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One future Longhorn ran for 430 yards last week, and another will be seen on ESPN2 tonight.

2020 running back Bijan Robinson poses during a visit to Texas in April 2019.

The current Texas Longhorns suffered a disappointing defeat to LSU on Saturday night, but the current group of future Longhorns had a pretty good weekend overall.

2020 quarterback commit Hudson Card and his Lake Travis teammates got a win over Jaden Hullaby’s Mansfield Timberview team in the first of what could be several instances this season of Longhorn commits playing against each other.

Judging by his game stats and highlights, 2020 running back commit Bijan Robinson unlocked every running back cheat code before taking the field last week. He set a new school record for rushing yardage and is within striking distance of some state and conference records.

2021 QB commit Jalen Milroe led his team to a big second half comeback in a game in which they trailed by ten points at halftime.

2020 QB commit Ja’Quinden Jackson will lead his team in a battle between nationally-ranked squads on Saturday night.

2020 defensive back commit Kitan Crawford’s team got off to an 0-2 start, and will play a defending state champion team in a game that ESPN2 will broadcast tonight (Thursday).

2020 defensive back commit Jerrin Thompson had a pick-six last week, and defensive lineman commit Vernon Broughton forced a fumble that was returned for a score.

And since last weekend the program added a commit to their 2021 recruiting class, lately christened with the #trUTh21 hashtag. Denton Ryan athlete Ja’Tavion Sanders joined his teammate Billy Bowman in that class after announcing his commitment this week, just a few days after a dominating defensive performance in which he recorded 3 sacks.

In this post you can read about all their performances and notes on every other Longhorn commit who played last week. As always, the game times listed are for each game’s local time zone.


2021 TE Lake McRee (Lake Travis) - out for the season due to injury
2020 QB Hudson Card (Lake Travis)

Last week: Completed 13 of 21 passes for 266 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception, and rushed 11 times for 84 yards and 1 touchdown in a 48-26 win over Mansfield Timberview.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, vs. Austin Bowie
Notes: After dropping its season opener in upset fashion to Arlington Martin, Lake Travis got into the win column with a convincing win over Mansfield Timberview last week. Lake Travis’s running game had been very ineffective and Hudson Card’s passes mostly incomplete as the eventual loss against Martin wore on, but against Timberview the Cavaliers ran for 249 yards as a team, and Card completed nearly 23 of his pass attempts.

Card’s first pass of the game found the hands of senior receiver Kyle Eaves for an 80-yard TD, and he tossed two more scoring passes in the 2nd quarter to help the Cavaliers build a 27-12 halftime lead.

In the 3rd quarter Lake Travis marched into Timberview territory, but a heavy pass rush forced an off-target throw from Card intended for his running back, and the pass was intercepted by Timberview’s junior linebacker Demondre Green and returned for a 72-yard touchdown, cutting Lake Travis’s lead to 27-19.

But Card atoned for that mistake by rushing for a 67-yard TD on the Cavaliers’ ensuing drive, making the score 34-19. He went on to add his fourth passing TD of the night in the 4th quarter.

Lake Travis will attempt to move its record to 2-1 on Friday night against Austin Bowie, a team that is also 1-1 and is coming off a 55-37 loss to San Antonio Madison. Lake Travis beat Bowie 42-21 when the teams faced each other in 2018.

2020 QB Ja’Quinden Jackson (Duncanville)

Last week: Completed 6 of 13 passes for 49 yards and 1 interception, and had 2 carries for -13 yards and one lost fumble in a 59-3 win over South Oak Cliff
This week: Saturday, September 14 at 6:00, vs. St. John’s (Washington, DC)
Notes: Jackson had a pretty rough stat line last week, but it hardly mattered as Duncanville rolled to an easy 59-3 win over a fairly talented South Oak Cliff team.

Duncanville running back Trysten Smith, a Central Arkansas commit, ran 53 yards for a TD on the Panthers’ first offensive play. Smith had five carries on Duncanville’s second drive, which also ended with a TD. Jackson had just one pass completion total in all of Duncanville’s possessions that ended with a TD. The Panthers led 28-0 at halftime.

Their first two drives of the second half ended with a Jackson interception and a Jackson lost fumble, the latter of which came one play after Jackson’s longest gain of the night, a 20-yard pass that got the Panthers to the SOC 44-yard line. South Oak Cliff capitalized on that turnover by making a field goal with 4:28 left in the 3rd quarter, but Duncanville returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a TD, which expanded its lead to 35-3. Jackson then gave way to backup QB Chris Parson for the remainder of the game.

