5A/4A Recap: Week Two
DCTF's Greg Tepper relives a wild Week Two in 5A and 4A.
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It’s Monday, and we just finished up a fantastic weekend of high school football across the state of Texas. Why not relive it? DCTF’s Greg Tepper recaps the biggest games and biggest storylines from a fantastic weekend across Class 5A and Class 4A.
Katy 37, The Woodlands 14
Give The Woodlands credit: they contained the Katy running game as well as anyone has this season. Of course, that means 342 yards on the ground – including 226 and four touchdowns from Rodney Anderson. And that’s the dangerous thing about Katy: they can beat you with offense, they can beat you with defense (held The Woodlands under 300 total yards, and scoreless in the first half, including three turnovers)…they can beat you every which way. Are they better than Allen or DeSoto? Debatable. But that’s just about the only debate.
DeSoto 61, Euless Trinity 35
It’s time to start wondering if this year’s DeSoto team is better than last year’s, as crazy as that sounds. QB Desmon White is a man possessed right now, scoring six touchdowns against a traditionally stingy Trinity defense…in the first half! In the end, he finished with 442 total yards and six total TDs in a dominant effort. Trinity got its run game going – RB Ja’Ron Wilson ran for 95 yards and a score – but it’s too much DeSoto for anyone to handle right now.
Galena Park North Shore 27, Katy Cinco Ranch 16
We’ve said before that the thing that has separated good North Shore teams from great North Shore teams is defense, and right now, it looks like the Mustangs have themselves a defense. Holding Cinco Ranch to just 191 total yards and forcing four turnovers is a mark of excellence against what can be an outstanding offense. Beyond that, it was a team effort offensively – RB Tristan Houston ran for 110 yards and a score, QB Michah Long ran for a score – that secured another strong win.
Coppell 68, Rockwall 20
At the site of Fox Football Friday Powered by DCTF (this week, we’re in Georgetown for Elgin-Georgetown!), we were expecting the two dominant units to be the Coppell defense and the Rockwall running game, especially RB Chris Warren. In the end, this game was dominated by Coppell’s offense, which racked up an astonishing 434 yards on the ground led by a virtuoso performance from Charles West: 11 carries, 306 yards and 4 TDs. Chris Warren got his, running for 104 yards and two scores, but it was nowhere near enough for the Yellowjackets to overcome Coppell’s assault.
Austin Westlake 38, A&M Consolidated 32
Perhaps no team in Texas entered Week 2 with more confidence than A&M Consolidated, and Westlake needed every bit of magic to take down Consol. Trailing 21-3 at halftime, the Chaps stormed back thanks to QB Jordan Severt, who finished with 226 yards passing and two scores to go along with two rushing touchdowns. Consol QB Kobe Miller (who was sensational) made it interesting with a late touchdown run to pull the Tigers within six, but it was too little too late as Westlake got the big win.
Spring Westfield 38, Klein Collins 31
It wasn’t quite as close as the scoreline indicates, but Spring Westfield needed a number of big plays to get past Collins, but they got them from a variety of places. Brian Peavy picked up a fumble and rumbled 60 yards for a touchdown to give Westfield the lead for good in the third quarter, and William Dedon’s 83-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Thompson was a highlight offensively. The defense needs some help – star Collins ATH Jordan Thompson racked up 186 yards and two total touchdowns – but for now, so far so good for Westfield.
Pflugerville Hendrickson 49, Austin Vandegrift 14
Fear the Hawks. For a third straight week, Hendrickson looked like one of the best teams in the state, storming out to a 27-7 first half lead and never looking back. It’s not just the offense – QB Xavier Conley and RB Samaje Perine, who were fantastic – but the defense as well, as Chance Waz returned an interception for a touchdown and the Hawks held Vandegrift to just 188 total yards. Hendrickson has made a statement in the first few weeks; we’ve heard it, loud and clear.
