Put another one in the books. And, what a week it was. From Kirbyville’s 41-6 thrashing of Newton to a lopsided Beaumont Bowl and a three-way sweep for District 20-4A against rival 19-4A, week two had it all. And, with the games on tap this Friday night, week three should follow suit. If nothing else, we will finally be able to lay to rest the Kirbyville vs. Vidor talk (at least the pre-game side of it – the smack talk may continue for years).
Game of the Week: Vidor at Kirbyville
There is no district title on the line in this one. In fact, for all intent and purposes, the game means nothing. But, for those who have talked about it, argued about it, and for those who have questioned whether or not it should have even been scheduled, it is finally here.
Class 4A Vidor (0-2), will take on Class 3A Kirbyville (2-0) in what amounts to a David vs. Goliath remake. The difference this time is that David, on paper, is probably the favorite.
Many Kirbyville fans have questioned the UIL’s realignment; an event that sent the Wildcats back to the 3A ranks as the smallest school in that classification. And, even more have pointed to the fact that Kirbyville now has a smaller enrollment than it did on “numbers” day and is currently not even the largest 2A school in the state.
Regardless, the two teams will meet this Friday night in what should be a packed house.
Kirbyville, led by running back LeFrederick Ford and a defense that doesn’t know the word quit, will take on a Pirate squad that gave Texas High all it could handle but then succumbed to Bridge City last Friday night. That has many questioning whether Texas High (0-2) was really worthy of all the praise it received in the pre-season and, after a 41-6 clobbering of Newton, if Kirbyville doesn’t deserve even more praise.
It all makes for interesting talk around the water cooler but there are just too many variables in this one for me to pick a winner. If the rosters were cut to only the starters, I would go with Kirbyville hands down but, since Vidor will probably field twice as many players as the Wildcats, I can’t help but feel the Pirates have depth on their side and this is really their game to lose. We’ll see. It could get ugly or it could come down to the wire. If that sounds like I’m riding the fence, it’s probably because I am. Good luck to both teams.
Beaumont West Brook 55 Beaumont Central 7
Another Beaumont Bowl is in the books and what a showing it was by seventh-ranked West Brook as the Bruins (2-0) mauled the Central Jaguars (0-2) 55-7 at the Carroll A. “Butch” Thomas Educational Support Center…(affectionately termed “Da Butch” by a host of football gurus on SETXSports.com). I think I’ll go with that. No offense to Dr. Thomas but it’s much easier to type and it has a nice ring to it.
The Bruins struck early and often as they rolled to a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back.
The Bruins amassed 439 total yards on the night while holding the Jags to just 179 total yards of offense.
Percy Johnson led all rushers with 152-yards on just 11 carries and scored two touchdowns, to include a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
West Brook quarterback Bruce Reyes kept the stats low in this one but still managed to complete 6 out of 7 passes for 131-yards and throw three touchdown passes. Reyes also picked up two rushing touchdowns.
The Bruins will begin a tough three-game stretch this week when they take on Houston Eisenhower before meeting up with third-ranked Katy and Tyler Lee.
Rest of 21-5A:
LaPorte 57 Baytown Lee 6
PAM 47 Beaumont Ozen 27
North Shore 68 Aldine Eisenhower 20
Channelview 12 Humble 14
Port Neches-Groves 38 Crosby 7
It was a week for bragging rights between neighboring districts 20-4A and 19-4A. Three games were scheduled and 20-4A swept the series, with perhaps the biggest win being a 38-7 walloping of Crosby (0-2) by the Indians of Port Neches-Groves (2-0).
It wasn’t a surprise that the Indians took this one but the fashion in which they did it had to raise a few eyebrows.
The Indians were led by quarterback Brennan Doty, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 177-yards and three touchdowns, and running back Chase Bertrand, who rushed for 171-yards on 26 carries and picked up a rushing touchdown of his own.
LC-M 63 Nacogdoches 53
After a crazy 63-53 victory over Nacogdoches (0-1) on Friday night, LC-M (2-0) will submit its application to the WAC Conference this week. Just kidding. Despite the similarities between the Bears and the high scoring folks in the WAC, LC-M will stay put in 20-4A and probably wreak havoc on a few defenses this season. The question is whether or not the LC-M defense can step up and do its part. That remains to be seen.
The Bears were led by quarterback Hunter Gonzales, who went 17 of 25 for 218-yards passing and threw three touchdown passes. Gonzales added 118-yards rushing on 16 carries and also picked up a rushing touchdown in the victory.
Tevin Jones also added three touchdown runs for the Bears and rushed for 65-yards on 16 carries.
The Bears will face Caney Creek at Conroe’s Moorhead Stadium on Friday night.
Rest of 20-4A:
Livingston 42 Jasper 14
Nederland 30 Goose Creek 8
Beaumont Ozen 27 Port Arthur-Memorial 47
Beaumont Central 7 Beaumont West Brook 55
Lumberton 33 Barbers Hill 13
Vidor 13 Bridge City 31
Kirbyville 41 Newton 6
Is Kirbyville really that good? The Kats (2-0) rolled over then second-ranked Newton (0-1) 41-6 in what has to be one of the most lopsided victories in that rivalries history.
