The Lutheran High North Lions have had a tough go of things so far in 2021, but showed signs of life in their most recent football game and are looking to keep the momentum going as they hit the road this week.
LHN (1-4, 1-0 district) will take on Bay Area Christian (5-1) this Friday in search of a second consecutive win, and the key to that might be sophomore quarterback and defensive back Kamare Shorts.
Shorts, recognized before the season as one of the city's top TAPPS players by the Touchdown Club of Houston, is coming off his best game of the season last week in throwing for 345 yards and four touchdowns while adding 29 yards and a touchdown rushing in the Lions’ 60-0 win over Alpha Omega Academy on Oct. 8. On defense, Shorts added three tackles and his first sack of the season, along with his first fumble recovery.
Sophomore wide receiver/defensive back Tiras McNeal is also coming off a strong game against Alpha Omega Academy, with 65 total yards and a touchdown on offense along with nine tackles, an interception and a caused fumble defensively.
Here are a few more local players and matchups to watch this week:
Waltrip (0-6, 0-5 District 11-5A) at Galena Park (4-2, 3-1) – Waltrip RB Kahlen Sam
The bright spots have been few and far between for head coach Jeremy Kirt and the Rams this season, but one consistent has been the senior running back carrying the offensive load. Sam is coming off of a 155-yard performance on 25 carries in last week’s 26-21 loss to Madison – his third 100-yard game of the season. Sam (492 yards) is averaging 5.5 yards per carry for Waltrip, and will look to help the Rams upset the Yellowjackets on Friday.
Conversely, the Rams will face a similarly strong running game when they head to GPISD Stadium. The Yellowjackets’ attack is putting up 276.2 yards per game, powered primarily by Amarion Kelly (351 yards, nine touchdowns) and Jose Barrientos (445 yards, six touchdowns).
Heights (3-4, 3-0 District 18-6A) vs. Westside (3-1, 2-0) – Heights QB Jalen Morrison
The senior signal caller appears to be hitting his stride coming down the stretch of district play, and the timing could not be better for the Bulldogs as they face off with the Wolves on Friday. Morrison accounted for four total touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) in Heights’ 69-2 drubbing of Chavez last week. It was his second consecutive game with at least four touchdowns, and he has four games this season with at least one score apiece rushing and throwing. He is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes in district play, with eight touchdowns against three interceptions.
On the other side of the ball, the Bulldog defense will be faced with stiff challenges in Wolves running back Jahbari Kuykendall (689 yards, six touchdowns) and receiver Dorian Washington (314 yards, five touchdowns).
San Antonio Central Catholic (6-1, 3-0 district) at St. Pius X (3-3, 1-2) – St. Pius X QB Cale Skinner
The senior has split time with Bryce McKeon this season, but appears to have largely been the most effective of the two – and he will need to be again if the Panthers want to avoid a losing streak.
Skinner has completed nearly 64 percent of his passes this season for 445 yards and four touchdowns against one interception while adding 206 yards and a touchdown rushing. He is coming off his best performance of the year (179 total yards) in last week’s loss to San Antonio Antonian Prep, and SPX will likely need a similar performance to upset the Buttons.
Quarterback Sylas Gomez (1,657 total yards, 20 touchdowns) powers the Central Catholic offensive attack, but running back Jonah Dunlap (598 yards, eight touchdowns) and receiver Jaxon Deason (506 yards, six touchdowns) are also threats.
This Week’s Schedule
San Antonio Central Catholic at St. Pius X, 7 p.m.
Heights vs. Westside, 7 p.m., Delmar Stadium
Scarborough at North Forest, 7 p.m., Cowart Stadium
Waltrip at Galena Park, 7 p.m., GPISD Stadium
St. Thomas at San Antonio Antonian Prep, 7 p.m.
Lutheran High North at Bay Area Christian, 7 p.m.
Booker T. Washington at Worthing, 6 p.m., Cowart Stadium