Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Saturday: Denton (Texas) Ryan vs. Waco (Texas) Midway at AT&T Stadium at 11:00a.m. CST
This should be an entertaining match-up to start the day off in Jerry's World and there are some solid division one players on both squads. Waco Midway is led by Baylor linebacker commit Jamie Jacobs. 2015 wide receiver Devontre Stricklin already has a Baylor offer as well. Denton Ryan will feature three-star defensive end Sekou Clark and defensive tackle J.T. Williams.
DeSoto (Texas) High vs. Coppell (Texas) High at AT&T Stadium at 2:00p.m. CST
This is the game that everyone will be clamoring to see. DeSoto is the No. 2 team in the state behind Allen and Coppell will present a stiff challenge. Both teams are littered with prospects, but this one will be tabbed as the Eagles offense vs. the Cowboys defense. Desmon White and Chris Lacy lead DeSoto, where Solomon Thomas will be leading the Coppell defense.
Mansfield (Texas) Timberview vs. Euless (Texas) Trinity at AT&T Stadium at 5:00p.m. CST
After a brief hiatus in 2012 Timberview is back, led by the defensive back duo of Brandon Simmons and Edward Paris. Simmons is the heart and soul at safety, who will stick his nose in plays often/ Paris locks down the vertical challenges. But do not plan on Trinity to try and air it out. They will lean on 2016 running back Ja'Ron Wilson to get yaradge behind the offensive push of 2015 Texas commit Patrick Vahe.
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron vs. Cedar Hill (Texas) High at AT&T Stadium at 8:00p.m. CST
The nightcap could end up being the most entertaining game and is another one where prospects will be littered all over the field. Cedar Hill won in come behind fashion last week. They have a number of talented players in roster, but Oklahoma commit Marcus Green and 2015 Top 100 receiver Damarkus
Lodge take center stage. For Hebron, Jamal Adams is the powerhouse prospect. He
will play two ways and provide a spark on both sides of the ball.
Ahmard Vital - Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Friday, November 22: Pearland (Tex.) vs. Sugar Land (Tex.) Austin at 7 p.m. CST
Both teams are coming off lop-sided wins, but here is the area round match up that should draw a few eyes balls across the city. Pearland comes in with the more impressive resume, but that means nothing in a win-or-go home type of scenario like this one. Defense has been the calling card thus far, giving up less than a touchdown per game (which includes four shutouts in eight games – that is outside of the game against Manvel). That could be largely because three-star linebacker and Oklahoma State commitment Justin Phillips leads the way. On the offense, quarterback Kalen Johnson has looked solid, as does running back JaColbie Butler, who has scored 16 touchdowns this season.
Austin brings a level of firepower to the field as well led by quarterback Sean Aboderin, who has made the plays needed to propel this team into the playoffs. It helps that Aboderin has a pair of playmakers in the backfield with him in California commitment and three-star athlete Vic Enwere and 2015 back Bryson Oglesby, who has already established himself as a legitimate Division I athlete. Offensive lineman Ryan Reprogle leads the guys in the trenches.
Saturday, November 23: Houston (Tex.) Alief Taylor vs. Houston (Tex.) Lamar at 2 p.m. CST
These two met against each other last season. Of course this was only one of the stopping points as Lamar was on its way to a state title run. Lamar is geared up and ready to get back there with an undrafted record up to this point. This team is led by quarterback Darrell Colbert, who is having an awesome year through the air and on the ground. Colbert (a three-star), along with one of his top targets in Shelby Walker is committed to SMU. Top 2015 running back Ronnie Wesley is one to watch while offensive lineman Braylon Hyder, also with SMU leads the guys up front. Defensively, Baylor defensive line commitment Ira Lewis is solid on the line. In the secondary players like John Bonney (Texas commit), recent UCLA commit John Plattenburg and top 2015 recruit Holton Hill, who has quickly established himself as one of the best secondary players in the country.
For Taylor, there is no shortage of talent here either as wide receiver Keenen Brown and cornerback Chris Hardeman, both Oklahoma State commits will be ready to go. Brown is the go-to in the passing game and Hardeman is known to man up the opponent’s top receiver. Look for Romello Brooker, a recent Houston commit, to be highly involved in the passing game as well. Also in the secondary, safety Josh Kalu, a Nebraska commit, is active on the back end as is Kenneth McGruder, a 2015 watch player.
Erin Hartigan - Midlands Field Reporter
Thursday: Dallas (Texas) Highland Park vs. Dallas (Texas) Kimball at 6:00 p.m.
It's a 2015 quarterback battle Thursday at AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium.
Since falling to Aledo, 44-3, in week one of the football season, Highland Park has gone on a 10-0 terror, routing its opponents by an average win margin of 31.3 and securing its 53rd playoff berth, the most not only in Class 4A but the state, leading Amarillo and its 50 appearances.
