Friday Night Spotlight

With the recruiting season starting to hit its stride, the big news is official visits. While Tech has had quite a few big names visit, commitments start to become a huge topic. Texas Tech, who has 17 commitments so far is looking to take 8 more, but RaiderPower.com is focusing on a few of those pledged to the scarlet and black in this weeks edition of Friday Night Spotlight.

Midland High v. Abilene High

Instead of starting out with an individual, we're going to start out with a game. Friday night featured two of the biggest pipeline programs for Texas Tech. Both Midland High and Abilene High have had their share of Division 1 talent, but this year, 3 of Texas Tech's top commitments hail from District 3-5A. The Eagles led the whole way, defeating the ‘Dawgs 31-20. Abilene High advanced to 7-0, while Midland fell to 5-2.

We'll start off with the Bulldogs, specifically Baron Batch. Batch had a huge game accounting for 64% of MHS' total receiving yards, nearly 85% of the ‘Dawgs rushing yards, and an amazing 73 % of Midland's total yards. Batch had 4 receptions for 129 yards and 1 TD, 18 carries for 129 yards (7.17 ypc) and 1 TD on a 71 yard gallop. On the year Batch has carried the ball 143 times for 1190 yards and 15 TDs. He's also caught 16 passes for 234 yards and 1 TD.

Taylor Potts for the Eagles had a decent night, not quite the one he hoped, but did lead his team to the victory. Potts was a mild 11-25 for the night for 227 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs. He also rushed 5 times for 6 yards and a TD. Once again, Lyle Leong was Potts' go to receiver. Leong had 4 snags for 135 yards, but no TDs. Potts, on the year, is 122-182 (for a 67% completion percentage) for 1512 yards, 10 TDs and 3 INTs. Rushing he has carried the ball 25 times for 132 yards and 2 TDs. Leong has 46 catches for 783 yards, accounting for 7 TD passes.

Greg McElroy and Southlake Carroll

Thursday night featured one of the biggest current rivalries as Denton Ryan hosted the Dragons of Southlake Carroll. Carroll, who is led by Tech commit Greg McElroy, had a huge game dismantling Ryan 41-0. The player of the game was by far Greg McElroy. McElroy had an amazing game completing 15 of 21 passes for 302 yards and 5 TDs. Another player of note, Tech recruit Clint Renfro, led all receivers with 5 catches for 170 yards and a TD. Both of these players have had huge years. McElroy is 120 for 176 (68% completion percentage) for 1875 yards, 26 TDs, and only 3 INTs (12:1 TD to INT ratio). He has also rushed 74 times for 437 yards (5.9 ypc) and 6 TDs, making him the second leading rusher on the team. Renfro has played hurt for most of the year, but has 20 catches for 349 yards and 2 TDs.

Jamar Wall…the Bulldozer

Yes, that is exactly what Wall has become…a one man wrecking crew. Wall who had already rushed for 1095 yards in his first for games (amazing) was not expected to see the field with a soar left shoulder as Plainview took on rival Frenship in a Top 10 clash. As a matter of fact, Wall didn't see the field till late in the second quarter, but still managed to put up insane numbers. In only 24 minutes of game time, Wall ran all over the #5 Tigers putting up 146 yards on 16 carries and 2 rushing TDs of 57 and 1 yard respectively. But the Offense wasn't the only side Wall was getting it done on. Wall picked off a Tyler Lyons pass in the third quarter and took it 60 yards to the house for his third TD of the night. Plainview (#10 AP) beat the Tigers (#5 AP) 28-7, so obviously Wall's three TDs were the difference maker. Wall has 1670 yards on 167 carries as well as 23 TDs on the ground. Wall, who averages 238.5 ypg and 3.3 TDs per game, is the main reason Plainview is 7-0. Wall needs only 330 yards to reach the 2K plateau and should easily do that within the next two games.


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