Armstrong the winner

Husker commitment has his team one game away from their second straight Texas 5A Division II Championship.


The title winner is a term often associated with quarterbacks who don't necessarily shine on the field, but do enough for their team to win.

Nebraska commitment Tommy Armstrong takes the title to a different level.

The Cibolo Steele high school quarterback is on a 27 game winning streak, dating back to last year's Texas 5A Division II state championship run. The Knights are 15-0 this season and will be playing in the state championship again, after dismantling Port Arthur Memorial 51-31 on Saturday night.

"It's incredible, but it's going to even feel better when we win it," Armstrong told Big Red Report late Saturday night.

The 4-star prospect put another amazing performance together in the semi-finals, finding the end zone four times with his legs and once through the air. He ended up rushing for 139 yards and passing for just over another 100. His biggest play came on a 81-yard run in the second quarter, against a defense who allowed under 10 points a game five times this season.

"We just worked with what they gave us," Armstrong stated to the Houston Chronicle. "We came out and were prepared - to run or throw the ball. The defense just gave up opportunities to run."

Armstrong is just of many Nebraska prospects and commitments that have had major team success during their last year in the high school ranks.

Nebraska wide receiver commitment Jordan Westerkamp led his team to an Illinois 5A state championship. Quarterback offeree Devin Fuller led his team to the state championship in New Jersey, so did prospect Quanzell Lambert. Husker tight end future signee was part of a Lincoln Southeast team that won the Nebraska Class-A state title.

Armstrong's biggest challenge of the season might be next Saturday, as the No. 1 Knights take on Dekaney. The Wildcats have allowed only 13.5 points a game in the playoffs.

Steele's run was somewhat unexpected, as the Knights were expected to take a small step back without the services of Texas freshman running back Malcolm Brown, who was a top five back in the nation for the Class of 2011.

Armstrong took the opportunity to shine, becoming the focal point of the offense, throwing no interceptions in 163 passing attempts. Even more impressive is his 1093 reported rushing yards with an 8.1 yards per average rush. The senior has been part of 37 touchdowns on the year.


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