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This week’s games include one in which two 2020 commits will play against each other.

2020 LB Prince Dorbah poses in Longhorn gear during his official visit to Texas on June 16. He committed to UT three weeks later.
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The first week of the Texas high school football season is in the books, and though several Longhorn commits had good performances it was an up-and-down week overall for their teams.

Hudson Card and his highly-ranked Lake Travis team were upset at home by an Arlington Martin squad they had handled with relative ease a season ago. Defensive back commits Ethan Pouncey and Jerrin Thompson missed all or part of games in which their teams gave highly-rated foes all they could handle but fell short of victory.

Jaden Hullaby made some big plays on a limited amount of touches but saw his team lose to an out-of-state opponent by 33 points. Cornerback commit Kitan Crawford put up big numbers on offense in a game that got away from his team late. Future Longhorn tight end/receiver Juan Davis struggled in his first time starting at quarterback. And Logan Parr’s team lost a regular season game for the first time in nearly 3 years.

On the more positive side, Prince Dorbah made a late 4th quarter interception that turned the tide in a contest with video game-like offensive numbers and led to a win for his team. Van Fillinger’s team took down the former top-rated squad in Utah. Bijan Robinson scored five touchdowns, including one on special teams. Two-way 2021 playmaker Billy Bowman returned a punt for a touchdown. And senior offensive lineman Jake Majors produced some highlight clips that just a few years ago - when the Longhorn offensive line group wasn’t nearly as stocked with promising talents as it is now - would have had fans wishing he could enroll and suit up for UT that week.

Regardless of how their first game went, these players well know it’s all about how you finish and not how you start. Some good games involving UT commits are on the docket for this week, including the first of at least four games this season that will have future Longhorns on opposing sidelines. That game will see Jaden Hullaby’s Mansfield Timberview team on the road against Hudson Card’s Lake Travis team on Friday night.

Nine commits play for Texas schools that are currently state-ranked, and two others play for teams in Arizona and Utah that are among the best in their state or conference. At least one future Longhorn has played for a state championship-winning team in every season since the mid-90s, so chances are I’ll still be cranking out these posts until late December once again.

Two of the team’s 25 commits will miss the 2019 season due to injury, but I’ve got my usual breakdown on how all the others did last week and who, where, and when they’ll play next. As always, the start times listed are for the local time zones of each particular game.

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

Last week: Completed 23 of 46 passes for 246 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, and 8 carries for 18 yards in a 35-14 loss to Arlington Martin.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, vs. Mansfield Timberview
Notes: In Hudson Card’s first game of the 2018 season, he was hit or chased from the pocket early and often in the first half by Arlington Martin’s defense, and at halftime Lake Travis led 13-7. Lake Travis would dominate the second half while largely leaning on its running game, and Card attempted only seven passes after halftime as the Cavaliers led 35-14 after the first play of the 4th quarter and that ended up being the final score.

With a full year under his belt as Lake Travis’s starting QB, expectations for the Cavaliers were high entering the 2019 season, and the team was ranked #3 in Class 6A. But facing Arlington Martin again in their season-opener, the final score from the teams’ 2018 matchup was flipped, with Martin prevailing 35-14.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Card started off the game strong, completing his first nine passes, but he completed just 13 of his final 37 attempts and only 6 of his 19 attempts in the second half, as Arlington Martin scored three second-half TDs to break open a game that had been tied 14-14 at the half.

Lake Travis seniors Grayson Sandlin and Kyle Eaves combined to make 17 catches for 202 yards, and Sandlin was on the receiving end of both of Card’s TD passes. But neither of them are of the caliber of recent former star receivers Garrett Wilson, Griffin Gilbert or Cade Green, and based on the AAS’s report it sounds like Martin’s defense had little to no fear of getting beat on deep passes and its defensive backs played very physical coverage. Lake Travis’s lack of a strong running game - which produced 68 yards on 21 carries - didn’t help the offense to open things up or keep Martin’s defense honest, and the Warriors held Lake Travis to 108 total yards in the second half.

