, would be in the locker room the competition with teammates Lamar Consoldiated ISD football players Jered Sherman Jr. (Randle), Luke Henderson (Foster), among our various lasts forever, and Gregor Jones (George Ranch), Cameron Lewis (Terry), Jaiden Nelson (Lamar Consolidated) and schools," Nelson holding the trophy Jax Medica (Fulshear) pictured with the six rivalry trophies at Traylor Stadium in Rosenberg. said. at the team's field The new rivalry house all year long brings school pride. names and trophies will be the Brawl on the Brazos between LCISD Athletics hopes to tap into those same feelings with all Foster and George Ranch, the Rose-Rich Rumble between Fossix campuses this coming fall with the addition of five new ri- ter and Terry, the Battle for the Saddle between Fulshear and valry names and trophies. Terry, the War for The Westpark between Foster and Fulshear For LCISD Athletics Director Nikki Nelson, the trophy project and the Fight for HWY 59 between Lamar Consolidated and

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Randle. LCISD Athletics would like to showcase the quality contests among its six high school programs. "You could see a lot of different ways that these rivalries play out," Nelson said. "I don't think it's bad to showcase that level of competition. Before we go out and beat other teams, we will have to beat ourselves. To be the best in LCISD in anything is a pretty big label because we have some great kids and great programs. "We winning here is a great stepping stone to winning elsewhere." The Brawl on the Brazos trophy will be a canoe paddle with the school logos and colors on each side. The trophy represents the two Richmond schools connected by the Brazos River that cuts through Fort Bend County.

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The trophy will be the cherry on top of the program winning the game in Week 1 and the bragging rights. "This is the first year we get to play with a trophy," George Ranch senior Gregor Jones said. "It gives us something to think about. The game is bigger than the trophy, but the trophy is a really cool addition." The Rose-Rich Rumble features a mounted model train, which the Rosenberg Railroad Museum provided. The train represents the impact of trains on the west Fort Bend communities. The Battle for the Saddle is a small Western saddle to represent the schools' mascots: a mounted soldier and a stallion. The athletics department acquired the saddle and the Black Cowboy Museum of Rosenberg dressed it with full saddle trim. The other trophy for Fulshear is for a game that is arguably the most contentious rivalry in the making. Fulshear and Foster are close in proximity and in athletics on the field. The 2022 game on the football field will be the first between the Chargers and Falcons. Foster and Fulshear will battle for a wagon wheel painted purple and gold. The wheel represents the two schools' namesakes. The Foster and Fulshear families were among the "Old Three Hundred" that settled Texas with Stephen F. Austin. The two new trophies will add another layer of significance for Fulshear and senior Jax Medica. "This will be important for us," Medica said. "It will be important for the school and community. It will be good to go out as seniors with both those trophies." The final trophy will include LCISD's newest campus Randle, which will play its first varsity season in 2022. The Lions will ★ Cameron Lewis

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battle Lamar Consolidated in the Fight for HWY 59. The winner will take home a full-size highway 59 sign on a plaque. Randle and junior Jered Sherman, Jr. hope to set a tone with a rivalry win in Year 1 against the only LCISD program the Lions will play for the next two years. "I think it's important," Sherman said. "We have to set a tone for the kids under us. We want this trophy for generations." The trophy project has been a fun one for Nelson and her staff. "It's the best part of this job because I will get into a rut of schedules, tickets and management," Nelson said. "It's still the version of coaching I get to do. You get to come up with something to motivate people or the vision you get to have." Nelson also learned a lot about her staff; she pointed out assistant athletic director Devin Gabbard and assistant Akeem Stevens as crucial cogs in the production of the trophies. "It was fun for our staff," Nelson said. "There is always going to be work. It's always going to be hard. But we need some fun too. "I found out some of our staff is super creative. They brainstormed with their families and friends about what they thought about these schools. "What do these two schools have in common? What connects these communities?" Outside of the effort of creating trophies and names out of thin air, the concern of not connecting with the community lingers. Nelson hopes that anxiety diminishes quickly as it did with the Battle of the 'Berg. "We're going to roll out six trophies," Nelson said. "And if just one becomes a big deal like the bell, it's a win for us." Nelson wondered if the trophy was ★ Luke Henderson

work, community bonding and camaraderie between the two schools. In the end, the trophies will be worth the work if Nelson and the LCISD Athletic staff see one of their programs enjoy a win a little more on Friday nights. "As an AD, when our teams play each other, I always get to win, and I always get to lose," Nelson said. "The loss is the part that stinks. "This makes it a little sweeter to celebrate the win," Nelson said. "And maybe next year, the other team wins."

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even going to be a factor. "Those first pep rallies, nobody knew what to do with it," Nelson said. "The trophy just sat there. "Now, I would be afraid to carry it by myself because I fear I would get mobbed as soon as I walk into a school. Everyone wants a picture with the bell. "Elementary school kids can't wait to ring that bell when they win it. But the Terry-Lamar rivalry has blossomed into multipliable events related to the game, not just the trophy, with charity


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District 20-6A A storm approaches Fort Bend


Hightower joins an already stacked 20-6A field to make a 9-team district

istrict 20-6A was already a battleground for Fort Bend bragging rights, but the recent realignment made sure those bragging rights could be absolute. All nine 6A programs outside Katy that call Fort Bend County home remained in the same district. District 20-6A now has one less non-district game and a long road to the playoffs. There was no question that Hightower would be moving up after two years in 5A. The only question was if George Ranch would stay or be flung past the Fort Bend ISD school to another district in Houston to fill out an eight-team district. The Hurricanes return to renew rivalries with Elkins and Ridge Point and jump right into the district title race after reaching the regional finals in 5A-DI last year. For now, Hightower and the rest of 20-6A look to dethrone Ridge Point. RIDGE POINT secured its seventh district title in eight years this past season. Head coach Rick LaFavers guided the Panthers to their first 11-win season since 2016. ★ Dru Sissom Ridge Point did graduate over 30 lettermen, but the Panthers have double-digit returning starters, including eight on the




2021 record: 0-10/0-7 district Head coach: Mike Arogbonlo Coach's Record at Austin: 5-23-0 (3 years) Career record: 5-23-0 (3 years) OPPONENT

Aug. 25 Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 13 Oct. 22 Oct. 29 Nov. 3

Alief Elsik @Hou. Westbury Dulles* @George Ranch* Elkins* @Clements* Travis* @Ridge Point* Bush* @Hightower*

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Aug. 26 Sept. 1 Sept. 10 Sept. 24 Oct. 1 Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 29 Nov. 4

@Cy-Springs Magnolia West @Ridge Point Hightower* @Dulles* George Ranch* @Elkins* Clements* @Austin* Travis*

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Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 15 Oct. 21 Oct. 27 Nov. 5

@Terry Fulshear George Ranch* Elkins* Austin* @Travis* Ridge Point* @Bush* Hightower* @Dulles*

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TIME STADIUM 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 11 a.m.


