The long awaited 21-6A District opener did not go the way Kingwood had hoped against its neighboring rivals Atascocita.
The Eagles had things their way from the outset and went on for a 63-7 victory over the Mustangs on Friday at Turner Stadium.
The Mustangs had two punts blocked in the first quarter and the Eagles took advantage, returning one for a touchdown while rolling up 35 points over the first 12 minutes. They led 56-0 at halftime.
Kingwood quarterback Matt Slayton threw for 75 yards and a touchdown, a 31-yard scoring strike to Matthew Wheatley, who caught two passes for 42 yards. Slayton also rushed for 56 yards.
John McMahon added 35 rushing yards and Blake Herrera caught a 13-yard pass.
Wheatley was also among the defensive standouts, leading the charge with eight tackles. Free safeties Nolan Powell and Aaron Finch combined for another 12 tackles.
The Mustangs mustered 208 total yards, including 133 on the ground. But Kingwood converted just five of 17 third-down opportunities and turned the ball over once.
Atascocita played error-free football and totaled just under 400 yards of offense.
The Mustangs fell to 0-3 for the season but will try to turn things around when they travel to Stallworth Stadium in Baytown for a 7 p.m.Thursday District 21-6A game with Goose Creek Memorial.