Home is where the heart is for the Willowridge High School football team.

While the remainder of the student body will be moved to nearby Marshall High School when school opens this week (Aug. 22), the football team hosted Heights High School for a scrimmage on its home field last Friday (Aug. 18) with an enthusiastic crowd on hand.

Fall football practice began Aug. 7 on the campus located near the intersection of Chimney Rock and Highway 2234 and has continued every day except Sundays.

The rest of the Willowridge campus has been closed down all summer and will remain closed until further notice with mold remediation.

Once a state football powerhouse, Willowridge had fallen upon hard times in recent years until making the playoffs for the first time in seven years last season.

A 28-24 bi-district win over Waltrip made last year’s 7-5 campaign even sweeter and was one of the Houston area’s top feel-good prep stories for 2016.

Willowridge will be hardpressed to challenge Manvel and Marshall for District 23-5A supremacy in 2017. Yet securing one of the district’s remaining two playoff berths is certainly within reach for a second consecutive year.

Fort Bend Elkins, Texas City and Galveston Ball also figure to be in hot pursuit of the postseason in 23-5A.

Willowridge head coach Richard Lazarou and the Eagles will open the 2017 season Sept. 1 against Aldine at Hall Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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