The Goose Creek Memorial football team will suit up at Stallworth this evening as its seniors play in front of their parents one more time as a Patriot.
GCM will host Kingwood Park with hopes of finishing the season on a high note. The Patriots picked up a win at Wisdom two weeks ago and have found another win elusive. Coach Bren Jones can’t think of a better way to end the season than a win.
“We have 13 seniors being honored tonight,” Jones said. “It is the last game and them and they have the opportunity to finish strong.
“I have been telling them all year long it will be over quick. I appreciate the leadership of the seniors.”
Jones noted some would play college football while others will enter the work force or attend college.
“Our job is to prepare them for life. It will be an emotional night.”
Kingwood Park will enter the game focused on locking down third in the district.
The Panthers have a 4-2 mark in District 9-5A D1 and a 5-4 mark overall. They are tied with Porter for third place. Porter will be locked down in a rivalry game against New Caney.
“Kingwood Park is a solid football program,” Jones said. “Their athletes get after it on both sides of the ball.”
Jones said the Panthers like to run power but will mix it up a little bit.
“They like to run stuff up the middle,” Jones said. “Defensively they line up in a four-man front.”
Dalton Roger leads the team in rushing with 627 yards. Desmond Benjamin and Canen Adrian have 364 and 285 respectively.
Sam Johansen is one of the leading passers in the district, completing 94 of 194 for 1,515 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Adrian is the leading receiver with 30 receptions for 538 yards. Tylan Johnson is also a big-play threat with 29 receptions for 522 yards.
Kingwood Park will give up some plays and ranks last in defense within the district, giving up 396 yards a contest.
The game will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Stallworth Stadium.