Jackson’s subpar performance didn’t matter in a game in which his team had three one-play scoring drives and also scored TDs on a kickoff return and fumble return. But he’ll have to be at the top of his game on Saturday evening when Duncanville hosts what will likely be the best team it faces until at least the late rounds of the playoffs: nationally-ranked DC power St. John’s.

Duncanville is ranked 6th in this week’s USA Today Super 25 Expert rankings, and 2-1 St. John’s is ranked 14th. St. John’s plays a schedule stacked with a veritable Who’s Who of Division I talent factories (its upcoming opponents include four teams currently ranked in the top ten nationally by USA Today), and the Cadets’ one loss this season was a 34-30 setback last week to 11th-ranked St. Joseph’s Prep of Philadelphia.

The St. John’s roster includes seven seniors currently committed to FBS programs, and many more who have offers from schools at that level.

2021 QB Jalen Milroe (Katy Tompkins)

Last week: Completed 15 of 22 passes for 293 yards and 2 TDs, and rushed 5 times for 19 yards and 1 TD in a 42-24 win over Klein Cain.
This week: Saturday, September 14 at 7:00, vs. Alvin
Notes: Tompkins started off very slowly against a second-year Klein Cain program that the Falcons had beaten 58-13 in the 2018 season. Cain led 17-7 at the half, but Milroe had two passing TDs and a 6-yard scoring run to help Tompkins score 35 straight points in the 3rd and 4th quarters and build a 42-17 lead. After leading at halftime Cain didn’t score again until the final two minutes of the game.

Cain’s sophomore running back Jaydon Blue, who was offered by Texas before the LSU game on Saturday, finished the game with 22 carries for 77 yards, and 5 catches for 42 yards, according to MaxPreps stats.

On Saturday night Tompkins will host an Alvin team that has lost 14 straight games and 18 of its last 19. Alvin’s defense was historically bad in 2018, surrendering an average of 54 points per game. The Yellowjackets were outscored in their first two games of the current season by a combined 63-0.

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

Last week: Had 13 carries for 430 yards and 6 TDs in a 68-34 win over Goodyear Desert Edge.
This week: Bye
Notes: Robinson put up absolutely silly rushing numbers in last week’s contest against Desert Edge, a team Salpointe Catholic had only beaten by 7 points a year earlier and which was expected to be their toughest regular season opponent this fall. Various tweets from Friday night credited Robinson with anywhere from 489 to over 500 yards in the game, but after reviewing the game film on Saturday the Salpointe coaching staff revised his rushing stats to, oh, a mere 430 yards on 13 carries!

Robinson’s yardage total might not have been the half-grand it was initially purported to be, but it was still enough to break his previous single-game school record by 127 yards. And his six TDs gave him 83 total for his career and broke Salpointe Catholic’s school record of 79, previously held by former Arizona wide receiver/cornerback Cam Denson.

Having broken every possible school rushing record, Robinson will next take aim at the state’s career rushing records for Conference 4A. His 75 career rushing TDs are seven shy of tying the Conference 4A record of 82, held by former Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey. And his 5,342 career rushing yards puts him just 536 away from the 4A career record currently held by former UTEP star Marcus Thomas, who had a brief pro career after being taken in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Thomas’s 4A yardage record is also the highest total of any Arizona RB who played above Conference 3A. The state’s all-time rushing record for players from all levels is 7,544 yards by Casey Jahn, who played for a 2A high school and went on to a successful collegiate career at Northern Arizona.

Salpointe Catholic will only play nine regular season games rather than ten due to a scheduling conflict that resulted in the Lancers having a bye this week, so Robinson will likely play a maximum of ten more games (7 regular season + 3 playoff) this season. To surpass Jahn’s career mark he would have to average some 220 rushing yards per game and lead his team to a state championship final.

The Lancers hosted Texas program El Paso Del Valle at this point in their 2018 season, but on Friday Del Valle will instead be traveling 585 miles to play Hutto, and Salpointe Catholic was unable to find another opponent to fill that vacancy on their schedule.