Justin Northwest 21, Midlothian 16
Two North Texas teams you may not be paying attention to, but could be sleepers, played a fun one on Friday night. Northwest was marred by turnovers – four interceptions from QB Jesse Drummer – bud he made the throws when it counted, especially on his 28-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Moore in the final four minutes to push Northwest’s lead to 21-10. (Moore also returned a punt for a touchdown). Midlothian lost its starting quarterback, Roman Brown, early in the contest, but it was too much Northwest to overcome anyway. Keep an eye on both of these squads.
San Antonio Brennan 49, San Antonio East Central 21
You want some serious defense? How’s this: Brennan held East Central to 104 total yards…and 68 of them came on one play. The defensive front was dominant, with Derick Roberson and Evan Ferguson notching four sacks. From there, it was a matter of QB Da’Shawn Key doing what he’s done all year: make plays. He racked up five total TDs, including two touchdown passes to Makai Green. This may be Brennan’s toughest game of the regular season, and they aced the test.
Humble Summer Creek 38, Port Neches-Groves 17
DCTF declared this the year that Summer Creek becomes a statewide household name, and they were tested in this one by a resurgent PN-G offense, led by QB Adam Morse, who performed brilliantly in relief of Ky Walker. PN-G actually led this game at halftime, but the adjustments were all Summer Creek’s, rattling off 24 unanswered points, including a pair of Aaron Sharp touchdown passes, to soar to the win and a 2-0 start.
Wichita Falls Rider 45, Amarillo 44 (2 OTs)
You wanted a thriller between two ranked opponents? You got it! This game was crazytown bananapants – four ties, eight lead changes and tons of offense. Amarillo QB Isaac Garcia hit Dally Burney for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds left to give the Sandies the lead, but back came Rider, as Luis Trejo boomed through a 39-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime. After exchanging touchdowns in the first overtime, Rider’s Chase London hit Davon Allison – the fourth time they hooked up for a touchdown – to give Rider the lead in the second overtime. Amarillo’s Garcia scrambled in from 5 yards out, and Amarillo was an extra point away from tying it…but Mel Maxfield did the right thing and opted to go for two and the win! But the Rider defense held, giving the Raiders a thrilling win.
John Tyler 44, Tyler Lee 0
The Rose City Rumble turned into the Rose City Dud, as John Tyler took whatever magic Tyler Lee had in its first two weeks and turned it on its head. QB Geovari McCollister was incredible for JT, throwing for 229 yards, running for another 97 yards and hitting the end zone three times. The defense was nails as well, forcing four turnovers and generally making life tough on sophomore QB Zach Hall. Tyler Lee was as hot as anyone coming into this game, but John Tyler won bragging rights.
Wolfforth Frenship 39, El Paso El Dorado 38 (2 OTs)
Well this game escalated quickly! Both teams were plagued by turnovers – each team turned it over a staggering six times – but Frenship stormed back in spite of El Dorado RB LeDerrick Wilson’s heroics. QB Trevor Eulenback’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Jared Mannon with 1:46 left in regulation tied the game, but Frenship’s would-be game-winning field goal sailed wide to send the game to overtime. In the second overtime, El Dorado’s Wilson ran in for his fourth touchdown of the game, but Frenship answered with Parker Bingham’s touchdown run. The extra point seemed to send the game to a third overtime…but El Dorado was offsides, and with the extra boost forward, Frenship coach Brad Davis decided to go for the win. He went back to Bingham, who plowed into the end zone for the game-winning two-point conversion.
Manor 32, Leander 27
If you look at this as another surprising loss by Leander, you’re looking at it the wrong way. This is yet another statement that Manor is pretty darn good. RB Tyrone Owens was nails, running for 140 yards and a touchdown; and QB Denzell Feaster was even better, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another. Yes, we’re still interested in what we still think is a strong Leander squad, but maybe it’s time to pay some more attention to Sadd Jackson’s Mustangs, who are now 3-0.
Fort Worth Boswell 14, Birdville 9
Uh, Birdville? You feeling OK? Boswell is an OK squad, but they shouldn’t have beaten a team that we thought was pretty good, especially when Birdville RB Xavier Turner ran for 190 yards. But Boswell’s defense bent and didn’t break, and RB Antoine Stevenson was excellent, running for 130 yards and what proved to be the game-sealing score in the fourth quarter. A stunning result out of DFW.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.