Smoaky's East/Central Texas Blog
Week One in East/Central Texas
Posted by David Smoak on 6 September 2011

So, I'm driving back home after watching Robert Griffin III and the Baylor Bears stun T.C.U. on Friday night and I get an email that I just know was wrong. It was a high school football fan in deep southeast Texas telling me a player from Hemphill rushed for 534-yards against West Sabine.

I didn't have the all-time single-game rushing list in front of me but I do remember Darryl Ellis of Somerville ran for a state-record 588-yards against Thrall in 1998.

I just wasn't sure if the stats on Twine were correct and if they were, where did it rank among the all-time list for rushing yards in a single game?

Well, enter Hemphill head football coach Ken Stanley. I'm sure he wanted to know who was this insane person blowing up his phone with a text message well past 1:00am on a Saturday morning. That would be me.

I couldn't help it.

I thought perhaps Coach Stanley was still watching film of this once-in-a-lifetime performance and just hadn't had the time to leave the fieldhouse.

Coach Stanley sent me back a text that his sophomore quarterback Justin Twine actually rushed for 459-yards, not 534-yards, but that in itself was still very special. It just wasn't threatening a state record. (Note: the official stats, confirmed by Stanley at a later date, do stay at 534 yards, second all-time).

Coach Stanley and I kept trading text-messages until I think the last one said, "I'm really not sure, I'm kind of tired."

That's when I knew it was time for me to get some sleep and work on this again on Saturday morning.

When Coach Stanley confirmed the official stats, I started reflecting back on some of the great running back's I've covered throughout 31-years in broadcasting, Michael Horace (Groveton), Rodney Thomas (Groveton), Derek Farmer (Tyler Lee), Jorvorskie Lane (Lufkin), Decori Birmingham (Atlanta), Tommy Palmer (Gilmer), Denvis Manns (Lufkin), Curtis Burns (Atlanta), Nate Jeffery (Caddo Mills), Adrian Peterson (Palestine), Ivory Lee Brown (Palestine), Dwight Smith (Carthage), Kris Briggs (Carthage), Jessie Harrison (Paul Pewitt), LaMichael James (Liberty-Eylau), Traylon Shead (Cayuga), Cody Glenn (Rusk), Keyou Craver (Harleton), Bill Jones (Corsicana), Lennon Creer (Tatum), Justin Johnson (Gilmer), Bryce Beall (Tatum), Roddrick Muckelroy (Hallsville), Rodney Jones (Pine Tree), Matthew Tucker (Chapel Hill), Tony Jeffery (Gladewater), Bennie Jones (Van), Jermie Calhoun (Van), Ryan Young (Alba-Golden and Sulphur Springs), Phoenix Owens (Carlisle), Odell Beckham (Marshall), Fred Thacker (Alto), Kendall Hunter (John Tyler), Chris Whaley (Madisonville), Korey Sutton (Texas High), KoKo Smith (Daingerfield), Jamario Thomas (Spring Hill), Edwin Simmons (Hawkins), Joe Johnson (Longveiw), Tyrone Ross (Tyler Lee), E.D Jackson (Kilgore), Cary Brabham (Hughes Springs), Fred Talley (Longview), Ted Burns (Pittsburg), Vondrell McGee (Longview), Keith Gilliam (Kilgore)...okay, I better stop now because I will go on forever and I know I've forgotten someone or fifty.

I started thinking about the great names who put up silly rushing numbers from even before I began my broadcasting career, Earl Campbell, Billy Sims, David Overstreet, and none of them ever came close to anything crazy like Justin Twine against West Sabine.

Seriously, I'm sorry, but I couldn't help but take a trip down memory lane and it was about 1:00am this morning while I'm writing this blog those names started coming back to me.

What is it about 1:00am these days?

Out of all those incredible players, all running backs, and no one, no one had ever come close to what Hemphill sophomore Justin Twine accomplished last Friday against West Sabine.

