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QB’s Highlight PNG / Fort Bend Marshall Showdow

Photo: Tishy Bryant

By Ashly Elam | Vype

While it takes a full team effort to advance in the UIL State Football Playoffs, there’s without a doubt two players that will get plenty of attention in the 5A-Division II Regional meeting between Port Neches-Groves and Fort Bend Marshall. Quarterbacks Roschon Johnson and Malik Hornsby.

SETX fans are very familiar with future Texas Longhorn Roschon Johnson. In two playoff games the PNG senior has 787 total yards and ten touchdowns. This week the Buffalos will feature their own superstar in junior Malik Hornsby. On September 24th, the second rated duel-threat qb in the nation was cleared by the UIL to play for Fort Bend Marshall after transferring from Houston Austin over the summer.
The 6-2, 175 pound Hornsby has fifteen offers with Texas A&M and Texas leading the way in the recruiting battle. In two playoff wins, the junior has passed for 333 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 162 yards and two scores.

The Indians and Buffalos have two common opponent this season, Santa Fe and Northside. PNG blasted the green and gold clad Indians, 47-19 in district play, while Fort Bend Marshall smashed Santa Fe, 53-15 in the Bi-District round. Brandon Faircloth’s team rolled to a 48-7 win over Houston Northside in the opening round of the playoffs, and the Bufflos took care of the Panthers, 62-7 in district play. Sure comparing common opponents can backfire, but the results are very similar.
Marshall’s perfect record can look intimidating, but Port Neches-Groves is currently one of the hottest teams in the state. While the quarterbacks will get the headlines, it will actually be the defenses that decide this one. PNG’s defense has shown plenty of improvement down the stretch. The Indians have given up an average of 17.8 points per game in their last five outings, though last week the tribe had plenty of issues in the first half against Lindale. On the other side, the black and gold gives up 14.4 points a game. The Buffalos have four shutouts this season against Houston ISD competition.

Port Neches-Groves Indians (9-3) vs Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos (12-0)
Date: Friday, November 30
Location: Stallworth Stadium, Baytown
Time: 7:30 pm
Winner vs Marshall Mavericks (10-2) or Huntsville Hornets (11-1)
Brandon Faircloth (81-36 overall, 10th year at Port Neches-Groves)
James Williams (73-32 overall, 9th year at Fort Bend Marshall)
First Meeting
Cal Preps Computer: Fort Bend Marshall 38 Port Neches-Groves 35
Ashly Elam: Port Neches-Groves 37 Fort Bend Marshall 34

Dave Tepper: Fort Bend Marshall over Port Neches-Groves

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