2021 record: 4-6/2-5 district Head coach: Shane Byrd Coach's Record at Dulles: 8-20-0 (3 years) Career record: 8-20-0 (3 years)


TIME STADIUM 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m.



2021 record: 7-4/4-3 district Head coach: Bobby Darnell Coach's Record at Clements: 15-45-0 (6 years) Career record: 15-45-0 (6 years)


TIME STADIUM 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m.



2021 record: 5-6/5-2 district (Bi-District) Head coach: Allen Aldridge Coach's Record at Bush: 74-62-0 (13 years) Career record: 74-62-0 (13 years)


defensive side. The Panthers had the No. 2 defense in district play, allowing 194.71 yards per game. They were the only team not to allow over 700 yards rushing or passing across seven district contests. The defense is led by defensive back Taylor Davis, who was second on the team in tackles (87) last year. Linebacker James Walley Jr. was third on that list (73) and also led the team in tackles for loss (12). Both athletes are seniors, while Calvin Alexander led the team in sacks (six) as a sophomore. But the full scope of Ridge Point’s defensive power hasn’t been seen yet because defensive tackle D.K. Kalu was sidelined early in the 2021 season with an injury. The offense set the pace for Ridge Point last year; it will be the defense this year. The offense has questions to answer. The biggest one appeared to have a solution. Karson Gordon would slide into the quarterback after Burt Emanuel, Jr. moved on to the University of Central Michigan. But Gordon decided to transfer to Bellaire Episcopal this summer. Whoever steps into that role at quarterback will have plenty of tools to help him find success. Running back Ezell Jolly enters his senior season after recording 668 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. As a

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Aug. 27 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 1 Oct. 7 Oct. 22 Oct. 29 Nov. 5

Clear Lake @Cy-Woods @Austin* Travis* @Ridge Point* Bush* @Hightower* George Ranch* @Elkins* Clements*

TIME STADIUM 6 p.m. Mercer 6:30 p.m. Cy-Fair FCU 7 p.m. Mercer 7 p.m. Mercer 7 p.m. AISD Mem. 11 a.m. Mercer 7 p.m. AISD Mem. 1 p.m. Mercer 11 a.m. Mercer 11 a.m. Mercer

sophomore, Mason Dossett will play a more significant role in the passing game after two touchdown receptions. Peyton Farmer helps anchor the offensive line. The Panthers will have an early measuring-stick game in Week 1. Ridge Point travels to Austin to take on 6A-DII champion, Westlake. BUSH had a simple formula for success to finish second in 20-6A in 2021. The Broncos played stout defense and controlled the clock with the running game. Coach Allen Aldridge’s team won the battle in the trenches and one-on-one battles. Bush has plenty of talent returning, but many key positions will have new faces. On offense, the only quarterback (Tyler Hilder), top rusher (Adrian Cormier) and top receiver (Michael Ormodia) all graduated. Allen Aldridge, Jr. will take over the running back role after surviving as the fullback. Bush had the No. 1 defense in 20-6A, allowing 218.2 yards per game. Defensive backs Paul Omodia and Bryce McDonald return to a secondary that helped force 22 turnovers. 2021 record: 2-8/2-5 district TRAVIS will have another Sissom taking Head coach: Dennis Brantley Coach's Record at Elkins: 66-50-0 (11 years) center stage for the 2022 season. Head coach Career record: 93-66-0 (15 years) Trey Sissom’s son, Dru, will take over the quarterback position for his senior season. He played wide receiver and safety last year while Anthony Njoku DATE OPPONENT TIME STADIUM guided the Tigers’ offense. Aug. 27 Bellaire 7 p.m. AISD Mem. Wide receiver Robert Sims III will be Sissom’s top tarSept. 2 @Lake Creek 7:30 p.m. MISD get after a junior campaign with 529 receiving yards and a Sept. 15 @Clements* 7 p.m. Mercer team-high eight touchdown receptions. Sept. 23 @Austin* 7 p.m. Mercer Travis will need to find a lead running back after the two Sept. 29 Travis* 7 p.m. Traylor rushers, Njoku and Jamison Singleterry, graduated. No Oct. 6 @Ridge Point* 7 p.m. Mercer Oct. 14 Bush* 7 p.m. Mercer other rusher had over 100 yards during the regular season. Oct. 20 @Hightower* 7 p.m. Freedom The defensive unit will have plenty of exOct. 29 Dulles* 11 a.m. Mercer perience at linebacker with Anthony Oliver, Nov. 3 @George Ranch* 7 p.m. Traylor ★ Paul Omodia Tomison Olorunfemi and Temi Osinaike.




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Talented sophomore Jayden McCoy hopes to help fill the void left by Dominic Njoku in the secondary. Despite having nine returning starters overall, Travis will have to find consistency with a small group of returning lettermen. The Tigers have six starters back on offense, which finished second in yards per game in 20-6A (329.4). Only three starters return for a defense that was tied for sixth-best in yards allowed (290). CLEMENTS rounded out the playoff teams for 20-6A last season. The Rangers reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Head coach Bobby Darnell hopes to ensure that last year wasn’t a flash in the pan. The Rangers have to replace 27 graduated lettermen, but Clements returns 13 starters. Eight of those returners are on offense, ★ Gunner Chenier which finished fourth in 20-




2021 record: 5-5/3-4 district Head coach: Nick Cavallo Coach's Record at George Ranch: 19-22-0 (4 years) Career record: 19-22-0 (4 years) OPPONENT

Aug. 26 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 30 Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 22 Nov. 5

@Foster Katy Taylor @Clements* Austin* @Travis* Ridge Point* @Bush* Hightower* @Dulles* Elkins*

Traylor Traylor Legacy Traylor Tully Traylor Mercer Traylor Mercer Traylor



Aug. 26 Sept. 1 Sept. 9 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 3

@Pearland Dawson @Spring Westfield @Travis* Ridge Point* @Bush* Dulles* @George Ranch* Elkins* @Clements* Austin*

7 p.m. PISD 7 p.m. Planet Ford 7 p.m. Mercer 6 p.m. Mercer 6 p.m. Mercer 7 p.m. AISD Mem. 7 p.m. Traylor 7 p.m. Freedom 7 p.m. Mercer 7 p.m. Mercer



Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Oct. 28

@Austin Westlake @Dickinson Bush* @Hightower* Dulles* @George Ranch* Elkins* @Clements* Austin* @Travis*


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2021 record: 6-5/5-2 district (Bi-District) Head coach: Trey Sissom Coach's Record at Travis: 46-28-0 (7 years) Career record: 66-41-0 (10 years)






2021 record: 11-2/7-0 district (Regional Semifinalists) Head coach: Rick LaFavers Coach's Record at Ridge Point: 19-5-0 (2 years) Career record: 39-36-0 (7 years)


TIME STADIUM 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.



