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HOUSTON – David Raffield didn't know when it would happen.
When Bridgeland football would be a force to be reckoned with. When the Bears could contend for a playoff spot. When the program that has its first senior class in 2019 could be in the conversation for a district crown.
Apparently, 2019 was the year.
Bridgeland has stormed out of the gates to a 4-0 record overall – setting a new program record for wins in a season after going 3-7 a year ago – and on top of that 2-0 in District 14-6A.
"It's been one of those things, yes we thought we could get here," Raffield said. "When? We didn't set a timetable. We said we are taking no shortcuts and just going to work hard. We're really seeing the kids grow and develop at a very rapid rate in the last few months. It's exciting."
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By Grant Smith
The undefeated John Curtis Patriots top this week's rankings after a huge 72-12 over Landry-Walker.
They face a tough test next week against number No. 13 St. Augustine, one of six Top 20 matchups this Friday.
Other notable upcoming matchups include St. Thomas More vs. Neville, Catholic vs. Edna Karr, Brother Martin vs. Jesuit, Evangel vs. West Monroe and Rummel vs. Ruston.
Last year's Division II champion University Lab looks to get back on track this week after back-to-back loses against Neville and Catholic (B.R.). Haughton, alma mater of Dak Prescott, continues to move up the rankings after a strong 3-0 start to the season.
LHSAA Top 20
- 1. John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
- 2. St. Thomas More (Lafayette)
- 3. Edna Karr (New Orleans)
- 4. Neville (Monroe)
- 5. West Monroe (West Monroe)
- 6. Catholic (Baton Rouge)
- 7. Archbishop Rummel (Metairie)
- 8. Acadiana (Lafayette)
- 9. Destrehan (Destrehan)
- 10. Hahnville (Boutte)
- 11. Haughton (Haughton)
- 12. Notre Dame (Crowley)
- 13. St. Augustine (New Orleans)
- 14. Brother Martin (New Orleans)
- 15. Zachary (Zachary)
- 16. Bastrop (Bastrop)
- 17. Ruston (Ruston)
- 18. University Lab (Baton Rouge)
- 19. Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport)
- 20. Jesuit (New Orleans)
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Week 4 concluded with some great performances. Below are this week's nominees.
Week 4 nominees:
QB Dillon Markiewicz (McKinney North): 19-24 passing, 373 yds, 4 TDs
QB Gunner Hammond (Cleburne): 16-22 passing, 363 yds, 4 TDs
RB Jalil Brown (South Garland): 23 rush, 373 yds, 2 TDs; 1 rec, 16 yds
RB Mike Brown (Sherman): 19 rush, 191 yards; 2 rec, 8 yds
WR Hayden Metcalf (Prosper): 8 rec, 170 yards, 2 TDs
QB Kris Sims (Arlington): 17-22 passing, 246 yds, 5 TDs; 11 rush, 89 yds
QB Braedyn Locke (Rockwall): 17-31 passing, 342 yds, 6 TDs
RB Devantae Knowlton (Carrollton Prince of Peace): 20 rush, 347 yds, 5 TDs
RB Shawn Hodge (Dallas Spruce): 25 rush, 221 yds, 6 TDs
WR Ben Smith (Highland Park): 9 rec, 234 yds, 3 TDs
VOTING ENDS NOON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26.
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