HS Football: College Park vs Conroe preview

By: JD Hurd II
| Published 09/11/2019

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Friday, September 13 marks the beginning of the district football season for most of the teams in District 15-6A. College Park and Conroe are scheduled to face off in Week 1 of district play at Woodforest Stadium. On what will also be Homecoming for College Park, the Cavaliers will look to repeat their success on the ground from last year’s matchup. Conroe, however, will want to take the big play success they had late in last season’s meeting and replicate that over four quarters.

In 2018’s 35-28 win over the Tigers, College Park dominated the run game. QuaJon Charles accounted for over 150 of the Cavaliers 200-plus yards rushing last September. Charles also scored twice on the night, including an 83-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. This season, Charles has continued to be a problem for defenses. The senior running back has scored twice in both games so far this season. With a young quarterback continuing to grow as the season progresses, College Park will lean on their experienced rushing offense that includes a veteran offensive line led by Texas A&M commit Josh Bankhead.

In last season’s meeting at Moorhead Stadium, the Conroe Tigers offense struggled early but exploded in the second half to make the game interesting. Quarterback Jay Smith and wide receiver Michael Gutierrez teamed up for 117 of the Tigers’ 214 passing yards, including a 70-yard bomb with seconds left in the game. This season, Conroe will bring another explosive duo to the field against College Park. QB Christian Pack and his most dangerous target, WR Michael Phoenix have already lit up scoreboards this season. In last week’s game versus Aldine Davis, the two connected for four touchdowns and totaled 241 yards through the air. In Week 1, Pack and Phoenix combined for two TD’s, giving them six on the year so far. Pack can also create with his legs, just like Jay Smith did a year ago, so this Tigers team is prepared to keep a good College Park defense stressed out all night.

College Park most likely won’t be able to match the aerial firepower that Conroe will bring to Woodforest, so expect Lonnie Madison’s team to try to control the game through running the football to avoid a shootout. On the other hand, Conroe won’t want to wait till the second half to show off their explosiveness. Pack, Phoenix, and the rest of the Tigers’ offense will want to push the ball and put up points early and often. This will force the Cavaliers to rely less on QuaJon Charles in the run game, and more on their young quarterback Ty Buckmon. Prediction: College Park 38, Conroe 31

Friday’s game will be a Woodlands Online on-demand broadcast sponsored by Hal Watson Air Conditioning Company and TeamSinisi Real Estate Group.

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