Since the second game of their 2017 season, the Atascocita Eagles have played like a possible state championship team.
On Friday night at Turner Stadium, in the bi-district round of the 2017 playoffs, the Pasadena Memorial Mavericks felt the full brunt of Atascocita’s capabilities.
The Eagles stormed to a 31-0 halftime lead, allowing the Mavericks just two first downs in the half, and won 58-7 to advance to the next round.
It didn’t take long for the Eagles to get off to a good start in this one; they held the Mavericks to a three and out on their first possession, then, when Atascocita got the ball, a 55-yard run by Jack Roe set up a one yard touchdown run by Dammion Green for a 7-0 lead.
On the next possession, after Memorial got a first down, Aaron Durham picked up a fumble and ran it back to the Memorial 20. Four plays later, Green was in the end zone again and the score was 14-0.
The Eagles later got a field goal from Tristan Heaton, a 49-yard touchdown catch by Randall McCusker and a five yard touchdown reception by Shannon Junior for their 31-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, McCusker, Roe and Junior would find the end zone, and Elijah Skelton would find the end zone late for the Eagles.
In their first playoff appearance since moving to 6A, the Bulldogs had some fun of their own in their playoff debut against La Porte, scoring on the first four possessions of the game and eventually winning 63-24.
The Panthers season came to an end Friday night against Port Arthur Memorial, as Memorial defeated the Panthers 41-7.
In this weekend’s playoff games Atascocita squares off against Dickinson Friday at Galena Park, while Summer Creek meets Friendswood and Kingwood plays Clear Lake Friday, both at NRG Stadium.