Local '12 prospect checks out SMU

Trinity Valley defensive end Spencer Stanley has had a junior year to remember, scoring his first touchdown (shown in picture) and scoring an invitation from the SMU coaching staff to watch the Mustangs in action. Get the details here.

It's been a topsy-turvy season for Trinity Valley. The Trojans lost their first three games, but have since stormed back to capture five consecutive wins, including a 28-14 victory over Arlington Oakridge in a rematch of last year's SPC title game.

Junior defensive end Spencer Stanley had the signature play versus Oakridge, intercepting a pass and taking it to the house for six points.

"We prepared well for their wide receivers, because Oakridge is very good at that position," said Stanley. "They like to run screens to their receivers and we knew what type of formations to look for.

"I was instructed in the huddle prior to that play -- to get into a two-point stance. They tried a screen in the middle of the field and I read it, undercut it, and intercepted the pass. I returned it 40 yards for a touchdown."

That was a landmark occasion in Stanley's career.

"That was the first touchdown I've ever scored, dating back to junior high and all the games I've played," he said. "It felt amazing; I outran the intended receiver in the race to the end zone and it was just a great feeling. That put us up by two scores and pretty much knocked them out of the game."

Stanley recently visited the SMU campus to watch the Mustangs take on Tulsa.

"I got to visit with Coach (Bert) Hill and see all of the facilities," he said. "I was on the field for the pregame and we had great seats to watch the Mustangs get the win.

"The coaching staff made me feel very welcome and I was honored to be invited to the game."

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