It was far from a promising start to the new season, and even following last year’s win over Martin to start that season I wasn’t overly impressed with Lake Travis or high on their chances of making much noise in the postseason, but the Cavaliers have had a recent tendency to finish much better than they start. Surprisingly, this was actually the fifth time in seven years that Lake Travis has begun a season 0-1, and in three of the previous four times they went on to win the rest of their regular season games.

As a result of their loss, Lake Travis dropped from #3 all the way down to #21 in this week’s Class 6A rankings by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, which as of this season provides the state’s official football rankings with the Associated Press bowing out of compiling its own weekly poll.

Lake Travis will get a chance to get into the win column on Friday night when they host Mansfield Timberview, which in its opening week game gained nearly 600 yards of offense but was still blown out in a 77-44 loss to Bixby, Oklahoma. More on that game later in Jaden Hullaby’s section.

Timberview’s defense includes four-star Georgia cornerback commit Jalen Kimber, and Army linebacker commit Adam Cash.

2020 QB Ja’Quinden Jackson (Duncanville)

Last week: Completed 10 of 16 passes for 218 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT, and ran 13 times for 47 yards and one lost fumble in a 24-3 win over Lancaster.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, vs. South Oak Cliff
Notes: It took Duncanville’s offense nearly two full quarters to get clicking in its season-opening win over Lancaster. Lancaster took the opening kickoff and went 58 yards on 13 plays before settling for a field goal and a 3-0 lead with 8:04 left in the 1st quarter.

Lancaster gained just 138 yards the rest of the game and never scored again, but Duncanville found itself in the unfamiliar position of trailing for an extended period of time, as the Panthers’ first three possessions ended with an interception, punt, and a lost fumble by Ja’Quinden Jackson inside the red zone. But on their final drive of the first half, Jackson found Oregon State commit Zeriah Beason for a 13-yard TD pass with 1:04 left on the clock to give Duncanville a 7-3 halftime lead.

Those 19 minutes’ worth of game clock in which the Panthers trailed 3-0 was more than four times as long as they spent in that position in the entire 2018 regular season. In fact, in Duncanville’s 14 games leading up to the 2018 6A Division I state championship game, they trailed for a grand total of 9:08 of clock time.

The second half went much more according to plan, as Duncanville finished off its first two drives with TDs scored less than two minutes apart, then added a field goal with 7:37 left in the 4th quarter to extend its lead to 24-3 and cap off the game’s scoring.

Duncanville moved up one spot to #7 in this week’s USA Today Super 25 Expert rankings, and is the state’s new top-ranked team following former #1 Galena Park North Shore’s loss to then #5 Katy last week. The Panthers will next host South Oak Cliff, the #10 team in 5A Division II, which is coming off a 22-21 win over QuayDarius Davis’s Dallas Skyline team in Week One.

2021 QB Jalen Milroe (Katy Tompkins)

Last week: Completed 11 of 13 passes for 165 yards and 3 TDs in a 66-14 win over Fort Bend Austin.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 6:30, vs. Klein Cain
Notes: Jalen Milroe and the Tompkins Falcons raced to an easy 52-point win in their first game. Milroe had more touchdown passes than incompletions, and senior running back R.J. Smith, who ran for nearly 2,400 yards in 2018, scored three TDs and compiled 153 total yards on 15 touches.

Milroe’s three TD passes came within a four and a half minute stretch of the 2nd quarter and helped Tompkins build a 45-0 halftime lead. Austin scored its only points in the final ten minutes of regulation.

This week, Tompkins will host Klein Cain, which finished 2-8 last year in its first season of varsity play. Tompkins won last year’s matchup 58-13.

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

Last week: Had 8 carries for 111 yards and 4 TDs, and had a 94-yard kickoff return TD in a 63-6 win over Mesa Dobson.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:00, at Goodyear Desert Edge
Notes: It wasn’t the 301-yard performance Robinson had against Dobson in last season’s first week, but he still had a highly efficient evening in which he scored on exactly half of his carries and added a special teams touchdown for good measure. Robinson’s Salpointe Catholic team led 35-0 after the 1st quarter and 49-0 at halftime.

