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After the first five weeks of the Texas HS football season, 10 Longhorn commits are still unbeaten.

2021 wide receiver QuayDarius Davis showing off Texas gloves at an event in February 2019.
EJ Holland (@EJHolland_TW)

We are now half-way through the regular season for Texas high school football, as teams have either played the first five games on their schedule or will have by the end of this weekend.

We’re now in October and the teams of 10 of the Texas Longhorns’ 28 commits between the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes have not yet lost a game. 12 commits play for teams that are currently ranked in their respective states. The three commits whose teams went into last week still seeking their first win of 2019 all helped their teams to victory.

Xavion Alford’s team won a game between two state-ranked squads, and Van Fillinger’s team pulled off a shocking come-from-behind win in the final seconds of a hard-fought battle between two of Utah’s defending state champions.

Elsewhere last week, 2021 wide receiver commit QuayDarius Davis made one of the best catches of this year (see the video in his section), and 2020 running back commit Bijan Robinson moved to within striking distance of some of Arizona’s Conference 4A rushing records.

The Longhorns are coming off their bye week, and eight of their commits will have a bye this week. Read on to get the most comprehensive week-to-week overview of UT’s commits you’ll find on the web. As always, the kickoff times listed are for each game’s local time zone.

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2020 QB Hudson Card (Lake Travis)
2021 TE Lake McRee (Lake Travis) - injured, out for season

Last week: Completed 20 of 24 passes for 366 yards and 4 touchdowns, had 5 carries for 12 yards, and punted once for 20 yards in a 63-0 win over Austin High.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:30, at Kyle Lehman
Notes: In recent seasons, Lake Travis has played at least two solid non-district opponents, then barely broken a sweat against 34 of their district schedule. Lake Travis blew out Austin High last week in a game in which the Cavaliers’ passing game threw for 6 touchdowns and only 5 incompletions on 33 attempts.

Lake Travis rolled up a full 700 yards of offense and won 63-0. The Cavaliers improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in district play, and they have outscored their first three district foes 164-10. Don’t expect a close game this week either, as Lake Travis will play a Lehman team that is 1-3 overall and - just like the Cavaliers’ past two opponents - is coming off a blowout (52-7) loss to Austin Westlake, the #6 team in Class 6A. In five all-time meetings with Lehman, Lake Travis has outscored the Lobos by an average margin of 55 points.

Lake Travis is the #16 team in this week’s Class 6A rankings, putting it one spot behind Arlington Martin, the team responsible for its only loss this season. A matchup with arch-rival and #6 Austin Westlake looms large on next week’s schedule.

2020 QB Ja’Quinden Jackson (Duncanville)

Last week: Completed 8 of 12 passes for 140 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs, had one carry for 8 yards, and punted once for 36 yards in a 42-0 win over Richardson Berkner.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:30, vs. Dallas Skyline
Notes: Jackson completed his first five passes on successive plays in Duncanville’s first possession of last week’s district game against Berkner, but he was intercepted deep in Berkner territory to end that drive. He was later picked off again to end Duncanville’s third possession on a 3rd-and-12 play that started at Berkner’s 31-yard line. But between those two interceptions he tossed a 66-yard TD pass to junior receiver Roderick Daniels, which turned out to be the only points Duncanville needed for the night.

The Panthers added three TDs in the 2nd quarter, all on drives that took two or fewer plays to reach the end zone, and led 28-0 at halftime. Berkner advanced into Duncanville territory only twice in the game and never got beyond the 33-yard line, and its offensive possessions for the game ended with six punts and two turnovers on downs.

Duncanville is now 4-0 for the season and 1-0 in district play. The Panthers remain the #1 team in Class 6A and the #4 team in the USA Today Super 25 Expert rankings. The Panthers will next face Dallas Skyline in a game that will not only pit Ja’Quinden Jackson against fellow Longhorn commit QuayDarius Davis, but will also see Duncanville head coach Reginald Samples coaching against his former team. Samples was Skyline’s head coach from 2005 to 2014 and led the Raiders to double-digit win totals seven times, after the school had only won ten or more games once in 35 seasons prior to his arrival.

