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While the Owls were making miracles in Memphis, some of their 2009 commits had dazzling performances too. Here's your update from Week 1 of the high school season...

Several of the Rice Class of 2009 had the week off. Those that that played came out mostly on top.

We did have some eye popping performances though, especially from Charles Ross.

Cody Bauer - DE/OL Pottsboro

Pottsboro 37

Princeton 0

Bauer was double teamed most of the night. A tactic that allowed his teammates to take advantage, as they beat Princeton handily 37-0. Cody did have 7 tackles (3 solo) in the first half, but didn't play in the second while the Pottsboro coaches unloaded their bench.

Andre Brackens - RB/CB Dallas Parish Episcopal

Dallas Parish Episcopal 39

Kemp 0

Brackens had 16 carries for 129 yards out of the backfield. He scored 4 touchdowns as Parish Episcopal rolled to another victory. He added 7 tackles on defense. Andre told me he heard from Northwestern and Purdue on Monday as college coaches were allowed to make phone calls this week. He told me he is solid with his Rice commit however.

Trey Briggs - Linebacker/DS, Jersey Village

Houston Memorial 13

Jersey Village 0

The Falcon Offense is struggling to get on track as Jersey Village dropped its second straight game. The defense behind the efforts of Briggs have only given up 23 points on the year though. The JV Offense was unable to sustain any consistency which kept the defense on the defense. Briggs had 13 tackles, 8 of them solo.

Alex Francis - Cornerback, FB Hightower

Hightower had the week off after beating Eisenhower last week. They will play Fort Bend Willowridge this Thursday night at Mercer Stadium.

Nic Hammett - LB/TE, Rockdale

Rockdale 21

Lampasas 7

At Linebacker Nic was very productive once again - 11 tackles, 8 solo in Rockdale's win Friday night. In last week's game he had 18 tackles, 12 solos. Playing TE, Hammett said he was the only "lineman" that graded out above 80% with 83%. He had 3 pancake blocks, but also had a catch for 26 yards.

Jon Hodde - OL/DL, Burton

Austin Hyde Park 25

Burton 16

Burton travelled to Austin this week to play private school Hyde Park. They came out on the short end letting a 16-6 halftime lead slip away in dropping a 25-16 loss. Hodde allowed no sacks on offense. He had 11 tackles on defense, 6 of them solo. He also added 2 sacks. Burton held Hyde Park to a negative 36 yards.

Broderick Jackson - RB/SS, Kirbyville

Kirbyville 44

Jasper 43

Jackson's Kirbyville team, ranked #6 in the state in Class 2A, beat Jasper Saturday 44-43. Jackson returned a kick 91 yards for a touchdown. He had 50 yards rushing on 5 carries Offensively. On defense he had 3 pass break-ups, as well as 6 solo tackles and 2 assists.

Bobby Janisch - Offensive Tackle, Jersey Village

Houston Memorial 13

Jersey Village 0

As mentioned above Jersey Village is struggling a bit to get untracked on Offense. Janisch had a solid performance but the Falcons have a young QB that is trying to get comfortable in their Offense.

Jarek Lancaster - QB/LB, Helotes O'Connor

Helotes O'Connor 37

Laredo Alexander 31

Lancaster sat this one out recovering from a broken finger. He said he has a doctor's appointment Wednesday and hopes he might be able to play this coming weekend.

Alex Lowry - OL/DL, Caddo Mills

Caddo Mills 29

Nevada Community 19

Caddo Mills ran its recrod to a perfect 2-0 with a victory over rival Nevada Community. I'll have more details on Alex Lowry later.

Paul Porras - CB/WR, Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro

Saguaro 56

Prescott 0

Porras did everything but sell popcorn in this one. On offense playing Receiver he had 3 catches for 60 yards, including a 20 yard touchdown catch. Also playing backup QB, he later had 50 yards rushing, adding another TD. Porras also had 3 punt returns for 60 yards. On defense, he recovered a fumble on the first play of the game. Playing Cornerback he made 5 tackles, 3 of them solo. Oh, he was also the holder on PAT's. I'm tired just writing this. Rice is getting a very good football player in Porras obviously.

Charles Ross - Running Back, Schertz Clemens

Schertz Clemens 26

SA Southwest 12

Perhaps the most amazing of several great performances this week was that of Clemens' Charles Ross. Ross had a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown. Playing defense, he intercepted a 2 point conversion attempt and raced 100 yards the other way, scoring 2 points for Clemens. He also caught a 9 yard touchdown pass. Ross finished the game with 11 carries for 62 yards.

Cade Shaw - Offensive Tackle, CC Calallen

CC Calallen 21

Gregory-Portland 15

After changing strategies in an uncharacteristic loss last week, Calallen returned to what its does best this week in beating Gregory-Portland. Last week, OT Cade Shaw was moved to Offensive Guard as Calallen attempted strategic moves to offset the interior line size of Edcouch-Elsa. The moves didn't work as expected and Calallen lost.

Josh Skinner - DE/Slot, Silsbee

Diboll 27

Silsbee 24

Silsbee dropped its second close game of the year by losing to Diboll 27-24. Silsbee had an 11 point 4th quarter lead but let it slip away to the visiting Lumberjacks. Josh Skinner had 4 tackles and a sack, but Diboll didn't run or roll to his side the entire game.

Got a first hand report of any of our great 2009 commits? E-mail me and I'll include it in our wrap up. Remember NCAA rules do not allow contact between fans and recruits so please follow the mandates strictly if attending recruits' games.

GO OWLS!!!


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