Texas Tech Commits Prep for Playoff Push

While some Tech commits have already wrapped their prep careers, others are looking to make a run for a state title. The following is a look at some final season stats and playoff previews for Red Raider pledges.

Madison Akamnonu, OL, Arlington Bowie
The Volunteers racked up 516 yards of total offense, including 422 rushing during a 63-19 shellacking of Weatherford. Bowie was up 42-6 at halftime and 56-6 to start the fourth quarter. Bowie advanced to the playoffs with a 5-2 district record. The Volunteers are on the road in the bidistrict round against San Angelo Central. Bowie’s path towards the Texas class 6A division II state championship starts 7 p.m. Friday in San Angelo.

Tyler Castaneda, OL, Round Rock (2017 commit)
Round Rock’s offense used 263 rushing yards to speed away from Round Rock McNeil with a 48-0 victory. The Dragons enter the Texas class 6A division I playoffs with a road game 7 p.m. Friday at Chaparral Stadium, the home of Austin Westlake.

Corey Dauphine, RB, Port Arthur Memorial
Dauphine had six carries for 16 yards in his final high school game. Port Arthur Memorial finishes the season 3-7 with a 1-5 district record. Despite the rough performance, Dauphine had a tremendous season. On 179 carries, the first 2014 Texas Tech commit scrounged up 1,215 yards in a two-back system alongside Kameron Martin. Dauphine also scored 17 touchdowns.

Conner Dyer, OL, Mesquite Horn
The Jaguars scored 35 points in the first half during a 49-34 victory over Lake Highlands. Horn’s offense acquired 539 yards of offense, including 332 passing yards. Mesquite Horn won the district 10-6A championship. They’ll look to fill bigger places in their glass cases 7:30 p.m. Friday when they face Irving MacArthur in DeSoto during the bi-district round of the Texas Class 6A Division I playoffs.

Trace Ellison, OL, Frisco Centennial
The Titans blew a 33-14 lead in the fourth quarter setting up a four-way tie in district 9-5A. Despite the blown game, Centennial is safely into the playoffs. The offense totaled 319 yards and scored three touchdowns. Frisco Centennial enters the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs with a road trip to Wylie. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Wylie I.S.D. Stadium.

Breiden Fehoko, DL, Farrington (Hawaii)
Fehoko recorded seven tackles and two sacks during Farrington’s 22-6 victory over Maui in the Hawaii state quarterfinals. The Governors now seeks revenge against a Millilani squad who defeated Farrington 41-14 on Sept. 27.

Jonathan Giles, QB, Fort Bend Elkins (committed at receiver)
Giles completed 13 of 18 passes for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during a 57-10 thrashing of Santa Fe. Elkins finishes the regular season 9-1 and opens up the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs with a bidistrict matchup against Richmond George Ranch 6 p.m. Saturday at TDECU Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.

D’Vonta Hinton, OLB, Texas City
The Stingaree defense was torched by Fort Bend Ridge Point for six touchdowns during a 48-7 demolition. Texas City can brush aside the loss though as they open up the Texas class 5A division II playoffs against Angleton 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rice Stadium.

Furquan Shorts, WR, Atascocita
Shorts took full advantage of Atascocita’s bye week to take an official visit to Texas Tech and commit on Sunday. It’s back to business this week as the man they call “Quan” leads Atascocita into the Texas class 6A Division II playoffs with a bidistrict game against Spring 2 p.m. Saturday at Spring’s Leonard George Stadium

Jarrett Stidham, QB, Stephenville
Stephenville finished in third place in district 3-4A Division I. Jarrett Stidham suffered a broken finger late in the season. Assuming he’s done for the season, he finishes up his senior year completing 138 passes on 193 attempts for 2,148 yards and 24 touchdowns. He threw one interception. He was his team’s second leading rusher scrounging up 590 yards on 79 attempts for an average of 7.5 yards per carry. Eight of his 32 total touchdowns came on the ground. Stidham is set to graduate in Dec. and report to Texas Tech’s spring camp.

Carlos Strickland, WR, Dallas Skyline
The Raiders dominated Dallas Sunset from the starting gate and were able to replace many of its starters in the second quarter. Strickland scored a 21-yard rushing touchdown and caught a screen pass for a 31-yard reception before resting for the playoffs. The game’s final tally ended up being 55-0 after the two teams agreed on a running clock at halftime. Skyline, who finished the regular season 10-0 winning District 9-6A, will host Lake Highlands in the bidistrict round of the Texas Class 6A Division I playoffs 7:30 p.m. Friday at Forester Stadium.

Courtney Wallace, DL, Neville (Louisiana)
Neville took the week off. Wallace and the rest of the Tigers start their journey towards the LHSAA Class 4A championship this week. Neville is the two seed in the 32-team bracket. The Tigers host Riverside, the No.31 seed, 7 p.m. Friday at Bill Ruple Stadium.

Broderick Washington, OL/DL, Longview
The Lobos racked up 344 rushing yards on their way to a 42-28 victory over Hallsville and a perfect record in district 15-5A. The tests don’t get any easier though as Longview looks to avenge a 44-14 shellacking on Aug. 29 at the hands of Lufkin. The Lobos will play the Wolfpack in the bidistrict round of the Texas class 5A division I playoffs 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tyler’s Rose Stadium.

Collin Wilder, S, Katy (2016 commit)
Katy held second-place Katy Cinco Ranch to 86 yards in a 51-0 domination. The Tigers forced three turnovers. Katy’s district win streak is now at 40 games and will stay in-tact to see the 2015 season. The 2014 Texas Class 5A Division II finalists start their latest run this week when they take on 4-6 Houston Westside. Katy will play in its own friendly confines 11 a.m. Saturday at Rhodes Stadium.

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