Duncanville has beaten Skyline in three straight years by a combined score of 139-27.

2021 QB Jalen Milroe (Katy Tompkins)

Last week: Completed 6 of 10 passes for 187 yards and 4 TDs, and had 2 carries for 11 yards in a 63-27 win over Katy Seven Lakes.
This week: Thursday, October 3 at 6:00, vs. Katy
Notes: Milroe’s four TD passes came in the 2nd and 3rd quarter and covered distances of 27, 34, 42 and 56 yards. The last of his four TDs gave Tompkins a 49-6 lead with 7:36 left in the 3rd quarter. Tompkins led by as much as 63-6 after scoring its final TD on the first play of the 4th quarter. Seven Lakes scored three TDs in the final 7:20 of regulation to make the game appear closer than it really was.

Tompkins remains undefeated for the season at 5-0 and the Falcons are 1-0 in district play. They’ll have to play a perfect game on Thursday night if they want to maintain that flawless record, as they’ll be facing off against longtime uber-powerhouse Katy. The Katy Tigers are the #2 team in Class 6A and ranked #7 nationally by USA Today, and they have not lost a district game since 2008. Not only has Tompkins never beaten Katy, it has never lost by a margin of less than 35 points; in five all-time matchups between the two schools, Katy has outscored Tompkins 319-20.

2020 RB Ty Jordan (West Mesquite)

Last week: Had 8 carries for 87 yards and 1 TD, caught 7 passes for 84 yards and 1 TD, and returned 2 punts for 39 yards in a 37-14 win over Wylie East.
This week: Bye
Notes: Ty Jordan compiled 171 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDs on 15 touches last week, helping West Mesquite ride a big second half scoring outburst to a 37-14 win over Wylie East.

Wylie East scored a TD with just 13 seconds left in the 2nd quarter to take a 14-13 lead, then had a chance to add to their lead going into halftime when West Mesquite fumbled away the ensuing kickoff return, but Wylie East missed a field goal attempt from about 40 yards away as the first half ended. West Mesquite’s defense pitched a shutout in the second half, as Wylie East’s possessions resulted in three punts, a lost fumble, an interception, and a turnover on downs.

Jordan’s first TD came on a 33-yard reception late in the 3rd quarter and made the score 23-14 in West Mesquite’s favor. He closed out the game’s scoring on a 21-yard TD run with 3:25 left in regulation, which put West Mesquite up 37-14.

The win was West Mesquite’s first of the season after an 0-4 start, and it gave the Wranglers a 1-0 record in district play. Ty Jordan and company will have a bye this week before taking on Tyler John Tyler and future Longhorn teammate Kitan Crawford on October 11.

2020 RB Bijan Robinson (Salpointe Catholic - Tucson, Arizona)

Last week: Had 8 carries for 282 yards and 4 TDs in a 62-0 win over Tucson High Magnet.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:00, at Tucson Sahuaro
Notes: Another week, another game with tons of yards on limited carries for Bijan Robinson, who has 993 rushing yards through four games in 2019 and will probably eclipse 1,000 rushing yards for the season the next time he receives a handoff, which will be just his 40th carry of the season! No telling what kind of numbers he’d be putting up if his team had played more than one half-decent opponent.

Salpointe Catholic led a thoroughly outclassed Tucson High Magnet team 48-0 at halftime, and the second half was almost certainly played under a running clock.

Bijan Robinson overtook former Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey to become the leading rusher in southern Arizona history, and his 82 career rushing TDs ties him with Carey for the all-time lead among Conference 4A players. He’ll become 4A’s all-time rushing yardage leader with 85 more rushing yards, and not only that, he’ll have the most career yards of any runner above the 3A level. He will become the state of Arizona’s all-time leading rusher if he leads Salpointe Catholic to the state championship game and averages 219 rushing yards per game for the rest of the season.

The Lancers moved to 4-0 with the win and they are ranked #1 in Conference 4A. More importantly for this year’s playoff discussion, they were ranked #2 this week when the initial computer rankings were revealed for Arizona’s Open Division playoff.

