St. Thomas

St. Thomas' Johann Cardenas stiff arms a tackler Sept. 4 against Plano John Paul II. The Eagles will take on Kinkaid School on Friday. (Photo from St. Thomas High School Twitter

The St. Thomas High School football team played well in its first two outings as a previously inexperienced core has gelled well so far. But the Eagles will face their stiffest test of the young season this Friday as they travel to face a state-ranked opponent.

St. Thomas will be looking to knock off Houston’s Kinkaid School, which began the season as the 10th-ranked private school team in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Both teams are 2-0 entering this week’s showdown.

Transfer quarterback Jake Wright has been on point through the Eagles’ first two contests, throwing for 559 yards and five touchdowns without an interception while completing 74 percent of his passes. Houston Touchdown Club all-preseason selection Cameron Price (303 yards) has been the primary target for Wright, while running back Johann Cardenas had 181 total yards in last week’s win over Plano John Paul II.

Zach Rocha (27 tackles) and Jackson Ward (26 tackles, 1 interception) along with John Heyburn (16 tackles, 1 sack) will be tasked with stopping a Falcons offense that has put up 80 points the last two weeks.

Here are a few more players and matchups to watch this week:

Booker T. Washington (2-0) at Baytown Sterling (1-1) – Washington RB Derrick Brimsley/WR Jaaden Matthews: Brimsley has been one of the focal points of Washington’s attack early on, piling up 314 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles’ two wins. When they have thrown the ball, Matthews (238 yards, 2 touchdowns) has been quarterback Jordan Vidal’s primary target.

They will look to continue doing damage Thursday against Baytown Sterling as the Eagles look for their first 3-0 start in more than 15 years.

St. Pius X (1-1) vs. Dallas Bishop Lynch (1-1) – SPX TE Logan Tanner/LB Carson Hintz: Everything for the Panthers’ offensive attack begins with Tanner. After racking up 172 yards in SPX’s opening win against Lutheran High North, the San Diego State commit was held to just one catch for four yards in the Panthers’ loss to Dallas Christian last week. He’ll need to be more involved on Friday if the Panthers want to get back in the win column.

Hintz leads the Panthers in tackles (24) and tackles for loss (5), and SPX will need him at his best to help contain Bishop Lynch running back Isaiah Schmidtke (154 yards) on Friday.

Heights (0-2) vs. Barbers Hill (0-2) – Heights WR Xavier Neal: Quarterback Jalen Morrison rightfully gets much of the attention on offense, but his favorite target should get some as well. Neal, a transfer from Lutheran High North, has been as good as advertised for the Bulldogs so far this season, racking up 18 catches for 286 yards and two touchdowns. If he can continue finding holes in a Barbers Hill defense that has allowed 97 points in its first two games, the Bulldogs might get their first win of 2021.

To do so, the Bulldogs’ defense will also have to find a way to slow down Barbers Hill quarterback Brent Holdren (407 total yards, 3 touchdowns) and running back Garret Hagler (177 yards, 1 touchdown) on Friday.

This Week’s Schedule

Thursday

Booker T. Washington at Baytown Sterling, 7 p.m., Stallworth Stadium

Friday

Waltrip at Houston Austin, 7 p.m., Barnett Stadium

Heights vs. Barbers Hill, 7 p.m., Delmar Stadium

Lutheran High North vs. Tomball Rosehill Christian, 7 p.m.

St. Thomas at Kinkaid, 7 p.m.

St. Pius X vs. Dallas Bishop Lynch, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Scarborough vs. KIPP Northeast, 6 p.m., Dyer Stadium

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