Defender’s top choices in High School football

The Woodlands, Manvel and Episcopal high schools are all unbeaten on the football field in 2016 and apparently share a common goal. Each harbors aspirations of winning a state championship in December.

Following a 35-21 setback to Manvel in the season opener, Crosby head coach Jeff Riordan said it would surprise him if the Mavericks didn’t win the Class 5A Division I state title.

We feel the same way and the reason is because this version of the Mavericks can stop teams from scoring. In past years, Manvel had to outscore teams to win with a prolific offense and that served them very well until they reached the regional finals.

The 21 points perennial playoff qualifier Crosby scored was the most Manvel has yielded this season. Defending Class 6A Division I state champion North Shore scored 13 points against Manvel. Pearland and Willowridge went scoreless and Galveston Ball tallied 10 last week.

Next up for 5-0 Manvel is Fort Bend Marshall.

The Woodlands is also 5-0 and has impressively handled defending state champions Katy and George Ranch in back-to-back weeks. The Class 6A Division I Highlanders’ latest victim was Lufkin (63-42) in an offensive shootout. Quarterback Eric Schmid threw for 291 yards and six touchdowns in the victory.

Episcopal (6-0) is annihilating opponents despite missing five star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson for the past two games with a knee injury. Kinkaid was the Knights’ latest victim (69-28).

Wilson is expected back this week against Episcopal School of Dallas as the Knights prepare for the private school playoffs.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.