As discussed in previous posts, the Arizona Interscholastic Association will have an Open Division football playoff bracket for the first time this year, with a computer ranking system determining the top eight teams in the state between Conferences 6A and 4A. Only 6A’s Chandler (the alma mater of Longhorn freshman tight end Brayden Liebrock) was ranked above Salpointe Catholic in the current Open Playoff rankings.

The Lancers will take on undefeated Sahuaro (#2 in 4A, #7 in the Open Division rankings) on Friday night. Sahuaro is 6-0 this season but has beaten opponents with a combined record of 12-19. Salpointe Catholic defeated Sahuaro twice in the 2018 season; by a score of 28-12 in the regular season, and 53-6 when the teams met in the playoffs seven weeks later.

2021 WR QuayDarius Davis (Dallas Skyline)

Last week: Caught 4 passes for 86 yards and 1 TD in a 41-14 win over Lake Highlands.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:30, at Duncanville
Notes: Davis made one of the best catches you’ll ever see in Dallas Skyline’s win over Lake Highlands last week, one that might remind you of a notable NFL catch made a few seasons ago by a current Cleveland Browns employee/Head & Shoulders pitch man. In fact, before we move on, let’s pause and watch it below.

That acrobatic reception came late in the 1st quarter and gave Skyline a 14-0 lead. Lake Highlands closed the gap to 21-14 by the end of the first half, but Skyline scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to pull away. Skyline’s offense gained just 203 total yards, but its defense forced six turnovers and scored two TDs on fumble returns.

The win evened Skyline’s overall record at 2-2 and gave the Raiders a 1-0 start to district play. They’ll have to have a similar defensive performance on Friday night if they hope to knock off Duncanville, the #1 team in the state.

2020 WR Quentin Johnston (Temple)

Last week: Bye
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:30, at Belton
Notes: Temple is 3-1 overall this season and 2-0 in district play. Coming off their bye week, the Wildcats will travel to face rival Belton. Temple has owned that rivalry of late, winning the last six meetings, but the last three have all been close. Temple beat Belton 58-55 a year ago and has won by eight points or less in four of the past five games between the schools.

Belton is 2-3 this season and 2-1 in district. Last week, the Tigers lost 42-23 to a Killeen Shoemaker team that Temple had defeated 38-28 the week before.

2020 WR Troy Omeire (Fort Bend Austin)

Last week: Caught 9 passes for 140 yards and 1 TD, and had 7 carries for 50 yards in a 27-22 win over Fort Bend Dulles.
This week: Saturday, October 5 at 6:00, at Fort Bend Ridge Point
Notes: Omeire gained 190 total yards and helped lead Austin to its first win of the season last week. His TD catch came just over five minutes into the game and tied the score at 7-7. The game remained tied at 14-14 at halftime.

Austin took back the lead following a TD with 7:39 left in the 3rd quarter, and when Dulles blocked the PAT and returned it for two points, the score was 20-16. Austin later expanded its lead to 27-16 with a TD run less than three minutes into the 4th quarter. Dulles got to within 27-22 following a TD with 2:18 left in regulation, but it was the game’s last score.

Austin is now 1-3 on the year and 1-0 in district play. The Bulldogs will face 3-1 Ridge Point on Saturday evening. Ridge Point beat Austin 49-23 in the teams’ 2018 game and has won all three previous matchups between the schools. Ridge Point has won or shared the championship of its district in each of the past five seasons, and the Panthers have reached the playoffs in all seven of the program’s varsity seasons.

2021 OL Hayden Conner (Katy Taylor)

Last week: Credited with 20 pancake blocks in a 31-28 win over Katy Morton Ranch.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 6:30, vs. Katy Seven Lakes
Notes: Taylor got off to a 1-0 start in district play last week with a 31-28 win over Morton Ranch. Taylor’s running game was not especially effective, but junior QB J. Jensen III passed for 361 yards and 3 TDs.

