Midlands Recap: Scout on the Town

Here's the Midlands version of Scout on the Town with links to to rest of the country.

Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Keller (Texas) vs. Mansfield (Texas)

The Keller defense led by Sione Teuhema won the night. Teuhema was all over the place. All-in-all he made around a dozen tackles, three sacks and blocked a punt. He is very active after the ball. Both are committed to Texas. Keller is off to a 2-0 start. Star players Hunter Ponder and Julius Lewis did not play for Mansfield.

Sulphur Springs (Texas) vs. Sherman (Texas)
Sherman entered as the home favorite, but Sulphur Springs had too much defensive speed and was able to run away with the game. Class of 2015 Top 100 safety Larry Pryor led the team on offense as a quarterback. He played some reps on defense and made an impact, breaking up two passes and getting a key third down tackle. Texas commit Aaron Garza struggled at times up front.

DeSoto (Texas) vs. Tulsa (Okla.) Union
For the second straight year the Eagles have defeated a top team from the Sooner State. Commits Carson Meier and Jeffery Mead were able to cash in scores for the Redskins, but DeSoto just proved to be too much. Oklahoma State commit Chris Lacy caught a late touchdown pass and Desmon White played solid at quarterback. On defense, TCU commit Nick Orr had a solid game in the defensive backfield, securing an interception. North Texas commit Johnavon Jackson left the game and was taken to the hospital with a leg injury.

Euless (Texas) Trinity vs. Jenks (Okla.)
This game featured a number of major prospects and lived up to the billing. It was a slugfest, but 6A state champ Jenks was able to pull out a gritty win. Sophomore quarterback Cooper Nunley got his first start and threw three touchdowns. Oklahoma State commit Dylan Harding grabbed one. Steven Parker and Marquise Overton led the defense. Trinity had a solid rushing attack, led up front by Texas commit Patrick Vahe at center. They are physical team in the trenches and have athleticism. The will prove tough to beat come playoff time.

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Ahmard Vital – Texas Recruiting Analyst
Houston (Texas) Cy Creek vs. Houston (Texas) Klein Oak

This ended up being a pretty lopsided contest as Cy Creek came away with the win in its first game of the season with a 51-19 win over Klein Oak. Here a player who made sure to stand out was Creek running back Terrell Aldridge, who ran for 277 yards and three touchdowns. One of the key reasons for Aldridge, and the Creek offense to have success was the blocking, led by offensive tackle Elijah Rodriguez. On defense, Creek had solid play from sleeper defensive end Michael Wright.

Speaking of defense, end Javon Shelley and linebacker Josh Mabin had okay games in the loss. Quarterback Jordan Davis struggled on the night, throwing for 108 yards and completing 37 percent of his passes. Running back Lorenzo Stewart was out for this match up with an injury.

Alvin (Texas) Manvel vs. Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
As usual, this game provides plenty of excitement and intrigue. Most of the yardage on both sides came from running the football, but mainly from the North Shore side. In the end, North Shore held on to win 24-20.

Tristan Houston (61 yards), Justin Green (88 yards) and Miciah Long (75 yards) kept the chains moving, especially in the second half. The blocking of Najee Toran and Tyler Moore on the left side of the line was punishing. Kevian Deleon was a much-needing spark plug in the game, which helped as the North Shore offense struggled early. Defensively, linebacker Zach Whitley (four tackles, sack, forced fumble) was solid through one half, but left before that start of the second to get checked out for a mild concussion. Word is that he is good, but will get checked out by a doctor on Monday. 

For Manvel, sophomore quarterback Deriq King was the man with 222 yards of offense and three touchdowns, all passing ones. Koda Martin played Ironman as a defensive end and some tight end as well. Staying with the defense, Deontay Anderson was all over playing great defense from the safety position. Unofficially, he had five tackles and three pass break ups.

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Annabel Stephan, Midlands Field Reporter
Temple (Texas) vs Austin (Texas) Westlake

Two good football teams faced off in Friday night's game, held at Chaparral Stadium, and the 45-41 Westlake victory came down to the game's last minute. Early on, it looked like 2015 quarterback Chad President and his Temple teammates were going to take the win. The Baylor commit scored his first touchdown of the night (about six yards rushing) within the first few minutes of the game, and led his team to a 14-0 first quarter lead after driving the ball down the field. SMU quarterback commit Jordan Severt helped his team answer, getting the game to 14-7 by the end of the quarter. Temple pulled ahead with a 28-17 lead at halftime, but Severt rallied his team to score 28-points in a second hand comeback, culminating in the Chaps' victory.

President finished the night with 177 yards and three touchdowns; 108 passing yards came in the first half alone. He went 14-of-22, intercepted twice. Severt went 23-of-43 for 348 passing yards.

The game had a few other standout players. For Temple, offensive lineman Darius Joiner, a Houston commit, was the leader of the Wildcats' offensive line and at 6-foot-5, 280, already physically looks like a Division-I athlete. Westlake's offensive line had standout players of its own in tackle Calvin Anderson, a Rice commit, and Will Copa, whose offer list includes Washington State, Texas State, and San Diego State.

Perhaps the most impressive player in Friday's game was receiver Patrick Elliott; though Elliott isn't overwhelming in size, he displayed a nose for the ball and hands that could catch anything. Elliott finished the night with twelve catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns.

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Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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