One of the best games from week 1 action took place in Grand Prairie Friday night at the Gopher-Warriors Bowl as South Grand Prairie faced South Oak Cliff.
There was no shortage of talent on the field with several players holding major offers. Two of those players just happened to be commitments for TCU’s 2015 class; South Grand Prairie’s Jaelan Austin and South Oak Cliff’s J.F. Thomas.
With both teams looking for a win after tough losses the week before, the game had plenty of excitement from start to finish. In the end, it was the Warriors from South Grand Prairie that took home the win; winning in overtime 45-38.
Austin, who played both ways on the night, says the win could lead to even bigger things the rest of the season.
“It was a big win; that’s a momentum changer for the whole season,” he said. “That’s what we needed.”
Heading into the game, there were plenty of doubts around SGP’s fan base considering SOC has a team loaded with D-1 talent. Austin says the fact they have so many good players made the win that much bigger.
“It’s big time; playing a team with that many D-1 people, nobody thinks you’re going to win,” he said. “Then you come out and beat them and that’s pretty big.”
On offense, Austin hauled in 5 catches for 133 yards and 1 touchdown. His touchdown came on a 42-yard reception in the fourth quarter. On defense, Austin was dealt the task to cover the 6-foot-4 Thomas on some plays. Although Thomas finished with 13 catches, only two of those came against Austin.
There was some good-heart trash talking between the two during the game but after the game Austin had something left to say.
“We were talking a little trash, getting the competitive thing going but we were just out there trying to compete against each other,” Austin said of the two. “(After the game) I told him to let’s get it next season; let’s do it!”
Austin was in attendance last week to watch the Frogs’ 48-14 win over Samford in the season opener. The offense racked up 555 total yards on 96 plays; 50 of those plays were pass plays. It’s exactly what he was told would happen.
“Man that offense was rolling,” he said of TCU. “It was exactly what they told us; a lot of people talk a good game but that’s exactly what they said they were going to do; pass the ball and get it out and score. I didn’t expect that many plays, but I saw it.”