Hedwig Village (Houston), Texas–He’s on the “Hunt'” and he’s on the prowl.
Colton Huntsman has easily been the biggest star of his bracket in the Houston Area’s 5A football playoffs. Last week, he put up another superb effort as he passed for 199 yards, and ran for 191 yards and 3 TD’s, earning him the Houston Chronicle’s Boy Athlete of the Week. In the process, he helped eliminate Clear Creek and fellow star CJ McElroy 52-34 in the second round for their ninth straight victory.
Spring Branch Memorial head coach doesn’t think he’ll stop the Air Force Academy commit but will hope to contain him as Gary Koch and his Mustangs prepare to take on Huntsman’s Cy-Woods Wildcats Saturday at 1 p.m. from Tully Stadium in the UIL 5A Division II Region III playoff game.
“He’s a great passer and runner,” Koch said.
On the year, Huntsman has passed for 2,327 yards, 22 TD’s, and only 4 interceptions to go along with 795 yards rushing along with 14 TD’s on the ground. Averaging 325 yards of total offense per game, Huntsman was actually injured for about four games early in the season or he’d have a lot more stats. His contributions apparently weren’t enough to garner a Houston Touchdown Club Award but it should certainly at least allow him to be on the All-District squad and possibly the MVP.
“Obviously Colton is a special player who does some special things on offense,” Jones said. “But the guys around him play extremely hard and they sort of feed off each other.”
One of the players who feeds off his energy is running back Fredrick Anderson, who will try to recapture the magic from last week. Anderson rushed for four touchdowns against Creek, has 18 on the season and should pass the 1,000 yard rushing mark against Memorial.
Memorial will look to run their typical grind it out offense, having rushed for over 4,000 yards this season. They are led offensively by Boomer White, who has 2,073 yards and 24 TD’s. QB Wayne Taylor has rushed for about 75% of White’s yards (around 1,500) and 16 TD rushes but he also has kept defenses honest by throwing for over 1,100 yards.
The Mustangs seem to be battle tested this season since they have played perennially strong programs such as Spring Westfield, D-1 regional finalists Pearland and Katy as well as respected area teams such Alief Taylor and Port Arthur Memorial, whose three losses came to teams that finished the regular season ranked in the state or close by (North Shore, La Porte, Beaumont West Brook)
In order to be successful, Koch believes his Mustangs must control the clock and keep Huntsman and Cy-Woods off of the field.
“We have to take advantage of all our possessions, don’t turn the ball over and control the clock as much as we possibly can,” he said.
On the flip side, Jones felt the biggest key was to not allow Memorial to hog the ball and keep their offense on the field.
“If we can do that, we’ll be okay,” Jones said.
The game will be the first meeting between the two schools. The winner is set to take on the winner of the Region IV bracket, Cibolo Steele (11-2) or San Antonio MacArthur (12-1) next Saturday in the State Semifinals.