Heights High School football coach Stephen Dixon said his team was amped up and ready to go when speaking the week before its season opener against Westbury.
At least for the first week, the team backed up his words.
The Bulldogs, who like all area schools had the start of their season delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 62-6 victory over the Huskies last Saturday, Oct. 10 at Barnett Stadium. It was their first season-opening win since the 2017 campaign.
Junior quarterback Jalen Morrison was sharp for the Bulldogs, throwing for 160 yards and three touchdowns while adding 26 yards on the ground. Patrick McDowell led Heights’ ground game, which racked up 197 yards, while senior Kendrick Rhymes led all receivers with 79 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball for the Bulldogs, linebacker Karl Williams had five tackles and an interception to lead a unit that forced three turnovers.
In other public school action last week, Scarborough, Waltrip and Booker T. Washington all lost district games. Washington is now 1-1 on the season, while Waltrip and Scarborough dropped to 0-2.
On the private school circuit, it was a banner weekend for area teams as St. Pius X, St. Thomas and Lutheran High North all emerged victorious.
Following a forfeit from St. John XXIII to give St. Thomas its first win of the season the weekend before, the Eagles scored their first on-field victory last Friday, Oct. 9 with a 31-14 win over San Antonio Central Catholic. Quarterback Maddox Kopp was again prolific, accounting for 381 total yards and three scores. Running back John Fontenot totaled 152 yards and a touchdown, while Drake Martinez caught five passes for 99 yards and a score.
Kevin Silva (13 tackles) and Vincent Ori (12 tackles) led a St. Thomas defense that allowed 252 total yards.
Lutheran High North got off the mat with a 40-16 victory over Westbury Christian last Friday, Oct. 9, using a 16-point fourth quarter to take control. Jaaron Henderson accounted for three touchdowns – one through the air, one on the ground and one on a third-quarter fumble return – while Zach Menefee ran for his first two touchdowns of the season.
Defensively, Xavier Neal had 10 tackles and an interception, while Menefee also added an interception for a unit that forced five Westbury Christian turnovers.
St. Pius X continued its early-season romp last Friday, Oct. 9 with a 49-0 win against St. John XXIII, improving to 3-0 on the season behind a balanced offensive attack.
Quarterback Carson Rodgers amassed 251 total yards and four touchdowns, including three during a 28-point second quarter onslaught that gave SPX a 35-0 halftime lead. Undra Ferrow ran for 157 yards and three scores while adding a 66-yard touchdown catch, while Ricky Thomas, Jr. caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Linebacker Carson Hintz had 14 tackles and a sack while Hayden Payne added 10 tackles and his second interception of the season to lead the Panthers’ defense in pitching its first shutout of the season.
A rundown of last week’s scores and this week’s game involving area teams is below.
Last week’s scores
Heights 62, Westbury 6
Yates 44, Scarborough 0
Fort Bend Austin 44, Waltrip 10
North Forest 43, Booker T. Washington 22
St. Pius X 49, St. John XXIII 0
Lutheran High North 40, Westbury Christian 16
St. Thomas 31, San Antonio Central Catholic 14
This week’s games
Waltrip vs. Fort Bend Willowridge, 7 p.m. (Barnett Stadium)
Booker T. Washington at Kashmere, 7 p.m. (Cowart Stadium)
Heights at Bellaire, 7 p.m. (Barnett Stadium)
St. Pius X vs. San Antonio Antonian Prep, 7 p.m.
Lutheran High North vs. First Baptist Pasadena, 7 p.m.
St. Thomas at San Antonio Christian, 7 p.m.
Scarborough at Worthing, 10 a.m. (Barnett Stadium)