Friday Night Lights: Week 5 Wrap

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2010 Texas commits

Connor Wood, Second Baptist quarterback: Now into their district schedule against other private schools, Second Baptist is starting to perform better, taking Houston Westbury Christian 31-14 behind 15 of 28 passing by Connor Wood for 100 yards and a touchdown and interception. Wood added 38 yards on 10 carries. Wood recently spoke with Scout ($) about his team's slow start this season:

We had a slow start at the beginning of the season.We went 0-2 against some really good non-conference teams. We are 3-3 now. We are getting the ball rolling in the momentum of winning.

Personally, I am staying healthy. We are jelling as a team. I stay away from the stats. I look at it after the season.

With the talent we have coming back from last year with only one returning offensive lineman and two returning receivers it has been tough adjusting to the lack of time. The rhythm of the offense has been different. Overall it's been fine. We are playing teams in our district with a high talent level.

The early stats may not show it, but Wood feels like he has improved between his junior and senior seasons:

I absolutely feel like I have improved. I have improved on my throwing mechanics. I feel a lot better with my throwing motion I learned at a couple of camps. I am getting more and more better at my reads as well.

Case McCoy, Graham quarterback: Graham won a close contest with Bridgeport, 49-48 due to a blocked extra point. McCoy may have had the best game of his high school career, throwing for a personal-best six touchdowns on 21 of 37 passes for 369 yards, while adding 61 yards on the ground.

John Harris, Naaman Forest quarterback: It seems that Harris good for 100+ yards and a long touchdown run every week and Week 5 was no different, as Harris turned in a 71-yard touchdown run and 157 total yards on 17 carries, but it was not enough, as Naaman Forest fell to Sachse, 27-26. Harris only completed one of four pass attempts for eight yards. 

Traylon Shead, Cayuga running back: Still recovering from an ankle injury that slowed him for two weeks, Shead finally caught back on track as Cayuga rolled against Overton, 61-21, picking up 194 on 21 carries and four touchdowns. Said head coach Tommy Allison of his star player:

Traylon is still not 100 percent but he looked much better tonight. He is really getting close to be back all the way.

Remarkable that Shead could gain so many yards at less than full strength, but it also says a lot about the quality of competition.

Chris Jones, Daingerfield wide receiver: Daingerfield had a bye week.

Darius Terrell, DeSoto wide receiver/tight end: DeSoto had a bye week.

Adrian White, DeSoto cornerback: See above.

Bryant Jackson, Sulphur Springs cornerback/wide receiver: Sulphur Springs finally met their match against Longview in a 45-0 loss, stopping their 14-game winning streak that dated back to the state championship run of last season. Perhaps expectedly given the score, Jackson did not have his best game, turning six receptions into only 31 yards in the blowout loss.

Adrian Phillips, Garland jack-of-all-trades: Garland stomped Garland Lakeview, 38-0 ($), behind two touchdown receptions on two catches by Phillips -- one went for 82 yards and the other 17. He also ran for a touchdown in addition to his duties as the Garland punt returner.

2010 targets

Darius White, Fort Worth Dunbar wide receiver: Forth Worth Dunbar rolled over Fort Worth Polytechnic, 36-7, behind a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown by White (he also returned a missed field goal) and three catches for 79 yards and a touchdown (57).

Bud Sasser, Denton Ryan wide receiver: Despite only playing in the first half of the 52-0 blowout against Denton, Sasser caught three passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns (13, 40). He now has 13 touchdown receptions this season.

2011 targets

Marquis Jackson, Arlington Heights receiver: After an impressive performance in front of four Texas assistant coaches, Jackson continued his strong play with his first 100-yard rushing night of the season. The highlight of the 9-0 win for Arlington Heights over Fort Worth Wyatt was Jackson's 85-yard touchdown run on a reverse, the only touchdown scored on the evening.

Miles Onyegbule, Arlington wide receiver: The big receiver contributed to the cause with eight catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough, as Arlington fell to Arlington Martin, 38-20.

Malcolm Brown, Cibolo Steele running back: It didn't take many touches for Brown to make an impact in Steele's easy 28-7 win over ($) rival Schertz Clemens -- he took his first carry 84 yards for a touchdown and only needed to carry twice more on the night, gaining 16 yards on those two efforts, the second of which went for another touchdown.

2012 prospects

Cayleb Jones, Austin wide receiver: Considered one of the top early national prospects in the class, the cousin of Emory Blake caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in a 45-14 win over Akins.

Note: Where possible, I tried to find the stats myself, but where they were not available otherwise, I used the stats compiled by Rivals ($).

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