2021 record: 11-3/7-1 district (Regional finalist) Head coach: Cornelius Anthony Coach's Record at Hightower: 11-3-0 (1 year) Career record: 25-29-0 (5 years)


6A last year with 310.70 yards per game. Junior quarterback Gunner Chenier will lead the offense. After senior Micah Darnell was injured, he was pressed into action as a sophomore last year. Chenier completed 53% of his passes during the regular season for 958 yards and nine touchdowns, while rushing for 58 yards and a touchdown. J.R. Miralles will be the top running back option after rushing for 298 yards and three scores in 2021. The Rangers have four senior receiving threats to help spread the ball around for Cheiner: Gabriel Moacyr, Joey Mongogna, Zachary Mandeville and Mirelles. The offensive line will have experienced talent with Carson Talley and Zack Yuan. The Rangers’ defense had an equally impressive year, allowing the fourth-fewest ★ Cole Hodges yards per game among 20-6A teams (267.2). The


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tally also included the secondfewest total passing yards (1,050). The secondary will be a question for Clements without Patrick Smith patrolling the sidelines. Bryce Matthews is a familiar name for the defensive backs. Still, the most significant impact will be felt by linebacker Ferris Refai. He was second on the team in tackles (95) and third in tackles for loss (8). Defensive lineman Fanon Cross also showed flashes with 27 tackles, nine tackles for loss and two sacks as a sophomore. GEORGE RANCH has plenty of experience and talent, but it didn’t keep the Longhorns in the playoffs in 2021. Head coach Nick Cavallo’s squad missed the postseason for the first time since 2018 and only the third time in the program’s 10-year history. Injuries and inconsistency helped George Ranch fade down the stretch. Cavallo will clean the slate and start again at many positions. One position that he

already ripped the band-aid off was at quarterback. The Longhorns rolled out sophomore quarterback Deion Drinkard for a handful of games. Drinkard completed 53% of his passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns in very limited playing time, looking to find his stride on the field. Drinkard won’t have his brother Hymond in the backfield this season, but he will have Jaden Shelton, who rushed for nearly 7 yards per carry in 2021. Senior Gregor Jones will be the big target at wide receiver; he caught 12 passes for 88 yards a season ago. Tight end Jackson Muckelroy will also be in the mix. Most importantly for the of-


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fense, the line has three starters, including Hanzlah Rana. On defense, linebacker Tre Aikens is the top returning tackler with 27. Aikens, Connor Tallas (24 tackles) and Calvin Alexander will hold down the middle of the field at linebacker. Defensive end Jacques Franklin got to the quarterback with two sacks, while Kennard McGuire and Stephen Stephen bring experience in the secondary. ELKINS could never get the ball rolling in 2021, but the Knights have the experience to do so in 2022. Head coach Dennis Brantley’s team has 15 starters back, including quarterback Isiah Smith. He will be working behind mostly the same offensive line, including Benjamin Feit and Armond Owens.

Smith was the team’s leading passer (803 yards) and rusher (389). Smith will have to work in a new receiving corps; the top returner is Asad Abbas, who caught six passes for 49 yards. Jacobi Hite (273 yards rushing) and Avion Stewart are other names the Knights will use when running the ball. On defense, Stewart is the Knights’ top returning tackler with 26, including nine for loss at linebacker. Lucrae Thomas tied for the team-high in interceptions (2), while Braedon Thompson led the Knights with nine pass deflections. DULLES focused on limited opportunities for both teams for success. The Vikings were methodical on offense to make the most of each option and stout on defense to slow down high-powered offenses in 20-6A. The formula was close to working in many aspects, but Dulles couldn’t keep up on offense. The Vikings were third in yards allowed (248.8) while averaging fifth best on offense (234.1). Turnovers derailed the Vikings. With Clements and Austin, Dulles was one of only three teams with a net negative in turnovers (-2). Coach Shane Byrd gets another year of seasoning with 14

starters back from the 2021 season. Linebacker Trayveon Richard is the top returning tackler after collecting 44 in 2021, including two tackles for loss. In the secondary, Carter Truscott made a major impact in his sophomore season. He had 42 tackles, including 33 solo tackles. Kenny Davis will put pressure on the quarterback, and he had four sacks this past season. Deadric Hubbard leads the offensive returners for the Wing-T offense. He had 401 yards and two touchdowns, while Cole Hodges will be another critical cog after gaining 161 yards last year. AUSTIN took its lumps in 2021, but it may pay off for head coach Mike Arogbonlo. Austin had 30 returning lettermen, including 14 starters. The Bulldogs did not struggle as much on offense; much of that had to do with Jamal Franklin. The wide receiver, defensive back, quarterback and all-around do-

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Hugh Rolls is the top returning tackler with 48. Linebacker Martel Jones (46 tackles) and Oloso (27) add to the depth. HIGHTOWER’S first season under Cornelius Anthony couldn’t have gone better. The Hurricanes earned their first double-digit win season since 2015. The Hurricanes will go into 6A with a need to restock their roster depth. Hightower graduated nearly 40 lettermen. But Anthony does have a large share of starters back with 12. One starter didn’t graduate but won’t be joining the Hurricanes in 6A. Quarterback Kendron Penson, Jr. will be joining his dad Kendron Penson, Sr, who was named head coach of Willowridge this offseason. But the offensive cupboard isn’t bare for Hightower. Running back Jeremy Payne had a breakout season last year with 636 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Wide receiver Zion Kearney (233 receiving yards, 2 T.D.s) will hope to fill the void left by Caleb Douglas and Kaleb Johnson. On defense, lineman Treylon Beloney destroyed opposing offenses with 45 tackles and 18 for loss. He also led the team with seven sacks. Robert Staten added five sacks, and Dailon Ellis added three more.

