By Tom Behrens
Photos by John Glaser, https://jmgcreative.shootproof.com.
MORTON RANCH MAVERICKS…LOTS OF MISTAKES
Low snaps, high snaps over the punter’s head that left him scrambling for his life; fumbled snaps and mental miscues, plus penalties all added up to a disappointing Friday evening as the Morton Ranch Mavericks lose to the Dobie Longhorns, 24-12.
In post game player interviews the consensus was pretty much the same: “We weren’t ready for this game. We didn’t play to our level of high standards that we set for ourselves,” said Maverick players.
Coach Dave Meadows: “We didn’t play well, and that’s all I can say. The other team whipped us, give them all the credit, completely whipped us in every way you can do it. They have athletes, they have players…you could see that. We’re not surprised that they played well.
“Is this the real us or not,” asked Meadows. “If this is the real Maverick team, we have a long year ahead of us. If we have more fight in us than we showed tonight, it’s time to start showing it. I believe in this team; I think we’ll make it.”
CINCO RANCH COUGARS…MATHIASMEIER HIGHLIGHT REEL
The Cougars of Cinco Ranch dominates Memorial 51-0.
In the first quarter, quarterback James Klingler found wide-out, Greg Williams with a 56-yard pass for the first touchdown at 9:29. Running back, Ethan Cook blasted across the goal line at 4:30, and Brandon Contreras-besides adding the Point After Touchdowns (PAT) – completed a 26-yard field goal to make it 17-0.
In the second quarter Klingler connected with Brant Kuithe. Will McDaniel’s PAT was good. Kuithe scored again on an 18-yard run at 4:36; McDaniel’s PAT missed.
In the middle of all this offensive scoring, #8 defensive back Ben Mathiasmeier, Cinco Ranch, was putting on a clinic of how to play defense, causing havoc for the Memorial receivers and running backs.
At 9:59, Mathiasmeier recovered a Memorial fumble and went 40-yards for a Cougar TD; Contreras added the PAT. With seconds left before halftime, Mathiasmeier intercepted Jared Trozzo’s pass and raced down the sidelines to only have it called back because of a Cinco Ranch blocking infraction. “I was just trying to score before half time … too bad the penalty.” The score at halftime: 37-0 Cinco Ranch. Third and fourth team players add 14 more; Cinco Ranch 51-0.
KATY TIGERS … WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME KATY WAS 1-2?
Bad snaps gave the Tigers of Katy problems as the Woodland Highlanders pull out a 26-3 victory, giving the Tigers a 1-2 record.
Katy’s first snap went out of the back of the end zone, and gave the Highlanders a 2-0 lead at 7:26 in the first quarter. About two minutes later the Tigers gave up the ball on another bad snap to Highlanders at the Katy 32 yard line. The Woodlands add a 28-yard field goal and lead 5-0 with 2:45 remaining on the clock. Highlander quarterback, Eric Schmid, caps an 66 yard drive, going three yards for another TD, giving The Woodlands a 12-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, The Woodlands ran the ball right down the middle of Katy’s defense to open the third quarter. The unbeaten Highlanders required 11 plays and almost six minutes to march 80 yards down the field, setting up Jordan Talford’s 1-yard touchdown run to make it 19-0 at the 6:38 mark.
Katy finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 27-yard field goal with 7:30 remaining, but The Woodlands answered with a 21-yard strike from Schmid to Chris Stewart to complete the scoring with 5:45 remaining.
TAYLOR MUSTANGS…CINDERELLA TEAM?
Taylor took control early and Ean Beek had another great game, rolling to a 51-28 road victory over previously unbeaten Magnolia at Bulldog Stadium on Friday evening.
Beek collected 301 yards of total offense, including 233 on the ground via 34 carries.
Taylor jumped out to an early 7-0 lead as quarterback David Perkins scored on a 1-yard run to cap the Mustangs’ opening drive. Ethan Beek, Ean’s older brother, picked off Magnolia quarterback Jacob Frazier on the Bulldogs’ next possession and set the Mustangs up at their own 19. Ean Beek found pay dirt from 11 yards out, making the score 14-0 with four minutes to play in the first quarter.
Ean had a lot more gas left in the tank. He then broke off a 53-yard run midway through the second quarter to make it 21-0.
Magnolia answered as Anthony Johnson scored on a 25-yard jaunt up the middle of the field. The PAT, however, was blocked.
Taylor fired right back less than two minutes later when Perkins connected with Ean Beek on a 68-yard touchdown pass. That made the score 28-6. Ean Beek finished the first half with 264 yards of total offense, including 196 on the ground.
The Mustangs went up 35-14 with 29 seconds remaining in the first half as Perkins found Garrett Holgorsen for a 9-yard touchdown. Shane Williams scored on a 21-yard run up the middle. The Mustangs went up 44-14 later in the period after a high snap on a Magnolia punt attempt resulted in a safety.
Magnolia scored on a 4-yard run by Johnson late in the third, but Taylor countered with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Perkins to Brennan Lucas.
The Mustangs have next week off before opening District 19-6A play with a matchup against No. 4 Katy on Thursday, Sept.22, at Rhodes Stadium.
SEVEN LAKES SPARTANS…YOUNG AND LEARNING
A young Seven Lakes Spartans team went into melt down allowing Foster 52 points in a 52-13 loss. Foster offense churned out 388 total yards, with 160 coming on 34 carries. As Seven Lakes head coach, Lydell Wilson said at the beginning of the year, this was a young team and it would be a learning experience.
Nathan Fairwell had two field goals in the fourth quarter providing six points for the Spartans; John Harrington scored from one yard for Seven Lakes’ lone touchdown; Fairwell added the PAT.
MAYDE CREEK RAMS…IT’S A WIN, IT’S A WIN!
Justified excitement reigns at 19202 Groeschke Rd, Mayde Creek High School address, as the Ram win their first game, 14-13 against the Nimitz Cougars at Thorne Stadium.
Sean McConico scored on a nine yard run at 2:40 in the second quarter, and then again on a 20 yard run with 0:49 seconds left in the third quarter. Tony Casas adds both PATs and the Ram leads a startled Nimitz Cougars, 14-0.
The Cougars come alive at 5:03 in the fourth quarter as Anthony Horton breaks loose on a 60-yard pass from quarterback Stephon McGee. The Cougars add another TD on a 15-yard run from Roderick Masters at 3:06 in the fourth quarter to bring Nimitz just one point away from a tie or two points for a victory.
The Cougars go for the win; however, Jolby McCoy’s run fails, and Mayde Creek fans take a collective breath. Rams win 14-13. Mayde Creek has a week off to savor the win; they face Morton Ranch at Rhodes Stadium, Sept. 24.