And, he's not even a running back, he's a quarterback with blazing speed.

Twine didn't just break the hearts of West Sabine football fans on Friday night, he also broke the single-game Hemphill High School record of Jerron White (450-yards) in 1988 against Huntington.

We'll forever remember, Hemphill 77 West Sabine 56, Justin Twine, 21-carries for 534-yards and 6-TD's (three of them for 90-yards or longer), and even he even completed 2-3 passes for 53-yards and 1-TD.

When I received the official stats from Coach Stanley on Sunday evening, I put up the numbers on Twitter, the reaction was immediate, "Holy Smokes" and "Good Grief" and "Does anyone play defense anymore?" and "He'll be worth monitoring all year" and "Amazing" and "Holy Crap" and "Those stats are after two weeks, right?" and a few other quotes I can't repeat.

On the same weekend Aledo's great senior running back Johnathan Gray continued his march towards becoming the all-time leading scorer in Texas High School Football History, it was a young sophomore in Hemphill who stole the spotlight.

Thank you for your time and feel free to email me any comments and I will always respond.

David Smoak

ESPN-Central Texas (Program Director) (Owner)


East and Central Texas Top 10's


Class 5-A:

1. Longview (2-0)(Beat John Tyler 38-22)
2. DeSoto (1-0)(Playing Oklahoma City Douglas on Monday 9-5)
3. Lufkin (2-0)(Beat Tyler Lee 38-20)
4. The Woodlands (2-0)(Beat Fort Bend Hightower 21-14)
5. Copperas Cove (1-1)(Beat Waco High 41-31)
6. Mesquite Horn (1-1)(Beat Lake Highlands 20-0)
7. Belton (2-0)(Beat Austin High 58-14)
8. A&M Consolidated (0-2)(Lost to Cypress Woods 27-21)
9. North Mesquite (2-0)(Beat North Garland 57-16)
10. Tyler Lee (0-2)(Lost to Lufkin 38-20)

Class 4-A:

1. Stephenville (2-0)(Beat Abilene Wylie 42-14)
2. Waco Midway (2-0)(Beat Round Rock McNeil 51-27)
3. John Tyler (0-2)(Lost to Longview 38-22)
4. Sherman (2-0)(Beat Little Elm 41-21)
5. Corsicana (2-0)(Beat Kilgore 38-13)
6. Sulphur Springs (1-1)(Beat Lakeview Centennial 37-34)
7. Killeen (2-0)(Beat Killeen Shoemaker 41-0)
8. Waco High (1-1)(Lost to Copperas Cove 41-31)
9. Marshall (1-1)(Beat Shreveport Huntington 49-8)
10. Texas High (1-1)(Beat Jacksonville 31-6)

Class 3-A:

1. Chapel Hill (2-0)(Beat Whitehouse 59-49)
2. Henderson (2-0)(Beat Pine Tree 58-27)
3. Gilmer (2-0)(Beat Tatum 34-0)
4. Lindale (2-0)(Beat Carthage 33-21)
5. Carthage (1-1)(Lost to Lindale 33-21)
6. Waco La Vega (2-0)(Beat Cameron Yoe 19-14)
7. Paris (2-0)(Beat Lucas Lovejoy 34-21)
8. China Spring (2-0)(Beat Glen Rose 28-14)
9. Pittsburg (2-0)(Beat Palestine 33-28)
10. Atlanta (1-1)(Beat Daingerfield 37-6)

Class 2-A:

1. New Boston (2-0)(Beat Pleasant Grove 42-7)
2. McGregor (2-0)(Beat Crawford 36-0)
3. Tatum (1-1)(Lost to Gilmer 34-0)
4. Crockett (1-0)(Beat Rusk 32-29)
5. Rogers (2-0)(Beat Little River-Academy 55-33)
6. Newton (1-0)(Beat Kirbyville 44-19)
7. Daingerfield (1-1)(Lost to Atlanta 37-6)
8. Arp (1-1)(Beat Paul Pewitt 46-20)
9. White Oak (2-0)(Beat West Rusk 56-21)
10. Troy (2-0)(Beat West 39-7)

