Friday Night Lights Wrap: Week 1

Zero Week Wrap

The second edition of what will hopefully be a season-long look at how Texas commits performed under the bright lights in high school stadiums across the state. Tentatively, it won't really include much on the offensive or defensive lineman unless I can find any impressive stats for them. I may eventually have a section for the top performers among the 2011 targets, but they are more difficult to cover because there are so many at this point.

2010 Texas commits

Connor Wood, Second Baptist quarterback: Second Baptist dropped to 0-2 with a defeat at the hands of St John's, 21-14. Wood recovered from his two-interception performance to 20 of 43 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown, while gaining 53 yards on 10 carries. The loss marks the second straight game this season that Wood has failed to complete half of his passes, but it's hard to say if he's having problems with his accuracy, or if his receivers and offensive line just aren't helping him out much this season.

Case McCoy, Graham quarterback: McCoy and the Steers opened their season with an easy 34-0 win over Clyde. McCoy completed 14 of 21 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, running for another touchdown. Colt's younger brother also threw two interceptions.

John Harris, Naaman Forest quarterback: Harris helped lead Naaman Forest to 30 consecutive points scored in the second half to put away Lewisville, 51-20. He wasn't particularly efficient through the air, completing five of eight passes for 27 yards and throwing two interceptions. On the ground, however, Harris dominated, taking 11 carries 131 yards for four touchdowns, including a 61-yard touchdown run.

Traylon Shead, Cayuga running back: After a surprising Zero Week loss to Frankston, Cayuga rebounded for an easy 46-6 victory over Grand Saline, paced by a dominant ground game. Not only did Shead barrell for 290 yards on 26 carries and find the end zone three times, but his teammate Malcolme Kennedy rushed for more than 150 yards, threw two touchdown passes, and returned an interception for a touchdown. Shead now has 456 yards on the season and 8,052 for his career, putting him back on pace to break Kenneth Hall's record if he can average 227 yards per game for the rest of the season (assuming a 16-game season).

 

Chris Jones, Daingerfield wide receiver: As Daingerfield dropped their longtime rival Omaha Paul Pewitt 46-0, Jones continued his explosive play, hauling in a 74-yard touchdown pass and finishing with three receptions for 109 yards, damage done exclusively in the first half. Daingerfield faces off against 3A powerhouse Celina this week at home.

Darius Terrell, DeSoto wide receiver/tight end: Playing quarterback won't help John Harris much when he gets to Texas, but Darius Terrell is getting a chance to preview his eventual work as a Longhorn by lining up in the flex tight end position on occasion this year, an excellent opportunity for him to get a chance to (ostensibly) run the same type of routes he will at Texas. Terell built on his strong performance against Cedar HIll by helping DeSoto demolish Plano 45-15, doing his part by hauling in 10 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns (3, 16, 18), continuing his personal crusade to move up in the rankings and allay any concerns about his lack of top-end speed. Terrell also continued his flair for dramatic, leaping catches:

Polite's passes were on the money all night, and when they weren't, Terrell often made a sliding or one-handed catch. His best catch of the night was a 38-yard touchdown late in the second half that gave DeSoto a 31-7 lead. Polite lobbed a pass down the right sideline, and Terrell outjumped Plano cornerback Kelton Reed for the ball, snatching it out of the air with one hand before bolting into the end zone.

Terell did almost all of his damage in the first half of the blowout.

Adrian White, DeSoto cornerback: The DeSoto defense limited picked off the Plano quarterback twice, while allowing less than 100 yards passing.

Bryant Jackson, Sulphur Springs cornerback/wide receiver: Standing at 6-3, Jackson certainly has the height to play wide receiver in college, but there haven't been any rumors Jackson playing at any position other than the secondary when he gets to Texas. Jackson's nine catches for 70 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown catch, helped Sulphur Springs knock off a talented Whitehouse squad, 36-26.

Adrian Phillips, Garland jack-of-all-trades: Garland had a bye this week and will return to action against Lake Highlands on Thursday. 

Carrington Byndom, Lufkin safety: Byndom has a broken thumb and missed Lufkin's second game. No timetable yet on his return.

Tevin Jackson, Garland linebacker: Garland had a bye this week and will return to action against Lake Highlands on Thursday.

Aaron Benson, Cedar Hill linebacker: Cedar Hill shutout Wichita Falls Rider 28-0 behind a strong defensive effort by Benson and company.

Reggie Wilson, Haltom defensive end: Wilson's three sacks and a safety helped edge Kenneth Farrow's LD Bell squad in another close game, 15-14. Said Wilson about his safety:

That was my first varsity one and, since it helped our team win, I'd definitely say it ranks up there. This defense never gives up and we stepped up tonight.

2010 targets

Darius White, Fort Worth Dunbar wide receiver: White and his Dunbar teammates destroyed Dallas Molina 54-7, as White exploded for touchdowns on each of his three receptions and gained 145 yards. The touchdowns covered 20, 60, and 65 yards.

2011 targets

Trey Metoyer, Whitehouse wide receiver: Though Whitehouse fell to Sulphur Springs, Metoyer did his best once again to single-handedly dominate the action, hauling in seven passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, giving him 333 receiving yards in just two games.

Stephen Williams, Round Rock Stony Point wide receiver: Wiliams caught six passes for 151 yards, including a back-breaking 30-yard touchdown reception on a trick play that broke open a close game early in the second half. Stony Point cruised to a 42-3 victory over Pflugerville Connally. Click on the link for my recap of the game.

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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