By Mike Tenney
With the full-time start of conference schedules in the private schools just about here and Lamar and Bellaire closing out their non-district schedules, it was another big Friday night football spectacle for teams across Southwest Houston.
Lamar 31, Alief Elsik 6
With quarterback Owen Holt throwing two beautiful touchdown passes and the defense keeping Elsik out of the end zone, the Texans finished non-district playing with a 3-1 record by scrambling the Rams at Crump Stadium.
Running back Ta’Zhawn Henry scored on a short touchdown run to get the scoring going in the first quarter and Holt ended two of the Texans’ next four possessions with touchdown passes to wide receiver Al’Vonte Woodard. The first was a 24-yarder thrown perfectly over the shoulder to Woodward, who had a step on two defenders chasing him.
The second score was a one-yard lob into the back of end zone for Woodard, who blocked out the defender behind him for the grab, giving Lamar a 21-3 lead just before halftime.
The hosts’ only points came on a pair of field goals and Elsik finished the night with less than 50 yards in total offense.
The Texans are now off next week with an open date before beginning their six-game District 18-6A schedule the final weekend of the month.
La Porte 46, Bellaire 6
The Cardinals closed the non-district schedule with a 1-3 record after falling to the Bulldogs Friday night in La Porte.
La Porte scored 17 points in the first quarter and led 26-0 at halftime before the Cardinals got on the board on a Darion Manning 10-yard touchdown pass to Alex Spadone for their lone points.
Bellaire will play Chavez next Friday night to start their District 18-6A schedule and are looking for their sixth consecutive trip to the playoffs.
Episcopal 48, St. Mark’s School 3
Even with five-star college recruit Marvin Wilson watching from the sidelines, Episcopal scored 45 points in the first half to carve up the Lions Friday night at Simmons Field and remain undefeated on the season.
The Knights, who are now 4-0, scored six consecutive touchdowns and then added a field goal in the first two periods of play to go in front 45-0 before the Lions got on the board with a field goal to end the first half.
Head coach Steve Leisz used all the players on his roster in the final two quarters of play and St. Mark‘s was still unable to cross the goal line.
West Brook 28, St. Thomas 20
The Eagles dropped their third straight game for the first time in at least five years Friday night with a hard-fought loss to the 6A public school from Beaumont.
St. Thomas held a 14-7 lead after the first period on running back Jaylen Davis’s touchdown run and quarterback Peyton Motocha’s touchdown pass to Parker Nelms in the first six minutes of the game, but the Bruins outscored the home team 21-6 the rest of the way.
The Eagles, who are 1-3, will play Episcopal next Friday night at Simmons Field.
Episcopal School of Dallas 52, St. John’s 51
The Episcopal School of Dallas threw a touchdown pass and then got the two-point conversion in the final 90 seconds Friday night to win a wild game over the Mavericks at Skip Lee Field.
In a back-and-forth contest in which nobody really stopped anyone, the Mavericks took a 50-44 lead with three minutes to play, but the visitors drove down the field for the game-winner.
St. John’s quarterback Wesley Gow threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score while kicker Matthew Garnett made three field goals to lead nearly 550 yards in offense for the Mavs.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, St. John’s slipped to 0-3 on the year.
All Saints Episcopal 42, Kinkaid 21
All Saints jumped out to a 21-0 lead after the first period Friday night to defeat the Falcons to defeat the Falcons Friday night in Fort Worth.
The Falcons got on the board in the second period to cut the gap to 21-7 but the hosts matched that score to hold a 28-7 advantage at halftime.
The setback snapped a Kinkaid two-game win streak after the Falcons had defeated Loomis Chaffee out of Connecticut 56-55 last Saturday night at Segal Field.
The Falcons are now 2-2 on the year and return home to play St. Mark’s School next Friday night.