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District 10-5A DI Difficulty level raised...again


Fulshear joins deep District 10-5A DI with LCISD'S Foster and Terry

istrict 10-5A DI has a recent history of football success. The district has produced two different state champions, Shadow Creek and Katy Paetow, with similar formulas: new schools that open with 5A and quickly reach 6A status. Whether by choice or coincidence, District 10-5A DI has proven to be the testing ground for champions. The new 2022 edition of District 10-5A DI is no different. The district has remained nine teams, but the two Houston ISD teams are gone, along with the two 2021 regional finalists, Paetow and Hightower. But the quality hasn’t dipped. Angleton, Foster, Kempner, Manvel and Terry were joined by Friendswood, Fulshear, Magnolia and Magnolia West. All four newbies were playoff teams last year before joining District 10-5A DI with returning playoff teams Angleton and Manvel. Friendswood leaves District 9-5A DI after tying for first place (6-1) with Port Arthur Memorial and playing with Beaumont United, Galveston Ball, Baytown Lee, La Porte, Baytown Sterling and Goose Creek Memorial. Magnolia and Magnolia West move from District 8-5A DI, another nineteam district with College Station, New Caney, Waller, Lufkin, Porter, Cleveland and Caney Creek. Fulshear is the only team changing classification. The Chargers’ growing backyard has resulted in a move from 4A DI to 5A DI in three alignments. Fulshear made the playoffs for the first time last year out of District 10-5A DII with A&M Consolidated, Huntsville, Lake Creek, Montgomery, Lamar Consolidated and Bryan Rudder. In total, six of the nine teams made the playoffs last year. The path back to the playoffs will run through a school just off State Highway 6: MANVEL. The Mavericks were part of a three-way tie

at the top of 10-5A DI with Paetow and Hightower. The three teams each finished with a 7-1 mark. The current realignment is the start of the decline for Manvel, with Alvin ISD’s fourth school opening this year, Iowa Colony, which cut into the zones for Manvel and Shadow Creek. For now, Kevin Hall hopes to keep the Mavericks’ 12-year streak of winning at least nine games intact. Hall has his work cut out for him; Manvel lost over 40 lettermen to graduation this spring. The Mavericks’ offense has two returning starters, one of the most important positions: quarterback Kaeden Smith. Smith finished second on the team in total yards with 1,725, including 1,464 passing yards. He was the fourth-leading rusher with 261 yards and six touchdowns. Smith’s top 10 targets included nine seniors. The lone returner would have been Andre Thompson, but he is now at Bellaire Episcopal. The defense isn’t much better when it

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comes to returners. The lone returning starter is defensive back Jalen O’Neal, who had 25 tackles and one interception last year. FOSTER did not have a season to remember in 2021. The Falcons did not have a winning record or make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. It was only the second time that head coach Shaun McDowell missed the playoffs in his 10-year coaching career. Foster is focused on returning to the playoffs, and having returning senior quarterback

J.T. Fayard helps. Fayard has had his struggles at times with the Falcons, but he appeared to find his stride by the season’s end last year. The question for Foster will be, can the Falcons give the pocket passer enough time to go through his progressions? Foster has enough weapons for Fayard to succeed, but will the offensive line hold up? Grayson Novicke will help stabilize the line while the team fills the void left by Austin Yeager. Foster has plenty of weapons, no matter the quarterback, on offense. Kendal Stewart, Jalen Austin and Cedric Adjet return to lead the wide receiver corps. ANGLETON appears to have righted the ship with head coach Jason Brittain. The Wildcats returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2018. The Wildcats don’t appear to have peaked either; Angleton brings back over 30 lettermen, including 15 starters. The majority of that experience will be on the defensive side. The team’s leading tackler, senior linebacker Sean Banks, returns after recording 72 tackles and seven tackles for loss last year. Defensive lineman Khai McGhee was a force in the backfield, securing 20 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Kariyen Boniaby-Goins impacted both sides of the ball with two interceptions and nearly 500 yards receiving. Quarterback Adrian Ewells accounted for over 1,500 yards of offense and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore. He also has Deseahn Thomas back to keep the offense on track. Thomas averaged 6.7 yards per carry last year, collecting five games over 100 yards and 11 touchdowns at running back. FULSHEAR is riding high coming off its 2021 season. The Chargers made the playoffs for the first time under first-year head coach Nick Codutti. Fulshear even put a scare into Texarkana Texas High School for a few quarters in their first playoff game. The Chargers aren’t a flash in the pan; Fulshear returns nearly 50 lettermen from last year. Codutti has 17 starters back, with the majority coming at the skill positions. Senior Parker Williams headlines that group. The quarterback executed the


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wide-zone offense well in his first season under center. He finished with 1,469 yards passing and 839 yards rushing in the regular season. The question remains: Will Williams return at quarterback? He began his varsity career at wide receiver and took reps out wide during 7-on-7 play this offseason. Katy Jordan quarterback Deuce Barrington has moved down FM 1093 to Fulshear. Barrington worked with the first team this spring during the Chargers’ offseason work. No matter the quarterback, Fulshear has plenty of tools for him to employ. Senior Jax Medica proved he could win one-on-one battles, accounting for 36 catches for 551 yards and four touchdowns last year. Junior Tate Struble averaged 13 yards per reception, and massive senior tight end Gavin Waits is a quarterback’s best friend on third down. Junior Davion Godley showed he could take over the No. 1 role at running back last year with 667 yards and four touchdowns in his sophomore season. The defense is no different; a handful of

names have made an impact early and often in their Fulshear careers. Linebacker Germany Williams, defensive back Marick Schomburg and defensive lineman Chance Bryant will lead the way for the Chargers. The Fulshear defense will now be under former Rice Consolidated head coach and George Ranch assistant Jared Sloan; he will hope to replicate the Chargers’ defensive turnovers, 22, second best in 10-5A DII. Fulshear had the No. 2 offense (415.1) and No. 2 defense (277.5) in 10-5A DII by yardage per game. The Chargers’ success came from controlling the contest with the run with 272.4 yards per game and stopping the run (136.1). Outside of quarterback, the questions for Fulshear surround line play. Can both the offensive and defensive lines take a step forward? If they do, the Chargers could continue

