TXHSFB: Rockwall - Rowlett Preview
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TXHSFB: Rockwall - Rowlett Preview

The key matchup in this one will be between Rockwall's 2015 running back phenom Chris Warren and Rowlett's 2014 defensive tackle Cedric Johnson and 2015 end Charles Omenihu. Also, keep an eye on Rowlett's 2016 quarterback Logan Bonner.

Chris Warren -- whose father Chris Warren II spent 11 seasons in the NFL as a running back for the Seahawks, Cowboys and Eagles -- put together one of the state's best performances last week, despite his team's 52-42 loss to Garland Naaman Forest.

Warren rushed 31 times for 350 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught three passes for 28 yards. His touchdowns weren't of the quant variety either. He scored on runs of 38, 35, 75 and 75 yards.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder already has offers from Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA.

He'll have the tough task of running by Johnson, the No. 47 ranked DT in the country.

Johnson and his teammates didn't have much success in stopping the run last week against North Mesquite, which had two players rush for over 100 yards, including a 214-yard day by Corey Hunt, in a 36-27 loss.

But Johnson has the ability to take over a game at the line of scrimmage, which is why schools like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas State and Illinois have offered.

His quarterback Logan Bonner, just a sophomore, had a nice debut, completing 23 of 39 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. He will be a name to follow this season.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Garland's H.B. Johnson Stadium.