Frisco (Texas) Centennial vs. Lake Dallas (Texas)
The Centennial Titans were able to roll to an easy 42-14 win over Lake Dallas on Thursday night to push its record to 2-0. One of the stars of the show was definitely quarterback Lamar Jordan, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete with offers from schools like Texas State, Rice, New Mexico, Army and Navy. Jordan and the Centennial offense managed to put points on the board, but it was the play of the defense that seemed to set them up. Baylor defensive end commitment Kevin Smith, a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder was all over the field. He was manhandling the offensive linemen up front and getting off his blocks to make plays. His forced fumble set up the first score and after that they never looked back. TCU cornerback commitment Ranthony Texada never was tested much, but the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder secured and locked down half of the field. The only time Lake Dallas tested him he broke up the pass.
Euless (Texas) Trinity vs. Tulsa (Okla.) Union
A back and forth game between the Red River powerhouse school in a match-up that we have been waiting to see for years. Trinity would score and Union would come right back and answer. It was a fun game, but it would actually be a Trinity defensive stand at the end of the first half that would be the difference maker. Union would advance the ball to the three-yard line, but opt to take the sure points. Ultimately, it would suffer a three-point 21-18 loss, but the game was intense and Union showed a lot of spirit and fight at the end. The field was littered with division one prospects, but the true warriors were up front in this one. For Union 6-foot-6, 250-pound Dalton Rodrigues, who is committed to Oklahoma, was the heart and soul of the defensive line and Blake Mejia, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive lineman was opening up holes all night. Trinity had a nice defensive front led by Gaius Vaenuku, a 6-foot-4, 250-pounder and Sam Tevi, a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder. Tevi will be playing his college ball for Utah while Vaenuku is still looking for the right fit with offers on the table from Arizona State, TCU, Utah and Utah State.
Erin Hartigan, Midlands Field Reporter
Dallas Madison vs Dallas Kimball
Headlining this matchup was the Lone Star State's top defensive tackle, ranked fifth in the nation, Justin Manning. As expected, the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder gave Madison 'O' plenty of grief. You have to like the way he plays with a controlled aggression. He stays very even keel, poker-faced, but flips that switch on when he needs to. Mannin is an absolute bulldozer off the line. You have to love how well he can move and maneuver for his size. Manning had a big PAT block early in the first to keep Kimball ahead 7-6. Kimball ended up running away with it 42-12.
Senior running back Teriyon Gipson is a shifty 5-foot-9, 165-pounder that (in just two games) has compiled 530 yards of total offense and 7 touchdowns. Gipson suffered a season-ending knee injury midway last fall, so did not get the exposure he would've had. He's set to have a big senior year.
Another name that all will be talking about by end of year: Dallas Madison's 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior defensive end Anthony Davis. He obviously aces the eye ball test, but the kid has a motor that doesn't stop. He can fly for his size.
Tyler (Texas) John Tyler vs Lancaster (Texas)
Defense proved to be key Friday night in Lancaster's 26-21 upset thriller over Tyler John Tyler. Four-star defensive end who verballed to Washington, Daeshon Hall, 2014 cornerback Nick Harvey, and '14 linebacker Vontre McQuinnie were the three largely responsible for smothering a feisty 'JT' offense with top speed. In fact, Harvey, who starred on both sides, took four catches for 97 yards. 70 of those yards came on a score that broke open a 26-7 third quarter. "Their defense really stepped it up the rest of the way," he said. "So we knew ours had to, too, to hang on to that lead."
Senior quarterback and Washington State commit Demarcus Ayers certainly helped create and build the momentum for that lead, compiling more than 200 yards of total offense (118 passing, 84 rushing) and three scores (two running touchdowns immediately following John Tyler's first score of the game.) John Tyler, with a chance to win it with two seconds on the clock, fumbled the snap only for Lancaster to pounce and secure the heart-racing victory.
DeSoto (Texas) vs Tulsa (Okla.) Jenks
The Eagles of DeSoto walked away the top dogs in this Oklahoma-Texas showdown, securing a 46-27 win Saturday at Bedford Pennington Field. But it wasn't pretty. Atleast not in the first half. The two squads combined for six fumbles (three lost), four total turnovers and two blocked punts in the first 24 minutes. Senior running back Trey'Vonne Barre had an explosive game for Jenks, putting up three scores, one being a 71-yard kickoff return late in the second quarter.
In the end, though, the 'Nick Orr Show' and a few Dontre Wilson runs proved to be too much. Orr, a 2014 cornerback and son of former NFL-er Terry Orr, had two punt blocks (one returned for a touchdown just before half) and an interception on Jenks' next drive that set up another DeSoto score. Wilson, an Oregon pledge, ran in a two-point conversion on that score. Total on the day, Wilson tallied 132 yards and two endzone visits on the ground on just 22 touches.
Note: Jenks' wideout and Oklahoma commit Jordan Smallwood was sidelined with shoulder injury. He's expected to return next week.
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