Robinson’s kickoff return TD came on the opening kickoff of the 3rd quarter, and he was done for the night afterwards. His five TDs on the night gave him 77 for his high school career, two shy of tying Salpointe Catholic’s school record.

The Arizona Republic ranks Salpointe Catholic #5 in its Super 10 rankings of the top teams in the state in Conferences 6A through 4A. The top eight teams among those three conferences, as determined by a computer ranking, will play for an Open Division state championship at the end of the season, so every game will be vital if Salpointe Catholic hopes to qualify for that playoff bracket, which is being introduced this year.

Along with the new playoff format, this season took on new significance for Salpointe Catholic when head coach Dennis Bene, a former QB at the school who has led the football program at his alma mater since 2001, announced last week that he would retire from coaching at the end of the 2019 season.

The Lancers will face perhaps their toughest regular season opponent on Friday when they travel to play 2-0 Desert Edge, a team that went 9-4 a season ago and lost in the 4A state semifinals. Salpointe Catholic edged (pardon the pun) Desert Edge 28-21 in the teams’ 2018 matchup, which was the closest regular season result the Lancers had in that campaign. Robinson rushed for 187 yards on 27 carries that night, as Salpointe Catholic came back from a 21-14 halftime deficit to take a 28-21 lead in the 4th quarter and win the game.

Desert Edge’s defense includes four-star 2021 defensive back Steven Ortiz, currently the state of Arizona’s #4 prospect in that class.

2021 WR QuayDarius Davis (Dallas Skyline)

Last week: Caught 4 passes for 76 yards in a 22-21 loss to South Oak Cliff
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, vs. Dallas Bishop Dunne
Notes: Davis’s Skyline team led 21-7 at halftime in their season opener against South Oak Cliff, but they were outscored 15-0 in the second half, and SOC scored the winning points on a 58-yard TD pass with 2:02 left in regulation.

After taking that 21-7 lead, Skyline’s second-half possessions ended with a punt, a safety, a punt that caromed off a Skyline player and was caught for a SOC touchdown, another punt, a turnover on downs, and an interception as time expired.

Skyline will next play a non-district game on Friday night against Dallas Bishop Dunne, the defending TAPPS Division I state champions. Bishop Dunne’s defense includes a trio of seniors committed to FBS programs, four-star LB Brennon Scott (Kansas), three-star LB Josh Emmanuel (Texas State), and two-star LB John Emmanuel (Texas State). Senior defensive back Pearson Hendrix and junior LB Jeremiah Bodwin have reported FBS offers as well.

2020 WR Quentin Johnston (Temple)

Last week: Caught 4 passes for 87 yards and one TD in a 35-29 loss to Round Rock Cedar Ridge.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, vs. Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Notes: In last season’s first week, Johnston had a coming-out party against a vaunted Cedar Ridge team that had advanced five rounds into the playoffs in 2017, catching four touchdown passes in a statement win by Temple in its first season back in Class 6A.

Last week would not prove to be a repeat of that performance, and though Johnston averaged over 20 yards per catch, his team was doomed by turnovers and at one point trailed 28-9 before coming back and making the game interesting in its final minutes, ultimately losing 35-29.

Temple committed six turnovers on the night, and Cedar Ridge’s senior running back Deuce Vaughn (a Kansas State commit and the son of former UT defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn) had over 280 all-purpose yards and scored TDs on a 71-yard reception and a 97-yard kickoff return.

Temple will next host Autonoma de Nueva Leon, a team from Mexico that the Wildcats beat 43-14 a year ago, and which has regularly traveled to play a few American high school teams in recent seasons.

2021 TE Juan Davis (Everman)

Last week: Completed 4 of 11 passes for 14 yards, had 15 carries for 44 yards, and averaged 33.7 yards on 7 punts in a 26-13 loss to Crowley.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:00, at Stephenville
Notes: Juan Davis, who played mostly at wide receiver as a sophomore in 2018, had a fairly unsightly stat line in his first game as Everman’s starting quarterback, the main saving grace of which was that he avoided turnovers. He averaged barely a yard per pass attempt, around three yards per carry, and fumbled twice but Everman did not lose possession on either of them. He also served as Everman’s punter, a role he was called on to fulfill seven times, as Everman couldn’t put together sustained drives for most of the game.