On Friday night Taylor will play a Seven Lakes team that is coming off a 63-27 loss to Katy Tompkins. Seven Lakes reached the playoffs a year ago and will attempt to make the postseason in consecutive years for the first time in program history. Seven Lakes beat Taylor 21-14 in 2018

2020 OL Jaylen Garth (Port Neches-Groves) - injured, out for season

Last week: Team beat Baytown Lee 31-14.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:30, at Vidor
Notes: Port Neches-Groves is ranked #7 in Class 5A Division II.

2020 OL Andrej Karic (Southlake Carroll)

Last week: Team beat Keller 56-14.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:00, at Denton Guyer
Notes: Carroll blasted Keller last week to win its first district game of the season. Keller played the Dragons close for one and a half quarters, tying the game at 14-14 following a TD run with 4:23 left in the 2nd quarter. But Carroll scored twice in the final 2:35 of the quarter to take a 28-14 lead into halftime, and the Dragons would finish the game with 42 unanswered points.

Carroll outgained Keller by over 300 yards in the game and converted 32 first downs to Keller’s 10. One day after the game, Carroll’s sophomore QB Quinn Ewers reported receiving an offer from Texas. Ewers has passed for 1,152 yards, 12 TDs and 1 INT, and also rushed for 185 yards and 3 TDs in his first season as Carroll’s signal-caller.

The Dragons have barely been tested during their 4-0 start and have won each of their last three games by either 41 or 42 points, all against teams that reached the playoffs a year ago. They are ranked #8 in Class 6A this week, and on Friday night will face easily the toughest opponent on their regular season schedule: #7 Denton Guyer.

Guyer began this season with a 60-57 win over Aledo (currently the #1 team in Class 5A Division II) and a 40-36 come-from-behind win over Cedar Hill (the current #18 team in 6A), then beat its next two opponents by a combined score of 104-17. Andrej Karic and his Carroll linemates will be blocking against a Guyer defensive line that includes senior Oklahoma State commit Grant Mahon. Notably on offense, Guyer has 2021 Texas A&M commit Eli Stowers at quarterback.

Carroll has won three of its last four matchups against Guyer, including by a 33-29 score in 2018.

2020 OL Jake Majors (Prosper)

Last week: Team beat Plano East 42-0.
This week: Bye
Notes: The Prosper Eagles improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in district play following a dominant 42-0 win over Plano East last week. Prosper limited Plano East to just 110 offensive yards in the game. The Eagles led 14-0 at halftime, then exploded for four TDs within an eight-minute span in the 3rd quarter to turn a close game into a rout.

Prosper has won its first five games by an average margin of 33 points. The Eagles will get a bye this weekend, then resume district play against Dallas Jesuit on October 11.

2020 OL Logan Parr (San Antonio O’Connor)

Last week: Team beat San Antonio Taft 45-14.
This week: Bye
Notes: O’Connor got an early scare last week in its district game against Taft, a team it had beaten at least 13 straight times going into the game. Taft took an early 14-7 lead and went into the 3rd quarter up 14-10, but O’Connor scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to win convincingly.

O’Connor is 4-1 overall and 4-0 in district play. The Panthers have a bye this week before resuming district play on October 11 against Brandeis, a team O’Connor has never lost to but who is unbeaten at the midpoint of the regular season.

2020 DT Vernon Broughton (Cypress Ridge)

Last week: Credited with 2 tackles in a 56-7 win over Houston Spring Woods.
This week: Bye
Notes: Cypress Ridge had a figurative bye week before getting its literal one. Playing one of the Houston area’s true doormat programs, the Rams averaged 14 yards per carry on offense and built a 49-0 halftime lead against a Spring Woods team that had not scored a single point in its first three games of the season. Spring Woods did get on the board with a 3rd quarter touchdown, but the game’s outcome was never in doubt.

Cypress Ridge is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in district play. The Rams have a bye this week before playing Cypress Creek on October 11 in a game that could have important playoff implications.