The Wildcats accumulated 539-yards of total offense, with a large number of those yards coming from running backs LeFrederick Ford and Burman Irvine. Ford finished the night with 201-yards rushing on 17 carries. He also ran for three touchdowns, to include a 94-yard scamper in the second quarter.
Not to be outdone, running back Burman Irvine picked up 190-yards on just 10 carries and scored two touchdowns of his own.
The Eagles were led by running back Kelvin Bennett, who ran for 73-yards on thirteen carries and scored one touchdown against a tough Kirbyville defense.
The Wildcats will take on Vidor (0-2) Friday night in what has to be the most talked about game in recent memory in our neck of the woods.
Rest of 18-3A:
Jasper 14 Livingston 42
Center 23 Linden-Kildare 28
Diboll 40 Corrigan-Camden 14
Huntington 54 Liberty 28
West Orange-Stark 34 Friendswood 35
Say what you want about Dan Hooks and his WO-S Mustangs (1-1) but one thing is for certain; the Stangs don’t back down from a fight. And, as eighth-ranked Friendswood (2-0) found out on Friday night, wins don’t come easily when you go toe to toe with WO-S. In fact, it took a six-play, seventy-yard drive in the closing minutes of the game for Friendswood to overcome what would have been a big win for WO-S.
Preceding that game winning touchdown by Friendswood, WO-S put together a drive of its own that culminated with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Reggie Garrett to Mark Roberts to put the Mustangs up 34-28. WO-S tried to seal the victory with a two-point conversion but Friendswood held and was able to take advantage of the failed attempt just moments later.
Garrett finished the night with 240-yards passing and three touchdowns while Roberts picked up 160-yards on six receptions and caught two touchdown passes.
Rest of 21-3A:
Orangefield 12 Buna 7
Silsbee 27 Cleveland 7
Hardin-Jefferson 45 Splendora 33
Hamshire Fannett 14 Anahuac 53
District 10-2A (DI):
Woodville 33 Shepherd 6
Hardin 34 Tarkington 30
Anahuac 53 Hamshire Fannett 14
East Chambers 28 Beaumont Kelly 51
Warren 0 Groveton 68
Buna 7 Orangefield 12
Newton 6 Kirbyville 41
Kountze DID NOT PLAY
District 10-2A (DII):
Deweyville 13 Evadale 14
New Waverly 13 Hearne 22
San Augustine 6 Alto 55
Corrigan-Camden 14 Diboll 40
Groveton 68 Warren 0
Hemphill 12 West Sabine 33
District 11-1A (DI):
Hull-Daisetta 14 Iola 38
West Hardin 48 Sabine Pass 0
West Sabine 33 Hemphill 12
Lovelady 6 Garrison 7
Colmesneil 14 High Island 30
District 14-1A (DII):
Evadale 14 Deweyville 13
Unlike Ole Miss, in its loss to Jacksonville State, Evadale (2-0) stopped the two-point conversion that would have given Deweyville (1-1) the victory Friday night at Rebel Stadium.
And, despite being stopped in the red zone on five different occasions and losing the total yardage battle 279-212, the Rebels held on to win the outing 14-13.
The Pirates were led by Trey Craft, who accounted for both touchdowns on the night, to include a 102-yard run following a botched snap on a punt. Craft finished with 168-yards on 17 carries to lead all rushers.
Rest of 14-1A (DII):
High Island 30 Colmesneil 14
Sabine Pass 0 West Hardin 48
Burkeville 34 Beaumont Legacy Christian 0
1A-6 Man Independent
Chester 6 Seguin Lifegate Christian 53
Beaumont Kelly 51 East Chambers 28
Rest of TAPPS I-3:
Houston St. Pius 6 Sealy 57
Houston St. Thomas 3 Bellaire Episcopal 42
Houston Christian 38 East Bernard 12
Beaumont Legacy Christian 0 Burkeville 34
The Woodlands Christian 42 Katy Pope John XXIII 24
Huntsville-Alpha Omega vs. Milano (Canceled)
Galveston O'Connell DID NOT PLAY
Lamar 27 McNeese State 30
After a 21-year hiatus from football, many assumed the Cardinals (0-1) were overmatched in their coming out party against nationally ranked McNeese State (1-0) in Lake Charles on Saturday night. Following the 30-27 loss to the Cowboys, those same people are probably rethinking that assumption.
After all, this is not a thrown together team. This is not a last minute, vagabond laden squad. The Cardinals have been practicing for two years and hitting the weights with complete abandon. I mean, what else does a football team that can’t play football do? They prepare for the day when they can. And, Lamar showed they were prepared for this one.
The Cards displayed their enthusiasm early before the crowd of over 19,000 at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles. It was the hard-hitting defense that showed up first and forced three turnovers in the first quarter and stopped the Cowboys on what appeared to be a sure touchdown on the Lamar 1-yard line.
Not to be outdone, the Cardinal offense was just as impressive as quarterback Andre Bevil threw for a school record 426-yards and threw three touchdown passes.
The Cardinals will take on Webber International this Saturday in the first home game at the newly remodeled Provost Umphrey Stadium.