Monday recap: One Carroll still unbeaten; Madison loses superstar
BY Jake Shaw/TexasFootball.com
We ran midseason reports last week in lieu of our Games to Watch. That doesn't mean we can't recap the weekend.
So instead of showing how many games I wrongly predicted, I've scanned the state looking for some highlights, thrilling games, and notable performances from Week 5.
Madison loses superstarI hate to start out on a sad note, but this is some of the bigger news around the state. San Antonio Madison rolled to 6-0 this weekend, beating fellow Top 25 Reagan, 42-14.
But it's likely Madison would trade the win for a healthy Devin Thomas. The leading rusher in San Antonio, Thomas' 335th yard of the night might be his last of the season after dislocating his ankle on his last carry. Veteran Madison coach Jim Streety said Thomas is gone for the season. Streety all of a sudden has his work cut out for him, especially with Converse Judson up this week.
One streak ends, another beginsWhen Southlake Carroll lost to Miami Northwestern, Cedar Hill inherited the state's longest current winning streak. It ended at 19 straight two weekends ago in a loss to Arlington Bowie. Now, Cedar Hill has dropped two straight after a 37-30 defeat to DeSoto on Friday night. Cedar Hill should recover this weekend against Arlington Lamar.
But Carroll is still undefeatedNo, no that Carroll. The one in Corpus Christi is playing like the one in Southlake. The Carroll Tigers picked up their biggest win of 2007, knocking off the preseason pick for 27-5A champ, SA East Central, 35-21.
QB Tim Hawkins passed for 224 yards and a score and added 73 yards and two more scores rushing. Carroll is off this week.
Can we get a rubber match?In a rare regular season rematch, Longview defeated Lufkin the second time around, 31-24. The two had played in the opening week of the season, a game Lufkin took 16-13. Would love to see these teams cross paths one more time in the playoffs.
They must be rivals nowA lot of folks wondered if Converse Judson could remain a powerhouse with the opening of nearby Wagner. Turns out there was another area team to worry about.
Schertz Clemens has been one of the more consistent teams in recent years, making the playoffs the last four years, including the 4A DII state semis a year ago. That future isn't so sure anymore, not after last weekend.
Clemens didn't appear to be threatened at first by newly-opened and nearby Cibolo Steele, not after last year's 25-point win. Things quickly changed. Steele upset Clemens Friday night, shutting them out 16-0. To make matters worse for Clemens, undefeated Steele took Clemens' place in this week's 4A Top 25.
Clemens, from the look of things, only has themselves to blame for Steele's success.
Such thing as a good loss?While coaches would probably say no, I'm a believer that there is such a thing. And two Austin-area teams can make that same argument.
Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 2-8 last season, is not off to a good start at 0-5. Vista Ridge, though, can take some away pride from the latest setback. VR played No. 12 Lake Travis to a 33-28 decision; the chance for a win ended with an incomplete pass from 13 yards out in the final minute.
Meanwhile, No. 9 New Braunfels got a scare from Del Valle, which took a 14-13 lead to the fourth quarter. Ryan Perez rallied New Braunfels with a late score, but Del Valle should get some momentum from this game.
Early candidate arisesYou might've noticed a new feature on the site: the Army Strong Team of the Week. This award will conclude with a Team of the Year, and Class 4A Dickinson just bolted to the front of the race.
A 6-4 team last year, Dickinson matched that win total this past weekend, upsetting Friendswood 21-17. With only nine playoff appearances since 1965, Dickinson should have no trouble getting appearance No. 10 -- matching its current ranking.
Going back to streaksWhile Southlake Carroll's winning streak ended this season, Austin Johnston's string of 37 straight losses doesn't seem in jeopardy. Especially after recent events.
Johnston forfeited its Thursday night game against Manor, and school officials are seriously considering canceling the rest of the season. If that occurs, Johnston will have lost 41 straight, the seventh longest streak in Texas high school football history.
Can't get away from streaksExcuse my distraction by streaks, but have to mention one more. This season could see the end to the longest current playoff drought in Texas high school football -- in impressive fashion.
A week after upsetting Prosper, Whitesboro showed no hangover in a 49-15 win over Bonham. Now 2-0 in 9-3A (and 5-0 overall), Whitesboro is close to ending a playoff absence that dates to 1936.
Cardiac kids of the SouthFor the second straight week, 2A George West's game came down to the final minutes. Last week, QB Travis Locke provided the offensive heroics in a win over Odem.
But with Locke injured in the third quarter Friday against Skidmore-Tynan, George West's defense came up big, stopping two Skidmore-Tynan drives in the red zone in the final five minutes of a 10-7 win.
The way the ball bouncesAndrews, a Top 10 team in 3A, was on the verge of losing to winless Big Spring Friday night. But Andrews outscored Big Spring 20-3 in the fourth quarter to leave with a 33-29 win.
The game-winning touchdown came on a 49-yard run with under two minutes left after Andrews had recovered an onside kick.
Twice as niceTexas City put two marks in the win column over the weekend. First, there was the 44-2 win over Santa Fe in 23-4A play.
Then, Texas City got word that its 41-13 loss to Houston Westside in the second game of the season is now a win after Westside was ordered by the UIL to forfeit the win for using an ineligible player.
One and doneClyde entered our Class 3A rankings last week. They promptly fell out after this weekend, but only by a slim margin.
The Bulldogs lost in 2 OTs to Burkburnett, which took Clyde's place in the rankings this week. Clyde, however, can get right back in if it can upset Top 10 Abilene Wylie this weekend.
Statement of the weekWas made by Montwood over Franklin in the battle for top team in El Paso. If the score (35-14) isn't a good indicator, try the yardage outputs: Montwood 399, Franklin 153.
Did I miss a notable game? If I overlooked a thrilling finish or notable performance, e-mail and let me know, and I'll post it in a follow-up.