Highland Park's 10-0 run includes last week's 38-17 opening-round victory over The Colony, much needed justice after last year's first-round upset exit to Frisco. Led by junior quarterback Brooks Burgin, the Scots scored on all but two of its drives. Burgin finished with a 63-percent completion percentage for 191 yards and a passing touchdown, running in two himself. Running back Cole Feigl added two more scores and 151 yards on 21 handoffs.
Burgin has been in the driver's seat all season, currently sitting with more than 2,500 passing yards and 22 touchdowns with only seven interceptions, proving he's a dual threat with 16 touchdowns and 650 yards rushing. Another junior dual threat with pretty numbers who's driven his team to this point: the quarterback Highland Park faces Friday, Dallas Kimball's Ladarryl Blair.
Blair saw limited time on a senior-loaded squad last year. This year, he's stepped into the quarterback role and has tossed for 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading the run game with 82 keeps for 544 yards and seven scores. Blair and Burgin will each look to steer their respective programs into the Class 4A-I regional round Thursday. Kick is set for 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff vs. Frisco (Texas) Centennial at 9:00 p.m.
South Oak Cliff enters this second-round Class 4A-I matchup on a 10-1 run, falling only to regular-season unbeaten Dallas Carter last month (who saw an early playoff exit last week courtesy of Dallas Lincoln.) SOC senior quarterback Kenneth Arthur II accounted for 297 yards and five scores last Thursday as South Oak Cliff dominated Samuell in a 51-7 landslide. South Oak Cliff scored 35 points in the third quarter and finished the game with 45 unanswered points. Samuell never forced a SOC punt.
Frisco Centennial's Class 4A-I opening-round matchup was a bit closer. Senior quarterback Kelly Cordova completed 14-of-23 for 112 yards, running for 77 yards and a 7-yard touchdown as Centennial topped Carrollton Creekview, 17-9. Running back Kamari Burnett also ran the ball well, taking 20 handoffs for 106 yards and a score, splitting out wide for another 29 yards on four catches.
Speaking of running, South Oak Cliff brings in one of the most dangerous with ball in hands in 2015 Texas commitment Jordan Stevenson. Stevenson has accounted for 1,974 total yards of offense and 16 touchdowns through 11 games. Arthur himself has run in nine scores, throwing for a whopping 32 touchdowns and 2,261 yards with only four picks.
SOC also brings a strong receiving corp led by North Texas pledge Fonzale Davis (14 TDs) and JF Thomas (11), and while offense sells tickets, "it's defense that wins championships" says Bears' head coach Emmett Jones. His unit of both power and speed is led by 2015 four-star defensive back Jamile Johnson, Iowa DB commit Jyaz Jones and Colorado State defensive end verbal Silvester Hayes.
They will have the task of containing Cordova and Burnett Thursday in a 9:00 p.m. kickoff at AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium.
Annabel Stephan - Midlands Field Reporter
Friday: San Antonio (Texas) Reagan vs. Cibolo (Texas) Steele @ Comalander Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
With a 10-1 season under their belt (and the only loss was 46-45), Steele has continued to prove this season that they are one of, if not the, best teams in Central Texas, but will face in a challenge this weekend in Reagan.
There are a number of top prospects on Steele's team; the offense features running back Justin Stockton, a Texas Tech commit who has rushed for 1653 yards and 29 touchdowns this season. The offensive line is led by Deionte Noel, who will join Stockton in Lubbock next year, and the defensive line by Baylor commit Josh Malin, who has racked up 45 tackles this fall (12 of them solo). Also impressive is tight end Matt Moen, a Nevada commit.
Other prospects to watch include defensive end Matthew Simmons, 2015 quarterback L.G. Williams, and 2016 running back Bryson Denley, who has almost 800 all-purpose yards and ten touchdowns this season.
The prospect to watch for Reagan is quarterback Ty Summers, who has led his team to an undefeated season thus far. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete committed to Rice over the summer. Also keep an eye on Nick Hardy, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive tackle.
Saturday: Round Rock (Texas) vs. Houston (Texas) The Woodlands @ Waco ISD Stadium at 2:00 p.m.
A 9-2 Woodlands team will face off against 7-4 Round Rock on Saturday in the second round of playoffs. Round Rock may have lost four games this season, but there is plenty of talent on the Dragons' roster. The offensive line is anchored by Robert Castaneda, a three-star prospect who stands at 6-foot-4, 300-pounds and is committed to Texas Tech. Other prospects to watch on Round Rock's roster include 3-star receiver Keyon Dilosa, a 6-foot-2.5, 180 prospect who holds offers from Houston, Arkansas State, and New Mexico, and 2015 defensive end Breylin Mitchell, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound TCU commit.
For the Woodlands, keep an eye on safety (and receiver) Tyler Patrick, a 6-foot,
175-pounder who committed to Kansas over the summer. Junior running back Patrick
Carr has emerged this season, as the 5-foot-8, 190-pound athlete, a three-star
prospect, has picked up offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, TCU, and Texas
Tech, as well as interest from Northwestern, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.