The Point After
DCTF's Greg Tepper on the five biggest storylines from a wild Friday night of high school football.
This is the Point After, a recap of the five biggest storylines from a Friday night in Texas high school football.
1) Longtime readers of TexasFootball.com – that is, readers for longer than, you know, just this article – may remember that I am from Coppell. My folks still live there, and my mother still works there, at a middle school. Every Friday morning, to maintain my lead in the three-horse race for the title of “Mom’s Favorite Son,” I bring my mom coffee at work. And, every Friday morning, I get asked by my mom’s coworkers what I think of Coppell’s chances this week. Yesterday morning, I told the truth: I thought Coppell, while good, probably wouldn’t beat Allen. The Eagles were playing too well defensively, and as much as I respect the Cowboys’ defense, I’m not sure they could hold out long enough to win it. My official prediction: Allen 21, Coppell 17. But the Cowboys proved me wrong, and in doing so – by beating Allen 27-24 in a thrilling overtime game capped by Colby Mahon’s game-winning 23-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Smith – may have just staked a relatively permanent claim to a spot in the state’s top 10. Think about it: Coppell’s résumé now includes a neutral-site win over Longview and a home win over Allen, not to mention a home win against a good McKinney Boyd squad. The Cowboys, whose defense is super-impressive led by DEs Solomon Thomas and William Udeh, are one of the very best teams in the state, and they showed it on Friday night. And that will make for a very sheepish coffee deliveryman next Friday.
2) What’s in the water in Houston? The Space City was home to some astronomical numbers on Friday night, most specifically two games. Friendswood beat Galena Park 79-63, backed by 401 yards rushing and 122 yards passing for QB Jordan Wood. Galena Park QB Darrow Adams, not to be outdone, threw for 295 yards and five touchdowns with 109 yards and two scores on the ground. Almost 1,400 total yards in this one! And then there was the game that was featured on Fox Football Friday Powered by DCTF, Langham Creek against Cy Ranch. Final score: Cy Ranch 64, Langham Creek 63 in overtime. Keith Ford runs for 268 yards and a touchdown, QB Cole Martin runs for five (!!!) touchdowns and runs for another two…and that’s just Cy Ranch. Langham Creek threw for 537 yards and five scores, while RB Jeremiah Williams ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns for Langham Creek. Oh, and LC WR Caleb Hobbs caught 11 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Defense need not apply.
3) Lake Travis is one giant red flag right now. The Cavaliers’ defense is still fantastic, leading the way to a 14-7 win over Austin High on the heels of the Cavs’ first loss in 25 games last week. But the offense…well, the offense is not the same without WR Zach Austin. The Cavs don’t have anyone that can stretch the field, which is necessary to open up the rest of the offense, specifically running with RB Varshaun Nixon and the underneath routes opened up for QB Baker Mayfield. A win’s a win, and LT will win a lot of games just because of their defense, but…red flags abound.
4) Wild game of the night? Try Lufkin vs. A&M Consolidated, two teams headed in different directions. Lufkin’s coming off a thumping at the hands of Longview; Consolidated is coming off a monster win over Lake Travis last week. The result? Lufkin 71, A&M Consolidated 68 in FOUR OVERTIMES! Lufkin QB Tyler Stubblefield went berserk, throwing for 562 yards and eight touchdowns…but it he wasn’t the hero. Instead, it was RB Kendrick Mapp, who – after Lufkin finally held Consolidated to a field goal in their possession – sprinted 25 yards for a touchdown to clinch the victory for Lufkin. Lufkin had 749 yards of total offense; Consolidated had 675, including a whopping 441 on the ground thanks to RBs Xavier Jones and Brandon Jackson. Seriously, is defense just …not a thing anymore?
5) Things have been tough for Lubbock High. Aside from riding Class 5A’s longest playoff drought – it’s been since 1975 since they qualified – the Westerners entered Friday night’s action with a 25-game losing streak. Coach Jason Strunk has had a tough go of it since taking over the reins, but Friday night…well, you’ve got to feel good about Lubbock 22, Andrews 7. Just because they’re not winning doesn’t mean the kids and coaches aren’t working hard, and everyone deserves to get rewarded. How unexpected was it? I don’t think the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal – the outstanding paper out there – even sent a reporter to the game. Sincere congratulations to coach Strunk and the entire Westerners program.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.