Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst
Coppell (Texas) vs Denton (Texas) Ryan
It was a tough, hard fought game, but at the end it was Coppell who kept an undefeated record alive with a 21-3 victory. The offense was led by sleeper prospect Cameron Smith, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound wide receiver who racked up 9 receptions for 114 yards and two scores. He was easy to get open and made tough catches look easy. It was not a huge surprise to find out after that he had secured two official offers from Illinois and North Texas. Controlling the defensive front was defensive end William Udeh, who is committed to New Mexico and top 2014 defensive end Solomon Thomas. Thomas showed why he has secured 17 scholarship offers already, as he never takes a play off. On the Denton Ryan side of things it was Class of 2014 defensive end Sekou Clark who really stood out. He has the frame and length college coaches are going to love at the position.
Ahmard Vital, Midlands Recruiting
Alvin (Texas) Manvel vs Pearland (Texas)
It was the Manvel team, which is new to the big school ranks, which outlasted Pearland 42-28. In the win, Old Dominion quarterback commit Shane McCarley was having his way throwing all over the lot. He ended up with 422 yards and five touchdowns, to only one interception. What was a standout moment in this game on McCarley was his ability to escape the rush and keep plays alive. That alone was critical on third-and-long plays and accounted for at least two of the five touchdowns.
Both future BCS-level wide receiver Oklahoma commit Austin Bennett and Texas A&M commit Kyrion Parker were somewhat bottled up and were not able to get their hands on many passes. But each did have a touchdown catch each. The receiver who stole the show was sleeper prospect Carlos Thompson who is starting to get noticed by a number of programs, including Colorado State, Tulsa, UTEP and Louisiana Tech. Not a big bruising type receiver, but has the ability to get open with ease and is lethal in the open field.
Offensive lineman Travis Romero was putting in plenty of work, creating holes for his backs and was the leader of the line that set up a great wall for McCarley to operate. He committed to SE Louisiana earlier this season.
Defensively UTEP defensive tackle commit Dewan Edmonson was solid providing pass rush which allowed secondary players like Texas A&M commit Tavares Garner and Division I prospect Jared Ambres to make plenty of plays. Garner was not tested many times, but when he was he ended up with a couple of pass break-ups and a critical interception.
For Pearland, 2014 linebacker in Justin Phillips had double-digit tackles and was the shining light on a defense that was getting gashed by the Manvel passing attack. Phillips is solid in the middle, but can also work the outside with great speed in space.
Houston (Texas) Langham Creek vs Houston (Texas)
Watching Creek quarterback Connor Feist play can be somewhat poetic. He makes a lot of the tough throws with ease and he did so again Saturday with a 37-21 win over Ridge. He threw for 209, two touchdowns and one interception. The numbers are not staggering, but he was solid and playing with the game plan. He sets his feet on throws well and doesn’t let the pressure get to him. You can tell that he plays with a ton of confidence and that his Football IQ is off the charts. Why he has not been offered is a complete mystery. Word is that TCU is looking at him and a couple other players. Stay tuned to see if something transpires from that.
For Ridge, running back Rennie Childs ran for over 260 yards in the loss. Childs has an interesting style of running. He is a for sure North/South type runner and does not waste a tin of time with moves. Based on observation, he has a bit of deceptive speed, but it does take him quite a while to get going. This week we will have more on Childs in a Midlands Game Evaluation. Be sure to check that out.
Erin Hartigan, Midlands Field Reporter
Arlington (Texas) Bowie vs Arlington (Texas) High
It was in week three that Arlington Bowie sophomore Tony James was thrust into the quarterback role following junior Keaton Perry's ACL injury. James quickly proved capable of filling the shoes, leading the Vols past the nation's then third-ranked Dallas Skyline. Six weeks later, he continues to manifest, steering Bowie over rival Arlington High Friday, 38-7, and into the District 3-5A championship.
In the win, James completed 16 of 23 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown, using the ground 15 times for 105 yards and two 30-plus-yard scores. Also key was receiver Eric Rivers with his 74 yards and touchdown on just 5 catches, in addition to the lockdown defense of TCU cornerback commitment Steve Wesley behind four-star junior linebacker/safety Edwin Freeman. Freeman carries a heavy plate of offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Nebraska, and others.
Bowie will face Arlington Martin next Thursday for the tie-breaking top spot in the district.