Before the football season, Lutheran High North head coach Shaun Stephens praised Jaaron Henderson and Xavier Neal, predicting a big season from both returnees.
As the TAPPS season enters its home stretch, the duo has so far proved those words to be more than just platitudes.
Henderson threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns while adding 94 yards rushing to lead the way for the Lions in a 30-6 victory over Beaumont Legacy Christian last Friday, Oct. 23. It was his second consecutive game with at least 200 yards of total offense and the third consecutive win for LHN (3-2) after dropping its first two contests.
Neal, in turn, was Henderson’s favorite target, hauling in nine passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. It was the second straight 100-yard performance for Neal, and his third such game this season. Zach Menefee added 64 yards rushing and a score.
On the other side of the ball, Neal also had three interceptions as part of a defensive effort that saw LHN’s defense force five turnovers on the night to stymie the Warriors’ attack.
In other private school action, St. Thomas won its fourth consecutive game with a 35-28 overtime victory against previously undefeated San Antonio Antonian Prep. The Eagles (4-2) got 387 total yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Maddox Kopp – and needed every last one of them to hold off the Apaches’ late comeback bid, including an 8-yard scoring toss to Cameron Bonner for the OT winner.
Bonner (134 yards) had his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season, while Cameron Price added 138 yards and a touchdown as St. Thomas won its 13th straight district game.
St. Pius X, meanwhile, dropped its second straight game, losing 28-27 to San Antonio Central Catholic.
On the public school circuit, Heights bounced back from a loss to Fort Bend Travis with a 45-7 win over Chavez last Friday, Oct. 23 at Barnett Stadium.
Quarterback Jalen Morrison accounted for 328 total yards (244 passing, 84 rushing) and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs (2-1). Flanking him was tailback Kendric Rhymes, who ran for a career-high 182 yards and tied his career high with three touchdowns.
Chris Smith also had two interceptions for a Bulldogs defense that held an opposing offense to single-digit points for the second time this season.
All other area Houston ISD teams lost last week. Waltrip and Scarborough each dropped to 0-3 on the season following losses to Marshall and North Forest, respectively. Booker T. Washington is now 1-3 following a 47-0 loss against Wheatley.
A rundown of last week’s scores and this week’s schedule involving area teams is below.
Last Week’s Scores
Heights 45, Chavez 7
Marshall 68, Waltrip 0
Wheatley 47, Booker T. Washington 0
North Forest 42, Scarborough 12
Lutheran High North 30, Beaumont Legacy Christian 6
St. Thomas 35, San Antonio Antonian Prep 28
SA Central Catholic 28, St. Pius X 27
This Week’s Games
Washington vs. Worthing, 7 p.m. (Barnett Stadium)
Scarborough vs. Kashmere, 7 p.m. (Barnett Jr. Stadium)
Lutheran High North vs. Bay Area Christian, 7 p.m.
St. Thomas vs. St. Pius X, 7 p.m.
Waltrip vs. Sterling, 10 a.m. (Barnett Stadium)
Heights at Westside, 2 p.m. (Barnett Stadium)