The Atascocita Eagles opened their 2011 season on the road in Pasadena against South Houston and wasted no time running all over the Trojan defense on the way to a 35-14 victory at Newcomb Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday.
Elijah Merchant shared the scoring spotlight with sophomore quarterback Greg Campbell for Atascocita, but that was about it. The junior running back rushed for 265 yards on 30 carries and scored touchdowns in each of the last three quarters for the Eagles.
Campbell added 115 rushing yards of his own and scored on two runs of ten yards each early in the game.
As a team, put up 457 yards on the ground in the game.
Elsewhere among District 14-5A teams, seniors Austin Boudreaux and Zach Wright each notched 100-yard rushing performances as the College Park Cavaliers defeated Lamar Consolidated, 28-14, at Woodforest Stadium on Friday night.
Boudreaux finished with 16 rushes for 115 yards. Wright carried 20 times for 100 yards.
Boudreaux and Wright each found the end zone twice. Wright, the Eagle quarterback, also completed four of ten passes for 62 yards, including a three-yard scoring strike to Boudreaux.
Atascocita also took advantage of three Lamar Consolidated fumbles in the win.
A night earlier at Woodforest Stadium, The Woodlands Highlanders took on a stubborn team from Monterrey Prepa Tec in Monterrey, Mexico. The Woodlands prevailed, 56-32, but not without a late surge by Prepa Tec.
The Borregos (“Rams” in translation) managed to move the ball against the Highlander defense late in the game after falling behind 56-19 and put up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the final look closer than the game was.
Highlanders head coach Mark Schmid used the game as an opportunity to look at all the players on his roster and no single player dominated statistically.
Quarterback Cooper Woodyard completed eight of 12 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Webb caught five passes for 73 yards. Webb, Chris Warren and Christian Jauregui each had touchdown receptions.
On Friday at Turner Stadium in Humble, Kingwood put up 327 total yards—all of them on the ground—and took advantage of a second-quarter fumble by the Elsik Rams that was returned for a touchdown by Tony Winslow en route to a 29-15 victory.
The Mustangs got a pair of 57-yard TD runs in the second half, from junior Kade Harrington and sophomore Austin Krawczyk, to seal the victory.
On Saturday night, Lufkin came from behind to defeat Tyler John Tyler, 34-31, at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin. Senior running back Jamarcus Walker paced the Panthers with 195 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Conroe and Oak Ridge were the only district teams to lose on the opening weekend of play.
Oak Ridge was throttled by Magnolia West, 46-12, on the road on Friday night.
Conroe coughed up a 20-7 lead over Spring to lose 27-20 at George Stadium on Thursday. The Tigers allowed the Lions to score three unanswered touchdowns over the final quarter-and-a-half of play.
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joltleft.com 14-5A Player of the Week
Elijah Merchant, junior RB, Atascocita: 30 carries, 265 yards, 3 TD against South Houston
- Greg Campbell, sophomore RB, Atascocita: 9 carries, 115 yards, 2 TD
- Jamarcus Walker, senior RB, Lufkin: 33 carries, 195 yards, 4 TD
- Austin Boudreaux, senior RB, College Park: 16 carries, 115 yards, 1 TD; 1 reception, 3 yards, 1 TD
- Zach Wright, senior QB, College Park: 20 carries, 100 yards, 2 TD; 4-10 passing, 62 yards, 1 TD
- Kade Harrington, junior QB, Kingwood: 12 carries, 157 yards, 1 TD