The very first play from scrimmage in the Saturday night season opener between La Porte and Clements at Hall Stadium seemed to set the stage for things to come for both teams.
La Porte sophomore linebacker Hoza Scott pressured and picked off Clayton Holgorson’s pass inside the Clements ten yard line and trotted untouched into the end zone just 12 seconds into the game.
The Bulldogs would take advantage of two more Clements turnovers en route to a 31-0 shutout of the Rangers. The win marked the second opening-game win by the Bulldogs over Clements in the last two seasons.
Offensively for La Porte, Keith Whitely and Chad Sutherland each scored rushing touchdowns and Josh Vidales connected with Aaron Nance-Garrett on an 18-yard scoring pass.
Kicker Eric Medina converted all four of his extra point attempted and also connected on a 42-yard field goal.
Two nights earlier, the Channelview Falcons were the first District 21-5A team to begin the 2011 season. Channelview was hoping to win a season opener for the first time since 2007, and the Falcons were almost able to pull it off thanks to first-half contributions from their defense and kicking game.
Channelview defensive lineman C’Quan Gilford tipped and intercepted a pass in the second quarter that led to a 26-yard Adalverto Castaneda field goal that gave the Falcons a 10-3 halftime lead.
But Kingwood Park’s Ryley Richardson kicked his second field goal of the night—a 47-yarder—in the third quarter before senior fullback Hayden Miller scored the game-winning touchdown on a 12-yard run with five and a half minutes to go in the fourth.
Falcon senior quarterback Averion Hurts completed 15 of 28 passes for 208 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Johnson. Johnson had four receptions for 62 yards. Senior receiver Stanley Wesley also caught nine passes for 118 yards.
Port Arthur Memorial scored the first 35 points in their game against Beaumont Central and coasted to a 42-14 win at the Thomas Complex in Beaumont on Friday.
Titans’ quarterback Terrence Singleton threw four touchdown passes and finished 11-of-16 for 261 yards in the air. Jhajuan Seales was Singleton’s favorite target in the contest, catching five passes for 171 yards and three TDs.
Nathan Holmes added 160 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns as Memorial posted 522 yards of offense.
North Shore lost to Katy for the third time in their last 14 games, as the Mustangs fell, 34-6, in a matchup of preseason state-ranked teams.
North Shore lost last season’s opening game to Katy before reeling off 11 wins in a row to earn a third-round playoff matchup with the Tigers again. Katy won that meeting to end the Mustangs’ 2010 season.
In the 2011 opener, North Shore’s offense was throttled by the Katy defense as the Tigers limited the Mustangs to 161 yards of offense. North Shore managed just seven first downs and were forced to punt eight times in the game.
Baytown Sterling opened against neighborhood rival Baytown Lee for the 45th meeting between the two schools.
Sterling jumped out to an early 14-0 lead at the end of one quarter, but then allowed four unanswered touchdowns by the Ganders en route to a 28-20 defeat.
Senior quarterback Jakob McWhirter rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown and also completed five passes for 66 yards for the Rangers.
The loss dropped Sterling’s record to 16-27-2 all-time against Lee.
On Saturday night in Beaumont , the West Brook Bruins allowed a 61-yard touchdown run to Beaumont Ozen’s Jakobi Jones in the first quarter before clamping down on the Panthers’ offense on the way to a 28-7 victory at the Thomas Complex.
Aside from Jones’ touchdown run, the Bruins’ defense allowed just 80 yards on 44 offensive snaps for Ozen.
Percy Johnson rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown for West Brook. Senior quarterback Josh Stump, son of head coach and former Texas A&M quarterback Craig Stump, completed eight of 16 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked four times in the second half.
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joltleft.com 21-5A Player of the Week
Terrence Singleton, senior QB, Port Arthur Memorial: 11-16-0, 261 yards, 4 TD; 10 carries, 57 yards
- Averion Hurts, senior QB, Channelview: 15-28-0, 208 yards, TD; 8 carries, 30 yards
- Stanley Wesley, senior WR, Channelview: 9 receptions, 118 yards
- Nathan Holmes, senior RB, Port Arthur Memorial: 12 carries, 160 yards, 2 TD
- Jhajuan Seales, senior WR, Port Arthur Memorial: 5 receptions, 171 yards, 3 TD
- Jakob McWhirter, senior QB, Baytown Sterling: 18 carries, 112 yards, TD; 5-10-2, 66 yards