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EJ Hawkins, 1, and the Sterling Rangers fell 49-14 against Deer Park Friday night.

Sterling falls, BCA wins again

It’s official: The Anahuac Panthers are heading back to the football playoffs.

Wrapping up their home slate, the Panthers moved to 5-0 in District 12-3A I play with a 41-13 rout of Hardin Friday night to secure their first trip to the bi-district round of the postseason since 2016.

Now, it’s on to playing at East Chambers at 7:30 p.m. Friday to decide who wins the district championship.

Who would have thought?

“I told our guys during our scrimmage in August that I had no clue we would win a game - we weren’t physical and too soft,” Neece said. “It looked like it could be a long year. After our first loss at Tarkington we thought the same thing.

“To be in this position, it’s pretty remarkable how the kids bought in and turned this around.”

Anahuac (5-3, 5-0) was led by Foster Kreuzer who had 12 carries for 132 yards and a 78-yard scoring run while he completed 7 of 10 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Landyn Fanus ran 18 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Terrell Cargo had a 36-yard touchdown pass and Zion Clark caught four passes for 65 yards and a score.

“The win was a great way for our seniors to go out and our community has come together,” Neece said. “We took care of business and we played really good on defense. They completed some balls, but we shut them out in the second half.”

Deer Park 49, Sterling 14

The Rangers dropped their fifth straight game – all in District 21-6A play – with a 49-14 home defeat against Deer Park (5-3, 3-2) at Stallworth Stadium.

Sterling (1-7, 0-5) scores came via an EJ Hawkins touchdown reception from Jacob Landry and a Jayden Trousdale scoring run.

“We just didn’t play well and we didn’t execute,” Sterling head coach Robert Toomer. “Hats off to them, we just didn’t play the way we were capable of. We just need more consistency.”

BCA 45, Orange Community 0

After two weeks off, the Bulldogs got back to business with a 45-0 rout of visiting Orange Community Christian Friday in Baytown.

BCA (8-0, 2-0) was led by Colton Anderson (nine carries for 156 yards, four touchdowns), Jelan Dowdye (four carries, 97 yards, one score), Jakob Wheatfall (one touchdown rushing) and a team total of 271 yards on the ground.

The game was called at halftime.

“A lot of false hype going into this game but I think we needed it,” BCA head coach Jeromey Anderson said. “The boys needed something to get fired up about and they played with fire for sure. 

“They had a good game plan. They tried to kill the clock by running the ball. We were way more physical than they were. They had no answer for our backs.”

Anderson said the good running attack was buoyed by the Bulldogs offensive line.

“Defensively we were solid but not at our best,” Coach Anderson said. “We gave up two first downs that shouldn’t have happened. We had some kids back from injury and tried a few kids out to build some added depth as we have been doing all year.”

It was the Bulldogs 22nd straight win dating back to last season’s state title run.

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