Montgomery County Football Games to Watch in 2022

Toss Michael Scott’s Twitter gif of The Office boss fleeing building fire: “Okay…it’s happening!!!” (ask your children if you need the reference).

On Monday, high school football programs across the state of Texas that choose not to hold spring training will return to the field and prepare for the 2022 season. The following week, the rest of the state will join.

In four weeks we will discuss, digest and debate what we saw in week 1.

Football is back. A weekly program of the season is available here.

As we wind down July’s scorching days and head into August, let’s take a look at a key game for each county team this year.

The teams are listed in alphabetical order.


Conroe (Week 3, September 9): The Class 6A era begins and Caney Creek could have the start of a natural rivalry with Conroe High School. The two teams are meeting for the first time at the college level and the Panthers will claim the home sideline for this game. Panthers head coach Kendall Hineman, a Conroe alumnus and former assistant head coach, will face his former team for the first time.

Honorable mention: Cleveland (Week 5, Sept. 23) — Former District foes from the past two seasons reconnect. Both could be looking for early wins in the district game depending on how things start for them.


The Woodlands (Week 8, October 14): The Woodland War begins against The Woodlands. The teams have split the fixtures in the last two games, with the Highlanders winning 39-13.

Honorable Mention: Klein Cain (Week 2, September 2) – The Hurricanes were a district foe in 2018-19. Both teams have been on the rise since then, but the Cavaliers own a 2-0 series advantage.


Oak Ridge (Week 6, September 30): Cedric Hardeman’s side snapped an eight-game losing streak against the War Eagles last year with a 44-41 win at home. This year’s game will likely be another critical game for both teams’ playoff hopes.

Honorable mention: Katy Paetow (Week 1, Aug. 26) — The Tigers jump straight into the fire as they take on a Panthers program that won a Class 5A state title last year. Paetow is under new management with head coach Lonnie Teagle taking over from BJ Gotte, who left for Pearland.


Giddings State (Week 2, September 2): The Cougars were state finalists last year at TAPPS 6-man ball. This Week 2 out-of-district home game offers an opportunity to check out Kade Houston, an all-around maestro for Covenant.


Oak Ridge (Week 7, October 7): The Grizzlies were stunned last year by their rivals in Week 11 as the War Eagles won and knocked them out of the playoffs. Grand Oaks won the first Battle of the Oaks of 2020. Both games were decided by seven runs or less.

Honorable mention: New Caney (Week 8, October 13) – A week later, on a Thursday night, the Grizzlies and New Caney meet for the first time. The Grand Parkway neighbors each have big senior running backs in Brandon High (Grand Oaks) and Kedrick Reescano (New Caney).


Cistercian (week 6, September 30): The Dragons, fresh off their first-ever SPC (3A) championship, hit the road in the rematch of last year’s title match. John Cooper beat Cistercian twice a year ago by a combined score of 96-49.

Honorable mention: The Woodlands Christian Academy (Week 1, August 26) – It’s an out-of-district game, but the Dragons and Warriors are meeting for the first time since 2015. John Cooper won a game at Warrior Stadium last year against Cistercian after the meet was quickly moved across town due to a power outage.


Montgomery (Week 6, September 30): The MoTown Showdown has a bigger place in the schedule after the budding rivals have had to play Week 11 every year since Lake Creek opened. The Lions are 1-3 against the Bears and have lost the last two.

Honorable mention: Lamar Consolidated (Week 7, Oct. 7) – Lake Creek went 1-5 in district play last year with its lone win over the Mustangs. It came after Lake Creek previously won all four of its out-of-district games. The Lions scored a season-high 61 points against Lamar Consolidated.


Bay Area Christian (Week 10, October 28): The Lions district has changed drastically and they will meet a Bay Area Christian team in a crucial contest. The Lions lost to the Broncos 35-21 in the playoffs last year. Legacy Prep had already won three straight in the series.

Honorable mention: Northland Christian (Week 1, August 26) – Legacy Prep begins the season with an out-of-district home game with the Cougars. The Lions have won five in a row, including a 34-28 decision a year ago as district foes.


Tomball (week 2, September 2): It’s not a district game anymore since Tomball upgraded to Class 6A a few years ago. When these two teams meet, crazy results happen. The teams met six times from 2014 to 2019, with Magnolia winning five of those contests. Some of these games were very marked.

