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Houston Roundup 10/21/13


Texas High School Football Roundup for the Houston Area
Week 7

Former Oilers, HS head coach Bum Phillips passes away: All of football lost a great man on Friday. Former Houston Oilers head coach and father of Texans defensive coordinator passed away at the age of 90. Phillips got his start Nederland High School in 1954, with stops at Amarillo and Jacksonville sandwiching a stint at Texas A&M. Phillips’ last high school job was at Port Neches-Groves, where he spent two seasons before becoming the defensive coordinator for the Oilers. Father of the 3-4 defense, and some of best coaching quotes ever uttered, Phillips will be missed and celebrated by entire football community.

Katy Outlasts Seven Lakes in Battle of Unbeatens: The king continues his reign. But he has never looked more beatable. Due to a blown transformer at the stadium on Friday, Katy and Katy Seven Lakes moved their “Game of the Week” to Saturday. Normally that would be a big storyline for the Tigers, who have been blowing everybody out so far this year. Well, everyone except for Seven Lakes. The Spartans gave the reigning champs everything they could handle, outgaining the Tigers on offense by 24 yards. Their potential game-winning drive was ultimately killed by an ineligible receiver downfield, and Katy remained unbeaten with a 17-12 win. It is a statement to the Tigers’ toughness that they could win a game like this, but they struggled against the best team they have played all season.

Cy Ridge Earns Tough Win in Overtime: Cypress Ridge had to deal with losing its starting quarterback, a one-hour lightning delay and a 14-point deficit. The Rams rallied and remain in the thick of things in District 17-5A. After Darious Crawley went down with a leg injury in the second quarter, the Rams themselves went down 14-0. Then the offense starting clicking with Garrett Pena under center, reeling off 21 points in the fourth quarter. Cypress Creek got the ball to start overtime, but Luke Allen threw an interception to set up Omar Portillo’s field goal to give the Rams the 24-21 win. Anthony Williams was the star with 219 rushing yards and one touchdown.

Stratford Stays Hot with Win Over Northbrook: The Houston Stratford Spartans started the season 1-2 and fell off the radar a bit. Since then, they are on a four-game winning streak and look like the best team in District 22-4A. During that span, they have sandblasted their opponents by a combined 153-6. And their two losses? They dropped those by a combined 10 points, including a three-point loss to undefeated Conroe Oak Ridge. They will win out and could be a sleeper in the 4A playoffs.

El Campo Spoils Wharton’s Undefeated Season: El Campo absolutely smothered Wharton on Friday, spoiling its undefeated season. The Ricebirds held the Tigers to a paltry 65 yards of total offense, and rode B.J. Flagg for 182 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Flagg’s performance on the ground allowed the Ricebirds to control the clock, preventing the Tigers from getting anything going whatsoever. District 25-3A is now a total mess, with three one-loss teams vying for the crown. Wharton’s matchup with Bellville will provide some much-needed clarity.

Kingwood Suffers Letdown at Klein: After handling Klein Collins, Humble Kingwood was the toast of the town. Barry Campbell’s Mustangs were in the driver’s seat of District 13-5A with a supposed gimme against 3-4 Klein. Not so fast. Bearkat running back David Hamm rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns, leading a ground attack that racked up 332 yards. Kendal Jefferies also played a major role in the upset with two interceptions, a fumble recovery and an onside-kick return for a touchdown. The loss drops Kingwood to second in the district behind Atascocita.

by Zach Shelton
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