Johnathan Gray sets record in loss
Friday night had to be a bittersweet one for Gray. On one hand, Lake Travis kept its 'strive for five' campaign alive with a 62-35 win over Gray's Aledo team. On the other, Gray accounted for four rushing touchdowns, the third of which broke current Texas running back and former Cayuga standout Traylon Shead's record for the most rushing touchdowns in Texas high school history. Shead ran for 146 scores in his great career, while Gray stands at 148 after Friday night's game
Gray had a strong overall night, rushing 29 times for 330 yards and four touchdowns, while catching four passes for 48 yards. He's averaging 295 rushing yards per game so far this season.
Passing game looking good
Gray wasn't the only part of the Longhorns' skill position class to have a great week. Just look at the entire future Texas passing game.
Connor Brewer played about a half in Scottsdale Chapparal's 63-7 victory over Sunnyslope, connecting on 9-of-15 throws for 174 yards and three touchdowns. To put that in perspective, that line comes with a passer rating of 223.4.
Brewer's future receivers also had big weeks. As was reported here, Cayleb Jones went for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Austin High's 31-30 last-second loss to Round Rock Westwood. Jones also created another touchdown play when he caught a deep pass, then pitched the ball to brother and teammate Isaiah Jones, who ran the ball in for a score.
And last, but not least, Thomas Johnson accounted for three touchdowns in Dallas Skyline's 47-14 win over Arlington Bowie. Johnson hauled in four passes for 133 yards — that's 33.3 yards per catch — and two touchdowns, while rushing the ball twice for nine yards and another touchdown.
Nelson Agholor keys Berkeley Prep win
Berkeley Prep took a big game against Victory Christian Storm 38-12. According to Garrett Radcliffe of our own SunStateFootball.com, here was how Agholor did:
"From the start of the game, Nelson Agholor was in complete control, which is not a surprise. The 2012 standout athlete who everyone around the country knows for his spectacular play making ability both on offense and defense, made his mark early and often. In the first 13 minutes of game time, Agholor lined up at receiver, running back, and safety and accounted for three touchdowns (one receiving, two rushing) and around 130 total yards. On the defensive side, he was all over the field disrupting plays, making it hard for Victory to get their offense going."
Javonte Magee goes to the house
We're all used to talking about Magee's defensive prowess. And he was on-point there in Sam Houston's 26-13 victory over Brennan.
But the play that had everybody talking was one that Magee made at tight end. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound defensive line prospect caught a pass from Hurricane quarterback Jhurell Jackson and ran past the Brennan secondary for an 80-yard score.
Magee's size-speed combination is one that has had college coaches drooling, and recent reports have the Longhorns back in-play for the lineman. Magee had said that he wanted to play end, though some schools think he would be better as a defensive tackle.
Future Longhorn duo?
Three things were apparent in Harker Heights' 38-27 victory over rival Killeen Friday night. First, 2012 Texas offensive tackle commitment Camrhon Hughes is really good. Second, teammate Darius James, one of the state's top recruits for 2013, is probably even better. And third, both might wind up playing at the same school for another four years after high school ends.
The duo mauled the Killeen defensive line as Harker Heights rolled up a huge early advantage, only to hold on late as Killeen rallied. And the game had a scary moment when James was helped off the field while barely able to apply weight to his leg. He later returned.
Harker Heights didn't really need to throw the ball, as its starting running back was at around 100 yards by halftime, so it was tough to get a read on either player's ability in pass protection. But in the run game, both were mobile and nasty. Hughes has a vicious punch at the point of attack, whereas James is more likely to get great position and root hog a lineman or linebacker out of the play.
Afterward, I asked Hughes whether he played on recruiting James to Austin, and he said "well, yeah." And James is a willing participant. He said he really enjoyed Texas camp this past summer, especially working with offensive line coach Stacy Searels. James said he prefers playing on the defensive line, but said it wasn't enough of a factor to influence his college choice.