The Cooldown: Week Five
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The second week of district play brought some surprises throughout the area. Conroe and Klein Cain got in a shootout and Shadow Creek rolled against a Houston power. Read our week five wrap up below.
1. Conroe edges Klein Cain
Christian Pack has turned into one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the Houston area this season. The senior led Conroe to a win against Klein Cain – a team that was one of our preseason teams to watch. The Hurricanes nearly mounted a four-touchdown comeback before a missed field goal late in the game saved Conroe from overtime.
The senior quarterback racked up 371 yards through the air and added 201 on the ground. As if that wasn’t enough, Pack also caught (!!) a 14-yard touchdown pass. Klein Cain finished with more than 600 yards of offense and Pack accounted for 586 yards by himself.
Every win is District 15-6A is an important one: There are just four playoff spots available in in a district that includes The Woodlands and several good Klein ISD teams. Even Oak Ridge was impressive last week. It’s no wonder that this is the same district that saw fourth-place finisher Klein go four rounds deep a season ago.
This is a district that could see several playoff teams with multiple losses by the end of the regular season. The good news is there isn’t likely to be a district more battle tested than this one heading into the playoffs.
2. The Woodlands Falls Against Klein Oak
It was tough sledding for The Woodlands on Friday as they were without quarterback Payton Janecek. The Highlanders scored all 10 of their points in the first quarter as Klein Oak picked up an impressive 21-10 win.
The win puts Klein Oak into a tie for second in 15-6A with Conroe, each holding a 2-1 district record. The Woodlands dropped to 2-1 with the loss as well, but Klein Oak holds the tiebreaker over the the Highlanders with the win.
Like I just mentioned, 15-6A is going to be a fight to the death. Every win and loss is important. It looks like Klein Collins will likely lock down the top spot in the district, leaving The Woodlands, Klein Oak, Klein, Klein Cain, Oak Ridge and Conroe for the remaining three spots. That’s seven teams competing for four playoff spots.
3. Shadow Creek Continues to Roll
The Sharks kept things rolling with a dominant 42-14 win against a good Angleton team. The Sharks jumped out to a 28-0 lead early and never looked back behind a dominant defensive performance.
Shadow Creek feels like it has more Division I recruits on defense than the rest of the Houston area combined. The Sharks could ride that defense all the way to another state championship appearance and I don’t think anyone would be surprised.
Kyron Drones led the offense, finishing 208 yards and two scores through the air with 67 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground. We’ll find out if the Sharks have what it takes to get back to state as they close out the regular season: Two of their last three games are against Foster and Fort Bend Hightower. Foster is likely the Sharks toughest competition in Houston in 5A Division I.