Class 1-A:

1. Mart (2-0)(Beat Italy 21-8)
2. Garrison (2-0)(Beat Lovelady 34-12)
3. Clarksville (2-0)(Beat Lone Oak 34-6)
4. Alto (2-0)(Beat San Augustine 59-28)
5. Tenaha (2-0)(Beat Timpson 47-14)
6. Mount Enterprise (2-0)(Beat Cayuga 36-22)
7. Carlisle (2-0)(Beat Quinlan Boles 51-16)
8. Honey Grove (2-0)(Beat Bells 49-6)
9. Goldthwaite (1-1)(Lost to San Saba 35-29)
10. Kerens (1-1)(Beat Dawson 53-0)







Hayden Adcock, WR, Clifton, 7-catches for 122-yards, 2-TD’s, Beat Rosebud-Lott, 34-21.

Zach Allen, QB, Temple, passed for 393-yards (school record), 3-TD’s and ran for 126-yards and 3-TD’s during the Wildcats 62-51 loss to Georgetown.

Troy Allison, QB, McGregor, completed 11-19 passes for 198-yards and 2-TD’s and rushed for 99-yards on 11-carries and 2-TD’s during a 36-0 shutout of Crawford.

Ethan Brinkley, QB, Rockdale, completed 29-39 for 440-yards and 4-TD’s, added a TD run as Rockdale beat Salado 51-42.

Keith Buhl, WR, Temple, 7-catches for 188-yards and 3-TD’s (70, 81, 3) during a 62-51 loss to Georgetown.

Stedson Childress, WR, Reicher, 9-catches for 128-yards, 1-TD in a 74-39 loss to Addison Trinity Christian.

J.P. Crenshaw, QB, Parkview Christian Academy, 18-carries for 230-yards and 5-TD’s, completed 20-34 passes for 233-yards and 5-TD’s and caught one pass for 42-yards in 89-66 win against Mount Calm.

Jordan Darling, QB, Midway, completed 13-17 passes for 228-yards and 3-TD’s during Panthers 51-27 victory against Round Rock McNeil.

Carson Earp, QB, Robinson, completed 27-40 passes for 257-yards and 4-TD’s during Rockets 28-8 victory against Groesbeck.

Marcus Evans, QB, La Vega, completed 7-14 passes for 122-yards and 2-TD’s, 15-carries for 118-yards during a 19-14 win against Cameron Yoe.

Cody Franklin, QB, Clifton, 28-carries for 172-yards and 2-TD’s during 34-21 win against Rosebud-Lott.

Brandon Hamilton, RB, Copperas Cove, 19-carries for 230-yards, 2-TD’s, Beat Waco High 41-31.

Darrell Harris, RB, Waco High, 26-carries for 214-yards and 2-TD’s, 2-catches for 20-yards during Lions 41-31 loss to Copperas Cove.

Secody Howard, RB, Lampasas, 28-carries for 192-yards, 2-TD's during 28-0 win against Austin Travis.

Marcus Irons, RB, McGregor, 9-carries for 92-yards, 1-TD in a 36-0 victory against Crawford.

Marvin Jackson, RB, Harker Heights, 20-carries for 130-yards and 2-TD’s, 2-catches for 58-yards and 2-TD’s, Beat Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 29-22.

Hunter Jarmon, WR, Midway, 5-catches for 116-yards, 2-TD’s during a 51-27 win against Round Rock McNeil.

Melvin Jones, RB, Penelope, 19-carries for 219-yards and 4-TD’s, passed for 1-TD (43), Beat Kopperl 49-14.

Jacob Kubitza, RB, Axtell, 17-carries for 117-yards and 3-TD’s during Longhorns 42-21 win against Bruceville-Eddy.