2020 DE Van Fillinger (Corner Canyon - Draper, Utah)

Last week: Was credited with 8 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in a 21-17 win over Highland Lone Peak.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:00, at Saratoga Springs Westlake
Notes: Last week’s Corner Canyon-Lone Peak game may turn out to be the game of the year in the state of Utah, and I was fortunate enough to see most of the 4th quarter on KSL’s live stream (most of Corner Canyon’s games are streamed live through that station).

Corner Canyon and Lone Peak, which are both now in Class 6A, are Utah’s defending champions of Class 5A and 6A, respectively, and they went into last week’s game as the consensus picks for the top two teams in the state this year. Corner Canyon had averaged 44 points through its first six games, but it was held mostly in check by Lone Peak, and at the start of the 4th quarter Corner Canyon led 7-3.

Lone Peak took a 10-7 lead on a TD pass early in the final frame, and later intercepted a Corner Canyon pass to take possession with around 7 minutes left. The Knights casually proceeded to run the ball up the field and drained some five minutes of game clock. Facing a 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Lone Peak went for the touchdown and scored on an out route to the left side of the end zone, expanding its lead to 17-7 with 2:17 left in regulation.

Corner Canyon responded with a scoring drive that ended with a 16-yard pass that got the Chargers to within 17-14 with 54 seconds left. Lone Peak recovered the ensuing onside kick but was unable to convert a game-clinching first down, and since Corner Canyon had saved its three timeouts the Chargers were able to stop the clock after each short Lone Peak run. After a Lone Peak punt, Corner Canyon had the ball at their own 20-yard line with no timeouts and 32.9 seconds left on the clock.

One long pass play got the Chargers to midfield, and another great pass down the left sideline set them up with a first down at the 6-yard line with 11 seconds remaining. After an incomplete pass left just six seconds on the clock, Corner Canyon declined to kick a tying field goal and ran one more play, and senior QB Cole Hagen found his younger brother, sophomore receiver Cody Hagen, open on the right side of the field, and he was able to dive into the end zone for Corner Canyon’s game-winning points.

The Chargers are now 7-0 and are firmly atop the RPI ratings that will decide the seeding for the “all comers” Class 6A playoff bracket when the UHSAA’s regular season concludes in two weeks. They have already defeated the teams currently rated #2, #3, #5, and #7. This week’s opponent, Westlake, is rated #19 out of the 27 teams in Class 6A and has a 1-6 record for the season. Corner Canyon beat Westlake 41-7 when the teams played in 2018.

The Chargers are not in USA Today’s national rankings, but MaxPreps ranks them #13, ahead of all Texas schools aside from #5 Duncanville and #9 Katy.

2020 DE Princely Umanmielen (Manor)

Last week: Team beat Pflugerville 42-17.
This week: Bye
Notes: Stats for Manor from last week’s win over Pflugerville have not been posted to Maxpreps. The win was Manor’s third straight after the Mustangs began the season 0-2. More importantly, it gave them a 1-0 record to start district play. Manor has a bye this week and will next play currently winless Rouse on October 10.

2020 LB Prince Dorbah (Highland Park)

Last week: Team beat Dallas Woodrow Wilson 66-0
This week: Bye
Notes: Highland Park had a second straight lopsided shutout win over a Dallas ISD opponent last week, blanking Woodrow Wilson 66-0. The Scots outgained Woodrow Wilson 521-91 in the game and led 49-0 at halftime.

Highland Park is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district play, and retains the #4 spot in this week’s rankings for Class 5A Division I. The Scots have a bye this week, then on October 11 Highland Park will host Mansfield Legacy.

2021 LB Derrick Harris (New Caney)

Last week: Made 4 tackles and 1 tackle for loss in a 55-0 win over Houston Wisdom.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:00, vs. Galena Park
Notes: New Caney led 49-0 at halftime and cruised to a 55-0 win over Wisdom, a team that still has yet to score a point in the 2019 season. According to stats posted from the game, New Caney’s defense limited Wisdom to two (2!) total yards in the game.

