2009 Commit Recaps

A handful of Houston area Owl commits got back to playing football this past weekend after having two games cancelled due to Hurricane Ike. Speaking of Hurricanes, Fort Bend Hightower Hurricane Alex Francis had a solid performance in his teams big win Friday night…

As we talk to the Rice Owls of the future each week after their own games, each shares an eagerness to get on campus and join what has already become an exciting football program.

A handful of those 2009 recruits committed to the Owls were expected at Saturday's 77-20 blowout win over North Texas – Burton's Jon Hodde, Schertz Clemens Charles Ross, Helotes O'Connor S Jarek Lancaster, and East Chambers Vance McDonald were all scheduled to make the trip to Houston. The game Saturday was exciting for everyone who attended, especially for those who will be on the sidelines next year. Though some fans would disagree. I'll take games like the one Saturday every week!

Now for the weekly stats and scores of the 2009 Recruiting Class…

Cody Bauer – Defensive End, Pottsboro

Pottsboro 20

Farmersville 14

Cody Bauer and the Pottsboro Fighting Cardinals ran their record to a perfect 5-0 Friday night. Bauer had 19 tackles and 3 sacks in the game; the biggest came late in the 4th quarter with the game on the line. With 1:15 left in the game, Farmersville had driven the ball down to the Pottsboro 1 yard line, setting up 1st and goal. The Fighting Cardinals of Pottsboro stopped them on first and second down, then on third down, Bauer burst into the backfield from his Defensive End position sacking the Farmersville QB for a big loss. A fourth down pass attempt by Farmersville was incomplete and Pottsboro held on for a hard fought win.

Andre Brackens – RB/CB, Dallas Parish Episcopal

Dallas Parish Episcopal 49

Tyler Grace Community 0

As has been the case almost every week of the season, Brackens had a big part in the Offensive output for Parish Episcopal. Andre had 9 carries for 89 yards rushing, including touchdown runs of 1, 8, and 25 yards. He had just one catch in Friday night's game, with the same result as last week. He caught a short pass that he turned into a 71 yard score last week. Friday night he bettered that – catching a skinny post that went 73 yards for a score. Parish Episcopal capitalized on 6 turnovers committed by their opponent. Andre accounted for one of those with an interception, his 3rd of the season. He also chipped in with 5 tackles

Alex Francis – CB, Fort Bend Hightower

FB Hightower 55

FB Willowridge 0

Fort Bend Hightower beat Willowridge 55-0 Friday night. Francis intercepted a pass in the first quarter when he sealed off a slant route with perfect inside positioning. He had 5 tackles in the game, but only played for the first half because of the lopsided score. Francis appeared on High School Sports Extra on a local Houston television station Monday evening.

Broderick Jackson – S/RB, Kirbyville

Kirbyville 35

Center 0

Jackson had a big night carrying the football – 103 yards on 15 carries. He scored 2 touchdowns, one on a 30 yard run. He had a very solid defensive effort as well, Broderick had 9 tackles, 1 pass break-up, and one interception (he couldn't hang on to another). He also had a tackle for a loss.

Charles Ross – RB, Schertz Clemens

Alamo Heights 35

Schertz Clemens 3

Oklahoma commit Drew Allen and the Mules of Alamo Heights (quite the QB factory it seems – Chase Clement and North Texas' Giovanni Vizza are also alums) bowled over Clemens in an unexpected blowout. Charles Ross still managed to rush for almost 10 yards a carry, putting up 161 yards on 17 carries.

Paul Porras – CB/WR, Scottsdale Saguaro

Sagauro 24

Shadow Mountain 0

Shadow Mountain used a ball control offense to capture the time of possession contest, but still lost 24-0. Paul Porras scored on a 22 yard slant route. He would catch 4 balls for 30 yards on the night. He had perhaps his best game of the year on defense however, posting 6 solo tackles in mostly run support. Porras and the Sabercats held one of the state's leading rushers in check, overall Shadow Mountain managed only 77 yards of offense.

Josh Skinner – DE, Silsbee

Silsbee 31

Beaumont Kelly 28

After missing two games due to Hurricane Ike, Silsbee got back into the swing of football with a hard fought overtime win against Beaumont Kelly. Josh Skinner had 3 tackles, 1 for a loss, as Kelly ran away from his side all night.

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