Everman trailed 20-0 early in the 3rd quarter and didn’t put any points of its own on the board until the early minutes of the 4th quarter, when the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 20-7. After forcing a quick Crowley punt the Bulldogs got the ball back but couldn’t put together a good drive, and Crowley led 26-7 when Everman scored its last points in the closing minutes of the game. Both of Everman’s touchdowns were scored by freshman running back Errick Mills, who I expect will be mentioned again a time or two in future posts.

On Friday Everman will travel face to Stephenville, which is also 0-1 after getting thumped 42-14 in its season-opener by Argyle, the third-ranked team in Class 4A Division I.

Everman and Stephenville have played each other frequently over the years, and though the schools compete in different classifications now they were often district opponents in the 1990s and early 2000s. Stephenville has won six of the last seven meetings between the schools dating back to 2009, and Everman’s most recent win in the series was a 31-24 victory in 2016 over a Stephenville team that would finish 3-8 and produce the school’s lowest win total since 1985.

2021 OL Hayden Connor (Katy Taylor)

Last week: Team lost to Humble Atascocita 69-7.
This week: Thursday, September 5 at 6:30, at Cypress Springs
Notes: Ouch! Connor and his Katy Taylor teammates opened their season with an absolute demolition at the hands of a very good Atascocita team, which Texas Football ranks 8th in Class 6A. Taylor opened the scoring with a 70-yard TD pass to take a 7-0 lead with 5:31 left in the 1st quarter. Taylor was subsequently outscored 69-0 over the game’s final 41:31. Eight different Atascocita players scored TDs, and the score was 55-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Taylor will look to rebound tonight when they play Cy Springs, which was itself blown out by a state-ranked opponent in its first game. The Panthers fell 52-3 last Thursday against Pearland, currently the 23rd-ranked team in 6A. Taylor beat Cy Springs 35-14 when the teams played in 2018.

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

Last week: Team beat Silsbee 48-35.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, at Huntsville

2020 OL Andrej Karic (Southlake Carroll)

Last week: Team beat South Grand Prairie 35-20.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, at Colleyville Heritage
Notes: Carroll, currently the #9 team in Class 6A, started off its 2019 season with a solid but unspectacular win. The Dragons were outgained in total yards but kept South Grand Prairie off the scoreboard for nearly two and a half quarters. At one point they scored points on five consecutive offensive possessions, and after returning a SGP fumble for a TD with 4:20 left in the 3rd quarter the Dragons led 35-7. SGP scored twice in the last 4:33 of regulation to make the final score more respectable.

Carroll plays on the road Friday night against a Colleyville Heritage team coming off a 13-10 win against Lovejoy. Carroll is 15-0 in its all-time matchups against Heritage and won 42-17 when the teams played in 2018.

2020 OL Jake Majors (Prosper)

Last week: Team beat Rowlett 31-7.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:00, vs. Keller Timber Creek
Notes: Jake Majors’ Prosper team prevailed in a Week One battle of Eagles teams. Prosper’s first two drives ended with a lost fumble deep in Rowlett territory and a pick-six, which put them behind 7-0 seven minutes into the 1st quarter. But Prosper responded with a TD of its own, then added another after an interception on Rowlett’s ensuing drive to go ahead 14-7 with 10:21 left in the 2nd quarter, and Rowlett never scored again.

Prosper gained 317 rushing yards on 50 carries as a team, and the 31-7 final score would have been even more lopsided had Prosper not lost two fumbles inside the red zone. Majors lined up at left tackle and had his share of pancakes against Charles Omenihu’s alma mater, as you can see in the video below.

Having dispatched the Rowlett Eagles, the Prosper Eagles will face another avian team on Friday when they host the Timber Creek Falcons, who lost their opener to Rockwall-Heath last week, 38-10. Prosper beat Timber Creek 56-10 in 2018, the two schools’ only previous meeting.

