The Follow-Through: What did we get right or wrong, and what did we learn from Week 2?

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Another week of high school football is in the books. Before we turn the page to the weekend ahead, let’s take a look back at some of Week 2’s notable results.

No. 3 Argyle wins early-season 4A-1 showdown at No. 1 Waco La Vega 

What our computer thought: La Vega was a 2-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: NA

Matt Stepp thought: La Vega would win by 2

What happened: Argyle 49, La Vega 35

Third-ranked Argyle won the regular season meeting for the second straight year. Bo Hogeboom delivered four TD passes and Tito Bryce ran for more than 200 yards, including a late clinching score. 

What it means:

That we are likely in for another high-quality, higher-stakes rematch. These teams met twice last year, with La Vega winning the regional final en route to the state championship. La Vega coach Don Hyde’s already put the game in perspective. “In the grand scheme of things, this game meant nothing. They beat us in the second week last year and we beat them when it mattered. That’s the plan right now going forward.” Argyle may think the game meant more than nothing, and we can all look forward to a potential rematch.

No. 5 Atlanta wins top-5 3A-1 matchup with #4 Gladewater

What our computer thought: Atlanta was a 4-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: NA

Matt Stepp thought: Atlanta would win by 3

What happened: Atlanta 35, Gladewater 28

Gladewater took an early lead but Atlanta rallied for the win on Kade Woods’ touchdown pass to Alijuah Drayton. Caleb Hamilton ran for 158 yards and two scores to help Atlanta erase a 15-7 deficit in a back-and-forth second half.

What it means:

Atlanta got a much-needed win heading into this week’s showdown with top-ranked Texarkana Pleasant Grove. Pleastant Grove also gets its chance at Gladewater. The teams meet in week 4. Both teams went at least to the regional semifinals last year, and with another solid playoff run, they could be on course for a rematch in the regional final.

Arlington Martin beats another higher-ranked opponent

What our computer thought: Arlington Martin was a 5-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: NA

Matt Stepp thought: NA

What happened: Arlington Martin 33, Hebron 14

Martin’s offense may have stayed over in Lakeway following the season-opening win over then-No.3 Lake Travis, but the Warriors’ special teams and defense showed up – and showed out. Martin took a 24-0 lead at the half while mustering negative offensive yardage on a return trifecta: kickoff, blocked field goal, fumble.

What it means

Last year’s 5-6 season is an uncharacteristic blip on Coach Bob Wager’s recent history. The Warriors get a third stern test when they travel to Rockwall to face dynamic duo Jaxon Smith-Njigba and sophomore quarterback Braedyn Locke, who is averaging an astonishing 475 yards per game passing in his first two games. If they come out on top, they could emerge as a favorite in District 4-6A.

Sandies bounce back with stunning win over Tascosa

What our computer thought: Tascosa was a 34-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: NA

Matt Stepp thought: NA

What happened: Amarillo 36, Tascosa 33

Peyton Conner caught a 21-yard touchdown pass with 4 seconds left to give the 5A Sandies a stunning upset over 6A Tascosa after falling into a double-digit deficit in the first half. “It’s a really tough loss,” Tascosa coach Ken Plunk said. “It was a game which could have gone either way. (The Sandies) made a play at the end to win it.”

What it means

When you have a chance to put a rival away – Tascosa led 21-7 -- you have to do it. After Frenship, predicted to be on the outside looking in when the postseason arrives throttled Amarillo, the Sandies showed moxie that jumpstart a run that enables them to challenge Coronado or Cooper at the top of District 2-5A-1.

Guyer holds off Cedar Hill rally

What our computer thought: Guyer was a 6-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: NA

Matt Stepp thought: NA

What happened: Guyer 40, Cedar Hill 36

A pair of fourth-quarter plays told the story on Saturday morning in the Cotton Bowl. Denton Guyer came up big on both and earned a 40-36 win over Cedar Hill. The Wildcats stopped Cedar Hill on fourth down with 3 minutes left, then Kaedric Cobbs converted a fourth down into the winning touchdown with just seconds left.

