Clear Creek on right track with Week 0 win

At TexasPrepInsider our tag line is ‘We are There.' Well that was the case as we bring you coverage from the Week 0 match up between Clear Creek and Pasadena Memorial. Game day coverage from TPI is free so check it out. Also be sure and check out Rob's Sports Pics. The link is at the bottom of the story.

In some cases being the underdog is a good thing. That was the case in the season opener between Southeast Houston teams Pasadena Memorial and Clear Creek. Despite the fact that Memorial was favored by at least seven points by most sports writers and critics, the Wildcats made a bold statement with a 42-21 victory at Veterans Memorial Stadium Thursday night. 

Clear Creek scored 28 points in the second half alone and appeared to be stronger late in the game. But according to coach Darrell Warden, this level of play is expected and is nothing new to the Wildcat team.

"This is what we stress everyday in practice. Throughout the practice, we condition about four times and then we rotate to the next station," Warden said of their practice regimen. "And when they get to that next station they have to execute while they are tired. I think when we got in the fourth quarter, we are used to being tired and were ready to play."

And it showed. Leading the way for the Wildcats on the ground was running back Nick Mencacci, who scored the games first touchdown. Mencacci finished with 102 yards on 10 carries.

Soon after the Mencacci score, momentum kept flowing in favor of Clear Creek when Tyler Eby hauled in an interception. Though the Wildcats did not capitalize on the turnover on the next drive, mid way through the second quarter was a different story.

Quarterback Marcus Mata found C.J. McElroy from 11 yards out to extend their lead to 14-0. Mata, who had 236 yards by ground and air, finished the night with two touchdowns in his varsity debut.

On the other side, the Mavericks, a team known for their for ‘til the end attitude, showed signs of strength offensively in the ground game. The Mavericks running game, powered by Bo Snelson, pounded away at the Wildcat defense constantly.

Right before halftime, Snelson found his way to the end zone on a 7-yard touchdown plunge. Snelson ended up with 135 yards on the night

The Mavericks used that first-score momentum and carried it over to the second half. Memorial put together a 9-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 3-yard Snelson run. A successful 2-point conversion tied the game up at 14 apiece. 

But this did not get to Wildcats along the way.

"We really talk (to the kids) about not worrying about the momentum swings and just keep your composure and be steady about yourself," Warden said. "The kids did a great job of not getting our heads down in a couple of situations where we could have easily done so."

So instead of getting down, they responded. About four minutes later, running back Brian Boyd took a hand off 15 yards for a score. Soon after, defensive back Bobby Bassett came up with a fumble recovery and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown.

On the day, the Wildcat defense caused three turnovers. In the fourth, the Mavericks managed to put more points on the board when Tate Gresham connected with Chance Imhoff on a 7-yard touchdown strike. Imhoff's interception set up this touchdown.

From then on, it was all Wildcats. Mata scored on a 53-yard run and Mencacci added a 64-yarder himself. 

Clear Creek will face off against Kingwood next Saturday while Memorial will play Fort Bend Clements on Friday.

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