Player of the Week: Clear Lake QB Drew Decker executed the Falcons' option attack to precision, rushing for 153 yards and three touchdowns as Lake opened the season with a 35-6 beating of Jersey Village. Falcon RB Michael Grant wasn't far behind as he carried 15 times for 139 yards and two scores in the win.
Game of the Week:
*Ball High at La Marque: Few rivalries are as intense as the annual Clash of the Causeway. Both the Tors and Cougars come in with less than impressive wins; Ball defeated McArthur despite allowing 213 rushing yards in less than three quarters, while La Marque overcame penalties and early miscues to beat Port Neches-Groves. The game will come down to the QB play of Ball's Andre Patino and La Marque's Jarius Kerlegan. Both are dangerous dual threats who have a bevy of talent on offense. In the end, LM's big-game experience -- and home field advantage -- should give new coach Chris Jones his first win at Etheredge Stadium. La Marque by 5.
La Porte at Clear Lake (Thursday night, District Stadium): Those who love fast games will find this one to their liking. The Bulldogs open the season in search of finding new faces on both the offensive and defensive lines, while the Falcons rolled up all of their 391 yards on the ground in their win over Jersey Village. La Porte could struggle trying to slow down Decker and Grant. The over/under on passes attempted will be 8. Take the under -- and the Falcons. Clear Lake by 12.
Deer Park at Alvin: Both teams need to get their offenses in gear. The Deer held Spring to less than 200 yards and seven points, but could only manage six points of their own. The Yellowjackets fared worse as the Jeff Dungen era began with a 47-0 shelling at the hands of Elkins. Alvin's defense gave up 444 yards in the loss. It may too much to ask for Alvin to make a 180-degree turn this soon. Deer Park by 10.
Clear Brook at Nimitz: The Wolverines had their chances to pull off an upset over Westfield, but turnovers and the inability to score in the red zone sealed their fate. Nimitz's combo of Marion Grice and Michael Thomas combined for 272 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in their opening win over Elsik. Clear Brook's best chance will be to control the clock, but the Wolverines don't have the offensive weapons to trade points with the high-scoring Cougars. Nimitz by 14.
Kingwood at Clear Creek: As usual, Creek opened the season with a sluggish offensive performance, but the Wildcats have to be pleased with a defense that played better as the game went on against Klein Forest. Kingwood will look to attack Creek's shaky run defense with a heavy dose of RB Michael Schrang, who could emerge as one of the area's top sophomores by season's end. This will be the opener for the Mustangs, whose best chance of winning will come from slowing down the passing attack of Creek's Neal Warden. Clear Creek by 3.
Pearland vs. Madison (Butler Stadium): The Oilers know that as long as RB Kasey Carrier is healthy, they'll have a shot, but coach Tony Heath knows he must find other offensive weapons to keep from wearing down his meal ticket. Madison has a rugged defense that will lock in on Carrier, which means the opportunity for someone to step up for Pearland will be available. Pearland by 9.
Brazoswood vs. Bush (Saturday night, Hall Stadium): Dean DeAtley's offense produced just 125 yards of offense in their opening win. That has to change, and it will against an overmatched Broncos team that will lack the horses to slow down the Buccaneers. RB Yobis Walker should have a big night for Brazoswood. Brazoswood by 20.
Alvin at Texas City … Washington at Galveston Ball … Brazoswood at Foster … Dobie at Clear Brook … Clear Creek at Baytown Lee … Clear Lake at South Houston … Memorial at Pearland …