In news coverage that I’ve read, Arizona outlets seem to be blaming Del Valle for taking a game off Salpointe’s schedule, as if Del Valle’s Friday game against Hutto was added very recently and resulted in Salpointe being booted off its schedule as a result. But it should be noted that last year’s Salpointe-Del Valle matchup took place on September 7 during what was Salpointe’s third week and Del Valle’s second week of the season. Del Valle began this season on the same weekend that it did in 2018, but Salpointe played its first game a week later in the year than it did in 2018, and with both schools playing the same set of opponents as the year before that shift in the start of Salpointe’s season meant there was bound to be a conflict when their presumed date with Del Valle arrived. Also, Del Valle’s 2018-2019 series with Hutto was scheduled over 18 months ago, but the teams’ 2018 game (which would have been on September 14) was canceled due to severe weather, so Del Valle’s MaxPreps schedule for 2018 now looks like as if it had an open date that week.

My guess is there was a lack of communication between the two schools and that Del Valle was caught unawares when Salpointe kicked off its season a week later than it had the prior year. As explained above, Salpointe played Desert Edge on September 6, and since that left a hole in Del Valle’s schedule for Week Two they ended up scheduling a game for that date against a California high school (which had been looking to add a game because of its own scheduling conflicts) only a week before the two teams played each other. That fact alone makes it quite believable that Del Valle and its staff didn’t know until very recently that Salpointe would be playing against Desert Edge on September 6. And it would have been impossible for Del Valle to cancel or re-schedule its long-planned September 13 game against Hutto and accommodate Salpointe without inconveniencing several other schools in the process.

Long story short (too late!), Bijan Robinson and company will get a week off before hosting Glendale Cactus next week. In the mean time, check out an interview Robinson gave this week with the Arizona Daily Star.

2021 WR QuayDarius Davis (Dallas Skyline)

Last week: Caught 5 passes for 99 yards and 1 TD in a 16-13 loss to Dallas Bishop Dunne.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, vs. Arlington Sam Houston
Notes: Davis’s Skyline team has lost its first two games of 2019 by a combined margin of four points. The Raiders had a tough game offensively in last week’s loss to Bishop Dunne, the defending TAPPS Division I state champion. QuayDarius Davis gained 99 yards on 5 catches, which represented a full 90% of his team’s total yards. Skyline was also penalized for 95 yards on 11 infractions.

Due to penalties and offensive ineffectiveness, Skyline advanced the ball a grand total of five yards in its first eight possessions, which ended with five punts, a missed field goal, an interception, and the end of the first half. The Raiders’ only points of the first three quarters came on a 86-yard kickoff return TD late in the 2nd quarter, and they trailed 16-6 at halftime.

One play after recovering a Bishop Dunne fumble late in the 4th quarter, Davis caught a 50-yard TD pass that cut the deficit to 16-13 with 3:23 left in regulation. But Skyline was unable to recover the ensuing onside kick, and Bishop Dunne was able to run out the clock to preserve its win.

After two games in which its offense struggled to get any momentum, Skyline will go for its first win of the season on Friday night against 1-1 Arlington Sam Houston, a team that has made just one playoff appearance in the past 15 seasons. Skyline beat Sam Houston 49-7 a year ago.

2020 WR Quentin Johnson (Temple)

Last week: Caught 3 TD passes in a 52-29 win over Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, at Killeen Harker Heights
Notes: Temple beat Mexico team Autonoma de Nuevo Leon for a second straight season last week. That team has traveled north to play Texas schools annually for the past few years and has gotten stronger each year.

Temple won last year’s matchup 43-14, but faced a tougher test last week. The Wildcats led 26-23 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half by outscoring their opponent 25-6. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that Quentin Johnston caught TD passes that covered 76, 45, and 31 yards.

On Friday Temple will travel to face area opponent Harker Heights, a team they have beaten in four straight matchups, including a 45-0 victory in 2018.

2021 OL Hayden Conner (Katy Taylor)

Last week: Credited with 8 pancake blocks in a 28-14 win over Cypress Springs.
This week: Saturday, September 14 at 6:00, vs. Deer Park
Notes: After committing three turnovers and gaining less than 300 total yards in a 69-7 loss to Humble Atascocita in its opening week, Katy Taylor had a much better second game in their win last week over Cy Springs. Taylor’s offense rushed for 275 yards on 55 carries while attempting just 18 passes. The Mustangs outgained Cy Springs 367-105 and did not turn the ball over.

