The most intriguing second round 5A match-up in the DFW area will sport Cedar Hill and SMU quarterback offeree Driphus Jackson versus Denton Guyer and Oklahoma State quarterback commitment J.W. Walsh. The teams will square off on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.
Both squads are ranked inside the top 10 in the Dallas Morning News area rankings and are no strangers to each other. The two met up on Labor Day in the Kirk Herbstriet Classic, with Cedar Hill edging the Wildcats in overtime, 42-41.
Both teams had scares in the 1st round, only beating their opponents by a combined 13 points. Cedar Hill was down 23-7 at halftime against L.D. Bell, but rallied off 22 points in the 2nd half to take a 29-23 victory. Jackson hopes the experience of a close game in the playoffs will pay off for his team down the road.
"The first round is always the toughest round for our team for some reason, and like I always tell people, these kind of games humble us as a team and brings us closer as a family," Jackson said to PonyStampede.com. "L.D. Bell was a great team and I played basketball with starting quarterback (James Mauro) a few years back. I knew that it would be a tough game and I'm proud of how my team bounced back after we had got down in the first half."
"I will be taking a majority of my visits in January when my season is over," said Jackson. "I will be visiting Rice, SMU, and more then likely Marshall or UTEP, one of the two."
Jackson who has stated he would prefer to play quarterback at the next level, is a talented enough athlete to play multiple positions at SMU. The Mustangs would love nothing more than to just get him into their offensive scheme somewhere. Starting quarterback Kyle Padron is only a sophomore. The Mustangs have confidence that 2010 signee Steven Kaiser has the potential to be a great quarterback in C-USA. Plus, with California product and high school star Conner Preston already committed, SMU is loaded at the quarterback position.
"It's a bunch of pluses when you talk SMU," said Jackson. "The other commitment doesn't bother me much because regardless you still have to compete for the position. Regardless if the coaches tell you, you have the starting position or not."
The Cedar Hill product has visited SMU multiple times including for junior day and the Steve Clarkson Quarterback Camp.
Scout.com will have a full recap of the Denton Guyer/Cedar Hill match-up this Saturday.