★ Jason Cruz

to rise in the 5A ranks. MAGNOLIA WEST became a buzzsaw last year under first-year head coach Ben McGehee. The Mustangs had their first doubledigit win season. Fortunately, the wins did not come at the expense of rebuilding in 2022. Magnolia West returns 11 starters. The Mustangs’ offense did lose the No. 1 passer, rusher and pass catcher to graduation. Magnolia West does have clear options at each position to take over. Senior Ryan Ojeda and junior Beau Chumley each saw snaps at quarterback last year. Senior running back Kai Aroca-Disdier led the Mustangs in yards per carry (8.8) a season ago. He was second on the team in all-purpose yards (1,049) behind only the graduated running back Hunter Bilbo. On defense, Magnolia West has plenty of talent at linebackers with Tyler Harsch and Caylon Dygert. The pair had over 170 tackles together last year. Defensive back Jackson Blank is also a significant contributor with 81 tackles last year. TERRY didn’t have an easy path last year under first-year head coach Darnell Jackson. The Rangers faced two state semifinals, including one led by their former coach, while dealing with a glut of injuries. Coach Jackson hopes to get back on track with a solid base from the class of 2023. Terry brings back 25 lettermen, including 12 starters. The offense has plenty of familiar names for Terry: quarterback Jason Cruz, wide receiver Trumaine Mitchell and running back Devin Wilkerson. Cruz converted 46% of his passes for 553 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 115 yards. Mitchell was the team’s No. 1 receiver (290 yards) and No. 2 rusher (173 yards). Wilkerson came on late as a significant

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2021 record: 5-5/4-4 district Head coach: Shaun McDowell Coach's Record at Foster: 79-31 (9 years) Career record: 82-38-0 (10 years)

2021 record: 5-6/2-4 district Head coach: Nick Codutti Coach's Record at Fulshear: 5-6-0 (1 year) Career record: 17-24-0 (4 years)



Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 27 Nov. 3

George Ranch @Travis Terry* @Angleton* @Friendswood* @Magnolia West* Kempner* @Manvel* Magnolia* @Fulshear*

Traylor Mercer Traylor Wildcat Winston Mustang Traylor Freedom Traylor Traylor



Aug. 27 Sept. 1 Sept. 9 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 8 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 3

Strake Jesuit @Clements @Magnolia* Terry* @Angleton* Friendswood* @Magnolia West* Kempner* @Manvel* Foster*

Traylor Freedom Bulldog Traylor Wildcat Traylor Mustang Traylor Freedom Traylor



Aug. 26 Sept. 1 Sept. 10 Sept. 16 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 15 Oct. 21 Oct. 29 Nov. 4

@Santa Fe Pasadena Mem. Friendswood* @Magnolia West* Manvel* @Foster* Magnolia* @Fulshear* @Terry* @Angleton*

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TIME STADIUM 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m.


2021 record: 4-6/3-5 district Head coach: Darnell Jackson Coach's Record at Terry: 4-6-0 (1 year) Career record: 4-6-0 (1 year)


TIME STADIUM 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.



2021 record: 2-8/2-6 district Head coach: Troy DeGar Coach's Record at Kempner: 0-0 (First year) Career record: 5-6 (1 year)


TIME STADIUM 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.



Indian Mercer Mercer Mustang Mercer Traylor Mercer Traylor Traylor Wildcat



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Clements @Lamar Cons. @Foster* Magnolia* @Fulshear* Angleton* @Friendswood* Magnolia West* Kempner* Manvel*

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District 10-5A DII Ready for action


Randle begins varsity football play in District 10-5A DII with Lamar

istrict 10-5A DII looks slightly different, but the construction is strikingly similar. First of all, five teams remained from last year. That group includes Huntsville, Lake Creek, Lamar Consolidated, Montgomery and Bryan Rudder. Gone from that group are a high school football “brand name” A&M Consolidated and Lamar Consolidated ISD entry Fulshear. The replacements for the 2022 and 2023 seasons are a high school “brand name” and a new LCISD school: Brenham and Randle. The two new programs enter a district that its depth has defined; every team in the district earned at least two wins over six district contests, except for Lake Creek. The Lions made the playoffs the previous year in only their third varsity season. The only consistent team over the past two seasons has been Montgomery; the Bears were the undefeated district champions last year and the second-place team at 5-1 the year before. But as happens often in high school athletics, success preceded a heavy toll from graduation. MONTGOMERY graduated 30 lettermen from last year’s squad and returned only seven starters in total. The Bears are also dealing with the “graduation” of offensive coordinator Grant Cooper to head coach after John Bolfing retired following nearly 20 years with the Bears. The Bolfing departures doubled with graduating senior quarterback Brock Bolfing, who accounted for 2,046 yards of offense last year. Equally important is running back Jalen Washington at Sam Houston State University after rushing for 2.281 yards in his senior season. The 2022 season will clearly change the guard for the Bears. Montgomery does have talent at the skill positions. Senior wide receivers Justin Herman and Jaden Williams return after combining for over 1,200 ★ Jason McCullough yards receiving and 19 touchdowns. Williams was the only returning player to throw a pass during last season. Junior running back Ryder Adler takes over the top spot after averaging 5 yards per carry last year.

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The Bears also have two top seniors at defensive backs to headline the defense with Mason White and Kyler Wilson. The duo accounted for nearly 200 tackles and three interceptions. Linebacker Bryce Hurta is also a name to keep track of after 88 tackles and two sacks in 2021. BRYAN RUDDER had a magical 2021 season. The Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in the program’s 14-year history. Graduation hit coach Eric Ezar’s squad hard, with more than half of the lettermen graduating. Rudder has plenty of talent returning to make another run at the playoffs in an equally tricky district. The Rangers’ spread attack had the No. 1 offense in 10-5A DII last year, averaging 417.6 yards per contest. The Rangers will have to replace coach Ezar’s son, EJ, at quarterback after over 2,000 yards of offense in his senior season. Sophomore athlete Jaquise Martin may slide over to quarterback after recording 700 yards of offense as a freshman. Senior Kevin Holmes, Jr., who is the quarterback, will be a top target