Honorable mention: Manvel (Week 9, Oct. 21) – In new District 10-5A (Div. I), Magnolia welcomes a regional semifinalist from a year ago to Manvel.


Magnolia (Week 7, October 7): This year’s Magnolia Bowl will be on the road at Bulldogs Stadium. On a nine-game winning streak under first-year coach Ben McGehee to start the season, the Mustangs pulled off a two-game slide against Magnolia with a 21-14 victory in the Premier League game. last year.

Honorable mention: Foster (Week 6, September 30) – The district home roster opens with a tough one at Foster. The Falcons will be hungry after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. When the teams last met in 2019 in an out-of-district game, the Falcons won 50-28.


Huntsville (Week 5, September 23): It’s homecoming for the Bears and a huge potential game with the Hornets. Last season’s contest was a thriller as Montgomery traveled to Bowers Stadium and won in overtime against the Hornets to win the district championship.

Honorable mention: New Caney (Week 1, August 26) – Alum Grant Cooper makes his head coaching debut as Montgomery hosts New Caney in an off-district game. Both teams have made the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.


The Woodlands (Week 4, September 16): New Caney host the Woodlands at Randall Reed Stadium for the first time since the stadium opened in 2014. The Eagles and Highlanders last met as district opponents in 2009. The Woodlands have a record of 10-0 against the Eagles.

Honorable mention: Caney Creek (Week 11, Nov. 4) – Three of New Caney’s last four games come against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year. The Eagles welcome former district foe Caney Creek, a team they’ve beaten four straight since 2016, to close out the regular season.


College Park (Week 9, October 20): Of course, there are more natural rivals on the War Eagles schedule. But a 14-10 loss to College Park last year might have been the final straw for a very late playoff push in the six-team league. Oak Ridge and College Park are 8-8 against each other all-time.

Honorable mention: Willis (Week 11, November 4) – Home field advantage could be key for the War Eagles against Willis. This game could very well determine a playoff spot for either team.


New Caney (Week 2, September 2): Things are a bit out of the ordinary now as the Spartans remain in 5A while New Caney moves to 6A. Now an out-of-district “59 battle line,” Porter is still looking for his first-ever win over the Eagles.

Honorable mention: Kingwood Park (Week 3, Sept. 9) – As Porter heads into District 8-5A (Div. I) play, a familiar Panthers team welcomes them home. Porter hasn’t played at Kingwood Park since 2019, but the two have met 10 times in history, with the Spartans winning three.


Lumberton (Week 7, October 7): Splendora starts the District 10-4A (Div. I) game with a doozy against the Raiders. Lumberton have won back-to-back games against the Wildcats, but the game two years ago was decided by a run.

Honorable mention: Galena Park (Week 3, September 9) – This is a district-free game. But this is the first of three straight home games leading to a district game for the Wildcats. Splendora needs to get off to a good start to play in the district after going 0-5 last year.


Fort Bend Christian (Week 8, October 21): This will be a big litmus test in TAPPS District 4 (Div. II) for the Warriors. The Eagles went 5-0 in district play a year ago and won 53-14 in last year’s encounter.

Honorable mention: St. John XXIII (Week 7, October 14) – This will be the district opener for TWCA and it’s against a team they beat 35-14 last year.


North Shore (week 1, August 25): There’s nothing better than a class 6A out-of-district power game on the very first night of the season. The Woodlands travel to Galena Park ISD to take on a Mustangs team that went 15-1 last year and beat Duncanville for the program’s fifth state title. The teams last met in 2007. The Woodlands are 2-5 against the Mustangs.

Honorable Mention: Willis (Week 10, Oct. 28): Mettauer-Lagway II will close out the Highlanders regular season as they have a bye in Week 11. The two prolific and highly recruited junior quarterbacks are meeting for the second time. Last year, Mabrey Mettauer and the Highlanders beat DJ Lagway and the Wildkats, 43-10.


Conroe (Week 4, September 16): Both Willis and the Tigers have won on their respective grounds over the past two years. Should be a quality matchup between two teams that made the playoffs in 2021. Last year at Yates Stadium, Conroe won by three touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Bryan Rudder (Week 1, August 26) – There are a few coaching stories to start the season in this one. Trent Miller makes his home debut for the Wildkats after a strong run at Spring High School. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pitch, former Willis ISD sporting director Eric Ezar leads Rangers in his fourth season.

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