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Klein set to face confident Tomball Memorial program

September 2, 2018

After getting a taste of the playoffs last year, Klein opened the season early, last Thursday against Cy Creek.

Klein managed to escape with a 28-27 victory over the Cougars at Klein Memorial Stadium with the help of the defense which scored two its four touchdowns.

“Our kids learned a little bit, we’ll play better,” Klein head coach Shane Hallmark said. “Like every game we always reevaluate how we prepare and things we can do better. We got to coach better and they got to play better and we both realize that.”

With week one wrapping up early, the Klein coaches used the weekend to do some scouting for their next rivals.

“We’re divided up in three groups and we’ll go out and watch three games, I’ll be our next three opponents,” Hallmark said. “We’ll go scout them and look at them, luckily we came out with a win, it’s a little easier to go out the next night.”

In week two, the Bearkats will face an up and coming Tomball Memorial, who just moved up from Class 5A.

The non-district bout is set for 7 p.m., Sept. 6, at Klein Memorial Stadium.

Tomball Memorial is coming off an impressive 41-18 victory over Tomball last Friday at Tomball ISD Stadium.

“They present a very good problem,” Hallmark said. “Coach Sam Parker’s a great coach, we faced him a lot when he was at Spring. They got the better of us a few times over there so we know it’s going to be a battle.”

Wildcat quarterback Chandler Galban will lead the way along with running back/wide receiver Christian Lovick and WR Jorden Gidrey. There’s also WR Logan Kyle and RB/FB Colbie Habermacher.

“They got a real good quarterback, I do know that, and they got a good running back that they move around a lot, plays receiver and running back, versatile kid,” Hallmark said.

Tomball Memorial has also bought into new defensive coordinator Scott Herman’s new scheme, and it fits the athletes perfectly.

“Defensibly they’re a little unorthodox, they’re a 3-3 stack team, you don’t see many of those and they do a lot of slanting and movement,” Hallmark said. “That can tend to give you problems especially with a young offensive line like we have at some positions.”

Players to watch include defensive lineman Braedon Nutter, Elijah Champaign, Matthew Yearwood, Joseph Fishback, outside linebacker Trenton Moore, Clay Habermacher and defensive back Tre Jordan.

After DB Omar Battles’ pick-six against Cy Creek, the defense started gaining some confidence.

A couple of drives later the second interception from the defense by DB Dahky Adams asserted their strong presence.

Klein’s second pick-six of the night in the fourth quarter by LB Coleby Hamm put the Bearkats up for good.

WR James Preston and RB D’Anthony Simms scored the other TDs for Klein.

By the end of the first quarter, Will Gipson was taking snaps at the quarterback position. Bryce Corriston was the starter. They switched back and forth.

“He(Corriston) did a great job, we’ll reevaluate film,” Hallmark said. “They’re both good players, this is the first time they do this. They’ve never been on this stage before, they played about as well as they could. There’s better times coming for them.”

Klein finished the first-half with 10 penalties.

“It’s a concern and I don’t agree with all of them of course, it’s not fair to question officials until you look at film,” Hallmark said. “I’ve had that crew a bunch of times, they do a great job and I’m sure we made the fouls and we got to fix that.”

alvaro.montano@chron.com