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after 588 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last year. games. Rudder also had the No. 1 defense last year, allowing 249 A hole will be left by senior Justin Freeney at running back, yards per game and the second-fewest points per game (19.22). who accounted for 982 yards and nine touchdowns last year. Defensive tackle Jayden Williams will help keep that pace in Junior Sam Lee and sophomore Tyvonn Byars hope to step into the 2022 season. that spot. The Rangers struggled with turnovers last year, losing the No matter the quarterback, the Lions will have weapons at ball 21 times, including 16 interceptions. But Rudder was fourth wide receiver. Lake Creek had 12 different players catch a pass in defensive interceptions with 10. last year; only three were seniors. LAMAR CONSOLIDATED had its moments last year, look Most of the yardage came from two sophomores last year: hard enough, and potential will be found. The Mustangs fin- Debraun Hampton and Lee. The duo combined for over 1,200 ished second to last in 10-5A DII with a 2-4 mark. But Lamar yards and 14 touchdowns. improved from 0-10 a year before to 3-7 and the Mustangs were Linebackers Grant Balke and Gerard Culotta will be instrufighting for a spot in the playoffs in the final weeks. mental on defense. A few bounces of the ball either way, and coach Kiah JohnThe RANDLE Lions will officially start playing varsity footson’s team is in the playoffs. The Mustangs have a lot of critical ball in 2022. The Lions will be coached by Brian Randle, who pieces returning, with defensive tackle Jadin Nelson, Jason Mc- has spent a year building up a freshman and junior varsity proCullough and Joe Campbell on the defensive line. gram to his standard. The team’s leading tackler, linebacker Marvin Farris, also reThere have been some growing pains, but the Lions played turns. well against local JV programs and even pulled off a win against The defensive line will be essential for a district with plenfellow new program San Antonino Pieper. ty of offensive weapons. The Mustangs’ talent level Quarterback Leo Garza has quickly positioned himself as could allow Lamar to drop more defenders in the vocal leader of the Lions, and wide receiver Cortcoverage on passing downs and create pressure ney Brown is a name to know on offense. Defensive on the quarterback from the line of scrimmage. tackle Eric Strickland, defensive end John Miller Lamar had the No. 4 defense in the district, aland defensive tackle Chace Sims will grow into lowing 347.5 yards per game. key cogs for Randle. The primary question around Lamar will be on BRENHAM has seen plenty of changes the offensive side. The Mustangs struggled to run heading into the 2022 season. The Cubs move the ball, and starting quarterback Dylan Garrett graduated. Lamar finished last in yards per game, 292.8, with the main struggles coming from running the ball. Senior Justin McCullough will be key on offense as the team’s returning rusher. He had 280 yards and two touchdowns on 79 carries last year. Sophomore Nathan Lowther may get a shot at quarterback at the varsity level. HUNTSVILLE had a season to forget in 2021. The Hornets were 4-5 and 2-4 in district play, missing the playoffs for the first time in four years after losing a tiebreaker with Fulshear. The Hornets were in the middle of the pack on offense and defense. Huntsville was the fifth-best defense allowing 341.3 yards per contest, and sixth on offense (307.9). Huntsville will still be young despite last year’s win total dip. The majority of the Hornets’ returners are juniors and sophomores. No. 1 rusher Jawann Giddens is back after collecting 407 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. Giddens and senior Matthew Tatum will be critical weapons for the new quarterback. Huntsville threw 275 passes last year; the class of 2022 athletes attempted 274. The only exception was Giddens with a running-back pass. LAKE CREEK took a minor step back in year four after a trip to the playoffs in 2020. The Lions were 1-5 in district play and 5-5 overall. ★ Leo Garza Lake Creek was fifth on offense with 372.8 yards per game and sixth on defense (345.1). The Lions had a handful of injures to deal with at quarterback, and coach Pat Kennedy rolled out four non-seniors at signal caller. Senior Cade Tessier hopes to take over the role again after throwing for 866 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while missing three district 20 ★ Fort Bend Herald Football Preview 2022

from Region IV with teams closer to Austin and the Hill Country to the Houston area. Brenham also changed head coaches, with Danny Youngs replacing Eliot Allen, who moved on to Bastrop ISD as an athletic director. Youngs slides over from Brazoswood. The Cubs have plenty of holes to fill. The class of 2022 took over 30 lettermen and 14 starters. Senior Trenton Gilbert is the top returning rusher after 433 yards and five touchdowns, third best for Brenham last year. Junior Rylan Wooten saw limited time at quarterback, but having junior receiver Brandon Ward will help. Ward collected a team-high 252 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 18 receptions. The defense will lean on Ricky Brown for leadership at linebacker.



2021 record: 3-7/2-4 district Head coach: Kiah Johnson Coach's Record at Lamar: 3-17-0 (2 years) Career record: 3-17-0 (2 years)

2021 record: 0-0-0 (Junior Varsity only) Head coach: Bryan Randle Coach's Record at Randle: 0-0-0 (Second year) Career record: 23-27-0 (5 years)




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@Willowridge Terry Westbury @Stafford Rudder* @Huntsville* Lake Creek* @Brenham* Randle* @Montgomery*


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Navasota adds more miles for District 12-4A DI teams to travel

Running back Stephen Norman will help in the backfield after ealignment did not bring a new region as it had in 2018 for most of the teams currently residing in District 12-4A collecting 396 yards last year as a sophomore. El Campo graduDI. No, most of the teams in 12-4A DI have remained in ated three of their top five rushers, including Johntre Davis, who had 1,379 yards last year. the district, but a few new challenges joined the fray. Offensive Tackle Taylor Manriquez is the lone starter returnThe five Coastal Bend teams, Bay City, El Campo, Brazosport, Needville and Stafford, have been joined by the Brazos Valley’s ing on the offensive line. Senior linebacker Reid Jung will be another name to know for Navasota and Alvin ISD’s newest school: Iowa Colony. The sliding doors of reclassification and realignment could El Campo. He accounted for 174 tackles and six sacks last year. NEEDVILLE has its own highlight player at running back, have seen another new program in this district, Lamar Consolibut Da’Shawn Burton is only in his sophomore season. Burton dated’s Randle, but the Lions cleared the 4A cut-off. averaged over 100 yards rushing per game in his freshman seaThe core group of 12-4A DI is no strangson — leading the team in rushing touchdowns with 16. er to a larger school district, dropping in a Burton is one of the many young faces that Needville rolled school for two years. Fulshear played in 4A out for a tough 3-7 campaign last year. Head coach Mike when it opened, and it is on track to be Giles’ young squad took their lumps last year, but the Blue in 6A six years after its first varsity seaJays bring back 15 starters for the 2022 season. son. The district will also be without Needville graduated only 11 lettermen, West Columbia for the first time since but one of the most impactful was quar2013. The Roughnecks drop which terback Bryce Nirider. The Katy transdrops down to 4A-DII with Sealy, Bellplant was an instant leader for the Blue ville, Wharton, Sweeny, La Marque and Jays. He filled in the gaps on ofBrookshire Royal. fense last year with multiple New schools are not the most underclassmen starting. pressing question for District Sophomore Keilan 12-4A DI. Instead, it will be: Sweeny and junior Diego Who will stop the run? Ochoa got snaps at quarEl Campo, Stafford and Needterback during 7-on-7 ville all have 1,000 yard rushers play this offseason. returning. Giles and offensive coEL CAMPO has a nearly 3,000ordinator Andy Hrncir have yard rusher back. Rueben Owens II is shown plenty of skill in quickconsidered one of the best, if not the ly getting quarterbacks up to best running-back prospect in the speed. Class of 2023. Owens is currently Running back Sherman Jones veritably committed to playing should help in the backfield no at the University of Louisville. matter the quarterback. The runThe Ricebirds have a special ning back was coming back from talent, but El Campo has to rea leg injury that hampered him place most of the offensive line for much of the 2021 season and the defense. The after he rushed for 394 yards turnover could limit the as a freshman. ceiling for the Ricebirds. Junior Alex Coffin will El Campo attempted have to step into the void only 85 passes all sealeft by the graduated Blake son last year; senior Maresh at wide receiver. Brock Rod returns after ★ Da’Shawn Burton Coffin was explosive throwing only 14 of those at receiver on special for 183 yards and two teams as a sophomore, touchdowns.

