In the preseason prognostications, The Woodlands and Lufkin were the two teams picked to finish on top of 12-6A with Beaumont West Brook following close behind.
Two weeks of non-district action has done little to dispute that as all three teams currently sit at 2-0. One possible surprise among unbeaten teams has come in Montgomery, who has used its defense to pick up a pair of victories.
With four of the district’s seven teams remaining unbeaten, College Park remains the lone winless team. The Cavaliers were also the only team to lose in non-district action this past week as they dropped a 49-28 decision to College Park.
That was the only low on a weekend that saw Lufkin pick up a win over a much improved Nacogdoches team and Conroe, Oak Ridge and Montgomery each pick up narrow wins.
The slate gets tougher this week with a pair of highlight games with Lufkin taking on Louisiana powerhouse Parkway in Shreveport’s Battle on the Border while Katy and The Woodlands clash in a matchup of perennial Houston-area powerhouses.
Those games could go a long way in deciding which team is the favorite headed into district action. Here is a look back at last week’s action as well as a look ahead to this week’s games.
Lufkin (2-0) vs. Parkway (1-0), Shreveport’s Independence Stadium – Lufkin’s run to a 2-0 record hasn’t been easy. In the opener, it had to battle to a 35-24 win over Longview in a matchup of two of the top teams in East Texas.
They followed that with a 42-28 win over a Nacogdoches team that looks revitalized after missing out on the playoffs last season.
Now they get to take it up yet another notch as they travel to take on Parkway, a Louisiana powerhouse from Bossier City. Parkway features one of the top junior wide receivers in the nation in Terrace Marshall and a dynamic offense that will be tough to stop.
Lufkin features a potent offense of its own to go along with a defense ready to stand up to another big challenge. With fans from different states looking on, this should be a game to watch.
The Woodlands (2-0) vs. Katy (1-1) – In one of the biggest matchups in the state, The Woodlands will get its biggest test of the young season as it takes on a Katy team that has had its struggles in the early going.
The Tigers started the season with a 32-29 loss to Westside before they were once again pushed to the edge in a 50-49 win over Klein Collins.
The Woodlands warmed up for the big showdown by trouncing Spring in a 36-7 blowout. With the defense holding Spring to 259 total yards, the offense also held up its end of the bargain with QB Eric Schmid leading a smooth attack.
Montgomery (2-0) at Killeen Ellison (2-0) – It hasn’t been smooth sailing, but Montgomery stands tall at 2-0 after two weeks of action. The Bears were put to the test last week with Jordan Hood providing the winning score with less than two minutes remaining, lifting them to a 25-21 win over Aldine Eisenhower.
That was a perfect cap to a night in which Hood threw for 201 yards and threw for 110 more.
Montgomery should see another big test this week as it makes the trip to face Killeen Ellison, which is 2-0 after wins over Leander (56-21) and Stony Point (45-34).
King (0-2) at Beaumont West Brook (2-0) – West Brook continued its stroll through Beaumont competition by taking a 41-8 win over Beaumont Ozen on Friday night. Ozen had no answer for the tandem of QB Marcus Johnson and running back Joel Denley. Johnson threw for 208 yards and three scores and Denley ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
West Brook should have a shot at going 3-0 this week as it hosts King, which is 0-2 after losses to College Station (56-7) and Willis (28-17).
Conroe (1-1) at Huntsville (1-1) – For the second straight week, the Tigers put up some big offensive numbers. For the first time, it paid off in a win.
After a 55-42 loss to Cy-Springs in the opener, Conroe got an assist from its defense this time.The Tigers made the most of that opportunity with Donaven Lloyd running for 188 yards and two scores. Colby Kizzie threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
Conroe will go after a second straight win on Friday as it makes the trip to Huntsville. The Hornets are 1-1 after dropping a 55-8 blowout to China Spring on Friday night. Huntsville opened the season with a 43-7 win over Waltrip.
Oak Ridge (1-1) at Klein Forest (0-2) – A strong defensive effort led to Oak Ridge’s first win of the year as the War Eagles picked up a 21-13 decision over Fort Bend Elkins.
On the offensive side, Jimmie Moore led the way with 100 rushing yards. Bishop Durst completed 6-of-10 passes for 106 yards with Kyle Townsend doing the bulk of the damage with four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Oak Ridge will have a good chance of making it a 2-1 start to the season on Thursday when it travels to face Klein Forest, which is 0-2 after losses to Magnolia West (34-9) and Conroe (30-23).
College Park (0-2), bye – As the rest of the district is enjoying plenty of success, College Park is still struggling to find its first win.
On Friday night, the Cavaliers got a 187-yard, two-touchdown performance from QB Jordan Turnquest, but it wasn’t enough in a 49-28 loss to Klein.
A bye may be coming at the right time for College Park, which has the week off before hosting A&M Consolidated.