Of course, before I start any of this, let me point out that Saturday night is not for high school football. But that's beside the point.
The Kempner Cougars of Sugar Land came away with a 34-14 victory at Veteran's Memorial Stadium on Saturday night, and really, that final score actually makes the game appear closer than it actually was. Kempner's defense was completely dominant, holding Sam Rayburn to only 100 yards of total offense and five first downs on the evening; the Rayburn offense didn't score at all, with both touchdowns coming off fumble recoveries.
About those fumbles: there were ten of them for Kempner, with the Cougars losing six. And that's why the final score looked so close. The new flexbone triple-option offense racked up 395 total yards, with 391 of those coming on the ground as Kempner almost completely abandoned the passing game. I only remember five passing plays being called all night (two resulted in sacks, so there were only three pass attempts.) Much of the fumbling looked like trouble with the new offense, so there still need to be some kinks worked out. But the Cougars will have a short week with Clear Falls coming to town on Thursday night.
Still, it was a nice win to start the season. In subvarsity games, the Kempner JV lost to Rayburn JV 25-0, while the freshmen beat Rayburn 25-6.