Cy Springs still kept the game close for most of three quarters, though. The Panthers led 7-0 after one quarter, but the Mustangs scored two TDs within 45 seconds of each other in the 2nd quarter to take a 14-7 lead. Cy Springs would tie the score again mid-way through the 3rd quarter, but Taylor responded with two unanswered TDs to go up 28-14 with 10:08 left in regulation, and neither team scored again afterwards.

After playing a Thursday night game last week, Taylor will play on Saturday night this week, as they host a Deer Park team that has won its first two games by a combined margin of 6 points. Taylor beat Deer Park 19-10 in last year’s matchup.

2020 OL Jaylen Garth (Port Neches-Groves) - out for season due to injury

Last week: Team lost to Huntsville 27-10.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, vs. Tomball

2020 OL Andrej Karic (Southlake Carroll)

Last week: Team defeated Colleyville Heritage 50-9.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:00, at Odessa Permian
Notes: Carroll soundly defeated Colleyville Heritage last week for a 16th straight time, continuing its unbeaten record in that all-time series. Heritage has reached the playoffs in 13 straight seasons and fields solid teams pretty consistently, but Carroll gained 589 total yards and converted 33 first downs, running over twice as many plays as Heritage while its defense limited the Panthers to a mere 3 first downs.

Heritage scored all nine of its points in the 2nd quarter off a 90-yard TD pass and a safety on a ball snapped out of the end zone. That 90-yard pass play accounted for 54% of Heritage’s total offense for the game.

The Carroll Dragons will face a Panther team for a second straight week when they go on the road to play Odessa Permian on Friday. Permian is off to its first 0-2 start since 2013, while Carroll is 2-0 and currently ranked 8th in Class 6A. Carroll edged Permian 24-20 when the teams played in 2018.

2020 OL Jake Majors (Prosper)

Last week: Team beat Keller Timber Creek 49-7.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:00, at Flower Mound
Notes: Prosper dominated the Timber Creek Falcons last week, outgaining them 430-134, forcing three turnovers on defense, and shutting them out until the final two minutes of the game. Prosper’s junior quarterback Jackson Berry accounted for five total touchdowns (3 passing, 2 rushing) while tossing just three incomplete passes on 14 attempts.

Prosper led 35-0 at halftime, then after forcing a Timber Creek fumble on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, the Eagles went up 42-0 on a 30-yard pass from Berry to sophomore WR/backup QB Tyler Bailey with 8:15 left in the quarter.

Prosper is now 2-0 and will face another undefeated team when they play on the road at Flower Mound on Friday. Flower Mound’s senior QB Blake Short, who has reported offers from a few FCS and Division II colleges, has completed 68% of his passes while throwing for 9 TDs and no interceptions so far this season. Starring in Flower Mound’s backfield is RB Pierce Hudgens, a 6’1” 195-pound senior who gained over 2,100 yards from scrimmage as a junior and has reported offers from Harvard and Navy.

Jake Majors and his offensive linemates will go to battle against a Flower Mound defensive line that returns two all-district players from a year ago. Prosper won the 2018 game against Flower Mound 52-21, and if anything both schools have been more impressive so far in 2019 than they were at this point a year ago.

2020 OL Logan Parr (San Antonio O’Connor)

Last week: Team beat San Antonio Holmes 38-0.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, vs. San Antonio Warren
Notes: O’Connor got its first win of the 2019 season last week and began district play 1-0 after making quick work of a lowly Holmes team. O’Connor led 35-0 at halftime, and for the game the Panthers forced three turnovers and limited Holmes to just 4 first downs.

The current generation of high schoolers wasn’t around to see it, but Holmes’s football program had a very solid run in the 80s and 90s, reaching the Class 5A state semifinals four times between 1980 and 1999. But the Holmes Huskies haven’t reached the postseason since 2000, and in the 18 subsequent seasons they’ve won more than three games only five times and have never finished better than 5-5.

On Friday O’Connor has a key district matchup with Warren, a team that has reached the playoffs in three straight years. O’Connor has won its last four games against Warren but the past two were decided by scores of 14-7 and 27-23.

2020 DT Vernon Broughton (Cypress Ridge)

Last week: Credited with 8 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 14-0 win over Katy Morton Ranch.
This week: Saturday, September 14 at 6:00, vs. Jersey Village
Notes: Cypress Ridge’s offense didn’t have a great deal of success in last week’s win over Morton Ranch, but its defense forced four turnovers, limited opposing runners to less than 3.5 yards per carry, and shut out the Mavericks on the scoreboard.

