The Tomball Memorial Wildcats are showing some major growth this season and posted their second straight win Sept. 13, defeating Waller 30-28 in a tight contest.
The Wildcats fell behind 7-0 as Bulldogs quarterback Tyron Taylor and running back Eric Wright ran the ball effectively. Taylor scored on a 15-yard run to put Waller up 7-0.
The Wildcats immediately answered, as they put up two touchdowns in a five-minute span to take the lead. The first score came on a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Peterson to running back Josh Williams. The duo also connected for the second score as on a 72-yard touchdown, giving the Cats the 14-7 lead.
Waller would answer, as Taylor found the end zone once again – this time from 26-yards out – to knot the game at 14.
Tomball Memorial would close the first half by booting a 37-yard field goal, giving the Wildcats a 17-14 lead. The kick would prove crucial by the time the clock ran down at the end of the game.
Tomball Memorial would score to open the second half, this time on a 2-yard run by Peterson, to open up their lead to 24-14.
Waller would roar back as Wright found the end zone for the first time from 2-yards out, cutting the lead to 24-21.
Both teams fought for yardage until about four minutes had ran off the clock in the final quarter. That's when Taylor found the end zone for the third time, scampering in from 13-yards out to give the Bulldogs the lead at 28-24.
The Wildcats would answer, however, as they marched immediately down the field and re-took the lead on a 2-yard plunge from Williams. The two-point try failed, however, giving Tomball Memorial a slim 30-28 lead.
Waller could not score in the final minutes, coming up a chain link short on a fourth down run at the Wildcat 34-yard line. The Cats took over on downs and ran out the clock to preserve the win.
The Wildcats had an open date last week, but will travel to Ft. Bend Ridge Point Sept. 26 for their first district contest of the season. Waller traveled to Brenham on Sept. 20, but results were not available as of press time.
Bryan Rudder 13
The Magnolia Bulldogs grabbed their first win of the season Sept. 13, crushing Bryan Rudder 42-13 at home.
The Bulldogs got off to a fast start, scoring twice in the first quarter on a 22-yard pass from Jacob Smith to Noah McGowan and a 75-yard run from scrimmage by John Grunkemeyer.
Greg Solomon opened the second quarter scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run and a 21-0 lead, before Bryan Rudder got back into the game with two long passing touchdowns to cut the lead to 21-13.
The Bulldogs would finish the first half with some punch, however, as Grunkemeyer capped a long drive with a 2-yard touchdown plunge with seconds to play in the half.
Rudder would not find the end zone for the rest of the game, as the Bulldog defense stiffened in the second half. The offense would ice the game with a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters – the first on a 15-yard run by Solomon and the final score on a 4-yard touchdown run from Shyerome Harris.
The Bulldogs rushed for 350 yards as a team with Grunkemeyer getting 193 of those on just 16 carries. Quarterback Jacob Smith was 9-21 passing for 178 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs had their off week Sept. 20 and will return to the field Sept. 27, when they travel to Huntsville for a district contest.
Magnolia West 7
The Magnolia West Mustangs dropped their second straight contest, falling to district nemesis Brenham 27-7 Sept. 13.
The Mustangs found themselves down 20-0 in the third quarter, before the quarterback-receiver combination of Troy Logan and Justin Smith hooked up for a 48-yard touchdown to give the home crowd hope.
It wasn't meant to be however, as the Cubs iced the game with a fourth quarter touchdown to take the victory.
The loss dropped Magnolia West to 1-2 on the young season. They traveled to Willis Sept. 20 for another district contest, but results were not available as of press time.