After attending special multiple game events the first two weeks of the year, I settle into the normal one game at a time routine this week.
All rankings are THSCA regional rankings.
North Shore (2-0) THSCA Region 3 6A #1 at Spring Westfield (2-0) THSCA Region 2 6A #2
Thursday, 9/13, 7:00pm, Leonard George Stadium, Spring
The two teams have met 8 times. Westfield leads the all-time series 6-2. The first meeting between the schools was in 1994. The last meeting between the schools was in 2017. The two schools have played the last four consecutive years with Westfield winning three of the four meetings including a 37-20 win last year.
Jon Kay is in his fifth year leading the North Shore Mustangs. He has compiled a 44-14 record as head coach of the Mustangs. He was previously an assistant coach at North Shore for 18 years before being promoted to head coach.
Matt Meekins is in his fourth year leading the Westfield Mustangs, He has compiled a 33-7 record as head coach of the Mustangs. He was previously the assistant head coach at Westfield for three years.
North Shore Year-To-Date
Week 1 – beat Katy 35-21; North Shore dominated on the scoreboard if not the stat sheet. North Shore road a 28-7 halftime lead to a victory over perennial power Katy. Zach Evans was the star of the night accounting for 150 yards and four touchdowns.
Week 2 – beat Fort Bend Ridge Point 44-0; North Shore dominated from the beginning in this game, leading 20-0 by the end of the first quarter. Dematrius Davis was 18 of 21 passing for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Week 1 – beat Houston Lamar 31-14; after a shaky start, Westfield pulled away from Lamar after leading 7-0 at halftime. Rayshawn James has two rushing touchdowns.
Week 2 – beat Alief Taylor 53-6; Westfield dominated scoring early and often. Westfield lead 16-0 after the first quarter, 37-0 and the half, and 53-0 after the 3rd quarter. The win may have proved costly as starting quarterback (and SMU commit) Terrence Gipson injured his knee in the game and announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he was out for the remainder of the season.
North Shore: QB Dematrius Davis, RB Zach Evans
Westfield: QB Ra’Quon Washington, RB Rayshawn James
87% of my Twitter followers who voted picked North Shore to win this game.
The Calpreps score projector has North Shore as a 34-20 favorite.
Livingston (0-2) THSCA Region 3 4AD1 #17 at Liberty (2-0) THSCA Region 3 4AD1 #5
Friday, 9/14, 7:30pm, War Memorial Stadium, Liberty
The two teams have met 31 times. Liberty leads the all-time series 22-9. The first meeting between the schools was in 1925. The last meeting between the schools was in 1997. Liberty has won the last 4 meetings between the schools including a 29-14 victory in the last meeting.
Finis Vanover is in his first year of coaching the Livingston Lions. This veteran coach has compiled a 158-169 record as a head coach in Texas. He has previously coached in Hardin-Jefferson, Fort Worth, Seminole, Lufkin, Angleton, Diboll, and most recently at Tomball Memorial. Vanover will be seeking his first win as head coach of the Lions.
Chad Taylor is in his sixth year of coaching the Liberty Panthers. He has compiled a 29-28 record is his first heading coaching opportunity. Taylor was previously an assistant coach at La Porte, Jacksonville, Baytown Sterling, West, Italy, and Nocona.
Week 1 – Lost to Shepherd 7-68; Livingston never lead as they were dominated by Shepherd.
Week 2 – Lost to Orangefield 0-41; Livingston was shut out by Orangefield.
Week 1 – Beat Huffman-Hargrave 29-12; Liberty ran the ball 53 times for 357 yards. The game was tied at 12 with the 7:39 remaining in the third quarter before the Panthers scored 17 unanswered points for the win. JJ Slack amassed 141 yards on 18 carries and 1 touchdown.
Week 2 – Beat Cleveland 7-0; Following a missed Cleveland field goal, Liberty drove 96-yards in 17 plays to post the only points of the night with 8:09 remaining in the game. Jeremiah Guillory scored the only touchdown of the night to go with 22 carries on 137 yards.
Livingston: RB Joe Lewis, WR Chris Washington
Liberty: RB Jeremiah Guillory, ATH JJ Slack
75% of my Twitter followers who voted picked Liberty to win this game.
The Calpreps score projector has Liberty as a 44-3 favorite.
Pearland (2-0) THSCA Region 3 6A #6 at Cinco Ranch (0-2)
Saturday, 9/15, 6:00pm, Legacy Stadium, Katy
Pearland won the only meeting between the two schools 34-31 in overtime in the third round of the 2006 playoffs.
Ricky Tullos is in his first year as head coach of the Pearland Oilers. Tullos has compiled an 85-35 career record as a head coach. Tullos was the head coach at George Ranch for seven years. George Ranch won the 5A UIL State Championship in 2015.
Don Clayton is the only coach in the history in Cinco Ranch history. Clayton has compiled a record of 138-73 while with the Cougars. Clayton was previously the head coach of the Livingston Lions. Clayton’s Cougars have twice made the 6A State Semi-Finals.
Week 1 – beat Cypress Springs 47-10; Pearland lead 21-0 after the first quarter, 34-3 at the half, and held Cypress Springs to 84 yards of total offense. Jaeline Benefield starred for the Oilers rushing for 157 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries.
Week 2 – beat Spring Branch Memorial 21-17; Pearland trailed Memorial 17-6 at the half but rallied in with two fourth quarter touchdowns for the win. Pearland spread the scoring around with rushing touchdowns by Austin Landry and Torrance Burgess and a touchdown on a pass from J.D. Head to Clayton Broeder.
Cinco Ranch Year-To-Date
Week 1 – lost to Cypress Ranch 21-32; Cinco Ranch held a 14-3 halftime lead but allowed 29 second half points. Cameron Harper completed 12 of 24 pass attempts for 100 yards and added 59 yards rushing with 1 touchdown.
Week 2 – lost to Jersey Village 48-50; Cinco Ranch scored a touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in the game but failed on the two-point conversion that would have tied the game. Cam Harper completed 10 of 24 pass attempts for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns. Harper added 17 rush attempts for 97 yards and 2 more touchdowns.
Pearland: RB Jaelin Benefield, DB Johnny Tamayo
Cinco Ranch: QB Cam Harper, LB David Gbenda
77% of my Twitter followers who voted picked Pearland to win this game.
The Calpreps score projector has Pearland as a 38-27 favorite.