So close wasn’t enough as the Sterling Rangers football team fell to 0-2 with a last second, 16-14 non-district defeat at Aldine Nimitz Friday night.
RSS got a 63-yard touchdown run from EJ Hawkins and a one-yard quarterback sneak by Jacob Landry midway through the fourth quarter to take a 14-13 lead.
“I thought the kids played tremendously well,” Sterling head coach Robert Toomer said. “You can’t ask anymore from the kids and I thought we improved from last week. We just have to capitalize on some things and we had some key turnovers that cost us.
“We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot and we have to make sure that when we have the momentum that we capitalize on it.”
Sterling mustered only 208 yards offense, rushing for 161 of those yards.
“It was a defensive battle, but if you look at what we accomplished, we sustained drives,” Toomer said. “We just have to get it into the end zone. Overall, I am very pleased where we are at offensively.”
Nimitz won on a 20-yard field goal as time expired.
“It was a nail biter all the way through,” Toomer said.
Sterling travels to HISD Austin 7 p.m. Friday.
BCA now 2-0
Baytown Christian ran for 258 yards on almost eight yards-per attempt and used a big first half to cruise to a 54-32 win at Conroe Christian Friday night in Lake Jackson.
The Bulldogs (2-0) led 38-16 at halftime and got three rushing touchdowns from Colton Anderson, two from Jakob Wheatfall and one apiece from Aden Lambeth and Jelan Dowdye.
Dowdye led seven BCA rushers with 82 yards on nine carries.
The Bulldogs did fumble seven times, losing two.
“All week of practice we focused on cleaning up the backfield and exchanges and what have you but we are still having problems with them for one reason or another,” BCA head coach Jeromey Anderson said. “It’s just a matter of us getting in sync. We will be making some changes and hopefully we can clean it up and make it a little better.
“As far as running the ball, we did great. We have an impressive running attack, it’s just a matter of holding on to the ball.”
BCA hosts Conroe Covenant 7 p.m. Friday.
Anahuac hangs tough at Edna
The Panthers fell to 0-2 despite a much improved effort, losing at 12th-ranked Edna, 48-33.
Foster Kreutzer ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 55 more yards while Teriyan Nyaribo ran for 33 yards and a score and added a kickoff return for a touchdown.
“Foster he was a stud,” Anahuac head coach Greg Neece said. “He’s our best all-around football player by far. He’s what we are building around. He’s the guy we want the others to start emulating.”
The teams battled back and forth before Edna got a two-touchdown advantage. Anahuac was tied at 14-all at halftime, fell behind 41-33 and needed a defensive stop, but couldn’t get it late as Edna added an insurance score.
“We couldn’t stop their running game,” Neece said. “We were down eight points against the 12th-ranked team in the state with six minutes left to go. We needed a stop and we allowed a 14 yard pass for a first down on 3rd-and-12. That kind of iced it for them.”
Anahuac hosts its home opener 7:30 Friday night against Bridge City.
Dayton ends losing skid
HOUSTON – Taking full advantage of seven Galena park turnovers, the Dayton Broncos notched their first victory since the 2017 season on Friday night at GPISD Stadium with an impressive 51-7 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Galena Park wasted little time in grabbing 7-0 lead just a little over a minute into the contest on a 57-yard scoring strike from A’marion Kelly to Caleb Aparicio.
Dayton (1-1), then took over from there the rest of the way scoring the next 51-points in the route.
Just a minute and a half later it was Christian Olige hooking up with Davin Lee on a 63-yard score to tie things up at 7-apiece with 9:02 left in the first quarter. The Broncos then took the lead for good at the 4:16 mark of the opening quarter on a Josiah Griffith 5-yard score to make it a 14-7 lead.
The Broncos then used a big play to score early in the second quarter as Lee bounced outside for a 91-yard touchdown run to give Dayton a 21-7 advantage.
New Caney visits Dayton 7:30 Friday night.
Crosby fall at Manvel
Manvel used a 25-0 run bridging the second and third quarters to break open a 14-13 game and cruise to a 39-27 win over visiting Crosby.
Junior quarterback Deniquez Dunn finished with 191 yards rushing and 130 passing to lead the Cougars (0-2) attack.
He ran for two scores and threw for a third.
“We grew up a lot,” “We started of playing well at the start and they ended the first half and started the second half really well. They jumped out on us 39-13 at one point, but our kids kept fighting.
“Dunn made some plays to keep us in the game. There were a lot of improvements but we had too many turnovers that cost us.”
Crosby next travels to West Orange-Stark 7 p.m. on Sept. 20.