On an exceptionally humid Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Pasadena, the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots suffered a disappointing 43-16 loss to the South Houston Trojans.
After winning the coin toss, South Houston chose to defer and Memorial quickly went three-and-out. The Trojans drew first blood, scoring quickly. Torrance Stevens scored on a three-yard run and Byron Handy running it in from 15 yards, forcing the Pats to play from behind. GCM blocked the extra point and returned it for two-points to gain some momentum, but South Houston was on a roll.
In the second quarter, Stevens rushed for a 38-yard TD and Ian Butler seized a 20-yard pass adding points to the board. The Patriots had an opportunity to put some points on the board but missed field goal at the end of the half to trail 34-2.
A wild snap resulted in a safety for South Houston scored a safety in the third quarter. The GCM offense continued to struggle but the defense was able to keep the Trojans off the board for the rest of the quarter.
The Patriot offense got untracked in the final quarter with a couple of touchdowns.
GCM’s Reggie Branch bolted to end zone from five yards out and Emerson Haywood zipped in with another score on a 40-yard pass from Branch. Both extra points were converted to pull GCM within 36-16.
South Houston scored once more as De’Jun Robertson-Green rushed in from eight yards.
Branch had a big defensive play with an interception but it was squashed on a penalty.
Penalties plagued both teams leaving the officials noticeably spent.
Branch completed 5 for 10 passes for 120 yards, a touchdown and interception.
Jaylen Thompson had three receptions for 92 yards and Haywood had two receptions for 44 yards and a score.
GCM will travel to Clear Falls Friday.