Camrhon Hughes said he wasn't surprised that Harker Heights jumped up to a 31-0 lead on rival Killeen before outlasting the Kangaroos 38-27.
"We game-planned this week and we knew what we had to do," Hughes said. "We executed that. That was the key to our success: execution. That's an athletic team out there, and the game could have gone either way. So it came down to who did the little things the best.
"That's kind of the way we play," Hughes said. "We get up fast, and we score fast. We came out with the intensity, and we came out hard."
Hughes is one part of a dominating line that includes 2013 prospect Darius James, a potential five-star player. So is Hughes recruiting James to Austin?
"Well, yeah," Hughes said. "I'm recruiting Darius and my brother. I'm working them both."
"Our whole o-line, we're a force to be reckoned with," Hughes said. "We all have good feet, and we can move people off the ball, and that's what it takes."
Moving people off the all is something that Hughes excels at. He's pushed his weight up to 305 pounds, one of many steps he took in the offseason to make himself a better player.
"We knew everybody had to get better at all the little things," Hughes said. "Me personally, I wanted to get better on finishing people and taking better steps to get around and maneuver around people. I still need to work on it, but everything's coming together."
Hughes didn't wait long after getting a Texas offer to pull the trigger for the Longhorns, and he said there weren't any second thoughts about it.
"It's where I wanted to go from when I was a little kid," Hughes said. "When I got that offer, I was like 'Yes! It finally happened. I have to jump on that.'
Hughes took in the Longhorns in person when Texas defeated Rice 34-9, and said he liked what he saw.
"I loved how physical they were," Hughes said. "Physical, physical, physical. That's what our coach says all the time. Coach (Stacy) Searels say that too.
"Everything is coming together for them again, and it's a team that I think will have a lot of success," Hughes said.