2020 OL Logan Parr (San Antonio O’Connor)

Last week: Team lost to Cibolo Steele 43-31.
This week: Saturday, September 7 at 7:00, at San Antonio Holmes.
Notes: O’Connor came up short against Cibolo Steele last week in a back-and-forth contest that pitted two of the San Antonio area’s most consistent teams of the past decade against each other for the sixth time in as many seasons. Steele is now 4-2 in the series between the schools.

The teams combined for seven punts and seven turnovers on the night, and the game was scoreless for almost one and a half quarters before a 2-yard TD run by O’Connor running back Zion Taylor gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 6:34 left in the 2nd quarter. That score kicked off a wild sequence of plays in which the teams combined for four touchdowns in the span of 51 seconds of game time!

O’Connor trailed 20-17 going into halftime. A touchdown and field goal by Steele in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the 3rd quarter extended the Knights’ lead to 30-17 with 8:29 left in the quarter. O’Connor answered with a TD three minutes later and added another score on the first play of the 4th quarter to take a brief 31-30 lead. But Steele took back the lead for good with 8:19 left in regulation on the fourth TD pass of the night from junior QB Wyatt Begeal, who has been the Knights’ starting QB since his freshman year.

Parr is currently rated by 247Sports as the #7 guard in the 2020 class, and by Rivals as the #46 offensive tackle prospect. He lined up at left guard last week, which is more likely to be his college position than either tackle spot.

The loss gave O’Connor its first 0-1 start since 2015, and represented the Panthers’ first regular season loss since a 45-24 defeat also at the hands of Steele on September 10, 2016.

O’Connor is part of the 10-team District 28-6A and will begin its district schedule on Saturday against Holmes. O’Connor, Holmes, and the other eight schools in that district are part of Northside ISD, which has named all of its high schools in honor of Supreme Court justices. O’Connor beat Holmes 42-6 when the teams played in 2018, and the Panthers have won at least the last 12 games between the schools.

2020 DT Vernon Broughton (Cypress Ridge)

Last week: Team beat Cypress Woods 31-14.
This week: Thursday, September 5 at 6:30, vs. Katy Morton Ranch
Notes: Cy Ridge beat Cy Woods in its first game last week and will play its second and final non-district game of 2019 against Morton Ranch tonight. Cy Ridge beat Morton Ranch 36-33 in their 2018 matchup. Morton Ranch won its season opener over Cypress Lakes 20-14.

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

Last week: Credited with 9 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and a half-sack in a 56-28 win over South Jordan Bingham
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:00, vs. Sandy Jordan
Notes: Fillinger’s Corner Canyon team - playing in 6A for the first time after winning Utah’s 5A state title a year ago - had its first-ever matchup last Friday with maybe the state’s top powerhouse of recent years, Bingham, a school that has won seven state championships in the past 13 seasons.

Bingham and Corner Canyon were the #1 and #3 teams in the state going into the game, according to the Deseret News, but it was Corner Canyon that dominated the proceedings, laying 56 points on the Bingham Miners, reportedly the most points Bingham had allowed in a game in 20 years.

Corner Canyon’s junior running back Austin Bell had a third straight standout performance, gaining 259 yards from scrimmage on 26 touches and scoring 4 TDs on the night. And Fillinger continued to show why numerous P5 schools were recruiting him so hard this summer, getting in on 9 tackles and a pair of tackles for loss.

Corner Canyon is now 3-0 for the season and moved up one spot to #2 in the Deseret News’s statewide football rankings for this week. The Chargers will face current #1 team Lone Peak on September 27. This week they host Jordan, which is winless in its first three games and lost to Corner Canyon in both of the previous two seasons.

2020 DE Princeley Umanmielen (Manor)

Last week: Credited with 5 tackles in a 32-29 loss to Weslaco East.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, at Copperas Cove
Notes: Manor traveled over three hours to Corpus Christi last week for a neutral site game against south Texas 6A program Weslaco East, and returned home 0-1 after dropping that game in overtime. The Mustangs will travel a mere 72 miles to play Copperas Cove on Friday night. Copperas Cove lost its season opener 41-38 to Burleson.