The Eagles are now 4-0 and 1-0 in district play, and will look to maintain their unbeaten record on Friday night against Galena Park. Texas high school football enthusiasts should be very familiar with the powerhouse that is Galena Park North Shore, but if you’re not from the Houston area you could be forgiven for being unaware of the existence of Galena Park High School. Whereas North Shore’s Mustangs have reached the playoffs every year since 1994 and have won three state titles, the Galena Park Yellowjackets have played in the postseason just four times in the past 49 seasons and are a half-century removed from their last playoff win.

Galena Park is 1-3 this season and 0-1 in district play. New Caney beat Galena Park 42-0 when the teams played in 2018.

2020 DB Xavion Alford (Alvin Shadow Creek)

Last week: Team beat Angleton 42-14.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:00, vs. Texas City
Notes: Alford did not record any stats in last week’s district win over Angleton. That game pitted the #3 and #6 teams in Class 5A Division I and had the makings of a good game, but #3 Shadow Creek dominated from the start, jumping to a 21-0 1st quarter lead and keeping Angleton off the scoreboard until the final two minutes of the 3rd quarter. Angleton got as close as 28-14 after scoring a TD a minute into the 4th quarter, but Shadow Creek added two TDs in the game’s final eight and a half minutes. The Sharks’ defense forced five Angleton turnovers.

Shadow Creek is 4-0 for the season and 1-0 in district play, and the impressive win over formerly-ranked Angleton allowed the Sharks to jump Denton Ryan and take over the #2 ranking in Class 5A Division I this week. On Friday night they will host 0-4 Texas City, a team that has been outscored by over 24 points per game. Shadow Creek beat Texas City 59-0 in the teams’ 2018 matchup.

2020 DB Kitan Crawford (Tyler John Tyler)

Last week: Had 7 carries for 30 yards and 1 TD, caught 4 passes for 35 yards, made 3 tackles and intercepted a pass in a 16-0 win over Texarkana Texas.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:00, at Wylie East
Notes: After a 0-4 run against a tough non-district slate of teams currently sporting a collective record of 16-4, the John Tyler Lions got into the win column for the first time in 2019 and began their district schedule on a good notes with a shutout win over Texas High last week.

Kitan Crawford did work on both sides of the ball, rushing for a TD in the 4th quarter and intercepting a Texas pass in the red zone.

The Lions are 1-4 overall but 1-0 in district play. On Friday they will travel to face Wylie East, which is 2-3 overall and 0-1 in district play. John Tyler beat Wylie East 51-3 in 2018, the only previous time the two teams have played.

2020 DB Joshua Eaton (Aldine MacArthur)

Last week: Caught 2 passes for 24 yards in a 56-0 loss to Spring Dekaney.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:00, vs. Aldine Eisenhower
Notes: MacArthur was thoroughly dominated in its district-opening bout with Dekaney, as the Generals turned the ball over four times and gained just 102 total yards.

They are now 1-3 for the season and 0-1 in district, and will look to turn things around on Friday night when they play 1-3 Aldine Eisenhower. MacArthur has lost 12 straight games against Eisenhower, and the program’s last win over that rival came in 2006.

2020 DB Ethan Pouncey (Winter Park, Florida) - injured, out for season

Last week: Team beat Oviedo Hagerty 35-7
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:00, vs. Orlando Lake Nona

2020 DB Jerrin Thompson (Lufkin)

Last week: Team beat Willis 42-13.
This week: Friday, October 4 at 7:30, at Magnolia
Notes: Lufkin got its third straight win and got off to a 1-0 start in district play with its 42-13 victory over Willis last week. The Panthers remain the #5 team in Class 5A Division I and will travel Friday to face Magnolia, which is also 3-1 and whose only loss was a 49-0 shutout four weeks ago at the hands of 5A Division I’s #2 team, Alvin Shadow Creek. Lufkin won a close 41-34 game over Magnolia when the teams played in 2018.

