5 games to watch in Houston

With the primary spherical in the books, an array of contenders from the Houston space are nonetheless alive in the UIL Texas highschool soccer playoffs. This consists of a number of undefeated groups—Katy, Lake Creek, New Caney, North Shore and Shadow Creek—wanting to protect their good seasons, in addition to a handful of others with state title hopes.

At this stage in the playoffs, there’s all the time the potential of blowouts. But listed here are 10 area-round matchups involving Houston groups which have the potential to be each aggressive and entertaining.

Spring Westfield (10-1) vs. Klein Collins (10-1)

The highest-ranked one-loss group in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s remaining 6A rankings at No. 7, Westfield’s dominance has been on full show since falling to North Shore in early September. Since then, the Mustangs are 8-0 with a mean win margin of 51.25 factors. Klein Collins will probably be no simple take a look at, although. The Tigers’ solely loss got here final month by 4 factors in opposition to Klein Cain—which can also be 10-1—and so they throttled Bridgeland 48-14 in their playoff opener.

Atascocita (9-2) vs. Clear Springs (8-3)

Not all losses are created equal, and that is actually the case with Atascocita’s 2022 resume. They misplaced to North Shore and Katy—ranked second and fifth in 6A, respectively—by a mixed complete of 11 factors, and have out-scored the remainder of their opponents 392-46. Clear Springs is a contender that appears to be getting ignored, with eight wins in its final 9 games. After final week’s 37-0 drubbing of Alief Taylor, the Chargers have now received 4 consecutive games by a minimum of 4 touchdowns.

A&M Consolidated (9-2) vs. Fulshear (10-1)

There have been some rising pains through the years for the younger Fulshear soccer program, however these days are in the previous. The Chargers simply surpassed 5 wins for the primary time in 2022, and are 10-1 after selecting up their first-ever playoff victory final week. Multiple contributors have performed a component in this turnaround, however Davion Godley is one participant in specific to regulate. According to MaxPreps, the junior working again is averaging practically 10 yards per carry with 22 complete touchdowns and over 2,000 yards from scrimmage on the season.


Shadow Creek’s Jacorey Watson (1) throws a go throughout a sport in opposition to Dawson on October 21, 2022 at Freedom Field in Rosharon, Texas.

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Summer Creek (7-4) vs. Shadow Creek (11-0)

Summer Creek’s general report would not totally encapsulate how harmful the Bulldogs may be. Their 4 losses have been by a complete of 17 factors to groups which have a mixed 4 losses between them, together with a three-point loss to Atascocita in the regular-season finale. They’re additionally coming off a 72-7 rout of South Houston in the bi-district spherical. As for Shadow Creek, the Sharks have but to meet their match, successful six of their final seven games by a minimum of 35 factors and coming into the realm spherical with a flawless 11-0 report. If Shadow Creek will get previous Summer Creek and Katy is ready to beat Memorial this week, it might arrange a third-round showdown between two Houston space groups with a mixed report of 24-0.

DeKaney (8-3) vs. Cypress Falls (8-3)

There are Division I prospects on each sidelines in this matchup, however the one that may seize probably the most eyeballs is probably going Jonah Wilson—and for good motive. Wilson is the No. 33 receiver in the nation and No. 45 general prospect in Texas in the 247Sports composite rankings for 2023, and the Houston commit hauled in 11 catches for 151 yards and a landing in final week’s bi-district win over Oak Ridge. Cypress Falls, in the meantime, confirmed some resolve in its playoff opener in opposition to Tomball Memorial. The Golden Eagles racked up greater than 400 yards on the bottom, as they rallied from 14 factors down to win 45-35.

Below is the total record of playoff games involving Houston space groups this week, by way of texasfootball.com.


The Woodlands (9-2) vs. Klein Cain (10-1), 7 pm Friday at Shenandoah’s Woodforest Bank Stadium
Spring Westfield (10-1) vs. Klein Collins (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Tomball’s Tomball ISD Stadium
Cy-Fair (10-1) vs. Katy Cinco Ranch (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Cypress’ Pridgeon Stadium
Galena Park North Shore (11-0) vs. Dickinson (8-3), 7 pm Friday at Galena Park’s Galena Park ISD Stadium
Houston Lamar (9-2) vs. Fort Bend Ridge Point (9-2), 7 pm Friday at Katy’s Legacy Stadium
Humble Atascocita (9-2) vs. League City Clear Springs (8-3), 7 pm Friday at League City’s Challenger-Columbia Stadium


New Caney (11-0) vs. Tomball (7-4), 7 pm Friday at Spring’s Planet Ford Stadium
Spring DeKaney (8-3) vs. Cypress Falls (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Porter’s Randall Reed Stadium
Houston Memorial (8-3) vs. Katy (11-0), 7 pm Friday at Houston’s Tully Stadium
Humble Summer Creek (7-4) vs. Alvin Shadow Creek (11-0), 7 pm Friday at Houston’s TDECU Stadium
Houston Heights (8-3) vs. Fort Bend Hightower (9-2), 1 p.m. Saturday at Houston’s Delmar Stadium
Houston King (7-4) vs. League City Clear Falls (9-2), 7 pm Friday at Houston’s Sheldon ISD Panther Stadium


Mansfield Timberview (11-0) vs. Mont Belvieu at Barbers Hill (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Cedar Park’s Gupton Stadium
Magnolia West (8-3) vs. Georgetown (9-2), 7 pm Friday at Magnolia’s Mustang Stadium
Angleton (9-2) vs. College Station (9-2), 7 pm Friday at Cypress’ Cy-Fair FCU Stadium
A&M Consolidated (9-2) vs. Fulshear (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at College Station’s Tiger Stadium
Smithson Valley (10-1) vs. Manvel (8-3), 7:30 pm Friday at Bastrop’s Memorial Stadium


Fort Bend Marshall (10-1) vs. Waco University (6-5), 7 pm Friday at Giddings’ Buffalo Stadium
Montgomery Lake Creek (11-0) vs. Leander Rouse (6-5), 7:30 pm Friday at College Station’s Cougar Field
Belton (9-2) vs. Brenham (7-4), 7:30 pm Friday at Bryan’s Green Stadium


Tyler Chapel Hill (9-2) vs. Bay City (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Humble’s Turner Stadium
Lumberton (10-1) vs. Stafford (7-4), 7:30 pm Friday at Beaumont’s Memorial Stadium
Clute Brazosport (6-5) vs. Lindale (7-4), 7:30 pm Friday at Georgetown’s Georgetown ISD Stadium
El Campo (9-2) vs. Kilgore (8-3), 1 p.m. Friday at Porter’s Randall Reed Stadium


Cuero (10-1) vs. Sealy (7-4), 7 pm Friday at Cuero’s Gobbler Stadium

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