Manor and Copperas Cove played a very low-scoring affair last season, which the latter team won 7-6.

2020 LB Prince Dorbah (Highland Park)

Last week: Credited with 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 interception in a 66-59 win over Rockwall.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, at Mesquite Horn
Notes: For a third straight year, Highland Park and Rockwall opened their season with an offensive explosion that was entertaining for nearly everyone who wasn’t a defensive coordinator. Rockwall beat the Scots 53-49 to open the 2017 season, and Highland Park has since won 32 straight games. Highland Park won the 2018 matchup 49-42 en route to an undefeated season and a third straight 5A Division I state championship.

Last week’s game, which could be considered the third act of a trilogy of Highland Park-Rockwall shootouts, featured 125 points scored, 60 first downs, and 1,549 total yards. Rockwall led by as much as 31-14 with 8:54 left in the 2nd quarter, but Highland Park tied the game at 31 before halftime. The teams spent most of the second half trading TDs until Highland Park took a 59-52 lead with 5:15 left in regulation, then got the ball back on a Prince Dorbah interception two plays later, and Highland Park quickly scored again to expand its lead to 66-52 with 4:46 left to play.

Rockwall wide receiver and Ohio State commit Jaxon Smith-Njigba scored his third receiving TD of the night less than a minute later to cut the deficit to 66-59, and Rockwall eventually got the ball last but was unable to advance beyond midfield before time expired.

Highland Park will next put its 32-game winning streak on the line against a 6A Mesquite Horn team that opened its season with a 39-17 win over Tyler John Tyler. Highland Park defeated Horn 35-18 in the teams’ 2018 contest.

Highland Park is again ranked #1 in Class 5A Division I this week, and also entered the USA Today Super 25 Expert Rankings at #24.

2021 LB Derrick Harris (New Caney)

Last week: Credited with 11 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass deflected in a 28-8 win over Crosby.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:00, vs. Houston Heights
Notes: New Caney handily beat Crosby 28-8 last week to avenge a 28-14 loss Crosby dealt the Eagles a year ago, which was New Caney’s only loss of the 2018 regular season.

On Friday the Eagles take on Heights, the alma mater of Longhorn cornerback Jalen Green, and a team coming off a 35-7 loss in its opening game to Spring Dekaney. New Caney beat Heights 38-14 in the second week of the 2018 season.

2020 DB Xavion Alford (Alvin Shadow Creek)

Last week: Deflected a pass in a 64-14 win over Humble Summer Creek.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:00, vs. Magnolia
Notes: Shadow Creek easily won last week’s match between Houston-area “Creek” schools, prevailing by 50 points over Summer Creek. The Shadow Creek Sharks are #5 in this week’s Class 5A Division I rankings.

They will next face Magnolia, which is 1-0 following its 35-10 Week One thumping of Barbers Hill. Shadow Creek beat Magnolia 49-27 in 2018.

Magnolia is in its first season under new head coach Craig Martin, who spent the past few seasons as offensive coordinator at Temple, where he coached former Temple QB and freshman Longhorn tight end Jared Wiley and current Longhorn wide receiver commit Quentin Johnston. Magnolia’s former head coach, Sterling Doty, is now head coach at his alma mater, Stephenville, which plays against Everman and Longhorn commit Juan Davis on Friday. It’s all connected!

2021 DB Billy Bowman (Denton Ryan)

Last week: Had 3 catches for 29 yards and returned a punt for a 61-yard TD in a 52-6 win over Mesquite Poteet.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:00, at Keller Fossil Ridge
Notes: Billy Bowman and the Ryan Raiders vigorously vanquished the Poteet Pirates to start their season (alliteration is fun!). Ryan, the 2nd-ranked team in Class 5A Division I, limited Poteet to 9 first downs and just 118 total yards. Bowman’s punt return TD came early in the 2nd quarter and gave Ryan a 21-0 lead. You can watch that play in the video below.

