Bellaire/West U Roundup: Kinkaid, Episcopal clash key
The contest pits the last two Southwest Preparatory Conference Division I champs, with the undefeated Falcons (5-0, 2-0) trying to repeat and the Knights (4-1, 1-1) attempting to regain the title they last won in 2009. Kinkaid's offense starts with senior quarterback Ford Childress The West Virginia commitment has completed 103 of 151 passes for 1,589 yards, 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. The Falcons' other weapons include junior wide receiver Macan Wilson and senior running back Sam Eggleston Last week, Wilson caught six passes for 181 yards and four scores, while Eggleston tallied more than 100 yards in total offense. Eggleston, last year's private school player of the year, has shown his versatility with 31 catches for 509 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing 44 times for 276 yards and four TDs. Episcopal's defense, considered one of the finest in the SPC, relies heavily on junior Pete Looney at defensive tackle and seniors Moody Heard and Jamarcus Tyrone and junior Blake Henningsen at linebacker. The Knights rely on junior Austin Robinson, their dual-threat quarterback, and senior tailback Cole Miller But the sweet surprise against Greenhill was freshman Tyreik Gray, a cornerback who saw his first action in the backfield. Kinkaid is led by senior defensive linemen Wells Johnson and Henry Waite, sophomore linebacker John David Johnson and sophomore cornerback Thomas Dillon, who leads the Falcons with five interceptions. Westside head football coach Mark Byrd believes the District 20-5A title picture will become a lot clearer after the Wolves' clash with Lamar at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Delmar Stadium. Both Westside (3-1, 1-0) and Lamar (2-2, 1-0) are undefeated in league play, making it the must-watch game in the Houston Independent School District this weekend. [...] Westside rallied from a 17-15 half-time deficit to wallop Westbury 56-29 in its league opener. Against Westbury, senior running back Ben Catalon ran 15 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Deante Gray scored on a 76-yard kickoff return and a 49-yard run. Lamar head coach Tom Nolen said the Redskins' defense, anchored by senior defensive end Chima Uzowihie, junior linebacker Jack Anderson and senior cornerback Daniel Lopez, must find a way to stop Catalon and Gray. [...] don't feel too sorry for the Redskins, who have a solid running attack featuring the tandem of seniors London Kirby, Steven Sannoh and Bradley Ward They all contributed in Lamar's 42-16 rout against Chavez, with Kirby (19 carries for 84 yards) and Sannoh each running for two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Darrell Colbert was efficient, completing 11 of 16 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. In particular, senior nose guard Jordan Osho and the rest of Westside's defensive line must gain an advantage over Lamar's big offensive line. [...] Byrd is expecting big performances from senior linebackers Devon Bethea and Elisio Ramon and the Wolves' secondary, which includes senior Ashton Palacious at safety and juniors Hypolito Corporan and Ali Rasheed at cornerback.
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