Cypress Ridge led 7-0 at halftime, and Broughton later contributed to the game’s only other points when he forced a fumble that was picked up by a teammate and returned for a 32-yard TD with 7:19 left in the 3rd quarter.

After opening the season with two Thursday night non-district games, the Cypress Ridge Rams will open district play on Saturday night against Jersey Village. Jersey Village went undefeated in District 17-6A play a season ago and took home its first district title in 26 years. Cypress Ridge will be looking to atone for its 25-21 loss to Jersey Village last year, which contributed to the Rams missing the playoffs despite having an overall record of 7-3.

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

Last week: Had 9 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack in a 42-7 win over Jordan.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:00, at Sandy Alta
Notes: The Corner Canyon Chargers continued their dominating 2019 run, improving their record to 4-0 after a 42-7 win last week over what is surely Dwight Schrute’s favorite team, the Jordan Beetdiggers.

Fillinger continued his weekly attack on opposing backfields, making three tackles for loss and bringing his season ledger in that category up to 11.

The Deseret News has been sufficiently impressed by the Chargers’ season that it vaulted them into the #1 spot in this week’s statewide rankings of Utah football teams, after it was previously in the #2 slot. Corner Canyon’s next three games are against teams the Deseret News currently ranks 24th, 6th, and 2nd in the state.

The Chargers’ opponent this week is Alta, which is 1-2 but whose two losses came against the #5 and #10 team in the state. Corner Canyon has beaten Alta in each of the last three seasons, with last year’s contest a 49-21 victory.

2020 DE Princely Umanmielen (Manor)

Last week: Team lost to Copperas Cove 37-33.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, at Liberty Hill
Notes: Manor fell to 0-2 on the season. The Mustangs compete in 5A Division I and its two losses this year, both against Class 6A programs that reached the playoffs a year ago, have been by a combined margin of 7 points.

Last week’s loss to Copperas Cove initially looked like it would be an offensive shootout, as Manor led 20-14 at the end of the 1st quarter. But after 34 points in the opening frame the teams scored 36 points in the game’s final three quarters. Copperas Cove outscored the Mustangs 17-0 in the 3rd quarter to take a 37-27 lead going into the 4th, and they held on for the win.

Remarkably, Manor will not play its first home game of 2019 until September 27, and will play the third of four straight road games this Friday against Liberty Hill, last year’s Class 4A Division I state runner-up.

Liberty Hill won last year’s game against Manor 38-12.

2020 LB Prince Dorbah (Highland Park)

Last week: Team beat Mesquite Horn 52-25.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, vs. Frisco Lone Star
Notes: Highland Park won its 33rd straight game last week against a quality 6A opponent in Mesquite Horn, producing a nice palindrome of a final score, 52-25.

The Scots scored on their first three possessions and had a 21-6 lead in the final minute of the 1st quarter. Highland Park forced a Horn turnover on downs after a 4th-and-1 goal line stand early in the 2nd quarter, but Arkansas commit Chandler Morris (son of Arkansas head football coach Chad Morris) was intercepted on the next play to give Horn the ball back at the 4-yard line, and the Jaguars scored to make it 21-13 with 8:28 left in the half.

The teams traded punts before Highland Park added a TD and field goal (the latter set up by a Horn fumble) in the last five minutes of the 2nd quarter to take a 31-13 halftime lead (another palindrome score!). Horn cut the deficit to 31-19 after scoring on the opening possession of the second half, but that was as close as they got, and Highland Park outscored them 21-6 the rest of the way.

Highland Park remains the top-ranked team in Class 5A Division I, and this week the Scots will close out their non-district schedule with a home game against third-ranked Frisco Lone Star, which has beaten its first two opponents of 2019 by a combined score of 130-3. Lone Star has finished with ten or more wins in four consecutive seasons, and though its Rangers have only played varsity football since 2010, it is the only Frisco ISD school to ever post double-digit wins in more than two straight years.

Prince Dorbah and the HP defense will be more than tested by a Lone Star offense led by senior QB Chandler Galban (a Nevada commit) and senior WR Marvin Mims (a Stanford commit). Highland Park beat Lone Star 10-7 in their 2018 contest.

