Texas Tech Commits Shine

A recap of how Texas Tech commits and their respective high school teams performed last week. Stephenville five-star quarterback and Red Raider Pledge Jarrett Stidham suffered a season-ending injury, which overshadowed an otherwise stellar week on the gridiron for Tech commits.

Madison Akamnonu, OL, Arlington Bowie
Bowie used a 20-point fourth quarter to leave AT&T Stadium with a crucial 41-23 victory over Arlington. The win places the Volunteers at fourth place with victories over fifth place North Crowley and sixth place Arlington. Bowie’s offense racked up 538 yards including 372 rushing. Running back DeAndre Cook gained over 200 yards on the ground. All Bowie has left on the schedule are the two teams who sit at the bottom of the district 4-6A standings. The Volunteers play Fort Worth Paschal 7:30 p.m. Friday at Arlington’s Wilemon Stadium.

Tyler Castaneda, OL, Round Rock (2017 commit)
The latest commit helped his team clinch a share of the district 13-6A championship with a 49-7 victory over Pflugerville Hendrickson. The offense produced 241 rushing yards and averaged over six yards per carry. The Dragons host Round Rock Westwood 7 p.m. Friday at Dragon Stadium.

Corey Dauphine, RB, Port Arthur Memorial
Port Arthur Memorial rested this week. The Titans must win out to have a chance to make the playoffs after starting 1-3 in district 21-6A. Their first test after the bye week comes against Beaumont West Brook 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium in Port Arthur.

Conner Dyer, OL, Mesquite Horn
Mesquite Horn gained 276 rushing yards and 558 total yards in a 43-19 victory against North Mesquite. The Jaguars are now 5-0 in district 10-6A. Horn can clinch the district championship this week. A win will guarantee the Jaguars at least a share of the title. Richardson Pearce will try to postpone the celebration 7 p.m. Thursday at E.H. Hamby Stadium in Mesquite.

Trace Ellison, OL, Frisco Centennial
Centennial struggled to move the ball offensively during a 21-7 loss to Frisco Lone Star. The Titans punted seven times and gained 222 yards of total offense. Centennial placed the ball in the air 31 times, but completed just 12 of those. The rushing attack was stalled for 47 yards on 21 carries. Despite the loss, Centennial still controls its own destiny for a playoff spot and will look to hold onto that scenario when the Titans host Little Elm 7 p.m. Thursday at Frisco I.S.D. Memorial Stadium.

Breiden Fehoko, DL, Farrington (Hawaii)
Farrington allowed the game-winning score on a four-yard run with 10 seconds remaining to fall 21-14 at the hands of Kahuku in the OIA semifinals. Although it is the playoffs, Farrington is not eliminated. The Governors have a chance to secure a spot in the Hawaii state tournament Saturday when they play for the league’s third place spot. Farrington’s defense allowed 346 total yards including a 95-yard touchdown pass. One team’s season will end Saturday when Farrington plays Campbell.

Jonathan Giles, QB, Fort Bend Elkins *WR commit
Giles scored four total touchdowns including the game-clincher in double overtime against Fort Bend Marshall. Giles completed 28 of 42 passes for 420 yards, and added 48 rushing yards. His season totals currently stand at 1,370 passing yards and 680 rushing yards combining for 20 touchdowns. The Knights host Fort Bend Bush 6 p.m. Saturday.

D'Vonta Hinton, OLB, Texas City

For the third week in a row, the Stingaree defense held its opponent under 10 points. Fort Bend Willowridge finished with 62 total yards. Texas City has allowed 12 points in its last three games and used this to vault itself into a spot for controlling its own playoff destiny. Texas City hosts Santa Fe 7 p.m. Friday at Stingaree Stadium.

Jarrett Stidham, QB, Stephenville
Stidham was forced to exit the game with a broken finger during a 64-57 loss at the hands of Big Spring. Stidham completed his only pass attempt. It went for eight yards. He also had an eight-yard carry. Stephenvile already clinched a playoff spot. The Yellow Jackets have this week off. Stidham underwent surgery Monday morning.

Courtney Wallace, DL, Neville (Louisiana)
The Neville defense held the starting quarterback of a spread offense to 10 completions for 117 yards and a touchdown during a 48-20 victory against Bastrop. Wallace and the Tigers are now 7-1 with a 3-0 district record. Neville plays its final regular season game this week against West Ouachita 7 p.m. Friday in West Monroe, Louisiana.

Broderick Washington, OL/DL, Longview
Longview clinched a playoff spot with a 63-6 victory against Mount Pleasant. The defense was stout with three interceptions and holding the Mount Pleasant offense to three rushing yards. The offense featured a 100-yard rusher. The halftime score was 49-6. Longview will continue its path to the district 15-5A championship when they to Sulpher Springs 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gerald Prim Stadium.

Collin Wilder, S, Katy (2016 commit)
Katy demolished Houston’s Strake Jesuit 56-7. The defense featured two interceptions and held Strake Jesuit’s offense to 195 passing yards. The Tigers are now 5-0 in district 19-6A and look to continue their roll when they host Katy Tompkins 7 p.m. Friday at Rhodes Stadium.

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