2009 Commits - Playoff Roundup 11-18-08

Recruiting players that are used to winning has always been considered a wise recruiting strategy, and Rice has done just that with the Class of 2009. Two-thirds of those future Owls' teams made the playoffs and most advanced to another playoff game this weekend…

Here's a quick rundown of Week 1 Playoff results for several 2009 Rice Owl Commits.

Cody Bauer – Pottsboro DE

Pottsboro 41

Jacksboro 14

In the Battle of the "Boro's" Bauer's Pottsboro team handled Jacksboro with relative ease. Cody had a big game that included a fumble recovery. Pottsboro won a playoff game for the first time since 1987.

Next up: Pottsboro (10-1) vs. Omaha Paul Pewitt (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Greenville

Andre Brackens – Dallas Parish Episcopal RB/DB

Argyle Liberty Christian 41

Parish Episcopal 26

Brackens' season came to an early end as DPA suffered a first round loss to defending State Champion Argyle Liberty Christian. Liberty was led by RB Reid Fitgerald, who rushed for 230 yards. Brackens had 19 carries for 105 yards in the loss.

Next up: Andre will possibly play basketball this winter and also has definite plans to compete in both Powerlifting and Track in the spring.

Alex Francis – Hightower CB

Hightower 59

Clear Creek 17

Hightower is loaded with Division I talent and blew past Clear Creek by over 40 points last weekend. Alex Francis has quietly shut down any ideas of throwing his way this season, so he doesn't get many opportunities to make big plays. He plays with excellent technique and positioning. Hightower faces North Shore this weekend in one of the biggest games of the season.

Next up: Galena Park North Shore (9-0) vs. Fort Bend Hightower (9-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Pasadena's Memorial Stadium

Nic Hammett – Rockdale LB

Rockdale had a bye in Round 1 and will get Cleveland this weekend in Round 2. Hammett has over 115 tackles on the season.

Next up: Cleveland (10-0) vs. Rockdale (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, College Station's Kyle Field

Jon Hodde – Burton OL

Like Hammett Hodde and his Burton Panthers had a bye in the 1st Round after winning their first district title ever. Hodde graded out at 96% in his last game and hasn't allowed a sack all season.

Next up: Bosqueville (8-3) vs. Burton (7-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, A&M Consolidated

Broderick Jackson – Kirbyville RB/S

Kirbyville 34

Corrigan-Camden 15

Jackson had an easy night as Kirbyville kept its undefeated season rolling. Broderick had 93 yards on 15 carries, including a 3-yard TD run.

Next up: Kirbyville (10-0) vs. Anahuac (8-2), 7.p.m. Thursday, Little Cypress-Mauriceville

Jarek Lancaster – Helotes O'Connor QB/LB

O'Connor 47

SA Wagner 33

Lancaster has had some big games this year but maybe none bigger than his performance last weekend when he accounted for 6 touchdowns! Lancaster had 4 rushing and 2 by way of passing in route to O'Connor's big win. He was just about as good as you could ask a player to be at QB – 6-of-7 passing for 135 yards, and also had 189 yards rushing on just 15 carries. He scored on runs of 35, 10, 1 and 2 yards and passed for scores of 25 and 46 yards. What can't this kid do? By the way, he's still playing with a plate in his hand. He's tough as hell and a real winner – can't wait to get him on South Main.

Next up: Smithson Valley (10-1) vs. O'Connor (8-3), noon Saturday, Alamodome

Alex Lowry – Caddo Mills DL

Caddo Mills 37

Kerens 12

Caddo Mills dusted off Kerens at the Gopher Bowl in Grand Prairie last weekend to advance to Round 2 action.

Next up: Caddo Mills (10-1) vs. McGregor (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Corsicana

Paul Porras – Scottsdale Saguaro WR/DB

Scottsdale Saguaro 59

Lake Havasu 14

Saguaro rolled to it's 30th consecutive victory by beating Lake Havasu last weekend. The Sabercats started slowly but took off quickly to win by 45 points. Paul Porras picked off a pass in the flat and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. Playing Cornerback this season Porras has 60 tackles and 4 interceptions. On Offense Porras has 31 catches for 599 yards and 7 touchdowns. His ypc is an impressive 19.32 yards.

Next Up: Glendale Cactus vs. Scottsdale Saguaro, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saguaro

Charles Ross – Schertz Clemens RB

Clemens 35

SA Fox Tech 0

Ross played sparingly in a blowout win over Fox Tech. Playing only the first half Charles had 52 yards on 6 carries and scored a touchdown.

Next up: Pflugerville Hendrickson (8-3) vs. Clemens (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Buda's Shelton Stadium

Cade Shaw – Corpus Christi Calallen OT

CC Calallen 34

Mercedes 21

Calallen overpowered a smaller Mercedes team to advance to Round 2 action. Shaw weighs on around 275 right now and is in great shape to pack on more muscle when the Calallen season ends – which hopefully won't be soon.

Next up: Beeville (7-4) at Corpus Christi Calallen (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Josh Skinner – Silsbee DE

Silsbee 21

Huffman 16

Josh Skinner just seems to be getting bigger, and better, as the season progresses. He's up to 6-6 250 pounds now and is really starting to dominate opponents with his physical skills. I got a first hand report of Skinner's performance last weekend from one of his friends – Nic Hammett – who had gone to watch the big guy play. "He was just dominating the Offensive Tackles. He looked really big out there compared to everyone else", said Hammett. Skinner had 7 tackles in the game, 4 for a loss and also a sack.

Next up: Silsbee (6-4) vs. Navasota (9-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Huntsville's Bowers Stadium

Good luck to all our future Owls…

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