Ryan led 42-0 at halftime, and Poteet’s only score of the game came in the final minute of the 3rd quarter. Poteet was without the services of senior running back and Oklahoma commit Seth McGowan, and the Pirate offense netted just 68 rushing yards on 27 carries. Ryan’s junior QB Seth Henigan, the son of head coach Dave Henigan, passed for 285 yards and 5 TDs.

Ryan’s 41-game regular season winning streak could be tested on Friday night against 6A program Keller Fossil Ridge, which has reached the playoffs in six consecutive seasons. Ryan beat Fossil Ridge 26-19 in overtime when the teams played in 2018. Billy Bowman returned a pair of interceptions for TDs that night, which was crucial in a game that Ryan managed to win despite gaining only 131 offensive yards and scoring just 3 points on offense in regulation.

Five of the past seven matchups between Ryan and Fossil Ridge have been decided by seven points or less.

2020 DB Kitan Crawford (Tyler John Tyler)

Last week: Made 2 tackles, had 8 carries for 125 yards and a TD, and caught 3 passes for 45 yards in a 39-17 loss to Mesquite Horn.
This week: Saturday, September 7 at 7:00, vs. Tyler Lee
Notes: John Tyler fell against Mesquite Horn in its season-opener in a game the Lions had chances to win but couldn’t capitalize on some key second half opportunities.

With his team trailing 23-10, Kitan Crawford ran for a 69-yard TD to cut the deficit to 23-17 with 7:17 left in the 3rd quarter. An interception on John Tyler’s next possession set up a Horn TD, which expanded their lead to 31-17. And still later in the 3rd quarter, the Lions turned the ball over on downs deep in Horn territory, and when Horn’s senior running back Charles Crawford (who was a TAPPS all-state first team RB at Dallas Bishop Lynch as a junior) ran for a 92-yard TD on the next play that made the score 39-17 in Horn’s favor. John Tyler was unable to add to its score in the 4th quarter.

The Lions will attempt to even their record at 1-1 on Saturday night when they face cross-town rival Tyler Lee. John Tyler and Lee have split the past ten meetings between the schools, with John Tyler winning last year’s contest 65-21. Lee opened its season with a 27-20 win over Marshall.

2020 DB Joshua Eaton (Aldine MacArthur)

Last week: Made 1 catch for 11 yards and was credited with 2 tackles, 2 passes defensed, and a fumble recovery in a 20-7 win over Klein Forest.
This week: Saturday, September 7 at 6:00, vs. The Woodlands College Park
Notes: MacArthur’s win over Forest gave the Generals a 1-0 start and equaled their win total from 2018. It also avenged a 58-44 loss they suffered a year ago to Forest, which did not win another game that season.

Not reflected in Eaton’s stats was his recovery of an arcing kickoff that Forest’s return team fell asleep on, which allowed MacArthur to begin a drive at the Forest 39-yard line. He also dealt a hard hit on a receiver that prevented a Forest touchdown (see the last clip in the highlight video below).

Joshua Eaton’s brother Taylor Eaton, also a senior, scored a rushing TD and gained 112 total yards on 7 offensive touches. The 1-0 Generals will next take on a College Park Cavaliers team that opened their season with a 31-24 win over Aldine Davis. College Park beat MacArthur 42-20 when the teams played in 2018.

2020 DB Ethan Pouncey (Winter Park, Florida)

Last week: Did not play in a 34-21 loss to Pickerington (Ohio) Central.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:00, at Orlando Freedom
Notes: Pouncey was reportedly “in street clothes on the sidelines” during his team’s inter-state matchup last Friday against Ohio powerhouse Pickerington Central, and Mike Roach of 247Sports has said that Pouncey missed both of Winter Park’s first two games. There was a report two weeks ago leading up to the Wildcats’ first game that Pouncey had suffered an unspecified injury that caused him to miss a preseason scrimmage, but at the time he was expected to be ready to play in their opener. Hopefully he gets back to 100% soon.

