Coppell (3-0) will bring a powerful offense to Williams Stadium in Garland (0-3) for the 7 p.m. CST kickoff. The Cowboys have racked up nearly 50 points a game and will look to remain perfect on the season.
Coppell head coach Joe McBride has already coached two perfect seasons during his five-year tenure. He also has compiled a 41-8 record, earning three trips to the playoffs in four years with two district championships. McBride was the defensive coordinator for Hebron in 2005 when they won the State Championship.
Garland Owls head coach Jeff Jordan is no stranger to success. His team stumbled with four early losses one year ago, but still bounced back to grab the district championship. Jordan has led the Owls to the playoffs 10 of the past 11 years, to at least the second round five of the past eight seasons, and to the 2006 5A State Semifinals. The Owls have won 10 or more games four times since Jordan became head coach.
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|Prospects to Watch
|DE Solomon Thomas (6'4, 260): Thomas is rated as the No. 32 player in the country, the No. 5 defensive end. He is a Scout.com five-star. He is down to 5-7 schools. Alabama, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Texas being the most notable right now. He is set to attend a visit to Stanford on October, 5. Stanford plays Washington. He is a little bit in that Robert Nkemdichie mold. He is a bigger and stronger defensive lineman who can really run. He will get after it and make plays all over the field.
TE Blake Mahon (6'5, 227): Mahon is rated as the No. 63 tight end nationally, a Scout.com three-star recruit. Committed to Baylor on 5/24/13. Mahon came in to his own in the off-season earning the big offer from Baylor. He is a big-framed receiver, who was the go to guy in team seven-on-seven events. He will be a big part of the offense.
OL Bill Weber (6'5, 314): Weber is a two-star Scout.com recruit, rated as the No. 113 offensive guard nationally. He currently holds offers from Tulsa, New Mexico State and Toledo. Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri are showing interest. Weber is a consistent performer. He will need to add strength, but is a hole opener who you can depend on under the lights.
DE John Herubin (6'3, 230): Not currently rated by Scout.com. He currently holds an offer from Toledo and is drawing interest from schools like Air Force amongst others. A blue-collar type of player. He has nice size at the potion and seems to always be around the football.
RB Charles West (5'9, 175): Had a huge season for a sophomore in 2012, rushing for 627 yards and seven scores. Will be a more featured player and could blow up on the recruiting scene as a result. A very quick back, who is built like a brick. He is off to a fast start in 2013, rushing for over 300 yards against Rockwall in a week three win. Colleges will be turning up the heat.
OL/DL Chris Biggurs (6'2, 235): Earned All-District honors as an offensive lineman in 2012, but will now be moving to the defensive line. Biggurs' father (Charlie) was the strength and conditioning coach for the Dallas Cowboys in the late 90s.
TE Connor Williams (6'4, 255): Williams will rotate in at tight end with Baylor commit Blake Mahon. He is a powerful player up front and is usually relied upon for his run blocking skills. A move to the OL would not be out of the question as he grows and matures. He would like to play his college ball on the West Coast, citing Stanford as an early favorite to watch.
DT Lay'Trion Jones (6'2, 285): Played on the OL/DL in 2012. Good player that is strong and quick, he has a wealth of talent. Hard to move off the LOS and quick enough to get penetration. Comes off the ball and will finish off blocks. Gets movement at the point of attack. No offers but earning looks from Tulsa, New Mexico and New Mexico State.
OL Daniel Russell (6'2, 290): The brother of Baylor back-up quarterback Seth Russell. Missed three quarters of last game after an altercation with competition. Talented player that is very smart and comes from a football family. Started at offensive tackle, but also plays center and guard. Good feet and will finish off blocks. Has another brother who played linebacker at Texas A&M, so he comes from a college talent producing family.
DB/WR Drashane Glass (5'11, 185): Did not play last week due to a bruised quad. Productive player with great instincts. Starting cornerback in 2011 and safety in 2012, led the team in interceptions the past two years. Good tackler in the open field, has quick feet and a great feel for the ball. Plays with confidence. Runs good routes and is quick out of the break, has good hands and speed. Also returns punts and kick- offs. A play-maker. Sam Houston State has offered.
GARLAND, Texas -- Scout.com five-star defensive end Solomon Thomas will lead No. 31 Coppell High against Garland High in a Texas shootout tonight on FOX Sports 1.
Solomon Thomas will lead Coppell (Texas) High against Garland (Texas) High on FOX Sports 1.