Following a trying opening weekend, the second week of football season bore a little more fruit for area high schools, with multiple teams scoring victories. One kicked off its season and its coach’s career with a bang, another squared its record and four remained on the prowl for their first victories of the season as the calendar turns to Week 3.
Lutheran High North and Scarborough emerged victorious against Sabine Pass and KIPP Generations Collegiate, respectively, to highlight the weekend for area teams. Meanwhile, Heights, St. Thomas, St. Pius X and Waltrip dropped their second consecutive games to start 2019 and will look to jump start their seasons next week.
LHN used a balanced attack to clobber Sabine Pass, which forfeited six of its eight scheduled games in a winless 2018 season, by a score of 58-0 last Friday night to open Shaun Stephens’ maiden voyage as a head coach.
In his first varsity start, sophomore quarterback Owen Poole completed 12 of 18 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns, spreading the ball around to five different targets. Senior Will Harris led the receiving corps with three catches for 108 yards, including a 69-yard scoring strike from Poole to give LHN a 20-0 advantage in the first quarter.
“(Owen) was incredibly calm and didn’t get rattled the entire game,” Stephens said. “He was asking to run all these different types of plays, and that was awesome to see.”
The Lions racked up 453 total yards, thanks in part to dominating offensive line play – led by senior Travis Malkowsky – that paved the way for 231 yards on the ground. Three different players tallied at least 60 rushing yards and a touchdown in the victory.
“Those guys were abusing the defensive line,” Stephens said. “(Malkowsky) was 30-40 yards downfield knocking guys down like bowling pins.”
The Lions also showed a strong defensive effort, holding the Sharks to minus-5 total yards for the game while forcing two turnovers and notching four sacks. Junior linebacker Robert Alston led the way with seven tackles and a sack.
Meanwhile, Scarborough knocked off KIPP Generations Collegiate 33-20, scoring its first victory in nearly a calendar year and evening its 2019 record at 1-1. The Spartans will try for their first winning streak and first multi-win season since 2007 when they travel to face Brookshire Royal this week.
Below is the scoreboard for games involving area teams and next week’s schedule for area schools.
Last Week’s Scores
Kingwood Park 42, Waltrip 13
Scarborough 33, KIPP Generations Collegiate 20
New Caney 48, Heights 20
Lutheran High North 58, Sabine Pass 0
La Marque 26, St. Pius X 13
Needville 35, St. Thomas 34