Season Recap: A look back at commit action
The 2014 high school football season came to an end last week and for me that meant plenty of miles driven to see what future Frogs had to show this year. In all, I had a chance to see fifteen Horned Frog commitments in action. I was in person when J.F. Thomas battled Jaelan Austin in week 2 in what was one of the best games I saw this season. Austin and his South Grand Prairie teammates prevailed. I was there to see Jarrison Stewart have a career night as he hauled in four touchdowns for Mesquite Horn as they defeated rival North Mesquite. I saw Joe Broadnax level a kid so hard the kid didn’t know what planet he was on. Brennen Wooten has the Frogs in good hands with his ability to throw the football all over the field. Some games were just minutes away, I traveled to Saginaw to watch Semaj Thomas and his Southwest teammates battle Boswell in the season opener. Other games were a few hours away, the furthest being in tiny Coldspring where I had a chance to watch not only one TCU commit, but two when Alec Dunham and Coldspring took on Jonathan Marshall and Shepherd in the district opener for both teams. Not to be outdone, my friend Jeremiah Glenn and I were treated with a great game between three, yes three future Frogs when Darrion Flowers, Niko Small and Tony James battled it out for southeast Arlington bragging rights. Rounding out my last trip was a drive over to AT&T stadium to see Jozie Milton play in the Blue-Grey All-American game. It beat driving to Louisiana for sure and gave me a chance to see the Joey Hunt clone. I wanted to see as many games as possible and that my schedule allowed. I missed the chance to drive to south Texas to see Trevontae Hights and Yoakum have a magical season. Deshawn Raymond would’ve been great to see up close again after seeing him over the summer. I didn’t have a chance to see Breylin Mitchell help his Round Rock defense to one of the best in Texas. Nor did I see the dominant blocking that Cordel Iwuagwu and his Spring Westfield teammates demonstrated on a weekly basis throughout the season. I planned on seeing Jeff Gladney and his New Boston teammates in the playoffs, but an injured knee and a loss in the second round thwarted that opportunity. Regardless of the distance, near or far, I looked forward to each and every game. And every game was worth the price of admission. Every place I traveled was a great time to watch football; big environments or tiny towns where you do have to ask directions because there literally is no cell service. The food was great, the crowds were great and the football was never without excitement. BEST GAME The most exciting game had to be South Grand Prairie take on South Oak Cliff. It gave me the chance to see Jaelan Austin take on j f Thomas. Both players stood out in the game, Thomas hauling in 14 passes and a score while Austin had 133 receiving yards. Austin even played defense, lining up on Thomas late in the game, which SGP won with a goal line stand; 45-38. A close second was Arlington Bowie’s 28-27 win over rival Sam Houston as Niko Small intercepted a pass on the game’s last play. BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE: OFFENSE There were several players to choose from, but I had to go with Jarrison Stewart and his remarkable performance against North Mesquite. Stewart had a career night hauling in four touchdown catches; a fifth got called back due to a penalty. Stewart finished with 6 catches for 157 yards and 4 scores. BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE: DEFENSE Another tough category, but I went with Joe Broadnax. In his game against Seagoville, Broadnax drew double and sometime triple teams on the night. But, that didn’t stop the bullish defender from racking up 10 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble on the night. BEST ENVIRONMENT: Marble Falls Although Marble Falls was already out of playoff contention, the Mustangs gave everything they had against Georgetown East View. The crowd was definitely behind them on senior night and something about senior night always gets me. Plus, there’s something cool about a high school and the football field being on the outskirts of town. It must be the small town country boy in me. BEST PRESSBOX FOOD: Gopher-Warrior Bowl – Grand Prairie In addition to watching some great football, I also like to eat. My fellow colleague Greg Powers shares my appreciation for press box food; he on the other hand could write a book about it. With pizza and some chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, I couldn’t go wrong as I prepared to watch SGP battle SOC. NICEST STADIUM: Newsom Stadium – Mansfield Okay, AT&T is obviously the nicest, but for high school football it doesn’t get much better that Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. It’s got a great pressbox with easy access to the field; which is every recruiting nerd’s dream. The hospitality is great at the stadium as well; even if you somehow get lost they always have someone ready to give a lending hand. Below are highlights of each of the TCU commits I had a chance to see in action during the 2014 season.
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