In his absence, the Winter Park Wildcats gave a scare to Pickerington Central, which at the time was ranked by USA Today as the nation’s #14 team. The game was played in Milton, Georgia and was part of a weekend series of games called the Freedom Bowl that brought together teams from five different states.

Winter Park jumped out to an early 13-0 lead and was ahead 21-17 at halftime, but Central outscored the Wildcats 17-0 in the second half.

Having fallen to 0-2 with a loss in a Freedom Bowl game, Winter Park will try to get its first win this week against...Freedom! Freedom High in Orlando is itself 0-1 after dropping its first game two weeks ago to Orlando Evans 34-2.

Winter Park and Freedom are two of the twenty high schools that are part of the Orange County Public Schools system. Their football teams most recently played each other in 2016 in a game Winter Park won 46-13. Freedom has not finished a season with a winning record since 2012.

2020 DB Jerrin Thompson (Lufkin)

Last week: Team lost to Longview 24-21.
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, at Nacogdoches
Notes: Thompson’s Lufkin team fell in a hard-fought rivalry game against defending 6A Division II state champion Longview to begin its season last week. Lufkin’s defense twice intercepted Longview QB Haynes King, a Texas A&M commit who completed 20 of 36 passes for 283 yards on the night and also ran for 36 yards and a TD midway through the 4th quarter that ended up being the game-winning score.

Lufkin struck first on a 89-yard TD pass on the game’s opening drive, but trailed 10-7 at halftime. Longview scored early in the 3rd quarter to go up 17-7, and Lufkin cut the deficit to 17-14 about midway through the quarter then took a 21-17 lead early in the 4th.

Lufkin got a pair of late turnovers and had its chances to re-take the lead, but the Panthers turned the ball over on downs on Longview’s side of the field twice in the game’s final three minutes.

Thompson left the game early in the 3rd quarter and reportedly sat out much of the second half. Justin Wells of Inside Texas (no relation to this writer) tweeted that cramps were the cause of Thompson’s departure from the game.

The loss to 6A’s sixth-ranked team (since moved up to #4) only dropped Lufkin one spot in the 5A Division I rankings to #8. The Panthers will go for its first win of the season on Friday night against Nacogdoches, a team they’ve beaten in four straight seasons, including a 45-7 win in 2018. Nacogdoches, which competes in 5A Division II, lost 17-14 last week to 4A Division I program Kilgore.

2020 ATH Jaden Hullaby (Mansfield Timberview)

Last week: Had 9 carries for 119 yards and 2 TDs, caught 3 passes for 98 yards and one TD, and completed 0 of 3 pass attempts in a 77-44 loss to Bixby, Oklahoma
This week: Friday, September 6 at 7:30, at Lake Travis
Notes: Timberview hosted Oklahoma’s defending 6A Division II state champion Bixby last week, and played the Spartans almost evenly for the first one and a half quarters, but Bixby scored five TDs in just over eight minutes of game time between the 2nd and 3rd quarters to turn a 28-26 lead into a 63-26 lead, and Timberview never got within three possessions of Bixby after that.

Jaden Hullaby had a highly efficient performance in his first game in a Timberview uniform since his sophomore year (he attended private school Dallas Bishop Dunne as a junior), producing 217 yards from scrimmage and 3 TDs on 12 offensive touches. He lined up at QB and had three incomplete pass attempts on Timberview’s final possession of the game, which came after Bixby scored to make it a 77-44 game with 6:41 left in regulation.

Hullaby scored Timberview’s first two TDs of the game on a 7-yard run and a 80-yard reception, the latter of which came with 5:24 left in the 1st quarter and briefly gave the Wolves a 13-7 lead. But Bixby’s senior receiver Brennan Presley, an Oklahoma State commit, responded less than two minutes later with the first of his six TD catches of the game, giving Bixby a lead it would never relinquish. Presley finished the game with 16 receptions for 226 yards.

Timberview gained 597 offensive yards in the loss, including 358 on the ground. The Wolves will next travel on Friday night to play Lake Travis, whose defense allowed 282 rushing yards in its 35-14 loss to Arlington Martin last week.