Timmons, Eagles march on in the playoffs

The Texas Longhorns lone receiver commit in the 2009 class is having another productive season on an Eisenhower team that advanced to the second round of the 5A playoffs with a win over Westside Saturday afternoon. Timmons caught four passes for 42 yards in the win, but predicts increased opportunities in the second round.

Eisenhower receiver and future Texas Longhorn Greg Timmons is putting together another productive season. After catching 39 passes for 662 yards and five touchdowns and being selected first team all-district in 2007, Timmons elevated his status to one of the top prospects in the state of Texas. With the lofty status followed increased expectations headed into the 2008 season and the 6-2, 198-pound pass catcher has delivered.

In a season interrupted by Hurricane Ike and the subsequent cancellation of games against Alief Elsik and Beaumont West Brook, the Eagles enter the second round of the playoffs having played just nine games.

In those nine games in which the Eagles are 7-2, Timmons has hauled in 30 passes for 572 yards and six touchdowns. As has been the case in the past, Timmons has performed his best against the best teams on the schedule.

The Eagles began their season with a trip to Missouri City to take on a powerful Hightower Hurricanes squad. In a 35-21 loss, Timmons caught four passes for 85 yards and scored two of the three Eagle touchdowns on grabs of 31 and 12 yards.

On October 10, Timmons came up big again against the Humble Wildcats, who are still alive in the 5A playoffs. Timmons caught five passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles 49-7 romp over the district runner-up Wildcats.

Last Saturday, Eisenhower began their quest for a state title with a 23-3 win over Houston Westside. In a game featuring chilly conditions and gusting winds, Timmons said the defense carried the team.

"We came out a little shaky," said Timmons, who caught four passes for 42 yards in the win. "In the end we came out on top. The defense held it down. We couldn't really throw the ball that well because it was cold and windy. Everything was short routes. We hit them with slants and stops. It was a good game plan. Craig (Loston) had the big interception for a touchdown," said Timmons.

The Eagles will now take on Cinco Ranch (10-1) on Friday at 7pm at Rhodes Stadium. Timmons sees a chance to get more out of the passing game.

"Cinco Ranch is a good team, but I think he can make some plays against their secondary," Timmons said.

Timmons says he would give his performance this season an "eight" and thinks there is one key area in which he needs to improve.

"I would give myself an eight this year. I've improved in yards after the catch and blocking. I'm taking more pride in my blocking and help open up holes for big gains. I need to improve on staying focused on my route. Sometimes I lose focus and don't finish the route. You can always work on your speed and I think track this spring will help me," Timmons said.

As far as the recruiting process, the long armed receiver says he is solid to Texas.

"I don't listen to other programs anymore. I've quieted that down and am a solid verbal to Texas. I go on my official visit in December (banquet weekend)." Timmons said.

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