2010 Texas commits
Connor Wood, Second Baptist quarterback: Wood and the Second Baptist Eagles moved above .500 for the first time this season with a 17-6 victory over Fort Bend Baptist. The star Texas commit helped the cause with a 62-yard touchdown run and a 20-yard touchdown pass, finishing with 127 yards on 16 carries.
Update: The struggles of Wood and Second Baptist throwing the football manifested themselves again, as Wood went three of 10 for 28 yards and a touchdown and interception.
Head coach Mike Sneed on his quarterback ($):
As a senior he's been playing with maturity and excellent knowledge of the game. We're very happy with the way he's progressed. Conner's playing at a very high skill level right now.
When you talk about what separates Connor first you look at his physical attributes. He can beat you with his arm or his legs. He has excellent arm strength. I don't really know how far he can throw a ball, but he can make any throw we ask him to.
What else separates Connor is his scrambling ability. He can avoid the rush and buy time in the pocket or move out of the pocket and throw it on the run or hold it for a run.
For someone his size, you wouldn't think he be as good as running away from trouble like he does. Even though most consider him to be a pro-style quarterback, I think of him more as a dual-threat because he can run so well.
Case McCoy, Graham quarterback: In a game marred by seven total interceptions, the Steers rallied from an early deficit to claim a 28-14 win in a crucial District 2-3A match up of teams with playoff aspirations. With blitzers in his face all evening, McCoy struggled at times in throwing three interceptions, but managed to complete 10 of 20 passes for 142 yards and two big touchdowns, including a 51-yard strike to his favorite target Dylan Fulford to break a 14-14 tie nearly halfway into the fourth quarter. McCoy on the game:
We knew their game plan would be to get pressure on me and get me to make some bad decisions. In the first half their game plan definitely worked, but we finally came out in the (second half) and made some plays.
John Harris, Naaman Forest quarterback: Naaman Forest used two fumble returns for touchdowns to beat Rowlett, 28-14. Rowlett held Harris in check for the game, allowing him only 21 yards on nine carries, by far his worst rushing performance of the season, but the first-year quarterback did have an efficient game throwing the football, completing three of five passes for 40 yards.
Traylon Shead, Cayuga running back: It didn't take many carries for Traylon Shead to inflict an extreme amount of damage on an overmatched Crossroads team and move into third place on the all-time Texas rushing list, passing former Longhorn Cedric Benson in the process -- eight carries were enough for Shead to rack up 240 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half of Cayuga's 58-6 win.
Shead now has 8,623 yards for his career and while he is off the pace to break Kenneth Hall's national record, he can move into second on the Texas record sheet with 223 more yards and is now fifth with 114 career touchdowns, needing 21 more to break the Texas record.
Chris Jones, Daingerfield wide receiver: Daingerfield returned to their winning ways with a 35-6 smashing of Hughes Springs. Jones did not have his best night of the season, catching only two passes for three yards, but picking up 35 yards on his only carry of the game.
Darius Terrell, DeSoto wide receiver/tight end: Coming off their bye week, DeSoto did not have many problems with North Mesquite, dispatching the visiting Stallions 48-27. Darius Terrell contributed to the dynamic DeSoto receiving corps with five catches for 175 yards and a 41-yard touchdown.
Carrington Byndom, Lufkin cornerback: Byndom and the Lufkin defense helped hold New Caney to five first downs, zero in the second half, as Lufkin romped to a 47-6 win in their district opener. Byndom had eight tackles (updated).
Adrian White, DeSoto cornerback: White had three tackles in the game.
Bryant Jackson, Sulphur Springs cornerback/wide receiver: The Wildcats suffered their second loss in a row in muddy and wet conditions against Texas High, 17-9. Jackson had two tackles, five punt returns for 81 yards, and three catches for 47 yards (updated).
Adrian Phillips, Garland jack-of-all-trades: Phillips made huge contributions to Garland's 35-7 win over Sachse, running the ball four times for 107 yards and two touchdowns, including a 98-yard touchdown run, while adding five receptions for 100 yards. Perhaps the Texas coaching staff needs to take a serious look at him on offense.
Tevin Jackson, Garland linebacker: The star linebacker helped hold Sachse to only seven points.
Reggie Wilson, Haltom defensive end: Haltom beat Fort Worth Paschal 29-14 behind seven tackles and a sack from Wilson (updated).
Darius White, Fort Worth Dunbar wide receiver: Dunbar had a bye week.
Bud Sasser, Denton Ryan wide receiver: Sasser had six catches for 84 yards as Ryan fell for the first time on the season to Lake Dallas, 35-31, as Ryan quarterback Scotty Young threw three interceptions.
Marquis Jackson, Arlington Heights receiver: Jackson helped the Yellow Jackets to a 62-0 win over Fort Worth North Side with five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown and two carries for 21 yards.
Malcolm Brown, Cibolo Steele running back: Steele turned in another strong performance with a 27-7 victory over New Braunfels Canyon, led by Brown and his 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
Herschel Sims, Abilene running back: The Eagles rolled against Weatherford, 33-14, as Sims had 125 yards rushing on 25 carries, including two one-yard touchdown runs, and added another 35 yards on three catches.
Marquise Anderson, Cibolo Steele defensive tackle: Anderson had three tackles and two sacks in Steele's victory.
Quincy Aldridge, Whitehouse wide receiver/safety: Five weeks for Whitehouse, five losses. Aldridge had to watch every one of them from the sidelines while recovering from a pre-season injury. When he finally stepped on the field for the Wildcats, he made an impact, throwing a 41-yard touchdown on a reverse pass, returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown on the next possession, and intercepted another pass in the end zone to keep Jacksonville from scoring the winning touchdown. Whitehouse prevailed 27-22 over Jacksonville.
Cayleb Jones, Austin wide receiver: Jones caught six passes for 56 yards, but his biggest contribution came throwing the football, as he hit quarterback Jacob Morgan for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter as Austin High beat Bowie, 24-6.
Updated stats from Rivals ($).