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averaging 23.9 yards per reception. He was also fourth in all-purpose yards with 493 yards, including 200 yards on kick returns. The Needville season will be defined by the growth of the defense under coordinator Travis Hoffer, which linebacker Hunter Brewster will lead. The junior had 96 tackles last year, averaging 10.7 per contest, along with a sack and two forced fumbles. Seniors Bo Spitdowski and Landon Hobbs will impact both sides of the ball. Spitdowski was second on the team in tackles last year (82), and Hobbs led the team in pass deflections (5). Junior linebacker Camden Babcock showed a knack for getting to the quarterback with four sacks to go with 34 tackles last season. BAY CITY limped to an 0-5 finish in district play last year and a 2-7 record overall. But, the Blackcats return 18 starters, including the top five total yards leaders last year. They are senior quarterback Joey Davalos, senior wide receiver Brice Turner, sophomore running back Jada Andrews, senior ★ Landon Hobbs running back Ayden Smith and senior wide receiver David Perez. The top eight tacklers were all juniors, sophomores and freshmen in 2021. Junior Carlon Jones led the team with 63 tackles. STAFFORD has arguably the second and third best returning players in 12-4A DI with defensive end Andrew Huff and quarterback Brayden Batiste. That doesn’t even mention running back Jamaal Wiley, who averaged 6.1 yards per carry in a 1,193-yard season as a sophomore. The Spartans again have the top-line talent to make some noise

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in Region III-4A DI. Batiste does it all for Stafford at quarterback, accounting for 1,559 total yards. The QB’s top targets will be young but fast. Junior Chris Holland-Gardner and senior Caleb Jones combined for 16 catches last year. On defense, Huff is a force. He averaged 5.6 tackles per contest at defensive end and collected three sacks. Stafford has the talent back at defensive back with senior Braylen Collins and junior Ashton Jones. They combining for five interceptions last year. Instead of two new varsity programs, 12-4A DI gets one and a long trip up U.S. 290 and State Highway 6 near Bryan/College Station. BRAZOSPORT enters the season seeking to make the playoffs for the sixth year in a row. Quarterback Randon Fontenette will do everything he can to ensure that happens. Fotenette plays both ways, and he accounted for over 2,500 yards of offense last year. The Exporters' QB will have wide receiver Toric Goins and running back Xavier Butler back to help keep Brazosport's offense on pace. The defensive unit is led by linebacker Darius Roberson, who accounted for nearly 150 tackles last season. NAVASOTA is between a one-and-half to two-hour drive for the teams in 12-4A DI. The Rattlers add miles and plenty of talent after moving up from 4A-DII. The group has a handful of returners on both sides of the ball, including the team’s No. 1 rushing scorer on offense. Jamal Thomas averaged over 100 yards rushing per contest through eight games, scoring 12 touchdowns. Junior Kaddon Hubbard, a 6-4 receiver, will help junior quarterback Hudson Minor. Hubbard caught 21 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns last year. Minor played defensive back and quarterback last year, completing 51% of his passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns against three interceptions. Three of the top four tacklers on defense return: Chris Thompson, Frankedric Powell and Nicholas Castaneda. Powell also led the team in interceptions last year (3). As for the other new program in 12-4A DI, Iowa Colony has the unenviable task of starting varsity football with no runway. The Pioneers will have only sophomores and freshmen making up a roster for a coaching staff that Ray Garza put together this offseason. Garza, the former defensive coordinator for Shadow Creek and an Alvin High grad, will oversee the integration of talent pools from Manvel and Shadow Creek high schools at Iowa Colony. Success won’t come easy in likely the Pioneers’ only two varsity seasons in 4A. Still, running back Jacoby Miles will be a name to watch for Iowa Colony.


★ Bo Spitdowski



2021 record: 3-7/1-4 district Head coach: Mike Giles Coach's Record at Needville: 48-40-0 (8 years) Career record: 48-40-0 (8 years)


★ Jamaal Wiley



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Columbia @Livingston Huffman Hargrave @Sweeny @Stafford* Brazosport* @Navasota* El campo* @Bay City* Iowa Colony*





7 p.m. Blue Jay 7:30 p.m. Lion 7 p.m. Blue Jay 7:30 p.m. Bulldog 7 p.m. Stafford 7 p.m. Blue Jay 7 p.m. Rattler 7 p.m. Blue Jay 7 p.m. Memorial 7 p.m. Blue Jay

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Calhoun @Bellville @Sealy Lamar Cons. Needville* @Iowa Colony* Brazosport* @Navasota* El Campo* @Bay City*

*District game

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2021 record: 7-5/4-1 district (Area Finalist) Head coach: Ken Savannah Coach's Record at Stafford: 23-32-0 (5 years) Career record: 23-32-0 (5 years) TIME STADIUM 7 p.m. Stafford 7:30 p.m. Brahma 7 p.m. T.J. Mills 7 p.m. Stafford 7 p.m. Stafford 7 p.m. Freedom 7 p.m. Stafford 7 p.m. Rattler 7 p.m. Stafford 7 p.m. Memorial

