HUMBLE, Texas — The only thing that could slow down Humble Atascocita’s high-powered offense Thursday night was lightning.
After a 75-minute weather delay, Atascocita only took 3 minutes and 20 seconds to find the end zone on the game-opening drive. Then a pick six soon afterward put the Eagles ahead by two possessions in a flash.
The Eagles’ explosive offense scored early and often, as Atascocita rolled to a 48-7 victory over Klein Collins in its season opener Thursday night at George Turner Stadium in Humble.
Here are five key takeaways from the game:
EAGLES OFFENSE DID IT ALL EARLY
Atascocita drove nearly the length of the field, 83 yards, during its first offensive possession of the game. The Eagles picked up a key fourth-down conversion near midfield before quarterback Gavin Session punched in their first touchdown of the game on a 12-yard scramble.
That drive was emblematic of the early success Atascocita’s balanced offense enjoyed early.
Session showed why he’s one of the Houston area’s elite dual-threat signal callers by picking up big chunks of yardage through the air and on the ground.
He connected with senior wide receiver Keith Wheeler on several deep passes while running back Tyras Winfield was able to pick up yards between the tackles and routinely bounce to the outside for big plays as the Eagles offense did whatever it wanted while racing out to a huge advantage.
ATASCOCITA DOMINATED LINE OF SCRIMMAGE
The biggest deciding factor in the Eagles’ big win, though, was its play up front.
Atascocita won the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball, but its veteran offensive line was particulating dominant in controlling the line of scrimmage.
Senior left tackle Kameron Dewberry, one of the nation’s top offensive line recruits, served as the anchor of the Eagles’ O-line which provided ample protection for Session, who ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns while adding another touchdown through the air.
Dewberry and the offensive line also helped pave the way for Wheeler and Winfield to combine for three scores.
“As far as the offensive line, we all worked together and we were all on the same page tonight. Our quarterback and receivers were able to make the plays the coaches called up,” Dewberry said.
“We practice hard every week. I feel like we were prepared physically and mentlly as far as what the looks were going to be during the game.”
COLLINS’ PARKS PROVIDED SPARK OFF BENCH
The most positive and important takeaway for Klein Collins offensively was junior quarterback Tucker Parks.
The Tigers offense struggled to find its groove during the first half, but Parks provided the unit the spark it was looking for when he entered the game in the second quarter.
Collins crossed the midfield stripe for the first time in the waning moments of the second quarter on its first possession with Parks behind center. He got the Tigers on the board too with a seven-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ty Stamey 33 seconds before halftime to cut Atascocita’s lead to 27-7.
The Tigers drove deep into enemy territory again to start the third quarter, but turned the ball over on downs at the edge of field goal range and couldn’t muster the momentum to trim the deficit any further.
Despite struggles with consistency, Collins became more of an aerial threat offensively once Parks entered the contest.
EAGLES OWNED EDGE DEFENSIVELY
The Tigers could not generate much offensive consistency thanks in large part to Atascocita’s work on the edge defensively.
The Eagles displayed excellent athleticism and side-to-side speed in its front seven that enabled them to shut down outside running lanes and bog down the Tigers’ offense.
Linebackers Micah Tate and Tyrell Randolph swarmed to the ball to take away Collins’ rushing attack and defensive lineman Shun Maiden routinely collapsed the pocket to force several errant throws and scrambles into the teeth of the defense.
Atascocita held the Tigers to no first downs until their final drive of the second quarter which set the tone for the entire first half.
ATASCOCITA’S YOUNG SECONDARY IMPRESSES IN DEBUT
No unit impressed as much during the Eagles’ blowout win than its defensive backs, a young positional group on a defense with eight returning starters.
Cornerback Bennie Qualls helped lead the way by scoring the game’s only defensive touchdown on a 10-yard interception return on the first play of Klein Collins’ second drive.
Qualls and Atascocita’s hard-hitting secondary clamped down on opposing receivers and thwarted the Tigers’ comeback effort by eliminating deep passes and limiting them to short, quick throws.
Atascocita will look to keep rolling in Week 2 when it travels to face Allen at 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium, while the Tigers will host Galena Park North Shore at the same time at Klein Memorial Stadium in their return to action.