By Landan Kuhlmann
The name of the game last week, at least for three area high school football teams, was keeping the ball on the ground. And it appeared to work as Marshall, Clements and Kempner each ran roughshod over their opponents to keep their slates clean.
In their season-opening victory two weeks ago, the Marshall Buffalos’ offense looked less like a thundering herd and more like a docile pack. Last week, however, head coach James Williams and his team looked more like the squad that has appeared in consecutive Class 5A Division II state championship games.
The Buffaloes raced past the Galena Park Yellowjackets 62-0 at Hall Stadium last Thursday night, improving to 2-0 on the season and running their regular-season winning streak to nine games.
A prolific and balanced rushing attack spearheaded Marshall’s attack as the Buffalos racked up 251 yards on the ground. Junior Rundrick Dudley led the way with 90 yards and four touchdowns. Three different Buffalos reached pay dirt, while four (Dudley, Aaron McGowen, Ja’Koby Banks and Roland Harvey) each ran for at least 30 yards. Harvey also threw for 110 yards in his second start at quarterback, adding his first career touchdown through the air.
Marshall’s defense stymied the Yellowjackets all night as a relentless attack forced five turnovers. Tristin Drones-Mouton had eight tackles and a forced fumble, while Jacobe Chester had a fumble recovery and an interception.
Over at Mercer Stadium on Friday, the Clements Rangers scored a second consecutive resounding win, taking down Pasadena 54-7. Bobby Darnell’s offense went up 13-0 after the first quarter and never looked back en route to the team matching its highest win total since the 2010 campaign.
James Sattler did much of the damage for the Rangers with 204 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. J.R. Mirelles also ran for 104 yards and a score as 441 of Clements’ 520 total yards came via the rushing attack.
Micah Darnell added 105 total yards and two touchdowns, while Matt McGinnis led the defense with seven tackles and a sack.
Kempner also remained undefeated in the early going after a 67-0 victory over Houston Wisdom last Thursday night at Mercer Stadium. The Cougars are 2-0 for the second straight season and third time in five years. Senior running back Joseph Trim followed up a 182-yard performance in a season-opening win over Alvin with a 109-yard, two-touchdown game against Wisdom.
In total, the Cougars ran for 242 yards and had five different runners reach the end zone. Cody Pham also had a 65-yard kickoff return for a score.
Willowridge also is among Fort Bend ISD’s unbeaten teams after taking down Northside 47-7 last Friday night.
A rundown of last week’s games and schedule for this week involving area teams is below.
Last week’s scores
Marshall 62, Galena Park 0
Willowridge 47, Northside 7
Kempner 67, Wisdom 0
Clements 54, Pasadena 7
Clear Springs 38, Elkins 22
Dobie 61, Bush 12
Mayde Creek 28, Dulles 7
Lake Creek 30, Travis 29
King 31, Ridge Point 21
College Park 46, Austin 7
El Campo 35, Stafford 13
This week’s games
Dulles vs. Conroe, 7 p.m. (Mercer Stadium)
Clements at Fulshear, 7 p.m. (Traylor Stadium)
Austin at Conroe Grand Oaks, 7 p.m. (Moorhead Stadium)
Willowridge at Waltrip, 7 p.m. (Barnett Stadium)
Travis vs. Heights, 7 p.m. (Hall Stadium)
Kempner vs. Katy Paetow, 7 p.m. (Mercer Stadium)
Hightower at The Woodlands, 7 p.m. (Woodforest Bank Stadium)
Marshall at Northside, 7 p.m. (Cowart Stadium)
Stafford vs. Needville, 7 p.m. (Stafford High School)