The Lamar Redskins went into the summer of 2011 knowing that their 2011 success would largely depend on the ability to find a successor at quarterback to University of Houston-bound Bram Kohlhausen.
At the state 7-on-7 tournament, the Redskins appeared to have found that successor in sophomore Darrell Colbert, who led his squad into the championship game against the DeSoto Eagles. But Colbert still had to prove his ability to be the team’s signal caller on the field with eleven men on both sides of the ball.
On Friday night at Delmar Stadium, Colbert made a strong case for himself as he led Lamar to a 58-14 win over Clear Brook, as the Redskins’ offense put up 495 total yards and eight touchdowns.
In his first varsity start, Colbert finished the night 10-of-15 passing for 210 yards, and he rushed for 39 yards on five carries.
The Madison Marlins were opening a season without Ray Seals at the controls for the first time in 24 yearson Thursday night. Madison hoped to deliver a win in head coach Pat Reinecke’s debut, but the opponent was defending Class 5A Division I state champion Pearland.
Pearland turned out to be a hostile guest at Butler Stadium on Thursday night, spoiling Reinecke’s first game with a 45-24 win.
While Pearland put the game away with 24 fourth-quarter points, Madison was able to put up 260 passing yards on the Oilers’ defense on just five pass completions.
De’Landon Driver caught a pair of passes from Everett Anderson that covered 72 and 85 yards. Both went for touchdowns.
Jamarcus Burks caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
While Madison’s new head coach was having his debut spoiled, the Chavez Lobos played the role of spoiler for the new Clear Lake head coach, Sam Smith.
The Lobos held a shaky Clear Lake offense at bay and came away from Clear Creek ISD Veterans Memorial Stadium with a 12-3 win.
The Chavez defense blocked a punt and forced four Falcon turnovers and the offense got a pair of second-half touchdown runs from Ricci Simmons. Clear Lake also missed a pair of field goal attempts.
Simmons carried 10 times for 140 yards and also caught two passes for 28 yards.
The Bellaire Cardinals traveled to Hopper Stadium in Clute on Friday to open the season against the Brazoswood Buccaneers. Brazoswood rallied in the second half to take a 29-19 victory.
Trailing 12-7 at the half, Brazoswood outscored Bellaire 22-7 in the second half, putting the game away on a three-yard touchdown run by Michael Hall with just over one minute remaining in the game.
Cardinal quarterback Denzel Johnson accounted for 237 or Bellaire’s 326 total offensive yards, rushing for 120 yards and passing for 117.
The other four 20-5A teams—Milby, Sam Houston, Westbury and Westside—will begin their 2011 seasons this week.
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joltleft.com 20-5A Player of the Week
Darrell Colbert, sophomore QB, Lamar: 10-15-1, 210 yards, 5 TD; 5 carries, 39 yards
- Max Peddie, senior K, Lamar: 10 points (7-8 PAT, 29-yard FG)
- Jamarcus Burks, WR, Madison: 3 receptions, 103 yards, TD
- De’Landon Driver, WR, Madison: 2 receptions, 157 yards, 2 TD
- Ricci Simmons, junior RB, Chavez: 10 carries, 140 yards, 2 TD; 2 receptions, 28 yards