Zac Law, WR, Robinson, 8-catches for 104-yards, 1-TD during Rockets 28-8 win against Groesbeck.

Andrew McPherson, WR, China Spring, 9-catches for 97-yards and 1-TD, during Cougars 28-14 win against Glen Rose.

Stephen Mitchell, RB, Robinson, 16-carries for 109-yards, 5-catches for 60-yards and 1-TD in a 28-8 win against Groesbeck.

Blaze Moorehead, WR, China Spring: 6-catches for 98-yards and 1-TD in 28-14 win against Glen Rose.

Kade Munden, QB, China Spring, completed 22-30 passes for 248-yards and 2-TD’s, ran for 61-yards on 15-carries as Cougars beat Glen Rose, 28-14.

Anthony Price, RB, Fairfield, 20-carries for 216-yards, 3-TD’s during 36-0 shutout of Hillsboro.

Chris Robinson, RB, Connally, 17-carries for 125-yards and 1-TD as Cadets beat Marlin, 40-6.

Tyler Russell, RB, Abbott, 22-carries for 288-yards, 4-TD’s during 76-64 victory against Milford.

Alex Sikes, QB, Hico, 7-carries for 110-yards and 2-TD’s, completed 1-pass for 40-yards during Hico’s 57-12 victory against De Leon.

Ryan Simmons, QB, Salado, completed 13-25 passes for 170-yards and 3-TD’s, ran for 139-yards on 15-carries and 3-TD’s in a 51-42 loss to Rockdale.

Justin Stranacher, QB, Axtell, completed 6-8 passes for 100-yards and 1-TD, added 11-carries for 97-yards and 1-TD during 42-21 win against Bruceville-Eddy.

Zach Thiele, QB, Clifton, completed 13-21 passes for 172-yards and 2-TD’s, 7-carries for 66-yards and 1-TD, 34-21 victory against Rosebud-Lott.

Blake Waggoner, QB, Reicher, completed 23-37 passes for 315-yards and 2-TD’s in a 74-39 loss to Addison Trinity Christian.

Bradley Walker, RB, Hubbard, 20-carries for 368-yards and 3-TD’s, 52-30 win against Scurry-Rosser.


Cody Weir, RB, Rogers, 22-carries for 266-yards, 4-TD’s during a 55-33 victory against Academy.

Donavan Williams, RB, Belton, 12-carries for 152 yards and 2-TD's, 2-catches for 47-yards and 1-TD as Tigers beat Austin High, 58-14.


Hollis Adler, Mart, 13-Tackles during 21-8 win against Italy.

Chance Collins, Robinson, 12-Tackles, 1-Interception, 1-Caused Fumble, 1-Fumble Recovery during 28-8 win against Groesbeck.


Marquise Johnson, DT, Midway, 5-Tackles, 3-TFL in a 51-27 win against Round Rock McNeil.

Tyler Russell, Abbott, 75-yard Interception for a TD, 4-Tackles, 76-64 win against Milford.

Cory Schier, West, 13-Tackles in a 39-7 loss to Troy.

Lester Walker, Waco High, 13-Tackles, 1-Sack, 1 ½-TFL in a 41-31 loss to Copperas Cove.

Special Teams:

Alex Sikes, Hico, 3-kick returns for 142-yards during 57-12 win against De Leon.

*Denotes selected as Central Texas "Players of the Week" for September 1st-September 3rd.




(Thursday, September 1st-Saturday, September 3rd)





Colton Allen, Beckville, 4-catches for 140-yards, 2-TD’s and rushed for 57-yards on 6-carries in a 36-13 win against Cushing.

George Anthony, RB, West Rusk, 29-carries for 188-yards and 2-TD’s during a 56-21 loss to White Oak.

Del Barnes, QB, Henderson, completed 9-13 passes for 173-tards and 5-TD’s during the Lions 58-27 win against Pine Tree.

