Teams ready to rumble in District 13-6A


All six of the District 13-6A football teams have at least one thing in common.

After each team has scheduled their goodbyes in Week 6, College Park, The Woodlands, Oak Ridge, Willis, Grand Oaks and Conroe are rested, rejuvenated and geared up for the five-game district race starting this Thursday night. .

It will almost certainly be a mad race for the coveted District Championship and the four total playoff spots up for grabs.

College Park, of course, is the defending district champion after winning their first gold ball trophy in school history last year in the season finale. The Woodlands are chomping at the bit for the Woodland War against the Cavaliers, which once again brings the regular season to a close.

After his first playoff win in 18 years last December, Oak Ridge is hoping to turn the boat around in district play after some non-district struggles. Rival Grand Oaks, meanwhile, ran his out-of-district program unharmed.

Willis was the story of the second half of the district game last year as he won his last two games to slip into the playoffs. Conroe, meanwhile, is looking to secure a playoff berth for the first time in nine years.


Thursday October 7

Willis at The Woodlands (Woodforest), 7 p.m.

Friday October 8

College Park at Grand Oaks (Woodforest), 7 p.m.

Oak Ridge at Conroe (Moorhead), 7 p.m.


Thursday October 14

Conroe at Grand Oaks (Woodforest), 7 p.m.

Friday October 15th

The Woodlands at Oak Ridge (Woodforest), 7 p.m.

Willis at College Park (Moorhead), 7 p.m.

Friday October 22

Grand Oaks at The Woodlands (Woodforest), 7 p.m.

College Park at Conroe (Moorhead), 7 p.m.

Oak Ridge at Willis (Yates), 7 p.m.


Thursday October 28

Willis at Grand Oaks (Woodforest), 7 p.m.

Friday October 29

The Woodlands at Conroe (Moorhead), 7 p.m.

Oak Ridge at College Park (Woodforest), 7 p.m.


Thursday, November 4

College Park at The Woodlands (Woodforest), 7 p.m.

Friday November 5

Grand Oaks at Oak Ridge (Woodforest), 7 p.m.

Conroe at Willis (Yates), 7 p.m.

Here’s a team-by-team look at how the Highlanders, Cavaliers, War Eagles, Grizzlies, Wildkats, and Tigers have evolved so far in 2021:

College Park (4-1) slipped against Cinco Ranch to start the season, but has since won four straight wins.

The Cavaliers first had a tough road victory at Bryan in Week 2, which is no easy trip and a place to win.

Their most impressive streak came in Weeks 3 and 4. The Cavaliers first won a 42-0 victory over Cypress Lakes, their first shutout since 2018. Eleven days later, on a Saturday night, College Park s’ is found in a 21-3 hole at halftime against Klein. The Cavaliers rallied in the second half, outscoring the Bearkats 35-3, for their third straight victory.

Two Fridays ago, College Park earned a 49-13 victory at Mayde Creek.

It has been a total team effort by College Park to get to this point. Ty Buckmon is third in the district in passing yards with 931 yards and his seven touchdown passes have gone to four different receivers. Wide receiver Holden Rook and tight end Cody Mladenka each have three.

The 86 points awarded by the Cavaliers are the second lowest in the league.

Woods (3-2) is tested in combat as he played a very difficult schedule. Both losses came to top teams Bridgeland and Katy, the defending Class 6A (Div. II) champions.

The Highlanders started the year 2-0 after a home win on opening night against Langham Creek and a road win at Houston Lamar. The Woodlands went on to claim a 62-0 victory over Aguilas MX Prep in Mexico City before the bye.

Highly recruited sophomore quarterback Mabrey Mettauer threw for 799 yards while running for 166 more. He has 15 total touchdowns – 10 assists and five on the ground.

Senior wide receiver Ben Ferguson received five touchdowns to lead the team in that department.

In defense, John Podowski leads the district with five sacks while teammate Bradley Warren has three. The Highlanders have 16 sacks in total as a team.

Ridge Oak (1-4) rallied for a win in his first game of the season against Clear Creek as he erased an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The War Eagles fought another worthy fight the next two games in a four-point loss to Houston Stratford and a three-point loss to Pearland.

Since then, Oak Ridge has stumbled with a 25-point loss to Tomball and a 30-point loss to Montgomery.

Oak Ridge lost quarterback Steve Smedley in Game 2 to injury, while senior Ethan Rodriguez stepped up. The War Eagles have relied heavily on sophomore running backs Frankie Arthur, who is the district leader in rushing yards with 548 yards, while teammate Larry DeBose follows in second with 460 yards. Arthur has six touchdowns while DeBose has one.

Oak Ridge’s offense is averaging 444 yards per game, second in the district.

The War Eagles have allowed the most points overall at 191, an average of 38.2 per game.

Willis (3-2) enters the district game on a hot streak.

After falling to Tomball and Huntsville to start the season, the Wildkats followed a string of wins over Houston Bellaire, state-ranked A&M Consolidated and a solid road win at Klein Collins over a week ago.

Like The Woodlands, the Wildkats have an exciting sophomore quarterback at DJ Lagway, who turns scouts’ heads without his physical build and ability to throw and run. Lagway has 613 passing yards and 372 rushing yards heading into the District game.

Willis’ offense is coming from everywhere as Jamarious Wells and Tallas Harrison put on big receptions. Senior De’Ontae Fleeks is making a name for himself in the backfield with three rushing scores behind an offensive line that blocks 163.3 yards per game.

Jadarius Brown, a recent verbal engagement from Sam Houston State, is doing everything for Willis with his high school, attacking and special teams abilities.

Grand Oaks (5-0) arrive in the District undefeated for the second year in a row, but are looking to improve on their two 13-6A wins last year, which unfortunately was not enough for the Grizzlies to advance to the playoffs for the first time.

The Grizzlies enter the district game as the district leaders in offensive (536.6 yards per game) and defense (146 yards allowed per game). They scored the most points at 266 and allowed the fewest points at 32.

Junior Jacob Smith has proven to be a formidable starting quarterback for the Grizzlies after taking over this year. He is currently second in the district in yards at 968 and leads the district in touchdown shots at 16. His two favorite targets so far are first rookie Quanell Farrakhan (384 yards), who has had six touchdown receptions, and junior Triston Brause (341 yards), who has also reached the end zone six times.

The Grizzlies also rely on experienced runners at Brandon High (454 yards, seven TDs) and Sean Zver (357 yards, eight TDs).

Grand Oaks also leads the league in rotational margin with more than four Ikenna Agoh, the only player to have multiple interceptions with two.

Conroe (2-3) had a blazing start to the season with impressive wins over Mayde Creek and Kingwood. The Tigers have since lost three straight to Summer Creek, Houston Lamar and Clear Springs, while allowing more than 56 points per game in those losses.

On the bright side, Clayton Garlock has had a quiet start to the season as a quarterback. The senior leads the league with 1,360 passing yards (272 per game) and 15 touchdowns.

Ten of those touchdowns went to super sophomore Louis Williams III, who had consistently reached the end zone to lead that department’s district. He has 645 yards and over 20 yards per reception.

Conroe struggled to run the ball compared to his league counterparts as he is last in that category in the district with 678 yards.

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