Hightower Races Past Travis
Updated: October 28, 2016
Missouri City Ken Hall Stadium- Behind two big returns and two big trick plays the Fort Bend Hightower Hurricanes beat the Fort Bend Travis Tigers, 59-38. With the win the Hurricanes and Coach Padriac McInnis keep their District 20-6A playoff lives firmly alive. The Hurricanes move to 5-4 and 4-2 in district. The Travis Tigers fall to 6-3 and an identical 4-2 in district. Next week both teams will face huge battles. Hightower faces undefeated Fort Bend Ridge Point and Travis will face the wily triple option of Fort Bend Kempner.
That identical 4-2 record could be reciprocated by both Kempner and Fort Bend George Bush this weekend with wins over Fort Bend Clements and #17 Ridge Point (tough draw) respectively. Lots of big football games are left to be played in these next two weekends.
Hightower started the scoring barrage on their first drive. Led by the legs of senior quarterback Sirzavious Broussard and junior tailback Devin McAdoo the Hurricanes matched the speed of the Travis Tigers Hurry-Up-No-Huddle offense. This is the same Tiger HUNH offense that set state headlines with an 86-20 shellacking of Clements in week 5.
Sophomore receiver Chance Ceaser converted a big 3rd and 14 with a 15 yard pitch and catch from Broussard. The McAdoo carried 13 yards down to the 1 Tiger 1 yard line setting up the first score. Broussard from 1 yard out, 7-0.
Travis answered with a 33 yard Garrett Urban field goal, 7-3. Jeffery then pulled the Tigers ahead on a 1 yard keeper of his own, 10-7 Travis.
The break neck speed continued on the first play from scrimmage of the Hurricanes next drive. McAdoo showed off his speed racing 75 yards for a score. Holding nullified the TD. One play later Broussard navigated a great zone read keeper. He looked to be tackled in the backfield then broke off a 68 yard TD run with no one touching him, 14-10.
The Hurricanes dug into Coach McInnis’s bag of tricks with a 49 yard McAdoo to Broussard to Andre Lewis flea flicker to stretch the lead to 11, 21-10.
Tiger Tailback Naveon Mitchell keep it close with an 8 yard touchdown catch from Jeffery. Jeffery was 22-37 for 279 yards and that touchdown. The Hurricanes added a 25 yard Jose Gallegos-Perez field goal before half to go up by a touchdown, 24-17.
The Tigers started the 2nd half firing. Jeffery effortlessly lead his time down the field culminating in a 2 yard run from Arjei Henderson. Tie ball game, 24-24. That did not last for long.
Chance Ceaser took the kickoff back 77 yards for a 31-24 lead. Both these teams are loaded with juniors and sophomores. Then McAdoo fielded the Tiger punt and raced 72 yards for a score. The Hurricanes had scored twice and their offense had not hit the field yet in the half.
Two rushing touchdowns by Jamal George and Naveon Mitchell tied the game back up at 38. McAdoo added two more touchdowns, the second a trick delayed draw fumblerooski for 48 yards. McAdoo had 170 yards on the night. Broussard (151 yards, 3 TDS) finished the scoring with a 22 yard run. 21 unanswered points for Hightower to close the game.
The second half became a sack party for the Cane defense too. Chima Ozz, Tyrik Ellis, and Gerald Hardman all had a hand in taking Jeffery down and making life miserable on him in the final half.
By Glenn McCarthy
Interview with Jason McDaniel
Players of the Game
Offense- QB Sirzavious Broussard & RB Devin McAdoo
Defense- DE Chima Ozz
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Hightower 14 10 21 14 59
Travis 10 7 21 0 38