Austin Bloodgood, RB, Joaquin, 7-carries for 219-yards and 4-TD’s during Rams 55-20 win against Shelbyville.

Cole Bridges, QB, Elkhart, completed 8-11 passes for 156-yards and 2-TD’s during 52-22 win against Normangee.
Victor Butler, RB, Pine Tree, 28-carries for 143-yards and 2-TD’s in a 58-27 loss to Henderson.

Cameron Cloudy, QB, Center, completed 10-12 passes for 225-yards and 4-TD’s as Roughriders beat Linden-Kildare.

Kyle Copeland, QB, Arp, ran for 202-yards and 4-TD’s and passed for 109-yards passing during Tigers 46-20 win against Paul Pewitt.

Damiyne Durham, Oakwood, 2-carries for 43-yards and 1-TD, caught 2-passes for 40-yards and 2-TD’s and passed for 215-yards and 6-TD’s during the Panthers 88-41 win against Fruitvale.

Jacob Eads, RB, Union Grove, 28-carries for 208-yards and 3-TD’s during 26-6 win against Overton.

Dalton Etheridge, WR, Beckville, 7-catches for 158-yards, 2-TD’s during a 36-13 win against Cushing.

Tyler Folsom, RB, Eustace, 28-carries for 181-yards and 3-TD’s, 35-29 win against Grace Community.

Seth Gibson, RB, Troup, 112-yards rushing and 2-TD’s during Tigers 23-7 win against Sabine.

Damien Haskins, Jefferson, 7-carries for 145-yards and 2-TD’s during a 42-7 win against Pleasant Grove.

Matt Hosea, RB, Harmoney, 40-carries for 253-yards, 1-TD during 33-27 win against Ore City.

Shakeem Jefferson, RB, New Boston, 14-carries for 170-yards and 2-TD’s in a 42-7 win against Pleasant Grove.

Shock Linwood, Linden-Kildare, 29-carries for 289-yards and 3-TD’s in a 54-20 loss to Center.

T.J. Ollison, RB, Grand Saline, 22-carries for 207-yards and 3-TD’s during the Indians 34-14 win against Malakoff.

Jay O’Neal, RB, Henderson, 9-carries for 122-yards and 1-TD and caught 4-passes for 64-yards and 1-TD during Lions 58-27 win against Pine Tree.

Hunter Owens, RB, White Oak, 15-carries for 164-yards and 3-TD’s and 1-TD catch as Roughnecks beat West Rusk, 56-21.

Jared Poncho, RB, Carlisle, 7-carries for 284-yards and 3-TD’s during Indians 51-6 victory against Quinlan Boles.

Rain Rieke, QB, Beckville, completed 16-31 passes for 387-yards and 4-TD’s and 16-carries for 120-yards and 1-TD in a 36-13 win against Cushing.

Anthony Sanders, QB, Athens, completed 13-21 passes for 173-yards and 2-TD’s and rushed for 96-yards on 14-carries for 1-TD during Hornets 38-14 win against Spring Hill.

Avery Saenz, QB, Chapel Hill, completed 25-33 passes for 330-yards and 3-TD’s and ran for 59-yards on 15-carries for 2-TD’s in a 59-49 win against Whitehouse.

Wesley Shoon, QB, Harmony, completed 6-8 passes for 145-yards and 4-TD’s in a 33-27 win against Ore City.

Darrel Shorter, RB, Newton, 20-carries for 181-yards, 3-TD’s during a 44-19 win against Kirbyville.

Jacorian Smith, Pittsburg, 17-carries for 158-yards and 2-TD’s in a 33-28 win against Palestine.

Corban Taylor, QB, Paris, completed 12-16 passes for 199-yards and 3-TD’s, and 14-carries for 88-yards in Wildcats 34-21 win against Lucas Lovejoy.

Hunter Taylor, QB, Whitehouse, completed 34-57 passes for 500-yards and 5-TD’s and ran for 32-yards on 3-carries and 1-TD during a 59-49 loss to Chapel Hill.

