1. Lufkin (4-0)
The Panthers did not score 40-plus points in the first half, as they’ve done in the previous two weeks, but did enough to earn a 28-21 victory over Longview to stay unbeaten. But now attentions are turned to District 14-5A play and everyone starts over again at 0-0. The Panthers raise the curtain on the 14-5A season on Friday at Conroe.
2. The Woodlands (4-0)
The Highlanders have been living too close to the edge the last couple of weeks, including Friday’s 13-7 victory at Tyler Lee. However, in the absence of injured running back Daniel Lasco (ankle), they have learned how to win in other ways. Quarterback Joseph Schneider has blossomed and the Highlanders defense has definitely stepped up. Lasco is scheduled to return Saturday for the District 14-5A opener at Atascocita.
3. Oak Ridge (3-1)
Only Lufkin, it seems, is keeping pace with Oak Ridge when it comes to lighting up the scoreboard. The War Eagles have scored 135 points over their last three games, all victories, including Friday’s 51-21 Homecoming Game victory over Baytown Sterling, and enter district play this week with as much momentum as anyone. In fact, in four games this season, the only team that stopped the Oak Ridge offense, was Oak Ridge itself. The War Eagles will try not to do that on Friday when they open District 14-5A play as visitors to College Park at Woodforest Stadium.
4. Atascocita (2-2)
The Eagles have apparently flown south for the fall. They were shut out for a second consecutive week, this time 35-0 at La Porte. That blanking followed last week’s 34-0 shutout at the hands of a Hightower team that The Woodlands defeated earlier in the season. Atascocita has not scored in 10 quarters of play, dating back to a 14-point second quarter against Galveston Ball. The prospects don’t look any brighter this week, either. The Eagles host a strong defense from The Woodlands on Saturday in the 14-5A opener.
5. College Park (1-3)
The Cavaliers come into district play with a record of 1-3. But they’re a touchdown (seven points) away from being 3-1 after falling 10-6 at Bryan on Friday. It was a game they could and perhaps should have won, not unlike the 17-16 loss at Lamar Consolidated in the season opener. But the Cavaliers open District 14-5A play on Friday in the friendly confines of Woodforest Stadium where they meet Oak Ridge. It’s also Homecoming for College Park.
6. Kingwood (0-4)
Stop the presses, the Mustangs have a passing game! Well, relatively speaking. Kingwood completed four passes in this week’s 48-21 loss to North Shore. Three of those found Mustangs receivers and the 74 passing yards nearly equaled their rushing output of 93 yards. Not to get carried away with labeling the Mustangs’ offense a “balanced” attack, but they did outscore North Shore’s Mustangs 14-13 in the second half…Baby steps. Kingwood draws the bye this week while all six of the other 14-5A teams begin district play.
7. Conroe (0-4)
The Tigers have been somewhat of an enigma so far this season. Their 45-12 loss to Alief Taylor was the fourth straight to open the 2010 season. They’re moving the ball, averaging almost 250 yards per game, and the defense has played very well at times. The Tigers open district play at home Friday with Lufkin. They end the regular season with The Woodlands at Woodforest Stadium. The four games in between those bookends will be where Conroe will have an opportunity to make a playoff push. When you really take a hard look at it, there is not a wide gap between 3-1 Oak Ridge and 0-4 Conroe.
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