Andre Brackens - RB/CB, Dallas Parish Episcopal
Dallas Parish Episcopal 36
Austin Hyde Park Baptist 14
Parish Episcopal took to the air for a change as they ran their recrod to a perfect 4-0. DPE Brant Costilla threw for 324 yards, one of his favorite targets was Andre Brackens. The future Rice CB had 4 catches for 105 yards, one of them for 71 yards and a score. Brackens also had 70 yards rushing - all on one play, when he took a handoff all the way for a score in the 2nd quarter. If you're thinking Brackens could help the Owls in the backfield next year you'd probably be right. But don't dwell on that notion - Brackens likes defense and "enjoys hitting."
Jarek Lancaster - S/LB/QB?, Helotes O'Connor
Helotes O'Connor 35
SA John Jay 17
Lancaster seems to get better and better each week. After returning from a broken hand suffered in Game 1 last week, the future Rice S/LB continues to make a strong case for a little future consideration at QB. Jarek was 8-for-9 passing in the Pnathers' win. His 182 yards passing were almost surgically efficient, but included a nifty play action fake that opened up a streaking O'Connor Receiver down the middle, which Lancaster hit perfectly in stride for a 62 yard score. It would be one of 3 passing touchdowns he would connect upon. What's remarkable is that he's wearing a soft cast on his throwing hand. As we know, Jarek can run too though. He also put his 4.5 second 40 yard dash speed to good use - rushing for 52 yards on 8 carries. He scored on an Option keeper from 26 yards out. The kid's a player and the Owls are lucky to have him - wherever he lines up in 2009. FYI, O'Connor is ranked the #1 team in San Antonio right now.
Paul Porras - CB/WR, Scottsdale Saguaro
Scottsdale Saguaro 70
Avondale Agua Afira 6
Saguaro continues to simply dominate its opponents. They've outscored the opposition 197-13 in their last 3 games, averaging just under 66 points a game! Paul Porras is only part of what is a very talented team obviously - but he's had a major part in every win. Last weekend's win was no exception. Porras picked off a comeback route on Avondale's first Offensive play; and added another interception in the 3rd Quarter, reading perfectly a "Dig" route where one of the Receivers try to scrape or set a pick on the primary Receiver's defender. Porras finished with 6 tackles. On Offense he caught 5 passes for 60 yards and scored on an 18 yard Slant route. The Owls have a player coming on Porras that runs 4.5 on the clock when tested, but plays 4.3 because of his "football IQ" and game instincts.
Charles Ross - RB, Schertz-Clemens
Beeville Jones 35
Charles Ross continues to show why the Rice Owls are simply thrilled to be receiving the services of 6-2 speedster in 2009. Ross has scored just about every way possible this year and continued that trend last weekend when Clemens edged Beeville Jones. Ross had another standout performance, 14 carries for 165 yards. Ross had several long runs, including a 70 yarder sprint for a score, and another from 26 yards out that would be the game winner. He scored again on a "wheel" route out of the backfield, going 58 yards to paydirt. Like several of Rice's other commits, Ross continues to receive phone calls for other schools that have offered him a scholarship. This past week he told coaches from Colorado State that he is "happy with his commitment to Rice."
As district action begins this week, and hopefully power is restored to your's truly, we'll have more updates on the talented future Owls...