About last night...
By Greg Tepper // TexasFootball.com
On the radio show I do with Roger Emrich on Friday nights, one of the big responsibilities (as you can imagine) is to read off as many high school football scores as we can. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming -- especially when you're stumbling through the pronunciation of "Palacios" -- but it's also a fun way to get a 10,000-foot view of the high school football scene.
And from where I was sitting last night, it was another great Friday night across Texas. Here are my five thoughts from last night.
-The big -- and pretty stunning -- upset of the night last night has to be Arlington's 47-16 win over Arlington Martin, a team we had ranked 7th in the state in our 5A rankings after drubbing Arlington Bowie last week. I got to see Arlington a couple weeks ago in their matchup in Coppell, and I was definitely struck by how powerful their offense was: QB Josh Greer and RB Tavarreon Dickerson ran all over the vaunted Coppell defense in the first half before getting shut out in the second. And while I didn't think the Colts' defense was great, it was certainly opportunistic, forcing a couple of big Cowboys turnovers to build themselves a lead. And wouldn't you know it...it was same song, different verse last night in Arlington. The Colts forced an astonishing 7 turnovers of the high-flying Martin offense, and Parker hooked up with WR Calvin Parker for three scores while Dickerson ran for 224 yards and three scores of his own. It was a herculean effort for the Colts to knock off not only their crosstown rival, but a state-ranked one as well. As for Martin, this is a time to hit the reset button and figure out what went wrong. The offense obviously scuffled as QB Brodie Lambert just couldn't get into a groove, while the usually reliable defense just didn't make plays. This isn't a time to panic -- I think Martin still has to be considered the favorite to win District 4-5A -- but last night's events at Cravens Field should serve as a wake up call for the Warriors.
-There's not a team in the state I've been harder on than Round Rock Stony Point. The Tigers, who have made three consecutive 5A state quarterfinals, have limped through the start of the year, almost losing to a team from Mexico in Week Zero and following that with losses to SA Wagner, DeSoto and RR Westwood. Simply put, I just didn't think coach Craig Chesser's team had it this year. Well, they certainly shut my mouth on Friday night with a 23-17 win over Round Rock McNeil. McNeil may have fallen to 1-5 with the loss, but they've been in every game, and the Tigers edged them with a gutty rally from 17 points down. I'm not saying this is a turning point for Stony Point -- I still have questions about the Tigers' offensive consistency -- but this is a good step foward to a team that had been stepping only backward.
-For my money, the most entertaining slate of games were in Class 2A last night, and boy, did they deliver. Eastland scored an upset over Godley, 30-28, staying undefeated thanks to a big night from QB Trent Brittain and a suffocating defense. Two more unbeaten teams battled out in west Texas, but it wasn't much of a contest as Wall rushed for 497 yards in a 40-19 drubbing of Alpine. One of my favorite games of the day was Rogers and Thorndale, a battle of two unbeaten teams with different philosophies (Rogers loves to score, Thorndale wins with defense). And, well, it was Rogers' will that won out, as the Eagles soared to a 74-26 win behind a mammoth night from RB Carson Skala and FB Cody Weir (who combined for 354 yards and seven touchdowns last night). And don't forget about Cisco's win over Hico, as the Loboes took control of the District 4-2A DII race with a 44-7 victory --Cisco raced out to a 37-0 lead, totaling 381 yards in the first half. And that's not ot mention Schulenberg's shutout win over Weimar, Marion's mild upset of 1A Goldthwaite, and Muleshoe's 41-7 domination of Bushland (oh, and Refugio rolling to an 82-6 win over Riviera Kaufer). In all, a great night for 2A.
-I do love when games live up to exactly what I was expecting. We were expecting a shootout in Friday's private school game of the week between Prestonwood Christiand and Trinity Christian-Addison. That's because these two teams have offense out the wazoo led by a pair of talented signal-callers -- Parker Ash for Prestonwood, and Daniel Davidson for TCA. And they did not disappoint, as Ash threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Zach Peters with just under 5 seconds to play to give Prestonwood a wild 63-59 win. The offensive stats are downright laughable: TCA actually out-gained Prestonwood, 714 yards to a measly 664 yards. Ash threw for 371 yards and 6 touchdowns; Davidson threw for 515 yards and 5 TDs. Five players had more than 100 yards receiving, and one player -- Brock Thomas of TCA -- had 204 yards receiving. And three more players -- Prestonwood's J.P. Coward and Zac Grogean, and TCA's Tanner Snow -- rushed for over 100 yards. That, quite frankly, is just an awesome game.
-Today's NCAA picks, from most confident to least confident: Texas Tech over Kansas, Southern Miss over Rice, Baylor over Kansas State, Texas over Iowa State, TCU over SMU and Texas A&M over Arkansas. But as Arlington showed, anyone can beat anyone, so all of these might be wrong.