Andre Thompson, RB, Quitman, ran for 166-yards and 4-TD’s and passed for 215-yards and 2-TD’s, Beat T.K. Gorman, 44-34.

Josh Trumble, RB, Redwater, 6-carries for 142-yards and 3-TD’s during a 62-0 win against Carrollton Christian Academy.

Andrew Tucker,  RB Chapel Hill, 20-carries for 157-yards, 2-TD’s, 4-catches for 96-yards during Bulldogs 59-49 win against Whitehouse.

Justin Twine, QB, Hemphill, 21-carries for 534-yards and 6-TD’s, and completed 2-3 passes for 53-yards and 1-TD during the Hornets 77-56 victory against West Sabine.

Jamarcus Walker, RB, Lufkin, 15-carries for 137-yards and 4-TD's during Panthers 38-20 win against Tyler Lee.

Corion Webster, RB, Atlanta, 25-carries for 200-yards and 4-TD’s, 3-catches for 46-yards during 37-6 win against Daingerfield.

Clay White, Leverett’s Chapel, rushed for 106-yards and passed for 93-yards and 5-TD’s combined during a 61-13 win against Bloomburg.

Tory White, RB, Longview, 21-carries for 178-yards and 1-TD (83) as Lobos beat John Tyler, 38-22.

Deion Williams, RB, Jefferson, 17-carries for 238-yards and 3-TD’s during a 45-26 victory against Mount Vernon.

Jeffrey Wilson, RB, Elkhart, 8-carries for 116-yards, 2-TD’s and caught 2-passes for 78-yards and 1-TD during Elks 52-22 win against Normangee.

Kain Yates, RB, Joaquin, 10-carries for 212-yards, 2-TD’s during Joaquin’s 55-20 win against Shelbyville.



KJ Cumby, Athens, 3-Tackles, 2-Sacks, 1-FR during a 38-14 win against Spring Hill.

Dalton Etheridge, Beckville, 2-Interceptions during a 36-13 win against Cushing.

Nic Fincher, Athens, 2-Tackles, 3-Sacks during Hornets 38-14 win against Spring Hill.

John Golden, Trinity School of Texas, Forced one fumble and recovered another fumble in a 57-7 win against Tyler Home Education Athletics Team.

Tye Griffin, LB, Frankston, 20-Tackles, 3-TFL during Indians loss to Palestine Westwood.

Colton Hill, Gilmer, 10-Tackles, 1-Caused Fumble that was returned for a TD during Buckeyes 34-0 shutout of Tatum.

Lance Lawson, LB, Joaquin, 16-Tackles, 2-TFL, 1-CF, 1-FR in Rams 55-20 win against Shelbyville.

Josh Pennington, White Oak, 12-Tackles, 1-CF, 1-Sack during 56-21 win against West Rusk.

George Polk, DE, Longview, 5-Tackles, 2-Sacks, 2-TFL, 38-22 win against John Tyler.

Jesse Sipes, LB, Beckville, 18-Tackles, 1-TFL, 3-PBU during 36-13 win a against Cushing.

Austen Truett, SS, Grand Saline, 6-Tackles and 1-Interception during Indians 34-14 win against Malakoff.

Blake Ward, LB, Eustance, 7-Tackles, 1-Sack during a 35-29 win against Grace Community.

Jeffrey Wilson, Elkhart, returned a fumble 60-yards for a TD during Elks win against Normangee.

Special Teams:


Matt Cox, Pine Tree, finished with 179-yards on four KR during Pirates 58-27 loss to Henderson.

Jesse Durham, Athens, 5-5 XP’s, 1-1 FG (30) as Hornets beat Spring Hill, 38-14.

Gabe Vera, Paris, 4-XP’s, 2-FG’s (46, 27) during Wildcats 34-21 victory against Lucas Lovejoy.

Ladarius Donnell, Normangee, 2-KR for TD’s during loss to Elkhart.

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