The St. Thomas Eagles’ offense has been a juggernaut so far this season, averaging 39.6 points and 436 total yards per game.
In the area’s most notable high school football matchup this week, St. Thomas (4-1, 1-0 district) will likely need to utilize every weapon in its arsenal to break through against a San Antonio Central Catholic (4-1, 1-0) defense that is allowing opponents 14 points per game. The teams square off at 7 p.m. Friday in San Antonio.
Quarterback Jake Wright spearheads the St. Thomas offense, which has scored at least 35 points in every game, with a TAPPS-leading 1,635 passing yards and 17 touchdowns against one interception. His favorite target will likely be senior receiver Cameron Price, who ranks third in TAPPS with 643 yards and 128.6 yards per game, according to MaxPreps. Defensively, Zach Rocha ranks fourth in TAPPS with 59 tackles, while Jackson Ward’s three interceptions are tied for third.
The Buttons boast a similarly potent offense that is averaging nearly 37 points per game. They are led by a rushing attack putting up 212 yards per game, with Jonah Dunlap (420 yards, six touchdowns) and Sylas Gomez (281 yards, two touchdowns) doing most of the damage.
Here are a few more players and matchups to watch this week:
Booker T. Washington (3-1) vs. Furr (3-1) – Washington WR Jaaden Matthews:
The Golden Eagles have averaged better than 36 points per game this season, and the senior wideout has been a significant reason why. Matthews has 333 yards through four games with three touchdown catches, and has had two 100-yard receiving games. He will likely need to be involved Thursday as Booker T. Washington looks for its second straight win.
Furr has ridden a two-headed rushing attack to its strong start. Johnny Robinson has 451 yards and five touchdowns, while quarterback Camron Heard has amassed 574 yards and five scores of his own. Both have multiple 100-yard games.
Heights (1-4) vs. Bellaire (1-4) – Heights RB Zach Menefee
The Bulldogs saw their offense explode last week, and will look keep the ball rolling in another District 18-6A tilt against Bellaire on Friday night. It will likely go through the senior running back Menefee, who has 298 yards and four touchdowns rushing. It has been a bit hit-or-miss season for Menefee, but the Lutheran High North transfer still has two 100-yard games this season, including a 161-yard, two-touchdown performance against Westbury last week.
Bellaire’s game plan is no secret, and the Bulldogs will look to contain running back Jonathan McCoy (712 yards, seven touchdowns).
This Week's Schedule
Waltrip at Sterling, 7 p.m., Barnett Stadium
Booker T. Washington vs. Furr, 7 p.m., Dyer Stadium
Heights vs. Bellaire, 7 p.m., Delmar Stadium
Scarborough vs. Worthing, 7 p.m., Dyer Stadium
St. Thomas at San Antonio Central Catholic, 7 p.m.
Shiner St. Paul at Lutheran High North, 7 p.m.
Katy St. John XXIII at St. Pius X, 7 p.m.