Continued from page 16 option in the ground game with 117 yards and two touchdowns against Houston Milby. Linebacker Juan Rodriguez sets the tone on defense for Terry. At the same time, defensive tackles Johnte McCauley and Cameron Lewis have the size to clog up the middle. MAGNOLIA is the old guard between the two MISD schools. The Bulldogs began playing high school football in 1947, while Magnolia West started in 2008. Head coach Craig Martin is starting over after a 7-4 season. Magnolia graduated over 40 lettermen, and only two starters returned on both sides of the ball. The offense returns Hunter Andrews, who collected nearly 800 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns last season. At the same time, defensive back Dylan Hayes led the defense with 75 tackles last year. Magnolia has made the playoffs six of the past seven years. KEMPNER had its first significant change since 2010. Head coach Darrin Andrus abruptly stepped down this offseason, opening the door for Houston Yates head coach Troy DeGar to take the top spot for the Cougars this summer. DeGar will oversee the continued transition of

Kempner from a ball-control option to a balanced attack. Yates had nearly a 50/50 split between rushing and passing yards last year under DeGar. But Kempner’s best athletes will be on the other side of the ball. Linebackers Cody Pham and Chibukem Ome will set the tone on defense for the Cougars. Kempner finished the year with the fifth-best defense in 10-5A DI, allowing 259.9 yards per contest. The Cougars have their leading passer back, junior quarterback Javon Goss, who also plays linebacker. He threw for 685 yards and nine touchdowns last year. The team’s No. 2 rusher, senior Abayomi Wiggins, is back after averaging 4.39 yards per carry. FRIENDSWOOD appears primed to make a run at the 10-5A DI title in 2022. The Mustangs return 34 lettermen, including seven starters on defense. The line-backing duo of Braylan Shelby and Jaxson Russo will be hard to beat in 10-5A DI or any other 5A program. The pair combined for nearly 150 tackles and 10 sacks last year. The Mustangs’ offense is set up with two quality targets at receiver, Aiden ★ Cody Pham Stroke and Kale Koopman, to go with tight end Hunter Smyrl and running back Jackson Rhodes.

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District 14-3A DII Familiar foe returns

Boling rejoins District 14-3A


DII, renews rivalry with East Bernard

ealignment brought a familiar face back to District 14-3A DII football. The Boling Bulldogs join the group with the six other programs remaining, including local programs Brazos and East Bernard. Boling has been a non-football member of District 24-3A with the majority of the 14-3A DII football teams. This season will mark the first time since 2017 that the Bulldogs will play against another team from Wharton County. The 2017 season also marks the last time East Bernard didn’t enter the season as the reigning district champion in 14-3A DII. Van Vleck won a tight game to earn the crown last year. The Leopards will make another run at the title with plenty of skill talent returning on the offensive side. Still, Van Vleck will need to find some answers on the offensive line and defensive unit. EAST BERNARD is ranked No. 9 in the Class 3A DII preseason AP poll. The Brahmas’ pedigree of success makes that an easy decision for the voters; East Bernard hasn’t finished below second place in district play in over a decade. But the Brahmas have plenty of questions to answer before the first football Friday night. The biggest will be at quarterback. Four-year starter Dallas Novicke is now at Texas A&M University-Commerce. A young group on offense grew up around a few key seniors last year, and it will help new quarterback Clayton Fajkus. Offensive linemen Austin Norton, Cameron Hallman, Korbyn Hudgins and Keegan Cavness will help the Brahmas establish their identity on the ground with Joshua Montalvo and Reid Morton running through holes. Montalvo was third on the team last year in all-purpose yards (634). Morton will also have an impact on defense; he is the top returning tack-





2021 record: 2-8/0-5 district Head coach: Ryan Roecker Coach's Record at Brazos: 7-23 (3 years) Career record: 7-32-0 (4 years)

2021 record: 9-3/4-1 district (Area Finalist) Head coach: Wade Bosse Coach's Record at East Bernard: 65-12-0 (5 years) Career record: 74-44-0 (10 year)





Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 28 Nov. 4

@Yorktown @Kountze Louise Nixon-Smiley Van Vleck* @Rice Cons.* East Bernard* @Tidehaven* Danbury* @ Boling*

TIME STADIUM 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Wildcat Lion Cougar Cougar Cougar Vets. Mem. Cougar Taska Cougar Bulldog




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Edna @Hitchcock @Ganado Shiner Tidehaven* @Brazos* Danbury* @Boling* Van Vleck* @Rice Cons.*

7:30 p.m. Memorial 7:30 p.m. Bulldog 7:30 p.m. Indian 7:30 p.m. Memorial 7:30 p.m. Memorial 7:30 p.m. Cougar 7:30 p.m. Memorial 7:30 p.m. Bulldog 7:30 p.m. Memorial 7:30 p.m. Vets. Mem.

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ler with 95 tackles last season. The Brahmas return three starters from a defense that allowed 17.6 points per game. BOLING drops down a classification and returns a glut of starters. The Bulldogs have double-digit starters returning on both sides of the ball from last year’s team that went 4-6. The backfield will lead the way for Boling with running backs Ryan O’Neal, Trenton Jones and Christian Montalvo back for another go-around. The trio accounted for over 2,000 yards rushing last year. TIDEHAVEN will once again be in the mix for the playoffs, thanks primarily to running back Joseph Dodds. He rushed for over 1,000 yards last year as a sophomore. Brazos hopes to steer the ship in the right direction in 2022. The Cougars have struggled since returning to 3A in 2019. BRAZOS Head coach Ryan Roecker has dealt with roster turnover and injuries galore for one of the smallest student bodies in 3A-DII. The return of a healthy Bryson Bennett at quarterback will help Brazos go a long way in 2022. Vincent Aguilar and Trey Gaston will be essential to balancing the offense at running back. Trey Gaston will be a big target on the outside at wide receiver. On top of the one change in district size, a portion of the coaches changed. Rice Consolidated and Danbury’s head coaches joined staffs in Fort Bend. Rice’s Jared Sloan is now the defensive coordinator at Fulshear, and Danbury’s Trey Herrmann is Fort Bend Austin’s defensive coordinator. RICE CONSOLIDATED has a more stable position for the return of Brad Dumont as the Raiders’ head coach. Rice has seven starters back on both sides of the ball, led by Roger Gradney, who had over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a freshman. DANBURY made the playoffs last year but returns only eight starters. The Panthers will lean on running back Kamrin McKinney to keep the offense on track.

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