Football season is heating up for every team in the Brazos Valley, but for Bryan, the stakes will get even higher on Friday.
The Vikings are the first local team to start their district schedule, taking on Tomball Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Tomball. Memorial won last year’s matchup 21-14.
The Wildcats, who lost 31-28 to Cypress Woods in their District 14-6A opener last week, scored 48 and 47 points in each of their first two games, which were wins over Tomball and Klein. Though several key playmakers graduated off Memorial’s roster, the Wildcats return leading 1,000-yard receiver Logan Kyle and junior quarterback Colton Marwill, who saw action in five games last season.
Bryan struggled with a potent A&M Consolidated offense in a 49-7 loss two weeks ago but had two weeks to improve an already solid defense. If the Vikings’ offense led by junior quarterback Nico Bulhof and senior Jalen Davis can put together a good showing, this could be a surprising matchup.
A win would do more than boost Bryan’s confidence. The Vikings’ next win will be the 250th of head coach Ross Rogers’ career.
Win over Madisonville a good starting point for Caldwell
It’s no secret that Caldwell has plenty of athletic players on its roster.
Two weeks ago, the Hornets battled a strong Rockdale team and had the ball in Tigers’ territory when time expired in the 44-36 Rockdale win. This week, Logan Knesek stepped up and slid over to quarterback, leading Caldwell to its first win of the season, a 12-6 decision over Madisonville. The victory also was head coach Matt Langley’s first at the helm.
“The thing I’m proudest of is they’ve gotten better every week,” Langley said. “Our defense played unbelievable tonight to keep us in the ballgame and close the ballgame out. Man those guys and the coaching staff and those kids did an unbelievable job this whole night.
“Pressure either makes diamonds or busts pipes, and our kids did a great job of applying pressure all night long, and eventually we got those pipes to bust. That’s a really good football team and a great coaching staff [at Madisonville].”
Knesek, who typically is the Hornets’ running back, stuck to his strengths as he finished with 131 yards on 24 carries and was responsible for both Caldwell TDs, but he also completed 5 of 9 passes for 77 yards while stepping in for the injured Kyle Cunningham, who recorded 227 total yards against Rockdale.
Caldwell showed promise against an excellent Rockdale team and shut down Madisonville’s offense, which a week before hung 55 points on Woodville.
The win over Madisonville is a good starting point for the Hornets (1-2), who have a pair of nondistrict games, starting with Columbus (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday ahead of a grueling District 12-4A Division II schedule. Caldwell’s district includes Bellville, which beat Madisonville 18-15 in overtime on Aug. 30.
Consol up to No. 5 in Texas Football rankings; Rockdale moves into poll
A&M Consolidated moved up one spot to No. 5 in the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Class 5A Division II poll after District 10-5A Division II foe Huntsville dropped from fourth to seventh following its loss to College Station. The Tigers come out of their bye week to host Leander Rouse at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In Class 3A Division I, Cameron held steady at No. 3 while Rockdale moved into the rankings at No. 9 after beating Lexington 45-13. The Yoemen host Giddings at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the Tigers host Hyde Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In Class 2A Division II, Bremond jumped from 10th to sixth after a 44-6 win over Milano. The Tigers return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco Reicher. Burton fell out of the rankings after a 49-0 loss to Class 2A Division I No. 2 Shiner.
Calvert slid one spot to No. 10 in the Class 1A Division II poll after losing 36-20 to Bastrop Tribe Consolidated, The Trojans will travel to San Marcos HCC at 7:30 p.m. Friday.