The two recruits in the class of 2013 who will arrive first on Arkansas' campus had very different openings to their 2012 seasons.
Weed (CA) College of the Siskiyous linebacker Myke Tavarres (6-3, 215) saw limited snaps because of an ankle sprain, but his team breezed to a 35-6 win over Redwoods last Saturday.
But Salinas (CA) Hartnell Community College cornerback Carroll Washington was horrified to watch a 37-16 lead over Los Medanos in the fourth quarter turn into a 43-37 loss in overtime.
"We were up so big in the fourth quarter and played so well that our coaches decided to put some of the second teamers in and get them some action," Washington said. "It didn't go so well. They got momentum from us and we just couldn't get it stopped.
"I think we are learned a big lesson," Washington continued. "I won't let that ever happen again."
Los Medanos sandwiched two touchdowns around an onside kick and then intercepted a pass to set up yet another score and a game-tying two-point conversion.
Hartnell even had to block a field goal at the end of regulation to get into overtime, where head coach Matt Collins' team fumbled to complete the collapse.
"I've been in this game a long time and when momentum starts going the other way, it is hard to slow things down," Collins said. "We had a 20-point lead, had played great and then it all just fell apart on us. It's just something we have to learn from and never let happen to us again."
Washington, whose team plays Modesto Saturday night, had four tackles and a pass break up in the opener.
"I thought I played well, but you always feel like you can come out and play better," Washington said. "Of course, when you lose, you really start thinking about things you could have done to prevent it.
"I put this on myself because I am a leader on this football team and I should have done something to stop it from happening," Washington added. "I've got to rally my guys together and make sure we calm down, do the right things and make the same plays we had been making for the first three quarters."
Tavarres was eased into his season opener with that ankle sprain.
"Our coach just wanted me to get a little action and make sure I was ok for the next game, which is a tougher foe," Tavarres said. "I'm 100 percent now, full speed and ready to go have a big season."
Siskiyous head coach Charlie Roche, whose team hosts Butte Saturday afternoon, said Tavarres is too valuable too rush back.
"We gave him just about 20 snaps and I think he still had two tackles for lost yardage and almost blocked two punts," Roche said. "That just tells you how fast him is even with that ankle sprain."
It's not just on the football field that Tavarres shines according to Roche.
"I would say he is the best athlete we have on the team, he is a very focused kid, a great student and someone who is a great person in addition to being a great football player," Roche said. "He's the type of kid that every coach would love to have around."
Other Recruit performances:
• Austin Allen: The Razorback quarterback commitment was 21 of 35 passing for a whopping six touchdowns in his team's 49-39 loss to Jefferson City, Mo.
• Kaleb Blanchard: The Arkansas tailback pledge rushed 22 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns as his Denham Springs squad topped Woodlawn 35-21.
• Altee Tenpenny: He had 22 carries for 70 yards as Longview topped North Little Rock 30-14.
• Tearris Wallace: The Bentonville tailback had 31 carries for 191 yards as the Tigers beat Broken Arrow 20-10 in a game that didn't start until almost 10 p.m. in Oklahoma.
• Deandre Murray: The Springdale junior running back rushed for 136 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns as Springdale hammered Tulsa Central 41-0.
• Jabe Burgess: The Greenwood junior quarterback – who is Tyler Wilson's cousin – was 15-of-21 for 311 yards and four touchdowns.
• Tyler Cogswell: Unable to find any stats for the Razorback QB commit, but his American Heritage team lost 30-27 to Bolles.
• Deondre Skinner: The Arkansas TE pledge and his Patterson team won 40-32 over Central Lafource.
• Khari Harding: Harding has 17 tackles last week and the UA commit's Edmond Santa Fe team moved to 2-0 with a 42-23 win over Yukon on Friday.
• Dominique Alexander: The UA commit had 15 tackles last week and his team moved to2-0 with 27-17 win over McAlester last night.
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