Scout in the Midlands

Find out what high school football games your favorite Midlands Recruiting Expert will be covering this weekend...

Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday: Frisco (Texas) Centennial vs. Frisco (Texas) Wakeland at Toyota Stadium at 7:00 p.m. CST
This is an in-town battle for supremacy and a solid rivalry game. With one loss already it is a big game for Wakeland, if they want to have a chance to win the District. The defense is led by Northwestern commitment Noah Westerfield, while junior wide receiver Justice Williams has been putting up nice numbers on offense. Centennial is an interesting team. After two seasons of undefeated regular season ball may thought they would take a step back after losing a number of division one prospects, but they keep plugging along. New quarterback Kelly Cordova has put up big numbers and some receivers have emerged. Division one prospect Stoney Hawkins is now playing both ways at linebacker and tight end. Keep an eye on 2016 prospect Raleigh Texada, the younger brother of TCU defensive back Ranthony Texada. Centennial is the favorite to win, but you just never know in a rivalry game such as this.

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Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday, October 18: Spring (Tex.) Dekaney vs. Spring (Tex.) Klein Collins at 7 p.m. CST
In the think of district play, both teams need to come away with a win to likely stay alive in the playoff race. With each having three losses in league play, these teams will probably rely on its top guys to make lots of plays in this match up. For Klein Collins, three-star athlete Jordan Thomas is the one who has the ball in his hands most, as a quarterback or at receiver. The Northwestern commit leads in both statistical categories. Defensively, Klein Collins has a solid group with secondary players Jeremy Winchester (Cal) and Frankie Griffin (six FBS offers) will be patrolling the back end while linebacker Isaiah Santos is good as well. Dekaney is also looking to turn things around, seeking its third win. If a play is to be made offensively, it will likely include running back Demarcus Felton. The Texas Tech commit Felton has close to 900 yards on the season. On defense, ends Jerard Carter and Isadore Outing (Cal) are players to watch.

Saturday, October 19: Houston (Tex.) Eisenhower vs. Houston (Tex.) Alief Taylor at 6 p.m. CST
Both teams have its share of star players, but neither has produce huge numbers on offense. Both have solid ground games, which will be needed as each are looking to find its place in the postseason. For Eisenhower, Donald Catalon has had a pretty good year, though teams have been stingy in not letting the Texas commit get loose too often. Rotating between quarterback and wide receiver, Trevion Roberts has put up good numbers rushing and receiving. Roberts is an Oklahoma State commitment. Sticking with that program, there are a couple players for Taylor who will be playing with Roberts on the next level with wide receiver Keenen Brown and cornerback Chris Hardeman. Brown is the go-to in the passing game and Hardeman is known to man up the opponent's top receiver. Also in the secondary, safety Josh Kalu, who recently committed to Nebraska, is active on the back end as is Kenneth McGruder, a 2015 watch player.

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Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Dallas (Texas) Carter vs. Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff at 7:00 p.m.
John Kincaide Stadium Thursday night sets the scene for a pair of reignited programs in the state of Texas, two of three unbeatens in District 11-4A, both with explosive offense and dominant defense, when Dallas Carter and Dallas South Oak Cliff and their load of prospects square off. Carter is led by the contagious energy of Texas middle linebacker commitment Cameron Hampton, and the speed of 4.3-forty-clocking SMU wide receiver verbal Jordan Ingram and running back Corey Avery with offers from Ohio State, Nebraska and Baylor among others. Avery has rushed for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns through six games, with six catches for 101 and a score. Ingram has taken 16 catches for 418 yards and ten touchdowns. South Oak Cliff prides itself on defense, in fact scoring nearly as many defensive touchdowns as offensive this season. Defensive end Silvester Hayes, with double digit offers, highlights this unit with 2015 four-star Jamile Johnson with offers from Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Arkansas and strong interest from Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor. SOC's 2015 four-star running back Jordan Stevenson committed to Texas Sunday following the Longhorns' 36-20 upset win over Oklahoma. He continues to lead the offensive attack alongside North Texas receiver commit Fonzale Davis-- Stevenson with 806 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, Davis having taken 32 catches for 603 and seven. Show is set for 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Dallas' John Kincaide Stadium.

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