2021 LB Derrick Harris (New Caney)

Last week: Credited with 12 tackles and 3 tackles for loss in a 48-20 win over Houston Heights.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:00, vs. Willis
Notes: New Caney improved to 2-0 with its 28-point win over Heights last week. Harris led the team in tackles with 12, while senior QB Zion Childress (who is committed to UTSA as a wide receiver) finished the game with 196 yards passing, 199 yards rushing, and 3 total TDs.

New Caney will attempt to improve to 3-0 when they host Willis Friday night. New Caney beat Willis in 2018 by a score of 68-24.

2020 DB Xavion Alford (Alvin Shadow Creek)

Last week: Team defeated Magnolia 49-0.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:00, vs. Alief Elsik
Notes: Shadow Creek put its game against Magnolia out of reach early, taking a 42-0 halftime lead and cruising through the second half.

The Shadow Creek Sharks are the fourth-ranked team in Class 5A Division I and have not allowed a point in over six straight quarters. I’d put good odds on them extending that streak on Friday night against an Elsik team that has lost 12 straight games. Elsik is 0-2 for this season thus far and has lost both of its games by exactly 35 points.

2020 DB Kitan Crawford (Tyler John Tyler)

Last week: Was credited with 1 tackle and had 5 carries for 15 yards in a 31-7 loss to Tyler Lee.
This week: Thursday, September 12 at 7:00, vs. Longview
Notes: Very little went right for Crawford’s John Tyler team in its rivalry game against Tyler Lee last week. The Lions gained only 159 yards, were kept off the scoreboard for essentially the first 34 minutes of the game, punted eight times, and had three special teams miscues that either led directly to Lee scores or set them up with a short field.

John Tyler is 0-2 for the first time since 2015, a season in which the Lions started off 0-3 before winning their next 8 games. An 0-3 start to 2019 seems likely because their next opponent is Longview, the defending 6A Division II state champions. So far this season Longview has edged 5A Division I’s fifth-ranked team Lufkin, 24-21, and beaten the brakes off Marshall, 53-0. Longview beat John Tyler 41-13 a season ago. The Lobos are led at QB by Texas A&M commit Haynes King.

Tonight’s Longview-John Tyler matchup will be broadcast on ESPN2.

2020 DB Joshua Eaton (Aldine MacArthur)

Last week: Team lost to The Woodlands College Park 42-13.
This week: Saturday, September 14 at 6:00, vs. Houston Bellaire
Notes: MacArthur trailed College Park 14-13 at halftime in last week’s game, but a big second half by College Park outscored the Generals 28-0 in the second half, dashing MacArthur’s hopes for the program’s first 2-0 start in a generation.

They will look to bounce back on Saturday when they open district play against a Bellaire team that is winless despite averaging over 30 points in its first two games. Bellaire beat MacArthur 41-27 when the teams played in 2018.

2020 DB Ethan Pouncey (Winter Park, Florida)

Last week: Beat Orlando Freedom 50-0.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:00, vs. Orlando University
Notes: Winter Park got its first win of the season on Monday night in a game originally scheduled for last Friday that was delayed by Hurricane Dorian. Pouncey was reported to be in street clothes at Winter Park’s previous game and I’ve read no word on if he suited up for Monday night’s game.

Winter Park is 1-2 overall and will play its first district game Friday night against a University team that is 1-1 for the season. Winter Park has won its last six meetings with University, and 13 of the last 14. The Wildcats have outscored University in their four most recent contests by a combined score of 214-30.

2020 DB Jerrin Thompson (Lufkin)

Last week: Returned an interception for a TD in a 44-0 win over Nacogdoches.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:00, vs. Redskins del Estado
Notes: After a tough loss to rival Longview to open their season, Lufkin posted a dominating win over Nacogdoches in their second game. Stats were not posted for the game but Thompson reportedly had a 77-yard interception return for a TD.

Lufkin moved up from #8 to #5 in this week’s Class 5A Division I rankings. This week the Panthers will host a team from Mexico for a fourth straight year. In the past three years Lufkin has beaten three Mexican opponents by a combined score of 150-14, though head coach Todd Quick said in April that this year’s opponent, Redskins del Estado, is supposedly better than the international competition they faced in previous years.

Lufkin will have a bye next week before beginning district play on September 27 with their homecoming game against Willis (that game does not appear on Lufkin’s MaxPreps schedule for some reason).

