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. 

Atascocita’s Tailoure Thomas and Travian Blaylock celebrate after beating Pasadena Memorial at Turner Stadium.

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.

Erich Eisenach
Author: Erich EisenachEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am proud to be this area’s Tribune Newspaper voice for Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Kingwood Park and Summer Creek High School athletics, a capacity I have served in since the fall of 2011. High school sports are something I have grown to love since I started in this position, watching young kids live out their dreams in competition throughout the area and throughout the state. My greatest thrill in this position was being on Floor Eight at NRG Stadium in December of 2016 when Atascocita High School qualified for the state football semifinals for the first time. Aside from reporting sports, I am a regular parishioner of St. Martha Catholic Church of Kingwood. I am also a two-time graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and am a proud, but realistic, Nebraska Cornhuskers supporter. I do root for Houston’s local sports teams, but the Huskers are my team forever.

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