It’s safe to say that the Channelview Falcon football team is flying high.
Channelview High School is off to one of its best starts in recent years with a 3-1 record. The Falcons have won three straight games after dropping a close season-opening game against Kingwood Park. The Falcons will face Pasadena Dobie on Saturday in a match-up of teams with identical record. Game time is 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Pasadena.
Here are the game summaries from recent action.
Channelview 62, Friendswood 42
In a game where Channelview generated 786 yards of total offense, the Falcons lit up the scoreboard in a 62-42 victory over the Mustangs at Galena Park ISD Stadium. The win marked the Falcons’ third consecutive win, improving their record to 3-1 on the season.
The Falcon passing attack fueled the win, as quarterback Averion Hurts threw for seven touchdowns and 560 yards. In addition, three of Channelview’s wide receivers had more than 100 yards receiving. Stanley Wesley had 10 catches for 199 yards, while Marquise Johnson had 162 yards and Terrell Williams had 122 yards receiving. Williams also kept Friendswood off-balance in the running game as he rushed for 172 yards.
Channelview’s offensive machine scored early and often, jumping out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. Johnson hauled in a 53-yard pass and a 17-yard pass from Hurts for two scores, while Anthony Bush tacked on a two-yard touchdown run.
Friendswood would strike back with a touchdown at the five minute mark of the second quarter, but Channelview answered as Leterio Brown caught a 23-yard touchdown pass. However, a Mustang touchdown brought Friendswood closer as it trailed 28-21 at halftime.
The Falcons exploded for 20 points in the third quarter as Hurts had scoring strikes to his talented corps of receivers. At the opening of the quarter, Hurts found Williams on a 54-yard touchdown pass and moments later hit Brown for a 43-yard score. Bush then added a three-yard touchdown run. Friendswood scored twice in the quarter, but could not catch up to the powerful Channelview offense.
Hurts, who is one of the leading passers in the Houston area with 1,346 yards, helped put the game out of reach with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Johnson and a 64-yard score to Wesley.
Channelview 48, Pasadena Memorial 14
Channelview’s explosive offense made its presence felt as the Falcons posted 525 total yards in a 48-14 rout of Pasadena Memorial at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
Averion Hurts torched the Memorial secondary for 336 yards passing. Marquise Johnson was Hurts’ main target, as he caught seven passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Hurts also kept the Maverick defense off balance with his feet, as he rushed for 61 yards.
The Falcons found success in spreading the ball around to a variety of different receivers, as Stanley Wesley hauled in a touchdown pass, while Leterio Brown and Terrell Williams had over 50 yards receiving. Terrell Williams also had 56 yards rushing and Matthew Williams ran for 59 yards.
Channelview’s defense also had a strong game against the Mavericks, holding them scoreless in the second, third and fourth quarters.
While the final score was lopsided in the Falcons’ favor, it was Memorial that jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Channelview countered back with two minutes left in the period on an 8-yard touchdown run by Terrell Williams. Adalverto Casteneda missed the extra point attempt to make the score 14-6.
Once the second quarter began, the Falcon offense hit its stride and never looked back. Channelview struck for 21 points before halftime, as Hurts scored on a 1-yard run and then tossed touchdown passes to Johnson and Wesley to take a 27-14 lead going into the locker room.
Channelview picked up right where it left off in the third quarter as Matthew Williams caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Hurts. Johnson was the recipient of a 6-yard scoring pass and Casteneda’s extra point was good to extend the lead to 41-14. Terrell Williams then tacked on a 16-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Channelview 27, Humble 25Channelview’s air attack was in full force against Humble as the Falcon passing game led them to a 27-25 victory at Turner Stadium.
Going into this season with three-year letterman Averion Hurts at quarterback and a trio of experienced and talented receivers, it was no secret that the Falcons would go to the air often against their opponents.
Channelview’s passing game, led by Hurts, accounted for 234 yards of the Falcons’ 300 yards of total offense. His main targets were receivers Stanley Wesley and Matthew Williams. Williams caught two touchdown passes, while Wesley hauled in catches for two scores and also has 155 yards receiving.
The game started out rocky for the Falcons as the Humble ground game mounted scoring drives to give the Wildcats a 12-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Wildcats failed to convert on an extra-point and a two-point conversion attempt – which would prove costly for them in the final outcome.
Channelview came back strong in the final minutes of the second quarter as Anthony Bush scored on a 1-yard run, however the extra point attempt failed. With 29 seconds remaining before halftime, Hurts found Williams in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown strike and the extra point by Adalverto Castaneda put the Falcons on top 13-12.
Humble’s defense held the Falcons scoreless in the third quarter as its offense would help regain the lead in the third quarter when as Kyle Tucker hit Carl Elkins on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Once again, the Wildcats’ conversion try was stifled and they went into the fourth quarter with an 18-12 lead. At the 11-minute mark of the fourth quarter, Tucker extended the lead with a 6-yard touchdown run and the extra point attempt was good to give Humble a 25-12 lead.
However, the Falcons were not going to let history repeat itself as a close opening week loss to Kingwood Park in the same stadium was still fresh on their minds. With 9:28 in the final quarter, Channelview began its comeback as Hurts found Williams for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Casteneda’s extra point kick was good to narrow the score to 25-19. The Falcons would take the lead for good with seven minutes left to play as Hurts hit Wesley on a 47-yard touchdown pass and Casteneda’s kick gave the Falcons a two-point lead. The win turned the table on Humble, as the Falcons avenged a similar two-point loss to the Wildcats last season.
Kingwood Park 13, Channelview 10
The Channelview Falcons jumped out to a halftime lead in their season opener against Kingwood Park, but they could not overcome a pair of second-half scores in a 13-10 loss at Humble ISD’s Turner Stadium.
Kingwood Park tied the game at 10-10 with a Ryley Richardson 47-yeard field goal in the third quarter, then scored again on a Hayden Miller 12-year touchdown run with 5:29 left in the fourth quarter. Richardson’s extra point was good and sealed the win.
In the first half, Channelview’s defense held tight for most of the first quarter, but then Kingwood Park struck for the first score with a 28-yard field goal by Richardson. However, the Falcon offense that returned seven starters and three wide receivers came back in the second quarter.
As the second quarter began, Channelview wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as quarterback Averion Hurts connected with Marquise Johnson on a 42-yard touchdown pass. The Falcon offense would strike again with 6:42 left before halftime as they drove down the field and Adalverto Castaneda booted a 26-yard field goal to extend the Falcons’ lead to 10-3.
However, Channelview had a hard time finding the end zone in the second half, despite 208 yards passing by Hurts and 118 yards receiving by Stanley Wesley. Johnson finished with 62 yards receiving on the night.