District 12 ready for football

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Football games within District 12-4A-D2 begin this Friday with one team that finished undefeated in non-district play and two teams that went winless in non-district play.

Bellville sat atop the final non-district standings with a 4-0 record, Sealy was next at 2-2, then it was Royal at 1-1 and Sweeny at 1-4 ahead of the winless La Marque Cougars (0-4) and Wharton Tigers (0-5).

This Friday, Wharton travels to Bellville, Sealy heads to Royal, and Sweeny hits the road to face La Marque with all district games kicking off at 7 p.m.

Overall, teams in District 12 went 8-16 in non-district play and scored 572 points for – with four teams contributing over 100 points – but allowed 753 points against with Wharton (229) and Sweeny (183) yielding the most.

The Brahmas put up the most points (180) which is part of their rise to a No. 5 spot in the “Dave Campbell’s” state rankings and No. 1 in the Houston Chronicle’s media poll. Bellville head football coach Grady Rowe said in a preseason interview that the non-district play would prepare his team for the district slate in an interesting group.

“We know district is gonna be tough. It’s a good little district and one that’s a little bit different really for everybody,” Rowe said. “A couple of teams have been together before and then it’s been a while since teams have been together. It’s a little bit different, although we’re all a little bit familiar with each other, it’s still a little bit of a different makeup.”

One team with plenty of familiarity with the Brahmas are the crosstown rival Sealy Tigers who will host Bellville in the Battle of Mill Creek on Oct. 16 with a 3-0 record since Shane Mobley took over head coaching duties.

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Before then, Mobley was preparing his team for a trip to Brookshire for the district-opening contest against a Royal squad who played only two non-district games in their buildup. Still, the Tigers’ head coach knows how important the first game in district can be.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing because this is when it counts. Everything else was evaluation,” Mobley said earlier this week. “Right now, I expect us to go out full tilt and hit it in the mouth. We can’t hold back, we can’t save anything. You look back to last year against Brazosport, we had a field goal kicked on us in the end and that kind of set the tone for everything else for the rest of the season.”

The Royal Falcons’ head football coach Greg Anderson said in a preseason interview that due to the proximity to Katy and Lamar Consolidated ISDs, Royal ISD similarly waited to begin fall sports closer to when the larger classification schools were allowed to resume about a month after their Class 4A-and-below counterparts.

Anderson agreed district should be an interesting adventure but was confident that this group of Falcons could be the one to erase two consecutive winless district seasons and clinch a postseason berth for the first time since 2017 despite an abbreviated season.

“That’s first and foremost is that I hope we get in a full season, but I expect big things out of this group, I think they can get us back into the playoffs. We’ve still gotta go out and prove that on the field every Friday but expectations are high,” Anderson said. “There’s gonna be a lot of Friday nights where, depending upon how the ball bounces, everybody’s going to have a chance.”

The first opportunity comes this Friday with Sealy fresh off a bye week where Mobley said the squad was able to get back to fundamentals although time is running low for the players in their final season.

“A lot of them are extremely happy that first of all, we’re still getting to play,” Mobley said. “The kids are having fun and I think it’s 50/50 where some of the seniors are starting to realize the whole, big picture. After this past Monday’s practice, they’re only promised four more Monday practices for the rest of their lives as a Sealy Tiger. And five practices is not a lot so, they’ve got to do everything they can so we can get a sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and so on.”

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