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

Last week: Bowman caught 6 passes for 57 yards, a TD, and a lost fumble; and Sanders caught 1 pass for 5 yards and, was credited with 7 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and a fumble recovery in a 24-0 win over Keller Fossil Ridge.
This week: Bye
Notes: Sanders was reported over the weekend to have committed to Texas, and he announced his commitment publicly on Tuesday. He is the 8th commit in the #trUTh21 class and the Longhorns’ 26th commitment overall between the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes. I previously listed Billy Bowman as a defensive back but I’ll list both he and Sanders as athletes, since both could conceivably play on either side of the ball at the next level.

They both contributed to Ryan’s 24-0 shutout win over Fossil Ridge last week. Leading 3-0, Ryan scored as time expired at the end of the 1st quarter on what the Dallas Morning News’s play-by-play listing of the game suggests was a mishandled punt deep in Fossil Ridge territory that Ryan recovered and ran in for a 2-yard TD. Ryan got the ball back immediately after on what may have been a mishandled kickoff return by Fossil Ridge, and Bowman caught a 16-yard TD pass two plays later to give Ryan its second touchdown in the span of 15 seconds of game clock and a 17-0 lead with 11:45 left in the 2nd quarter.

Senior running back Emani Bailey (a Louisiana-Lafayette commit) added another TD with 3:23 left in the first half to give Ryan a 24-0 lead. Fossil Ridge’s subsequent possessions in the game ended with a punt, an interception, and four turnovers on downs.

Ryan improved to 2-0 and has not lost a regular season game since 2015. The Raiders remain the 2nd-ranked team in Class 5A Division I and will get a bye this week before playing their final non-district contest on September 20.

2020 ATH Juan Davis (Everman)

Last week: Completed 6 of 10 passes for 68 yards and 2 interceptions, had 14 carries for 80 yards, made 1 tackle, and punted twice for an average of 38.5 yards in a 13-10 loss to Stephenville.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, vs. Arlington Seguin
Notes: Davis threw two picks last week but was far more productive overall in his second game as Everman’s starting QB than he was in their season debut. 9 of his 80 rushing yards came on an attempted punt in which a bad snap bounced to Davis, who improvised and eluded a Stephenville defender after picking up the ball and ran for a first down conversion (that play can be seen at the 0:16 mark of the video below).

Everman scored its only touchdown of the night on a 11-yard run by freshman RB Errick Mills with 4:17 left in the first half, which gave the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead. They added a field goal in the 3rd quarter and took a 10-6 lead into the 4th, but Stephenville took back the lead on a TD pass with 4:52 left in regulation. On its last possession Everman drove into Stephenville territory and got as close as the 13-yard line, but an interception gave Stephenville the ball back with just over a minute left and the Yellowjackets ran out the rest of the game clock. I haven’t been able to ascertain if it was Davis who threw the game-deciding interception, as another Everman QB also had a pick in the game.

The loss dropped Everman to 0-2, and the Bulldogs will begin district play Friday night when they host Arlington Seguin. Everman beat Seguin 7-0 when the teams played in 2018.

2020 ATH Jaden Hullaby (Mansfield Timberview)

Last week: Completed 4 of 10 passes for 72 yards and 1 TD, and had 18 carries for 83 yards in a 48-26 loss to Lake Travis.
This week: Friday, September 13 at 7:30, vs. Mansfield Lake Ridge
Notes: Hullaby primarily played running back in Timberview’s season-opening loss to Bixby, Oklahoma, but took a few snaps at QB late in the game. The move to QB held during Timberview’s loss to Lake Travis last week, though it remains to be seen if Hullaby spends most of his senior season under center.

Starting at QB opposite his future Longhorn teammate Hudson Card, Hullaby threw a TD pass and had some productive carries on zone read plays, but it wasn’t nearly enough to give his team the win, as Lake Travis won running away, 48-26.

Powered largely by Hullaby, Colorado commit Stacy Sneed, and senior RB Najee Ellies (who has at least one D2 offer), Timberview’s running game amassed 300 yards for the second time in as many games, but its defense couldn’t stop Lake Travis and allowed 515 total yards.

The Wolves will take on cross-town foe Lake Ridge on Friday night in hopes of avoiding the program’s first 0-3 start since 2010. Lake Ridge is 2-0 and coming off wins against longtime power programs Tulsa Union and Waco Midway.

Lake Ridge has reached the playoffs in five straight years and reached the 5A Division I state championship game in 2015. It has not lost to a fellow Mansfield ISD school since a 35-7 defeat to Timberview in October 2016. Lake Ridge beat Timberview by five points in each of the past two seasons.