Sam Ehlinger (NIKE)

TXHSFB 6A Weekend Preview and Big Game of the Week

The Old Coach and Scout come together to preview the big games and players you need to know about in 6A for the opening weekend of Texas High School Football action...

TOC Big Game of the Week

Katy (Texas) @ Austin (Texas) Westlake
There are many big games, but this one is one that is between two in-state powers and that gives it the nod to be the featured game this week. This should be an interesting match-up that pits Katy's ground and pound versus Westlake's high-powered passing attack as well as two of the top coaches in TXHSFB (Gary Joseph and Todd Dodge).

Westlake features Texas Longhorns QB commit Sam Ehlinger, who was named to the Scout Underclassman All-American team after a junior year where he scored 70 touchdowns. It will be without stud OT Stephan Zabié, who was ruled ineligible by the UIL in the offseason. The defense will be led by Scout 300 LB Levi Jones, who played a huge role in the team's success last season and has a knack for blocking field goals in big games. 

Katy will be looking to phenom RB Deondrick Glass to help fill the void left by 2015's star RB Kyle Porter, but its offensive line is as usual loaded up with players who can play o the next level and will open up lanes. TE Parker Eichenberger and WR J.C. Angulo are two more D1 level prospects who could get more action in this year's offense. The defensive line will be hard for opponents to handle and it could be the deciding factor in this game. There is an embarrassment of riches at DE. DE Corey Bethley and DE Ryder Anderson are completely different players who will get after opposing offenses and DE Michael Matus is one of the strongest players pound-for-pound in the state, maybe the strongest.  

Scout 100 Prospect Watch: Robert Barnes

Southlake Carroll is set to host Tulsa Union from the 'Sooner State' in a clash of teams that have some great respective histories and state championship victories. SLC has done well in this series thus far going 2-0 the past couple of seasons. Leading the Dragons on defense this season is Scout Top 100 S Robert Barnes, who is verbally committed to play his college ball at Oklahoma.

Barnes rose to the Scout Top 100 after a dominating and ball-hawking performance at The Opening finals in July. The Opening Finals is a talent-rich D1 football camp that is presented by Nike and held at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. It featured 166 of what is considered to be the most elite players in the country competing in camp test and drills as well as seven-on-seven tournament play. Barnes helped lead his team to the seven-on-seven championship and earned All-Tourney honors.

He is not only one of the top players in the camps, but also in the pads and he is looking to solidify his status as a Top 100 recruit with a strong start to the year.  

Scout on the Town

On Thursday we will be traveling to Mesquite ISD Stadium. 

McKinney (Texas) Boyd @ Mesquite (Texas) Horn
This game should be a very interesting one as Scout Top 100 Oklahoma commit Chris Robison leads a Horn team that will be restocking in many areas as it lost some key contributors on both sides of the football. The biggest change will be at wide receiver where it will have to replace Baylor signee Jared Atkinson and standout Bryston Cummings. Looking to fill that void is Class of 2018 four-star Maureese Wren and senior Reggie Roberson, who is committed to Kansas. There are talented players in the defensive backfield, but it will be without senior safety Chris Hawkins who suffered an ACL injury in the spring. Boyd is a solid team that just missed a playoff chance last season. Much of the offense will go behind Scout 300 OL Tyrese Robinson, who will join Robison at OU in college. In the match-up last season Robinson controlled the line of scrimmage and opened up some big lanes.

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