HS Recap: Week Three
DCTF's Greg Tepper relives a wild Week Three of high school football across Texas.
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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 Texas.
Most of the excitement this week derived from the San Antonio area, where the cream has begun to rise to the top. Steele re-established itself as a state title contender with a dominating win over Austin Westlake. Converse Judson kept on trucking, drubbing East Central. Smithson Valley was the big winner of the weekend with its impressive – and mildly stunning – beatdown of previously unbeaten San Antonio Madison. And then there’s Brandeis, scoring an improbable last-second field goal win over rival San Antonio O’Connor. The other big result: DeSoto’s impressive win over Cedar Hill, seemingly confirming that yes, DeSoto is one of the very best teams in the state.
Got to be Smithson Valley. We expected this game to be close – both teams look primed for big years – but Larry Hill’s Rangers took the fight to Madison, racking up an astonishing 610 total yards (357 of them from QB Garrett Smith) while holding Madison’s explosive offense to just 169 yards.
Team To Watch
How about Mesquite Horn? The Jaguars are 4-0 after a 30-point drubbing of John Tyler. They’re 25th in our 5A rankings for now, but their trajectory has QB Destri White and company only rising.
We were robbed of many of the big-time matchups we’ve come to expect from 4A because of bye weeks and weather, but so it was relatively ho-hum. Crosby’s shootout with Dayton was fun to watch, with Crosby’s offense finally encountering some resistance before ultimately getting the win. Mesquite Poteet continues to be hot as a pistol with its win over Wylie. And John Tyler’s loss to Mesquite Horn just looked ugly; one wonders which Lions squad will show up each week. Other than that, a lot of blowouts.
Elgin, and it’s not even close. The Wildcats were hitting on all cylinders on Friday night in Georgetown, running the ball at will with QB Te’Rel Simmons and RB Da’Trean Simmons, and completely stifling the defending 4A DI runners-up on their home turf. With the win, they took control of District 17-4A.
Team To Watch
George Ranch. QB Timon Nolan has been sensational for the Longhorns, who are still a very young program. They went 5-5 last year in their inaugural varsity year; more of the defense they showed in their win over Alief Hastings, and they’ll be looking at their first playoff berth.
No. 1 Carthage got a scare but survived thanks to RB Tevin Pipkin to beat Nacogdoches, and the top tier of 3A teams looked great overall – Gilmer, Argyle, Navasota, Kilgore, Stephenville, Graham and Celina all scored big wins. La Marque showed pluck in its win over Lamar Consolidated, and Ingleside’s defense continues to impress, this week shutting out Beeville Jones. Palestine got housed by Tyler Chapel Hill, who may be trying to climb back into the rankings. Wimberley’s woes continue with a second straight loss, and Sinton – a newcomer to our Top 25 last week – tumble right out after falling to Raymondville.
Kilgore faced one of East Texas’ toughest tests this week, facing a white-hot Mount Pleasant offense. Well, guess what? DT LaDarrin Anthony and company held down MTP as well as anyone, while the offense soared to a 48-20 win. The top tier of 3A looks relatively set – Carthage, Gilmer, Argyle, Navasota and Kilgore – though there are plenty of other teams that are in the hunt.
Team To Watch
Fairfield. Another week, another big win for the Eagles, this time over Center. They’re averaging over 464 yards per game, thanks in large part to RB Larry Rose, but now they’ll have their toughest test of the year: at Navasota.
In short: Zzzzzz. Eastland’s big win over Goldthwaite highlights what was a lackluster week in 2A, which got ravaged by weather and bye weeks. Canadian’s win over Abernathy impressed me, as did Cisco’s relatively easy dispatch of Godley. But there was one result that stands out…
Rogers. What a win over Mart, getting a late touchdown run from Carson Skala and an impressive defensive stand to take down one of 1A’s elite teams. The defense scares me a bit, but as long as the running game is churning like this, they’re a threat to make a very, very deep run.
Team To Watch
Cooper. It’s OK if you haven’t been paying attention to the Bulldogs, but now’s the time to start. They’ve given up 26 points in four games – yeah, you read that right – while the rushing attack continues to grind opponents to dust. These guys can play.
It’s hard to know what to make of Mart, a team that now has two losses but at the hands of a pretty good private school and a bigger (and ranked ) Rogers squad. Meanwhile, Stamford, Stratford and Anson continue trucking, as does Wellington and Chilton. A lot of talent in the rankings right now, and plenty of reason to think that the teams that are ranked right now will remain so into perpetuity.
No way it’s not Chilton. The win over Bosqueville is their biggest of the season – and that’s saying something – as QB Javarius Young absolutely went off on the Bulldogs. But more impressive: the defense shutting down Bosqueville QB CJ Collins (relatively speaking). The Pirates are for real.
Team to Watch
Panhandle. Ricky Peacock’s Panthers suffered a tough loss to Wellington, but the offense continues to be borderline flammable. The 56-53 win over Tulia is a lot better than you think, even if the defenses allowed a whopping 1,300 total yars between them. This is a big, big offense that could make some serious noise in the future.
The top handful of teams appears to be pretty well set – Throckmorton, Water Valley, Crowell, Ira in Division I, Grandfalls-Royalty, Follett, Jonesboro and Newcastle in Division II – and that showed itself this week, with Water Valley, Crowell and Ira scoring really impressive victories. Jonesoboro’s win over a solid Zephyr squad can’t be overstated, either.
Blum. Shutting out Abbott in the first half is an absolute coup for the Bobcats. This is an offense that isn’t necessarily built to score big points, but showing that they can win a defense-first game is very, very promising for the future.
Team to Watch
Anton. Between 2006 and 2011, the Bulldogs – who have always struggled with numbers – won a total of four games. Now they’re 4-0 and looking good doing it, scoring points at a blistering pace.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.