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The Sweeny cheerleaders form the letter “S” with their pom poms as they perform to the school’s fight alma mater Thursday at the start of Thursday’s game against Grand Oaks in Shenandoah.

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Trayvon Brooks leads the charge as the Sweeny Bulldogs make their way onto the field to take on the Grand Oaks Currahee on Thursday at Woodforest Stadium in Shenandoah.

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WEST COLUMBIA — Fourth-year head coach Brent Mascheck is looking for this team's tough mentality to take the Columbia Roughnecks into the state playoffs for the first time since 2016.

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The Columbia Roughnecks prepare to take the field at Victoria East on Aug. 31 to open the 2018 season in Victoria.

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Columbia's Dancin Dolls perform during halftime of the Columbia and Wharton football game on Sept. 7 at Griggs Field.

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The Columbia Roughneck cheerleaders prepare to run onto Bulldog Stadium as the Roughnecks played at Sweeny in the annual rivalry of the Battle of the Bernard.

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Columbia Roughneck students use their cell phones during the Battle of the Bernard rivalry at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 14.

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Columbia twirlers perform along with the Roughneck band at halftime of the Sept. 21 encounter between Columbia and La Marque at Griggs Field.

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Columbia cheerleaders prepare to start cheering before the Roughnecks take on Bay City at Blackcat Stadium last Friday.

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Brazosport running back Ameer King breaks a tackle Friday night against Porter at Hopper Field.

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Mathematical formulas weren’t necessary for the Columbia Roughnecks to earn a playoff spot as they controlled their District 12-4A Division I showdown with Sealy from start to finish and earned a 31-13 victory Friday night.

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DANBURY — The Danbury Panthers had a whale of a time trying to slow down Lyndon Hardin on Friday night. The Brazos junior running back racked up 295 rushing yards and five touchdowns, leading the Cougars to a 54-27 win at Humber Field.

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Playing a state-ranked team to start the district season would seem to be a daunting task, but the Sweeny Bulldogs were undaunted Friday night.

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Columbia came close to erasing a 21-point, third-quarter deficit, but Bay City put up 13 unanswered points to squelch the rally and hand the Roughnecks a 41-22 loss Friday night.

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Mistakes were a killer again for the Columbia Roughnecks for the second straight week as they fell to state-ranked Stafford 48-7 in a District 12-4A Division I game Friday night.

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Behind a strong running game and solid defense, Angleton took care of visiting Terry, 56-30, in the District 27-5A opener for both teams Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.

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In a thriller at Humber Field, the Danbury Panthers pulled out an 18-13 victory over Anahuac to up their record to 2-0 for the season.

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Jordan Johnson of Sweeny tackles Elery Alexander Jr. of Van Vleck during the third quarter Friday night at Bulldog Stadium in Sweeny.

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Jackson Millar of Brazoswood runs the ball downfield while scrimmaging against Junior Varsity during practice Tuesday at Slade Field in Clute.

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FREEPORT — Sophomore running back Billy Foster willed his way into the end zone with 53 seconds remaining as Angleton stunned Texas City in a bidistrict donnybrook, 21-14 at Hopper Field.

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ALVIN — Coming off a heartbreaking three-point loss to district rival Pearland last week, the Manvel Mavericks were ready to take out their frustrations on another team. The Channelview Falcons were that team.

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ANGLETON — In a game where defense became an ugly word, the Brazosport Christian Eagles saw a semblance of one before their rally fell short Friday night in a 79-78 loss to visiting Bellville Christian Academy in a nondistrict, six-man shootout.

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HITCHCOCK — The Hitchcock Bulldogs carried their video-game-like performance from Week 1 of the season over to Week 2, as they thrashed the Danbury Panthers 60-8 to improve to 2-0 on the season.

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WEST COLUMBIA — The Columbia Roughnecks are known for their relentless running attack. On Friday, they showed they could air it out when needed, as well.

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DANBURY — The Danbury Panthers hung with a much larger Fort Bend Christian squad for most of the first half, but the Eagles pulled away late in the second quarter and went on to a 40-7 victory Friday night at Humber Field.

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The Brazoswood Buccaneers finish Tuesday’s practice with some burners at Slade Field in Clute. The Bucs finished strong a year ago, ending the season with three straight wins and finishing just outside of the playoffs.

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Joshua McKenzie of Brazoswood looks for an open teammate during practice Tuesday at Slade Field in Clute. McKenzie threw for 1,864 yards last year to break the school’s single-season passing yards record.

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Sweeny’s Clayton Gilbert celebrates his second quarter touchdown catch as the Bulldogs played the La Marque Cougars in the Class 4A Region III Division II Area round of the playoffs at Alvin Memorial Stadium.