Exploding for 29 unanswered points in the first half, the Alvin Yellowjackets rolled to a 36-20 triumph over Elsik in the 23-6A Football opener for both teams Friday night at Crump Stadium in Alief.
Alvin also picked up its third straight victory, marking the first time the Yellowjacket Football program has been on such a streak since 2004.
“The kids played extremely hard,” Alvin head coach James Gage said. “Got a little sloppy in the second half, but overall I was pleased with their effort. “Special teams were big. Caleb Reed kicked the ball well all night.
“We have to get our penalty situation cleared up before next week. Too many avoidable penalties.”
The Rams jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on Adryan Brown’s 1-yard run with 7:57 left in the opening period, but the Jackets (3-1 overall, 1-0) promptly responded with Deyshawn Peterson exploding for a 52-yard scoring run.
Reed booted the extra point through the uprights for a 7-6 Jackets’ lead. Alvin never looked back afterwards.
Gage said “Peterson’s TD run was set up by great blocks by Trevor Hoffman and Daniel Blume.”
Alvin continued padding its lead in the second quarter with Blume and R.J Jarvis both scoring on 3-yard runs. Reed added another PAT, while Blume provided a two-point conversion run following Jarvis’ TD to make it 22-6 with 4:59 still remaining in the period.
Elsik attempted to make things a little tighter in the period’s closing moments, but Cade Bingham then delivered a devastating blow to any Rams’ comeback hopes. The senior defensive back picked off a Eric Dadzie pass at the Alvin 5-yard line on the first half’s final play and blazed 95 yards to give Alvin a decisive 29-6 cushion at the break.
Bingham’s interception return for a touchdown is the second longest in Alvin High School Football history. Scott Keithley took back a 101-yard interception for a score in 1991 at Clear Creek. Alvin also converted a turnover into a defensive score for the second straight week. Linebacker Wyatt Stinson doing the honors with a fumble return two weeks earlier against Pasadena Memorial.
Cole Erndt went in from 12 yards out and Reed added the PAT to increase Alvin’s lead to 36-6 with 8:15 left in the third. Elsik got a pair of fourth quarter TD’s with Jamel Scott scoring on an 18-yard run and also catching a 71-yard TD pass from Jamarcus Ledet, but the game was well out of hand by that stage.
Alvin collected 201 total yards with Peterson rushing for 87 yards on 14 carries and 1 TD and Blume adding 48 yards on six carries and 1 TD.
Alvin next hosts Pearland, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. The Oilers are coming off a big win of their own last week, topping Strake Jesuit 41-20.
“This was a huge win for our program to go 1-0 in district,” Gage said. “I told our kids (on Saturday after the win over Elsik) that next Friday will be the biggest game they’ve ever played in. Friday night should be a huge crowd and a great atmosphere.”
In other area football action from last week, Shadow Creek also won its district opener, knocking off Alief Taylor 35-21 Friday at AISD Freedom Field, while the Manvel Mavericks dropped a tough 16-12 decision to Hightower, Thursday at Freedom Field.
The AHS Subvarsities also collected three wins over Elsik, Thursday. The junior varsity orange improved to 3-1 with a 28-8 victory, while the freshman “A” squad captured a narrow 8-6 decision and the freshman “B” squad rolled to a 42-8 triumph.