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Pearland Oilers vs Pasadena Eagles

The Oilers will travel to face the Pasadena Eagles at Pasadena Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The No. 13 state-ranked Oilers won all three of their non-district games over Houston Madison (49-0), Fort Bend Kempner (49-0) and Spring Branch Memorial (42-3). The Oilers have outscored their three opponents 140-3.

Pasadena finished the 2012 season with a 0-10 record and are picked to finish last this season in the District 22-5A race. With five offensive and six defensive starters returning and 20 returning lettermen for the 2013 campaign, the Eagles have registered two wins over Spring Woods (33-3) and Houston Waltrip (32-31) while falling to Texas City (49-7) for a 2-1 non-district record.

Quarterback Daniel Delgado has thrown for 328 yards and five touchdowns to lead the offense for the Eagles. Uriel Hill has caught 10 passes for 229 yards and three TDs while Metrelle Taylor has 11 grabs for 141 yards and two TDs.

So far this season, the Oilers offense have dominated their first three games with QB Kalen Johnson showing marked improvement passing and running from a year ago. JaColbie Butler, Hayden Cole, and Zach Boegler have provided strong running on the ground.

Look for the Oilers to easily take this district opener.

Prediction: Pearland 56 – Pasadena 0

Santa Fe Indians vs Dawson Eagles

The Dawson Eagles will host the Santa Fe Indians for Homecoming on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. The Eagles have reeled off three straight non-district wins over Montgomery (28-0), Westbury (49-12), and Clear Falls (49-13).

The Santa Fe Indians were winless in 2012, but they opened the 2013 season with a 28-19 loss against Vidor, but got  their first win this year against Brazosport 46-40 to break their losing streak. The Indians have seven offensive and six defensive starters returning to go with 18 returning lettermen which gives them a much better chance to competed this season in district play.

QB Ryan Sufca is the offensive leader for the Indians as he has hit 25-of-35 passing for 389 yards and four TDs and one INT. He also has 174 yards rushing on 16 carries for two TDs.

RB Timonthy Alcalahas 47 totes for 209 yards and two scores. Josh McKinney is the top receiver with nine catches for 162 yards and two TDs.

However, the Indians haven’t played anyone close to the caliber of Dawson and it won’t be a big surprise if the Eagles win in a blowout.

Dawson continues to reload each year and so far so good as they have dominated every game to start the 2013 football campaign.

Prediction: Dawson 49 – Santa Fe 7

Galena Park Yellowjackets vs Friendswood Mustangs

The Friendswood Mustangs will host the Galena Park Yellowjackets in the first District 24-4A contest for both teams. Friendswood is 2-1 in non-district action after getting wins over Alvin (36-14) and Terry (21-20) while falling to Dickinson (33-30) in a game the Mustangs should have won.

Galena Park invades Henry Winston Stadium this Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. and the Mustangs should pick up their third win of the season.

The Yellowjackets should be much improved from last year’s 4-6 team with seven offensive and six defensive starters returning with 18 lettermen. The Jackets opened the season with a 43-21 win over Magnolia and then fell to Tomball Memorial 19-14 and then closed out the non-district schedule with a 35-21 win over Huffman Hargrave for a 2-1 mark.

Quarterback Anthoula Kelly will be the workhorse on offense for the Jackets as he has 492 yards rushing on 45 carries and eight TDs while completing 16-of-39 passing for 202 yards and two scores with one INT. Kelly has five different receivers who have shared the receiving load. RB Larry Hinton has 101 yards rushing on 17 carries with one score.

If the Friendswood defense can shut down Kelly, the Mustangs should be able to pick up their first win to begin league action.

Prediction: Friendswood 35 – Galena Park 14

Pasadena Memorial vs Manvel Mavericks

The Manvel Mavericks (2-1) will host Pasadena Memorial (0-3) in the District 22-5A opener for both teams. Manvel has two wins over Spring (33-12) and Ball High (46-7) while falling to North Shore (24-20).

The Memorial Mavericks began the season with three straight losses to Fort Bend Clements (16-4), Clear Lake (32-21), and Channelview (35-13). Memorial enjoyed a great season in 2012 with an 8-3 mark while advancing to the playoffs. The Mavericks return five offensive and six defensive starters with 15 returning lettermen, but so far Memorial hasn’t lived up to pre-season expectations with many picking the Mavericks to make the playoffs again in 2013.

QB Israel Travino has hit 25-of-42 passing for 229 yards and one TD and two INTs. QB Brady Morren has shared signal-calling duties and has hit 11-of-21 for 121 yards with one INT. RB Reggie Turner is the leading ball carrier with 378 yards on 65 carries with four TDs. Trevino has 120 yards on 36 carries. Ray Ramirez is the top receiver with 149 yards on 12 catches.

Manvel has begun the season with another prolific offensive showing in the first three games while the defense has shown equal strength.

The Mavericks have displayed equal firepower on offense with 528 yards rushing and 680 yards passing.

Memorial may be competitive at the start of the game, but Manvel will ultimately overpower Memorial to hand them their fourth straight loss.

Prediction: Manvel 42 – Memorial 7

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