Friday Night Lights, Week Six

This week's Friday Night Lights recap includes notes on Johnathan Gray, Alex De La Torre and some 2013 athletes.

Johnathan Gray has a down night

For him, at least. Gray rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns in Aledo's 50-7 win over Byron Nelson Trophy Club., while also catching three passes for 67 yards and another two touchdowns.

While the game ranks as one of Gray's better receiving nights this season, he's been running the ball at an amazing rate, rushing for 1,564 yards on 114 carries and 27 touchdowns this season.

Alex De La Torre comes up huge

When Denton Ryan traveled to Wichita Falls Rider Thursday, it set up as a battle between one of the state's top defenses against one of the state's top quarterbacks in 2013 signal caller J.T. Barrett. Barrett, who is one of the two main quarterbacks being evaluated for next year's class by the Texas staff, saw his production limited somewhat by a blasting wind, though he did throw a beautiful touchdown pass with the wind at his back.

The elements had less effect on the Ryan defense, and De La Torre in particular. The linebacker was all over the field, and made a sack that might have been termed a game-winning safety if high schools were allowed to use instant replay challenges. Even then, the Texas commitment didn't despair.

With the game tied 17-all, and after Ryan had just seen a potential game-winning field goal blocked, Barrett started moving Rider down the field. But just when it seemed like Barrett might key the comeback, De La Torre jumped a slant route and intercepted a pass, returning it into Rider territory and setting up another field goal attempt. This one was good, and Ryan escaped with a 20-17 victory.

Caleb Bluiett continues strong season

When Texas offered Bluiett, a Beaumont West Brook defensive end, pretty much everybody saw him as a sleeper. Here was a guy who often played in a three technique as a junior, making it somewhat difficult to see the explosion and athleticism that his coaches raved about. Then, the coaches decided to move the 240-plus-pound Bluiett to linebacker to better display those gifts.

The senior has responded with an excellent season, one which he continued last Friday. Bluiett had another double-digit tackle contest, making 12 stops, including a tackle for loss, a sack and three pressures as West Brook beat Baytown Sterling 49-21.

2013 athlete makes most of limited touches

In a class that lacks cornerbacks, Laquvionte Gonzalez could find himself playing that position. But with the way he's playing this year, it seems far more likely that he'll end up with the ball in his hands at the next level.

It seems like every game is a testament to his explosiveness, and Friday wasn't any different as Cedar Hill defeated Grand Prairie 63-20. Gonzalez scored in three different ways, returning a kickoff 99 yards for a score, catching a four-yard touchdown pass and rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries.

2013 receivers break out

Sealy athlete Ricky Seals-Jones could play any number of positions at the college level. And he showed his versatility Friday in hitting on 3-of-8 passes for 64 yards and a touchdowns while rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. That effort was enough to lead Sealy by Stafford 37-27.

And while Rosenberg Terry couldn't quite pull off the win, falling 50-49 to Angleton, Derrick Griffin did everything he could, snagging 11 passes for 186 yards and five touchdowns. Griffin is another athlete who could project to multiple positions, if he decides to forego basketball for the gridiron.

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