2021 ATH Billy Bowman (Denton Ryan)
2021 ATH Ja’Tavion Sanders (Denton Ryan)

Last week: Bowman caught 2 passes for 40 yards and 1 TD, and Sanders caught 5 passes for 65 yards and 1 TD and lost a fumble in a 59-28 win over Denton.
This week: Thursday, October 3 at 7:00, at Carrollton Newman Smith
Notes: The Ryan Raiders have run through their four opponents like a hot knife through butter, with the latest being cross-town rival Denton. Ryan beat Denton by a mere 31 points, but was ahead 56-7 at halftime.

After forcing Denton to punt on its opening drive, Ryan turned the ball right back over on its first play after Ja’Tavion Sanders caught a pass and fumbled it, which gave Denton possession at the Ryan 33-yard line. The Broncos scored on a 33-yard TD pass on the next play, briefly putting Ryan in a 7-0 hole. It was the first time the Raiders had trailed all season, but the deficit was short-lived, as Billy Bowman caught a 36-yard TD pass 41 seconds later to tie the game at 7-7, and Ryan went ahead for good four minutes later on the first of three TDs scored by senior running back Emani Bailey, a Louisiana-Lafayette commit. By the end of the 1st quarter Ryan led 21-7, and the Raiders added five more TDs in the 2nd quarter, the third of which was a 16-yard pass to Ja’Tavion Sanders.

With a comfortable lead, Ryan was content to run the ball and chew up clock in the second half, and they attempted only two passes after halftime. The Raiders dropped one spot in the 5A Division I rankings and are now #3. Another blowout win is likely in store tonight when they face winless Carrollton Newman Smith, which is coming off a 72-0 loss to Colleyville Heritage and has been outscored by nearly 35 points per game.

Ryan beat Newman Smith 63-7 when the teams played in 2018.

2021 ATH Juan Davis (Everman)

Last week: Completed 2 of 7 passes for 27 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs, had 18 carries for 57 yards and 1 lost fumble, blocked a punt, and punted three times for an average of 46 yards in a 42-13 loss to Aledo.
This week: Bye
Notes: Davis did a bit of everything in Everman’s game last week against Aledo, but it was to no avail against the top-ranked team in 5A Division II. Everman fell behind 28-0 by halftime, and with how its offense has performed this season it really had no hope of a second half comeback.

The loss dropped Everman to 1-4 this season and 1-2 in district. Aside from their lopsided win over 0-5 Arlington Seguin, Everman has scored just 50 total points in its four losses. The Bulldogs will get a bye this week before an October 11 date with Midlothian, which plays Aledo on Friday night.

2020 ATH Jaden Hullaby (Mansfield Timberview)

Last week: Completed 4 of 9 passes for 60 yards, and had 14 carries for 128 yards and 3 TDs in a 19-2 win over Mansfield Legacy
This week: Bye
Notes: Mansfield Timberview was held under 300 rushing yards for the first time this season in its district bout last week against cross-town rival Legacy, but its defense held Legacy to 187 total yards and allowed no points, and Jaden Hullaby ran for three TDs.

The first of Hullaby’s TDs capped off Timberview’s opening possession and gave the Wolves a 7-0 lead with 8:17 left in the 1st quarter. Three minutes into the 2nd quarter Hullaby broke off a 32-yard scoring run that pushed the lead to 13-0. Legacy responded with a drive that advanced deep into Timberview territory, but the Broncos were stopped for no gain on 4th-and-2 from the 4-yard line.

On the next play, Colorado commit Stacy Sneed was tackled in the end zone for a safety, cutting Timberview’s lead to 13-2 and giving Legacy the ball and a chance to cut the deficit further before halftime, with Legacy due to receive the second half kickoff. But Legacy turned the ball over on downs on their final possession of the 2nd quarter, and in the second half they only got the ball into Timberview territory once, which came on a 3rd quarter possession that began after Sneed fumbled a punt return. But Timberview forced another turnover on downs on that drive, and four plays later Hullaby scored from 12 yards out to make the score 19-2 with 0:40 left in the 3rd quarter. Hullaby had a 59 yard run on that drive that set up his TD run two plays later.

The win improved Timberview’s overall record to 3-2 and its district record to 2-0. The Wolves have a bye this week before continuing district play with a game against Dallas Samuell on October 10.