District begins for area teams this week

PEARLAND — The first part of the football season is over and now the second part begins. Teams use the non-district season to establish their teams to get ready for district that will determine who goes to the playoffs. That begins this coming Friday.

A team must finish as one of the top four teams in their district to qualify for the post-season and this is the time it is make or break it time for each team.

As district begins, the area teams are in good position to extend their season when district competition comes to an end.

Friendswood (3-0), Manvel (4-0, 1-0), Pearland (3-0), and Shadow Creek (3-0) moved through non-district competition undefeated while Dawson (2-1) suffered one blemish, but they are still favored to advance to the playoffs at the end of the regular season.

Here is a look at the start of district for area teams.

Friendswood vs Texas City

District 10-5A-I

Friendswood will travel to Texas City to face the Stings at Stingaree Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27.

Friendswood enters this District 10-5A-I opener at 3-0 while Texas City is looking for their first win at 0-3. However -- this series is almost a dead heat and you can toss the records away when these two teams get together.

The Mustangs should be a strong favorite in this one, but the Stings have a lot of pride in their history.

The Stings were 2-8 overall and 1-6 in district last season in one of the toughest 5A leagues in the state. Texas City has seven offensive and eight defensive starters with 21 lettermen so Friendswood will need to bring their A game and not let the winless record deceive them.

Friendswood has a lot of talent and pride as well so this could either really be close or the Mustangs can take over early and get an easy win.

Dawson vs Strake Jesuit

District 23-6A

Dawson will host the Strake Jesuit Crusaders on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig in the District 23-6A opener for both teams.

Strake enters the contest with a 2-1 season mark -- the same as Dawson (2-1). The most lopsided loss for the Crusaders was to Beaumont West Brook 61-21.

Strake Jesuit was 10-2 last year and lost in the 6A Region III Div. II area round. They have five offensive and six defensive starters returning with 32 lettermen and are a pre-district pick to finish second behind pre-district Pearland.

The Crusaders are coached by Klay Kubiak, son of former Houston Texans and Denver Broncos coach, Gary Kubiak.

Dawson has performed well under second-year coach Mike Allison and they have proven they have the talent to compete with anyone in this district.

Manvel vs Northside

District 11-5A-II

No. 4 state-ranked Manvel (4-0, 2-0) will host Northside (2-2, 1-1) at Freedom Field at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27. The Mavericks beat No. 2 state-ranked Fort Bend Marshall 38-34 last week to open District 11-5A-11 action and the rest of the schedule for the Mavs in district play should be multiple lopsided wins. This district is one of the weakest in the state other than Marshall.

Northside has seven offensive and four defensive starters returning with 14 lettermen. The Panthers finished 5-6 overall and 4-4 in district last season and lost in the opening round of the playoffs. They are a pre-district pick to finish fifth out of a nine-team district.

Manvel has way too much talent, but they must not take this team for granted. If the Mavs play their usual game -- they will continue their unbeaten season.

Pearland vs Alief Taylor

District 23-6A

No. 23 state-ranked Pearland (3-0) moved through their non-district schedule rather easily and now they will prepare to open District 23-6A action by traveling to Crump Stadium to face the Alief Taylor Lions (2-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27.

Taylor has three offensive and six defensive starters returning with 19 lettermen. The Lions were 3-7 overall and 3-4 in district while missing the post-season. The are a pre-district pick to finish sixth this year.

Pearland is the defending 23-6A champion after going undefeated at 7-0 last season and it won't get any easier for opposing league teams as the Oilers are a strong favorite to repeat. The Oilers should return home still undefeated with their first step to defend their title.

Shadow Creek vs Angleton

District 10-5A-I

No. 3 state-ranked Shadow Creek is undefeated at 3-0 after having waltzed through their non-district schedule, however, Angleton will present the Sharks with their first real test of the season as both teams open up district play at Angleton Stadium on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.

It is no secret the District 10-5A-I is one of the toughest in the state and Angleton has proven they can compete with just about anyone.

The Wildcats were 10-2 last season and fell in the area round of the playoffs. Angleton returns three offensive and four defensive starters with 22 returning lettermen so they will lack some experience at key positions.

Angleton is 2-0 for the season and ranked No. 10 in the state. Last week's game was canceled due to weather.

Shadow Creek looks to be even better than last season and Angleton's defense is going to be challenged to contain QB Kyron Drones.

With six offensive and eight defensive starters back with 32 returning lettermen for the Sharks...this could get out of control early.