The Woodlands handles Clear Lake 31-13

At TexasPrepInsider our tag line is ‘We are There.' Well that was the case as we bring you coverage from the Week 4 Friday night match up between The Woodlands and Clear Lake. Game day coverage from TPI is free so check out this game wrap up.

After pitching two shut outs against teams that made deep playoff runs last season, the Woodlands football team took on a new challenge in Week 4 against the run-happy Clear Lake squad.

And even though the Falcons' team, with their triple-option threat, piled on a massive amount of rushing yards, the Highlanders remain undefeated with a 31-13 victory. The Woodlands had 320 yards of total offense while Clear Lake had 385.

"It was a team effort and it has been this way the past three weeks. We've done a great job on defense, scored some points on offense, and special teams have been pretty solid," The Woodlands coach Mark Schmid said. "I got a good bunch a kids and I can't say that enough. They love to play the game and even love to practice. We have momentum going and it's a lot of fun."

Talk about putting up points, the Highlanders wasted no time at all. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Andy McCloud connected with Logan Rowe for an 80-yard touchdown. McCloud ended the game 11-of-17 for 250 passing yards and three touchdowns. 

The UTEP commit completed passes to five different receivers on the evening. Randy Knust led the way with four catches for 83 yards and a score. Rowe caught three for 98 yards. On the ground, Daniel Lasco scored the final touchdown from 27 yards out to seal the deal. He had 85 yards on 15 carries.

Defensively, the Highlanders knew that they were facing a unique offense with the Falcons' option attack. For Clear Lake it had quite a few positives as quarterback Eric Canas and Jarred Mack were the two leading rushers with 156 and 142 yards respectively. Mack had two touchdowns as well.

But from the preparation end, The Woodlands team faced a few challenges. And these kinds of challenges are ones that can only be corrected during game time.

"We prepared as best we could. Anytime you play a team that runs the triple option, you have to run that in practice for your defense," Schmid said. "And I'll tell you that we're not very good at it. So we prepared the best we could to prepare our defense and that's why it takes a little while (at the beginning of the game) to get adjusted to the speed of the game."

Of course once the Highlanders got adjusted, more things started happening defensively. Then too, the Falcons had a few miscues of their own. In the game they fumble the ball seven times and lost four. Many times, that gave The Woodlands a short field to work offensively.

While the entire Highlander defense played a strong game, more so in the second half, linebacker Colin Renton and defensive back Chase Maires were the two players who were in on numerous tackles. Maires had an interception as well.

According to Schmid, there is a newfound confidence in this team and they have already began to set lofty goals. Well, at one the goals may have seemed lofty, now they (the team) see it as a reality.

"These guys do not want to be done after district. They want to play deep into the playoffs and this is what they talk about," Schmid said. "These guys have this in their sights, but we still take things one game at a time. We have to continue to forge ahead because we have momentum going right now and we have to build on that, close out non-district play, and go into district with a good feeling."


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