TOC Big Game of the Week
No. 9 Lake Travis (0-1) at No. 4 Cibolo Steele (1-0)
Lake Travis lost its home opener for the second time in the past three years as it fell 35-28 to the hands of No. 6 Converse Judson. And it is also now on a losing streak dating back to its loss to Katy in the state championship game in December at NRG Stadium in Houston.
In last week's game LT fell apart late after holding what seemed like a commanding 15-point fourth quarter lead, but untimely miscues and penalties would be decisive.
Steele on the other hand had a convincing 37-7 win over fellow San Antonio power Madison. A 30-point victory despite the fact it turned the ball over three times.
This game should be a war. Two teams that like to play physical.
This year's version of LT football relies heavily on the arm of SMU QB commit Charlie Brewer, who has a bevy of D1 weapons like Wisconsin commit Cade Green, fellow SMU commit Cade Brewer and Arkansas commit Maleek Barkley, who also gets reps at running back. Nebraska OT commit Brenden Jaimes anchors an OL with size and experience. It's defense is led by a Big 10 commit in safety Austin Hiller (Northwestern)
Steele is powered on offense by quarterback and Texas Tech commit Xavier Martin, who is one of the highest rated QBs in the nation. Martin is a player who can beat you with his arm, but he is always a threat to run the football as well.
The defense is led by 2018 safety Caden Sterns, who is the highest rated prospect to don a Knight's jersey since RB Malcom Brown. He had his first interception in week one and will have LT thinking twice about testing the middle of the field in the passing game. Minnesota DT commit Joshua Croslen is a force.
Scout 100 Watch: Jalen Mayden
Plano West (0-1) at Sachse (1-0)
Sachse need an overtime session to pull off a week one win against Byron Nelson and this week's game could be just as interesting as Plano West will enter hungry to make a statement after taking it on the chin in a week one route it suffered at the hands of John Tyler.
Both teams have big players and major college prospects, but the spotlight in this contest will be on Class of 2018 quarterback Jalen Mayden, who is the third and final member of a trio of brothers who have all starred at Sachse. Class of 2014 WR James Mayden plays at Rice and Class of 2016 CB Jared Mayden plays at Alabama.
Mayden got his high school career started with a bang, earning Scout Midlands Sophomore of the Year honors and led the the Mustangs to the playoffs. He passed for 2,496 yards, 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and rushed for 513 yards and four touchdowns.
In the off-season he was named the International Bowl MVP after he completed 12 of 18 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-6 win over Alberta, Canada.
Last week he picked up where he left off despite the fact the team graduated most of its offensive line and star receivers like Devin Duvernay, Donovan Duvernay and Kameron Steen. Against Nelson he completed 21-of-32 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, but most importantly he did not throw any interceptions.
He will need to find similar consistency to lead Sachse past Plano West on Thursday night at Garland Williams Stadium.
Scout on the Town
Arlington Lamar (0-1) at South Grand Prairie (1-0)
Two more programs that are no strangers to producing major college talent. Lamar, which dropped its opener 41-31 to Keller Fossil Ridge, just graduated a strong senior class that included quarterback Shane Buechele (Texas), lineman Chris Owens (Alabama), receiver Kofi Boateng (Arkansas), and cornerback Madre Harper (Oklahoma State).
SGP is looking to make it two in a row versus the AISD as it knocked off Arlington High in week one.
- Bobby Brown, 2018 DT, 6-4, 270 -- Brown has emerged as one of the top defensive prospects in Texas' junior class and the No. 2 D-tackle in the state for 2018. Brown's early offer list includes Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M.
- Kyron Johnson, 2017 ATH, 6-1, 188 -- Johnson, a Kansas pledge since early June, has played some running back in the past, but appears to be playing primarily defense this fall.
SOUTH GRAND PRAIRIE
- Jeffrey Okudah, 2017 S, 6-1, 190 -- Okudah is one of the best prospects in the nation regardless of position. He's a five-star talent and No. 11 overall in the 2017 Scout 300, in addition to being the nation's No. 1 athlete. He's the No. 2 overall prospect in the Lone Star State's senior class behind only Marvin Wilson. As you can imagine, Okudah has his pick of countless offers. For many months now, Ohio State has been considered a top contender, if not the leader. Okudah will see the Buckeyes on Sept. 17, when he officially visits Oklahoma, which has seemed to join the picture over the summer. Clemson and USC could also be in the discussion.
- Atanza Vongor, 2018 S, 6-1, 192 -- Vongor has already established himself as one of the top players in Texas for 2018. He's No. 59 overall in the 2018 Scout 300. Vongor's early offer list includes Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, and others.
- JaQualyn Greene, 2018 CB, 5-11, 170 -- Greene's first FBS offer came this offseason from SMU. He will be a 2018 corner prospect to know in the coming months.
- Jakharious Smith, DE/OLB, 6-2 1/2, 215 -- Smith committed in late June to Texas State. Prior to Texas State offering, he garnered several FCS offers. He could be the type of senior prospect who gets more attention with a strong season.
Texas High School Football Analyst Gabe Brooks contributed to this report.