Arlington (Texas) Bowie vs. Keller (Texas) Central
Bowie had an easy time dispatching Central 49-3 in the 5A-DI Bi-District playoff pairing. Edwin Freeman had a nice game on the defensive side of the ball and TCU corner Steve Wesley was rarely tested, but when he was he passed with flying colors. Class of 2015 athlete Tony James had a big game at quarterback, racking up over 200 yards and scoring four touchdowns. Class of 2013 sleeper Eric Rivers hauled in four passes and scored twice. Bowie also has some talented young offensive linemen to keep a close eye on.
Southlake (Texas) Carroll vs. Arlington (Texas) Martin
Martin's best offensive player, Texas commit Kyle Hicks, was sidelined with a knee injury, but even he would not have been enough to fend off Kenny Hill and the Dragons who rolled to 65-7 win. Hill racked up over 390 yards of offense and scored five touchdowns. He completed 16-of-17 and pulled the ball down and made huge plays om the ground when needed. Offensive lineman Cam Manning played strong up front. He is committed to Louisiana Tech. Class of 2014 defensive end Myles Garrett passes the eye ball test. Kicker/punter Ben Grogan nailed an excellent punt but did not get the chance to kick any field goals.
Keller (Texas) Timber Creek vs. Arlington (Texas)
It was a hard fought game, but the Colts from Arlington added a late touchdown to secure a 28-16 victory. TCU commit Sammy Douglas secured a fumble late in the second half that shut down a key Timber Creek drive. A talented Arlington defensive backfield led by senior corner Devin Harris and a trio of underclassmen was rock solid all night long and negated the big plays. On offense, running back Brandon Washington rushed for 149 yards and two scores. On the Timber Creek side of things, Cedric Dale was the star of the offense. He scored both of the teams touchdowns, racked up over 100 yards and had a big punt return to set up a field goal. Keep an eye on 2015 safety Camden Ross, who has the makings of a potential star.
Coppell (Texas) vs. Irving (Texas) MacArthur
MacArthur showed up and played a tough game against the undefeated squad, but succumbed in the end 31-7, but the scoreboard did not reflect the true nature of the game. Coppell was just too much and ground out the win, racking up over 200 yards of rushing. Class of 2014 defensive end Solomon Thomas had some key plays, including a blocked field goal, which showed a high amount of athleticism. Class of 2015 running back Charles West shows all the makings of budding in to a star recruit. Irving Mac's Taion Sells, a Baylor commit, played fast and racked up some major hits and plays. He came in to the game as two-star, but should be rated no less than a solid three. He had a star adding type of game.
Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Houston (Texas) Sharpstown vs Missouri City (Texas) Marshall
From start to finish, this was all about Marshall and the scoreboard proved it with a 56-12 rout of Sharpstown. UCLA commit edge rusher/outside linebacker Deon Hollins was once again solid, even though he did not play much after the first half. Because of Sharpstown's ability to move the ball offensively, Hollins was able to get into what the team calls "jet-mode," an all-out, pin the ears back rush off the edge. Hollins was held most of the night, but was still able to wreak havoc in the backfield.
Marshall quarterback JW Ketchum was able to use his legs and arm to do as he liked in this one. He had touchdowns running and passing and is weekly proving that he is a premier athlete in the area. Maurice Porter (Texas Tech) and Darius Moore (Baylor) both played great opening massive holes for the backs to maneuver. Ketchum went through the game basically untouched and the backs did not incur contact sometimes until three-to-five yards past the line of scrimmage.
From Sharpstown, Texas A&M linebacker commit Reggie Chevis was not much of a factor as Marshall had too many weapons and his team was simply overmatched. He did make a few nice plays in the backfield in the first half though.
Spring (Texas) Westfield vs Conroe (Texas)
In this matchup of North Houston area powers, it is the Westfield team that came out hitting on every cylinder possible en route to a 77-7 win over a struggling Conroe team. Westfield, four-star defensive tackle Hardreck Walker, who is headed to Texas A&M, had a solid game and stayed in the backfield constantly. He is so strong off the point of attack and Conroe had no answer for him. Division I sleeper running back Emmitt Raleigh had 145 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and has improved his game since we saw him earlier this season. He is running with more power on the sweeps and breaking more tackles, shedding first contact.
Houston (Texas) Cy Ranch vs Houston Nimitz (Texas)
Behind the strength of Oklahoma commit and five-star running back Keith Ford, Cy Ranch won its first ever playoff game over Nimitz 42-36. In the win, Ford had touchdown runs of 1, 10 and 67 yards respectively. His style of play will bode well in the land of Sooners in that he hits the hole hard and fast and explodes, which usually has the defender off balanced and not prepared to take on the force he brings. He carried the ball 23 times for 157 yards. Not a bad day at the office.
As for Nimitz running back Dre'Vian Young, things did not work out as well as he was only able to produce 46 yards and had an overall average game, based solely on prior production.
Erin Hartigan, Midlands Field Reporter
Dallas (Texas) Kimball vs Dallas (Texas) Bryan Adams
Headlining this opening-round playoff matchup was the nation's seventh-ranked defensive tackle Justin Manning of Kimball. As expected, the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder gave Bryan Adams' offense plenty of grief. Manning is an absolute bulldozer with a motor off the line, but plays with controlled aggression. Kimball ended up running away with it 38-13. Big reason being: senior running back Teriyon Gipson, younger brother of Cleveland Browns defensive back Tashaun Gipson. The shifty 5-foot-9, 165-pounder- that also swings out wide- now carries 1,874 total offensive yards and 22 touchdowns heading into Friday's area-round matchup with TCU cornerback commitment Ranthony Texada, Baylor linebacker pledge Kevin Smith and Frisco (Tx) Centennial.
Wylie (Texas) vs Mount Pleasant (Texas)
2014 four-star brickhouse-of-a-safety T'Kevian Rockwell proved to be the defensive sparkplug in Wylie's 45-21 opening-round win over matchup-favorite Mount Pleasant and its star receiver KD Cannon. Rockwell, in fact, applied one of the biggest hits of the night on Cannon. Rockwell holds offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Baylor and Virginia, with several others on brink with more performances like Friday night's. Wylie's sophomore quarterback Carson Cook played key on the other side, completing 74 percent of his passes for 200 yards and 3 scores. The Pirates advance to face a loaded John Tyler (Tx) squad next week.