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Football: Summer Creek defeats Kingwood to stay unbeaten in district

October 20, 2018 GMT

Summer Creek had to wade through a two-hour lightning delay in the fourth quarter to stay undefeated in District 22-6A play on Friday night.

The Bulldogs defeated Kingwood 24-16 at Turner Stadium for its fifth-straight district win. The victory also ended the Mustangs’ four-game district winning streak.

The win sets up a showdown between the last two undefeated district teams — Summer Creek and Atascocita — next Friday.

“I love and adore these kids for their commitment and accepting me as a head coach since February,” Summer Creek coach Kenny Harrison said. “It’s a great feeling for the program, and the kids deserve all the recognition for winning a game like that.”

Summer Creek (4-2, 5-0) got off to a hot start by scoring on the second play of the game when sophomore quarterback Bryan Bush hit senior receiver Jamison Frazier for a 71-yard touchdown pass.

Frazier finished with three receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Bush threw for 135 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 115 yards for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs defense forced two turnovers, including a 18-yard interception returned by Jamarcus Elder for a touchdown to put Summer Creek up 14-0 midway through the first quarter.

Terry Johnson hurdled a Kingwood defender for a 10-yard touchdown and then Kingwood’s defense would force a safety.

Bulldogs kicker Raul Lejarza nailed a 26-yard field goal that gave Summer Creek a 24-5 lead at halftime.

Despite being down at halftime, Kingwood still looked to rebound in the second half.

“We have been down before at halftime before and we kept telling the guys at halftime that it wasn’t over with,” Kingwood coach Barry Campbell said. “Our defense made some plays in the second half to keep us in the game, but we just couldn’t get it in the end zone as much when we needed to.”

Kingwood’s defense had only allowed 10 points its last four football games.

Summer Creek’s 24 points were the most points allowed by Kingwood since the Mustangs gave up 27 points to Atascocita.

Kingwood had allowed 7.4 points per game during district play coming into the game against Summer Creek.

“They’re a great football team and we knew they were never going to give up,” Harrison said.

Kingwood will play Pasadena at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium while Summer Creek will play Atascocicta at 7 p.m. Friday at Turner Stadium.

The lightning delay occurred in the fourth quarter with 8:02 left in the game as Summer Creek led 24-13.

Both head coaches prepared their players for the delay.

“We made sure they stayed focused and kept their mind on the situation at hand,” said Campbell. “It’s not realistic for them to be sitting in there for that long of a time. We just kept them fresh and moving around as much as we could.”

“We were prepared for any situation that would come up,” said Harrison. “We have had days at practice where it has rained and we had to go inside. I told the guys a practice like that would pay off going back and forth to the field. It just so happened to be this big district game.”

There were only three points scored after the delay, which came from the leg of Kingwood kicker Kaden Wooster, who made a 24-yard field goal.

The Mustangs (5-3, 4-2) shutout the Bulldogs 8-0 in the second half.

Quarterback Grant Wall threw a 20-yard touchdown to Cade Purcell and then Wall connected with Blake Hemphill for the two-point conversion that cut the Bulldogs lead to 11 points in the third quarter.

Kingwood fumbled the ball with 1:25 left in the game, a mistake that sealed the victory for the Bulldogs.

“Even this late in the season we still have things that we can work on,” Campbell said. “We have aspirations to make it into the playoffs and if we play like we did tonight that won’t happen. We have to make sure that we play better football to close out the season.”

Kingwood running back Casey Roth was taking off the field in the first half after suffering a concussion. However, Blake Parr had a game-high 155 yards on 27 carries for the Bulldogs.

Summer Creek’s Drevion Grant was also taking off the field during the game with a right leg injury. He put his thumb up to the crowd as he attended medical attention.

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com