Fort Bend Travis (8-0, 5-0 in District 20-6A) will try to clinch a share of the District 20-6A championship Friday at Hall Stadium vs. the Kempner Cougars. The game will be broadcast live on vypefortbend.com at 6:45PM.
Travis is having is best season ever, led by QB Eric Rodriguez, a great receiving corps featuring Parker Washington and Jarrell Farr, plus a running attack that strikes opponents between the tackles with the power of KJ Shankle and in the open field with scatback Aundre Smith.
The Tigers, 57-20 winners Saturday over Clements, also have a solid defense and an amazing kicker: Sergio Rubio has hit a 53-yard field goal this season.
Kempner (4-4, 2-3) is riding a two-game win streak with wins over Dulles and Austin and is back in the playoff picture. The Cougars will be a prohibitive underdog vs. Travis, but if they win their finale Nov. 8 vs. Clements and Bush loses its game vs. Austin Thursday, a three-way tie for the fourth playoff spot is a strong possibility. Ridge Point (4-1) has a firm grip on the second spot, and 3-2 Elkins currently holds on to the #3 playoff seed because of their win vs. Bush.
The Hightower Hurricanes will meet Shadow Creek Thursday night at Hall Stadium – it's a critical football game for the Hurricanes (5-3 overall and 4-1 in District 10-5A Div. 1) and their playoff hopes. The game will be broadcast live on vypefortbend.com starting at 6:45PM.
It's fitting that the game is on Halloween, because Shadow Creek is scary. The Sharks are, 8-0 overall, 5-0 in district play, and ranked 2nd in the state. In their second varsity season, the Sharks' only loss was last December in the state championship game vs. Highland Park.
The Hurricanes (5-3) are having a remarkable season in their first year under new head coach Joseph Sam. However, they might have been looking ahead to the Shadow Creek game when they played one of their worst games of the season Friday night, losing 21-2. Hightower was 4-0 in district play entering that game, but now they finish the season with games against Shadow Creek and 3-2 Richmond Foster, which battled hard in a 24-17 loss to Shadow Creek Thursday.