What it means

We had high hopes for Guyer last week, and for the second week running, that faith was rewarded. One of the favorites in 5-6A, the Wildcats and Southlake Carroll are on a collision course for district supremacy. The Longhorns may be the best 0-2 team in the state, having lost to Allen in week one. Carlos Lynn’s team will be a factor when district play begins.

Fort Bend Travis knocks off No. 3 Richmond Foster

What our computer thought:Richmond Foster was a 29-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: NA

Matt Stepp thought: NA

What happened: Travis 49, Foster 35

Travis receiver Parker Washington caught six passes for 145 yards and two scores to lead 6A Travis to a stunner over Foster, the third-ranked team in 5A-1. Washington’s 62-yard catch gave the Tigers a 49-20 lead and they coasted home. 

What it means

This game wasn’t on our radar last week, but for the second week in a row, a top-3 team loses to an unranked team, albeit a playoff qualifier from District 20-6A. Foster’s goals are all still there for the taking, but they must refocus as District 10-5A-1 play begins after the bye week and ’18 state finalist Alvin Shadow Creek looming.

Wall outlasts Cisco in cross-division 3A battle

What our computer thought: Wall was a 16-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: Wall is the favorite

Matt Stepp thought: Wall would win by 14

What happened: Wall 20, Cisco 13

Mason Fuchs’ 2-yard run gave Wall a lead, and the Hawks’ used a late defensive stand to hold off Cisco. Fuchs ran for 147 yards and two scores. Grady McCrea and Kyle Herbert also topped the 100-yard mark. 

What it means

After throttling Mason, Wall, ranked sixth in 3A-1, delivered another solid performance with the win over Cisco, ranked ninth in 3A-2. Cisco presses forward despite losing running back Jailynn Humphries to an injury.

Muenster holds on for tasty win in Kraut Bowl

What our computer thought: Muenster was a 17-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: Muenster was the favorite

Matt Stepp thought: NA

What happened: Muenster 24, Lindsay 22

Trent Anderle’s touchdown in the third quarter gave Muenster a 24-15 lead, and the defense did the rest to top Lindsay in the annual Kraut Bowl. Seth Foster scored two touchdowns for Lindsay, but the Shuckers couldn’t come all the way back.

What it means

Muenster’s fifth straight Kraut Bowl win retains the bragging rights, but more importantly, it gives the 10th-ranked team in 2A-2 confidence they can win close games with unbeaten 3A-1 Pottsboro looming.

Frisco upsets Melissa in 4A-1 battle

What our computer thought: Melissa was a 20-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: NA

Matt Stepp thought: NA

What happened: Frisco 48, Melissa 41

Bryson Clemons broke loose for an 85-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to lead 5A Frisco past 4A Melissa. After a frenetic first half that saw Melissa take a 34-30 lead, the Cardinals struggled after halftime. Clemons rushed for 258 yards and three scores to overshadow Melissa quarterback Brendon Lewis, who passed for 393 yards and rushed for 101. 

What it means

Clemons gives the Raccoons a home-run threat in 5A-2, and Melissa boasts one of the top offenses in 4A-1, led by the state’s preseason player of the year, who lived up to his billing despite falling just short.

Yoakum throttles No. 4 Cuero

What our computer thought: Cuero was a 21-point favorite

Greg Tepper thought: Cuero was the favorite

Matt Stepp thought: Cuero would win by 10

What happened: Yoakum 40, Cuero 21

Not only did Yoakum take Cuero behind the woodshed with an unexpected 40-21 win, they did it on the Gobblers’ home turf. Yoakum took a 26-0 lead and never looked back. Quarterback Blake Gordon accounted for 430 yards and three scores to lead the Bulldogs.

What it means

Yoakum’s bounce-back win following a season-opening loss to 4A Boerne over fellow 4A Cuero indicates the Bulldogs may be ready to take another big bite out of the post-season. We always like to see immediate bounce-backs, especially from a team that started the season in our top 5. 

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